Why is the US Episcopal church afraid of innovation and inclusive language in liturgy when The Church of England is responding creatively and expansively? The Rev. Winnie Varghese asks in her essay at Huffington Post:
I think there is one significant negative impact of women ordained in The Episcopal Church. We, as a church, have become sensitive to anything perceived as an innovation. We seem to want to claim traditional and orthodox more than faithful, just or compassionate. As though traditional or orthodox equals unquestionable truth, not simply what was done or thought in the past.
Inclusive and expansive language means I get to hear the poetry of today and yesterday and my capacity to imagine God at work in the world expands. I wish the new generations of clergy in The Episcopal Church would take a page from the mother church I witnessed this week. Every service I attended, from cathedral to royal peculiar to parish church was pastoral and creative in its prayers. The language was modern, the prayers written for the occasion, the images rich.
What if our rigidity is why we are failing? By failing I don’t mean declining numbers in the church, but failing in being a church engaged in reconciliation within ourselves and in the world. There are implications to limiting our language for God.
Read it all here.