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Twofers, Part Two

4 March 2010

[H/T:  Anon.]

More about the developing Open “Communion” story, as Bp. Breidenthal again updates our clergy regarding his meeting with them, occurring this coming Saturday. 

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

….

I look forward to being with many of you on Saturday for the clergy day. Some of you had asked if there were any reading materials for review on the subject of open communion, one of our topics for the day. The Anglican Theological Review carried two articles on the subject. You can access them here:
 
Baptism, Eucharist, and the Hospitality of Jesus: On the Practice of Open Communion

In Praise of Open Communion
 
This isn’t homework — but it may help inform our conversation on Saturday.

May you have a blessed Lent.
 
 Yours in Christ,
 
+ Tom Breidenthal

 

A couple of things … If the intent is truly to have a “conversation,” then why wouldn’t the linked whitepapers be required reading ??

Friends, I think the bishop has already made up his mind to let those who are going to do Open “Communion” to go ahead and do so.  I don’t think he will require priests who disagree with OC to also follow suit;  but who knows?

If this is indeed the intention of the bishop, then my suspicion that he is fundamentally an academic and not a pastor, will have been confirmed. 

Well, I guess we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

– Elder

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  1. Theoden
    4 March 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Elder, perspicacious as usual.

    Looking forward to the follow-up.

    Might we be eyewitnesses to the flat-out revision of doctrine? Think of it–syncretism fulfilled in your hearing! Stay tuned! 🙂

    Hmm, think of the rich liturgical /catechetical implications of a “Baptismal Option @,” as opposed to that tiresome old Baptismal Covenant…

    The potential new rubrics could be sooo exquisitely TEC-ish and radically hospitable:

    Celebrant:
    “Would all those who feel a need to re-affirm their union with Christ, birth into God’s family the Church..and their new life in the Holy Spirit, please stand and join in the prayers on page 304 of the BCP?”

    (All those who feel no such need, no worries! This is OPTIONAL! Feel free to remain seated and check your voicemails! We’re pastorally generous around here! We’ll be back at ya in just a second!)

    Ah, TEC! What a sect!

    • Elder Oyster
      4 March 2010 at 5:34 PM

      RE: “Elder, perspicacious as usual.”

      Eh, a lot of that is borrowed capital.

      RE: ““Would all those who feel a need to re-affirm their union with Christ, birth into God’s family the Church..and their new life in the Holy Spirit, please stand and join in the prayers on page 304 of the BCP?”
      (All those who feel no such need, no worries! This is OPTIONAL! Feel free to remain seated and check your voicemails! We’re pastorally generous around here! We’ll be back at ya in just a second!)”

      Wouldn’t that take up more time, though? I mean, isn’t forty-five minutes for a service already kind of pushing the envelope for congregants from our enlightened culture? I know that there is the old standby of shortening the homily, but after a while there is only so much one can shorten up an 7 or 8 minute homily. Besides, we need the homily for applying red-letter theology to those liberal causes that fascinate us in the here and now, in those instances where the red text supports our outcome-based theologies. Never let it be said that Episcopalians don’t care about theology.

      RE: “Ah, TEC! What a sect!”

      Yes, but is it, ‘safe-sect’? Now, there is the two hundred and eighty thousand dollar question. 😉

      – EO

  2. Quasimodo
    4 March 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Not to quibble with you two esteemed gentlemen, but by definition a “sect” is a sub-group of a religion that is less-accomadated to the general culture.

    TEC, therefore, cannot be a sect, it is a new religion.

  3. Elder Oyster
    5 March 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Hi Quas,

    I think with the PostModern Era and all, it’s groovy if we call The Episcopal Organization of Southern Ohio anything we desire. Heck, after Saturday, we can even call it “Late for Supper.”

    – EO 😉

  4. Theoden
    5 March 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Point well taken, Quasimodo.

    Sectarians still yoke themselves to something larger than their private opinions. That is so over!

    But Optional Baptism….that untethers them from all known theological coordinates. Such a move as this would exceed the bounds of mere revisionism. This is outright innovation.

    Look, in the sky…it’s….it’s…Buzz Lightyear in a chasuble! Shooting out of tired old orthodoxy, “into infinity and beyond!”

    Hmm, perhaps the post-TEC impressarios could rebrand themselves “Transmogrified Episcopalians of Southern Ohio” (TESO)?

    Theoden 😉

  5. Quasimodo
    7 March 2010 at 3:07 PM

    TESO! Taking Eucharist Sans Obligation?

    Blessings.

  6. Elder Oyster
    9 March 2010 at 1:18 AM

    Anyone hear anything?

  7. Quasimodo
    9 March 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Rumor has it that CWOB is a very open secret. Not officially endorsed, but not discouraged.

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