This is a great post by a wise man.
Added by Elisabeth Dewey on July 22, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments
I've been thinking more on the issues of ordination and its traditions and practices. The early church model of attendance was based on fellowship, not membership, and it was voluntary. The Bible does not even suggest a requirement of a specified manner of ordination, or even ordination at all, to perform baptisms, Eucharist, or evangelize.
When did 'churches' adopt an extra-Biblical approach to who might perform these tasks and further, create requirements of…Continue
Oosh. It's always hard when someone's writing stirs up a reaction in my soul.
Today I'm having a problem with the words of Canon Dan Webster as published in the Maryland Church News. Canon Webster is speaking of the adaptive change needed to lead a 21st century parish.
In his article, Canon Webster states 'Change can be frightening. We resist change as human beings. …Continue
Added by Elisabeth Dewey on July 20, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
Dr. Matthew Fox. Creation Spirituality, is the author of his new book. the Pope's war.
it tells the role of Joseph Ratzingar his role in the Vatican. as a Cardinal in the congregation of Doctrine and Faith, it details its witch hunt against people who stood in solidarity with people who were p[olitical social alienated. other people who were censored who disagreed with the congregations views, about people who are gay/lesbian
the rise of Cardinal Joseph Raatzingar as Pope…Continue
Added by Con Carroll on July 19, 2011 at 4:23am — No Comments
Jon Dewey and Ray Bell have an excellent conversation going about the Episcopal church and it's process for the ordination of priests. Their comments, as insiders, are insightful and would be a great springboard for the denomination to take a look at the ordination process.
One of Jon's key points is that he personally has degrees and qualifications that make him a well-qualified minister of another denomination, yet his Doctorate of Ministry and 4 other degrees are not considered…Continue
I formally served in a denomination that did not require a seminary education for its clergy, only a bachelor's level Bible college degree which could be completed after ordination. That denomination expected its ministers to be bi-vocational and it served them well. In the Episcopal church I was trained in an alternative program designed for "later vocations," and our folks usually did much better on GOE's than the residential seminaries did. It was designed for those who wanted to serve,…Continue