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At the first of their meetings to focus on the Holy Spirit, two years ago in Wales, the Commission recommended the omission of the Filioque clause from the Nicene Creed, allowing that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father without adding the words, “and the Son.”
The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity – One God in three expressions. We know that. It’s basic theology to our church. But I am not sure we have taken the time to appreciate it because I think that The Holy Spirit sort of freaks us out. Well, at least she freaks me out. I think we humans like control. We westerners love control. We Episcopalians adore control. As for Catholics well, you get my drift. And The Holy Spirit – she giggles at control and up-turns it almost out of sheer mischievousness, enjoying flustering pale, white me in black.
Despite Duncan’s caution, the special convention came very close to creating a crisis in ACNA. A significant portion of clergy and lay voted for a candidate whose behavior violated the “teaching about the life-long permanence of Holy Matrimony” as delivered by the ACNA College of Bishops.
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