Learning and singing on Sepharadic and Jewish culture.
What do you see as some of the biggest challenges facing Anglicans today?
Fundamentalism. It is a terrible collection of positions of intollerance, the solution to that is clearly meditating and reasoning our faith in community.
Poverty. It's the consequence of an irresponsible behavior on behalf of many Christians like us Anglicans.
What do you see as some of the biggest opportunities for Anglicans today?
Every person is a good opportunity to start the Kingdom of God inside every heart, the streets are our new church. How can we work in a responsible and coordinated way, with so many beaurocracies on behalf of many of our own ecclesiastical structures.
What do you want Anglimergent to be? and what other Anglimergent resources, gatherings, activities or events would you find helpful for your ministry?
Don't know I'm meeting you for the first time. The only thing I expect is to see here the welcoming and openminded church we say we are.
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Please forgive my tardiness, Miguel, responding to your message. My reading about Emergence has helped me understand it better. I recommend Elizabeth Tickle's book, The Great Emergence. Here are two key points in my thinking:
First, Emergence can mean almost anything, particulalryl as it synthesizes so many different theological perspectives and traditions across Christianity. Nonetheless, there is a common sense that the Holy Spirit surrounds us all and there's too much suffering in the world.
Second, If we structure our understandings of the Trinity according to the Bible's chronology, we see God as the prime mover, followed by the Son, and then comes the Holy Spirit. As each appears in the narrative, it becomes inspeparable from what came before, and we strive to wrap our minds around this extraordinary concept through faith and study. What Christian denominations have done is put their own special sense of how the Triune God interacts with us through this three-fold construction. Of course, their differences and similarities can be explained in other ways as well; however, what concerns me is something very fundamental to the human heart: a yearning and awareness that we are not alone.
In other words, the Holy Spirit is the universally perceived presence. By building a religious community from this premise alone, as Unitarian-Universalists and others we think outside Christianity have done, people have worked through an intuitively spiritual sensitivity that everyone has (though many deny it) to reassure their altruism and mutuality. Emergent Christians can do the same; that is, they can reverse the chronological construction of the Trinity and begin with their shared bonding with the Holy Spirit. Where that takes them next is anyone's guess. The point is that from their palpable sense of the Spirit's involvement in their lives, people can better understand why Jesus is their savior and God is the creator. Whether their worship returns more deeply into traditional prectices or develops new forms, the guiding consciousness behind these practices is the Holy Spirit, which like nature cannot abide a vacuum. It surrounds and dwells within everything and everyone, no matter the place or people's nationality, gender, age, race, or sexual orientation. Emergence then strives for unity through inclusion, not exclusion. Christianity did not begin in a garden or in a stable but in the moment, this moment.