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Focusing on the attitudes with which we attempt to do church has the potential to guard against the dangers that inevitably accompany any attempt to impose on a community the kind of one-size-fits-all programming that inevitably ends up doing violence to the community.
I cannot think of many things that have drawn over 250 people, many with no church connection, to attend two church-hosted events within 6 weeks of each other. I can certainly not call to mind anything that has ever enabled our congregation to raise $100,000.00 within three months. And there have not been many undertakings in the church as I have experienced it for which the volunteer power power available has almost exceeded the obvious need.
So, if the changes I have identified are real and are important, what might these changes mean for our way of doing church in the future?
Here are two more changes I see in the prevailing western culture to which the church may be well served to pay attention.
There are 60 of us. We are mostly deacons or priests in ministry in the Anglican church in the Diocese of British Columbia.
Many church communities are rapidly approaching Annual Report time.
At the end of its orignal airing in 2013 Guardian writer Viv Groskop wrote of the TV minis-series “Generation War” that “no television programme has ever caused as much debate in German society.”
Often, while preaching, I find myself wishing it was possible to make my words sound more in public the way they sound in my heart.
David Virtue, of the conservative blog “VirtueOnLine: The Voice For Global Orthodox Anglicanism”, has provided a commentary on Canadian Primate Archbishop Fred Hiltz’s remarks in response to the meeting of Anglican Primates January 11-15, 2016 at Canterbury.
There are times we think we know what we are talking about when in fact, there depths to the discussion we had not imagined.