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Learning from the Anglican Church of Canada

Learning from the Anglican Church of Canada

The Task Force to Re-imagine the Episcopal Church, which is meeting today in Baltimore, watched this video about renewal in the Anglican Church of Canada.


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Jeffrey Cox

I still believe it lies in restoration with the break-away groups in North America. There is energy in the break-aways and organization in the established those who did not leave. Can there be common spiritual mission and two distinct bodies that practice the Anglican traditions? Can one support full inclusion of marriage and the other one uphold the traditions? Can we stop the fighting and work together? Can we consolidate our work, have more missionary structures for smaller dioceses, and open newer missions?

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Jesse Zink

I hope the ReimagineTEC Task Force is also looking at some of the structural changes, the ACC Synod made last week—changing size/representation of Synod, etc. It seems those things are more fully in the remit of the Task Force. The issues raised by this video are issues for the whole church to consider.

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Rod Gillis

There may be some "learnings"

from the Anglican Church of Canada, applicable to the "Task Force to Re-Imagine the Episcopal Church", but not, I would suggest, from this video. One of our ecumenical partners described our Canadian Church as one of the most bureaucratic of organizations. The Canadian Church is over-governed. Many dioceses here are struggling to pay their apportionment to the "National Church." There has been a budget crisis. There is an absence of youth, including young priests in many dioceses with new and fresh ideas, ideas that go beyond asking what Jesus would tweet. It is not clear to me that the church at the National or diocesan levels in some cases here is in touch with or effectively supportive of parishes in their communities. The video notes that the church needs to transform unjust structures, yet the Canadian Church has is still working piecemeal with regard to same-sex marriage--no decision possible until 2016.

Giles Fraser has an interesting article, there is a link under weekly opinion at Thinking Anglicans, in which he talks about congregations being the dynamo. If one wants to learn about effective renewal, Fraser's article, rather than this video might be a better place to look.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2013/jul/12/real-power-church-bishops-congregations

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Ann Fontaine

Here is a Gallup study of why people join a church and why they stay.

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Harriet Baber

Not impressed. Is there any evidence that this pious goody-goody stuff gets anyone in? Ugh. Its sickening.

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