Sorry for the blog inactivity over the past couple of days. I’ll be posting something more substantial shortly, but to explain myself:
I was at a writers’ workshop for InTrust magazine over the weekend. InTrust, which goes out to presidents and trustees of evangelical, mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic seminaries all over North America, is edited by my friend and fellow Dukie Jay Blossom. I write for it once in a while [one of my InTrust articles, on a new Wesleyan seminary, is here], and each year they hold a writers’ workshop in which we writers hear from seminary presidents and others about issues that impact the running of seminaries.
Here is the happy group of writers from this weekend. We are standing on the gorgeous campus of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, a venerable (and wealthy) seminary of the Episcopalian Church (we also visited Wesley Seminary in D.C.) Yes, that’s me in the outrageous Hawaiian shirt, third from the left:
Check out this Orthodox history Facebook site’s account of what happened when the Episcopalian and Eastern Orthodox Churches in America dialogued and neared union . . . until an orthodox saint named Raphael, who was the hinge of these talks, did an about-face . . .
We Westerners usually think about African Christianity (if we think about it at all) as something “over there”–pretty much irrelevant to our daily doings. A few years back that all changed, as Western Anglican was forced to reckon with this new force to be reckoned with:
Christian History Corner: The African Lion Roars in the Western Church
Anglican liberals are fretting, conservatives rejoicing, and all are scrambling to their history books: whence this new evangelical force on the world scene?
Eleven summers ago, the lion of African Anglicanism roared. Five years later, it bared its claws.
The summer of 1998 saw the every-ten-years Lambeth Conference of the worldwide Anglican communion absorbed with issues of human sexuality. At its meetings, African Anglicans led a campaign against the liberalizing of the church’s teachings on homosexuality. Continue reading →