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Thank you, Rosemary, for this excellent Good Friday meditation. Just what I needed to read today.

Posted by Erika Baker at Saturday, 30 March 2013 at 3:10pm GMT

A wise old soldier full of grit, one with field experience, once told me that parade square soldiers do not, do not, make the best soldiers. I think what he meant, in part, is that parade square dress, drill, spit and polish and marching bands ought not to be confused with what is required in the field to stay alive, keep others alive, and work with others to achieve objectives. It's a metaphor I've often tried to keep in mind over the years when bridging liturgy, any liturgy, but especially the highly symbolic liturgies of Holy Week, with ministry to real people, people in need, people who demand service from the servants of God, people who require compassion and commitment from pastors who are also their fellow pilgrims. A long winded way of explaining why I really appreciate Rosemary Hannah's article "Turning Off King Lear", and especially her powerful concise conclusion.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 12:34am GMT

There's been some controversy on the Yank side of the Pond, in light of her past TEC-critical comments, over Rev Dr Bailey Wells' new appointment as "Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury."

Those who have these concerns can hardly be reassured by her (rather gobsmacking!) description, "currently the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of North America are not in communion with each other." [Considering the latter was expressly created to replace and extinguish the former? O_o]

I pray "Indaba" will come . . . but only (as w/ Resurrection) after *death*, and not denial.

Happy Easter to all at TA!

Posted by JCF at Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 2:39am GMT

There's also a nice series of Good Friday reflections by Sarah Coakley on the ABC Religion & Ethics site.

Posted by Brian at Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 2:50am GMT

Great article from Rosemary Hannah, the conclusion was concise and powerful.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 11:30am GMT


Sorry about the double post on Rosemary Hannah. Only the short one, an edit of the first, was intended to be sent--call me Mr. Butter Fingers. Oh well, onward and upward, and to the article by Giles Fraser. It brought back memories of reading, decades ago, a book by Ian Suttie titled 'The Origins of Love and Hate'.

Fraser writes, "Ambivalence is the experience of having contradictory feelings about the same thing, in particular the presence of both love and hate." A short point. I often share the sense of ambivalence, especially on Good Friday. Yet it seems to dissolve into something more focused, happily, on Easter Day. Alleluia!

Posted by Rod Gillis at Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 7:16pm GMT

With respect to Jo Wells, as a theological educator myself with 30 years in seminary contexts, I wonder how apt the comparison is between global anglicanism (or even provincial anglicanism) and an MDiv context, with students paying fees to attend a secular university like Duke (with a divinity school inside its confines)?

Posted by cseitz at Monday, 1 April 2013 at 4:53pm BST

I may have misheard, but my understanding from those in the TEC seminary world is the Episcopal/Anglican Center at Duke has more ACNA and others from that sort of break-away/never were actually Episcopalians before but are now using the word 'Anglican' group, than Episcopal students - and that the Episcopal ones are/were chiefly non-ordinands. If so, this is an important bit of context to Dr Bailey Wells' piece, which different people are free to interpret differently, needless to say.

Posted by Judith Maltby at Tuesday, 2 April 2013 at 9:16am BST
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