Comments: The Columba Declaration and the Scottish Episcopal Church

"the warm relations which the Scottish Episcopal Church already enjoys with the Church of Scotland and very much looks forward to continuing discussions"
"[t]he Board similarly looks forward to strengthening our relationship and mutual regard with the Church of England."

Hint, hint: the Scottish Episcopal Church's relationship with the Church of England may not be warm, and needs strengthening.

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 29 January 2016 at 2:58pm GMT

May I point out the Churches of Scotland and England, the United Reformed Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church have for decades been in communion with the (United) Churches of South India (CSI), Pakistan, North India and Bangladesh. These United Churches are members of the Anglican Communion, World Alliance of Reformed Churches; three of them members of the World Methodist Council. On St Columba's Day 1963 at Iona (14th Centenary of St Columba's landing on Iona) a CSI bishop (Lesslie Newbigin) presided at the Eucharist assisted by Presbyterian Moderators and Anglican Bishops, a bit of a first. Of course the Anglicans had to have a separate Anglicans-only Eucharist as well. Refer Bp Newbigin's Unfinished Business and Lord MacLeod's biography. I have attended moving Iona Community Eucharists at Iona Abbey led by non-Anglicans and Anglicans. As is sometimes pointed out, the British Sovereign relates to the Scottish ecclesiastical establishment in Scotland and the English ecclesiastical establishment in England, also Isle of Man. But then there are those who consider the Ecumenical Movement to be an Anglican plot - see Ian Henderson's Power Without Glory. Apropos the late Mirfield monk Harry Williams' Joy of God, perhaps the angels will reward us for entertaining them so, Heaven where Augustine of Hippo and Pelagius are slapping each other on the back rather than punching each other in the face. Despite all the agreements and orderings, diplomacies and indignations, She, the Holy Spirit, in John Bell's beautiful Enemy of Apathy, cannot be "silenced, captured or restrained".

Posted by keithmcianwil at Saturday, 30 January 2016 at 12:20am GMT

Sounds like the SEC drew back from a relationship with the CofS on terms that the CofE was seeking. So the latter two moved ahead without them.

Posted by christopher seitz at Saturday, 30 January 2016 at 7:04am GMT

The Church of England has no need or right, to be 'moving ahead' in Scotland. It is interference.

It needs to get on with the responsibilities it is neglected in England.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Monday, 1 February 2016 at 5:15pm GMT
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