Magazine article Anglican Journal

Things That Unite Us

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Things That Unite Us

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OLD CAL PUT down his copy of the Anglican Journal and shook his head. "We need to stop beating ourselves over the head with issues that divide us," he said. "Sometimes I think that we're too theological for our own good."

We had walked down to the local coffee shop, dodging puddles and mounds of wet snow. He ordered a large tea, bag in, with a healthy dose of milk. When he learned that I was buying, he also ordered an apple fritter. We sat for 30 minutes or so, he with the Journal and me with the daily newspaper.

"Sometimes I think that our church leaders just don't get it," he said. "We have a lot of good things to celebrate--look at the Primate's Fund's (the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund) 50th anniversary. Fifty years of working with the poor and disadvantaged around the world; refugees, communities and villages--and here we are talking about moratoria and parishes leaving the Anglican church over same-sex blessings."

"Let's put our energy into soup kitchens or working with native folk to deal with poverty and injustice. If we'd spend as much time filling up the pews on Sundays as we do on same-sex blessings, we'd be a growing and vibrant church. …

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