Comments: opinion for a synod

While it's bully for him that he has discovered liturgy and ritual, Mr Hobson is about thirty to forty years behind the times. Anecdotal evidence everywhere is pointing to a renewed life for those "dry traditions" with which he wants to dispense. Altars are being restored to their original eastward positions, young people and young families are seeking out parishes where traditional plainsong and Anglican chant are used, and traditional hymnody is the norm. Even the fad of "Taize worship" is seeing its day in many places, in a return to our own traditions.

Saint Mark's in the Bowery is a place of great people and devout disciples of Jesus. It represents the way forward for some. I would argue that for many more the time-tested traditions and heritage of our Anglican services are becoming the cutting edge. Our diocesan convention "boomers" were shocked to find that when it was the young people's turn, Compline was led by the youth delegation in a straightforward Rite One traditional setting.

The future just spoke loudly in Elizabethan accents.

Participation takes many forms. Active listening, engaged silence, and surrender to common prayer are all "active participation". Surely he understands this- or hasn't he ever been in love?

Posted by Anthony at Saturday, 9 July 2011 at 6:17pm BST

"You're behind the times!" "No, you're behind the times!"

Yeah, that's constructive (Not). Maybe different people are living in, so to speak, different times? Why an Either/Or, Anthony? [And Theo?] Isn't there room enough in the Anglican tradition(s) for ALL of us?

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It's interesting to see the Huffington Post religion pages, becoming so similar to the Guardian's religion pages: welcoming very "in-house" religious discussion, before a general audience (which may welcome it OR be very hostile to it.)

Posted by JCF at Sunday, 10 July 2011 at 11:30pm BST
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