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I appreciate Bishop Frank Griswold's understanding of the Universal Church as being in one of its periodic 'desert places' at this time in the history of the World. Jesus drew strength from his own experiences of 'being in the wilderness'.

It is when the Church believes it has already achieved the pinnacle of its appointed 'Mission', that it needs to take a step back (into the wilderness?) to discover what yet needs to be done - in the way of witnessing to the love and Mercy of Christ our Redeemer - that might just be the saving grace that will show the way forward.

Kenosis is a much-needed dimension of how the Church carries out its work of redemption - with Christ as our ultimate example. And he did not forsake the Way of the Cross in order to deliver us from the burden of our sins. The expiation has already been accomplished. But we all have to enter into it - not by an easy triumphalism, based on our own subjective piety; but by our humble realisation that without the love and Sacrifice of Christ at its centre, the Church can do nothing of any value. Christ in us - the hope of glory!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 14 November 2011 at 10:57pm GMT

I'm sorry, but I find retired Bishop Frank Griswold's message somewhat repugnant. The leadership of the Episcopal Church (USA) has "pissed" away its influence and lost much of the laity to the snake-oil salespeople of religious hatred through its own alienating actions. I've seen it all from the "Green" book, through "VIM" and the "Decade of Evangelism" to the self-defeating acceptance of "purification" of today. Yes, we need to stand up for what is 'right', it's how we've done that we have failed miserably, along with trashing countless music programs, beautiful liturgies, not to mention endowment funds and influence in bringing and lifting a population up to higher principles and expectations.

Losing 25% of the pledging units in the past ten years is nothing to crow about, it's leadership failure, plain and simple.

Posted by evensongjunkie at Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at 1:41pm GMT
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