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Renewal in the Spirit: The Archbishop’s Pentecost Letter to the Anglican Communion

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[Note: The following is a summary of the Archbishop's Pentecost letter to the Communion.  I will respond with my own thoughts when I have the chance, but I wanted to pass this along to those who might not see this elsewhere. -JBH]

Friday 28 May 2010

In his Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages Anglicans to pray for renewal in the Spirit and focus on the priority of mission, so that ‘we may indeed do what God asks of us and let all people know that new and forgiven life in Christ is possible’.

The Archbishop acknowledges that Anglicans are experiencing a period of transition in the world: ‘when the voice and witness in the Communion of Christians from the developing world is more articulate and creative than ever, and when the rapidity of social change in ‘developed’ nations leaves even some of the most faithful and traditional Christian communities uncertain where to draw the boundaries in controversial matters – not only sexuality but issues of bioethics, for example, or the complexities of morality in the financial world.’

In response to the current situation the Archbishop makes clear that when a province ‘declines to accept requests or advice from the consultative organs of the Communion, it is very hard to see how members of that province can be placed in position where they are required to represent the Communion as a whole. This affects both our ecumenical dialogues…and our faith-and-order related groups.’

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Trapped in the 1960’s

I recently came across an article from the New York Times observing that our political debates often get sucked into the vortex of 1960’s politics.  Of course, what can be said of politics specifically is often true of the society generally.  In this case, I definitely believe it is true of the institutional Church:

It is your classic self-fulfilling prophecy: the more the ’60s generation dominates the political discourse, the less that discourse engages younger voters, and the longer the boomers hold sway over our politics.

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Has anyone else observed this phenomenon?