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Rachel Held Evans on celebrating sacraments

Rachel Held Evans on celebrating sacraments

Rachel Held Evans, progressive evangelical blogger and author, has been attending an Episcopal church for a while now. In an interview with Jonathan Merritt of the Religion News Service, she explains some of her reasons for embracing the Episcopal Church:

I felt drawn to the Episcopal church because it offered some practices I felt were missing in my evangelical experience, like space for silence and reflection, a focus on Christ’s presence at the communion table as the climax and center of every worship service, opportunities for women in leadership, and the inclusion of LGBT people.

Held Evans describes her appreciation of the sacraments in the life of the church and the development of disciples. Answering critics of the Episcopal Church’s orthodoxy, Held Evans says,

Every Sunday morning, I stand in my Episcopal church and join in a chorus of voices publicly affirming the Apostle’s Creed. …

If that’s not Christian orthodoxy, I don’t know what is.

Read the whole interview here. Held Evans was talking ahead of next month’s release of her new bookSearching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.

Posted by Rosalind Hughes


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Fr. Gregory Tipton

So happy to see folks citing the creeds 🙂

Geoff McLarney

I hope Evans doesn’t feel she needs to “leave evangelicalism” to embrace the Episcopal Church, which has a long tradition of an evangelical movement.

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