a few of the things I read that are worth passing along:
The Rev. Chuck Treadwell (deputy, Diocese of Texas) on the relationship between pastoral theology and doctrine when thinking about something like “communion without baptism:”
Any priest who has been a priest for very long knows, however, that pastoral theology often falls outside normative teaching and practice. Therefore, we occasionally respond pastorally in ways that bend the norms.
I am reminded of what I was taught by the Rev. Dr. Marion Hatchett: “never break a rubric unintentionally”. I think most priest have given communion to an unbaptized person. Hospitality and compassion may require it. But the doctrine of Baptism remains.
There’s a proposal to sell the Episcopal Church’s property at 815 Second Ave in NY. It’s expensive, underutilized, and a relic of a former age. Crusty Old Dean weighs in:
We can’t stop at selling 815 and think we have slain Constantine. COD is enthusiastically supportive of this resolution (I thought we should move most everything to the ELCA building in Chicago) with two caveats.
1) We will need to be OK with the transition needed. Staff, including support staff as well as program staff, will be needed to be treated fairly.
2) We must also think broader and more holistically, and not rush to details and obsess over things like where the new denominational building might be. We must also have conversations about what function our staff should have and how they will connect to all levels of the church.
If we don’t begin to think in this way, it won’t matter where the denomination gets its mail.
The proposed C001 resolution on restructuring (Thanks to David Sibley)
And finally, and most importantly, Bishop Curry’s sermon from this morning’s Eucharist–check it out, he can preach!