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It is 7:00 in the morning. The phone rings at home. A cheery voice on the other end of the line says, “Good morning. How are you this morning?” Warily, I reply, “I am fine thank you”.

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Three final reasons why, even in the midst of COVID we might want to continue seeking to engage in this curious enterprise we call “church”:

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The reality of COVID has caused an inevitable re-evaluation of much that we do in our society.  Before returning mindlessly to business as usual, it is important to hold the questions that have been raised by the massive shifts we have experienced over the past three months and allow the questions to do their work in our lives.

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No, this is not the doubting question of a despairing priest. Nor is it a cynical query from a despiser of religious institutions.

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Forty years ago today, I stood in front of a packed congregation in a large church on Bloor Street in Toronto. I was one of twelve people being ordained deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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My piece below first appeared in slightly edited form in the April Anglican Diocese of BC publication the “Diocesan Post” (link at bottom).

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… oh wait a minute, that was twenty-five years ago… or was it forty-three years ago?

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I do not follow Richard Rohr’s daily meditations online, but many people in the community in which I serve, do read Rohr’s reflections every day. I am grateful that often some of these faithful readers forward to me reflections they feel might be particularly pertinent.

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There is a lot of talk these days in some circles about “church decline.” The conversation is not new, nor surprising. But it seems to take on renewed energy as two prominent United Church congregations in the city where I live announce plans to amalgamate their communities.

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Dear Tracey,

Thirty-nine years ago last month I stood up in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto with eleven other young men and women to do what you are doing this morning – or I suppose by now, have already done.

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