I was visiting a parish last night that is in transition (meaning they currently have an interim priest and are in the process of calling their next rector). They expressed fear over losing their identity. It manifested in some other ways but really came down to that they don't want to change who they are.
I like to say that The Episcopal Church wants you to become your best self and supports you in that. I also can then extrapolate that they want our churches to be their best selves as well. But we don't determine what that best self is. Every church is different as every person is different. We are better by our diversity of styles, theology, demographic makeup, etc... So each church needs to be listening for the Holy Spirit to manifest what that best self is. And it changes so keep listening!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
I have been purposely pretty quiet the last couple of months. There has been a lot I could talk about but felt it was prudent to be in a time of listening more than talking. In August, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina but that is far from the end of this journey. I won't go into the details as they are well reported. Here is a local news article that summarizes the last two months in a fair way.