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DSO Events: This one is bizarre, even by DSO standards

5 December 2009

[H/T Pearls Before Swine]

From the DSO e-newsletter:

Youth leadership program  

Face to Face / Faith to Faith, an international, multifaith youth leadership program sponsored by Auburn Seminary, is looking for Episcopal teens in Southern Ohio! Since 2001, Face to Face has brought together hundreds of Christian, Jewish and Muslim teenagers from Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Africa and the U.S. to develop a new generation of leaders able to negotiate a multifaith global society. Teens learn how their own religious traditions and those of others can be used to build a more peaceful world. The yearlong program includes preparatory work in each region, a summer intensive in Holmes, NY, and ongoing regional follow-up programs and projects. Eligible teens would be in junior high through sophomore year of high school. For more information, visit www.auburnsem.org and click on Face to Face/Faith to Faith. Information and application forms are online.

Here’s where it gets interesting.  Auburn Seminary is famous (or infamous) for the Auburn Affirmation (c. 1924).  What’s not at all odd is that this diocese would have anything to do with an (ahem) institution like Auburn.  What is odd is that while many “progressives” in DSO would be able to sign, and all traditionalists would not be able to sign it in good conscience,  as far as I can tell, Bishop Briedenthal would not be able to sign Auburn’s pride and joy

Heh.

But, more on that later…  I plan on writing one or two follow-up articles on this seminary and their “Affirmation.” 

- Elder   ;)

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  1. Gail F
    10 December 2009 at 3:33 AM | #1

    So that’s where the Orthodox Presbyterian Church came from!

    I have just discovered your blog and, as a Catholic, find it fascinating. I know many Episcopalians and have very dear Episcopalian family members, and I think what is happening to your church is very sad. To me, however, it seems inevitable. People can only agree to disagree for so long… and only as long as one of the parties doesn’t “go too far.” But if one does, what’s to stop it? Nothing.

  2. Elder Oyster
    10 December 2009 at 10:44 AM | #2

    Hi Gail F,

    Wecome to the Oysters! :) ..And thank you for the kind words.

    RE: “So that’s where the Orthodox Presbyterian Church came from!”

    Heh .. you beat me to the punch a bit there. That would be my third installment on the Auburn Affirmation. :)

    RE: “To me, however, it seems inevitable. People can only agree to disagree for so long… and only as long as one of the parties doesn’t “go too far.” But if one does, what’s to stop it? Nothing.”

    Eh.. I dunno about that. The only way we can really say the Creeds and mean them without any finger-crossing is if the Holy Spirit has regenerated us. The Auburn Affirmation (and everything like it for the past couple hundred years or so) has been in essence, a denial of the Creeds. I am of the opinion that self-aware affirmers (not baby-Christians, and not naive Christians) of the Auburn Affirmation are probably just unregenerate.

    How to deal with the unregenerate? Identify them on a case by case basis. Ask them to repent. And, throw ‘em out if they do not repent in a timely fashion. And if they do repent? Throw a party.

    It is my understanding that the Episcopal Church was lax on this sort of thing, even in the so-called “good ol’ days.” Some priests did it, but most didn’t.

    And so, here we are. :(

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