|Sometimes you make my head hurt, Pinky.|
|Yes I'm that guy who never does the wave at baseball games. Sit the he** down!|
The Rev. Cotton Mather led the drive toward smallpox vaccination in Boston nearly 300 years ago. Church buildings have installed fire prevention alarms and sprinklers. Religious groups have adhered to and followed governmental public safety mandates, ordinances, and regulations. Churches should lead and model this
"A monarchical modalist says 'what'?"
As Anglicans, we are part of a larger community: members of a diocese, of the Episcopal Church, of the Anglican Communion. We are mutually accountable to one another in those relationships, as well as being able to share resources and best practices.
|Even Scrooge's employees got Christmas off.|
If we think we are going to get several thousand people together for a 14 day meeting in the midst of financial collapse and global recession, with perhaps no vaccine in place, we are out of our freaking minds. We have simply rejected every reform proposal and refused to do change much of anything about General Convention. No other Christian denomination, even ones larger than the Episcopal Church like the ELCA and United Methodist Church, have their governing bodies meet this long.
Rather than being too long and costing a ton of money, a Convention held in the circumstances of a major recession and global health crisis would be a mockery and an affront, the Episcopal Church's own version of those people holding "My body my Choice" signs while refusing to wear masks in public. Are we honestly going to ask people from dioceses closing churches and laying off staff to pay for people to spend 14 days rewriting resolutions already submitted by Executive Council and Task Forces?
I also said years ago on this blog that we will not reform our structure or governance because so much of our church is just addicted to meetings, so rather than change eventually it will just cease to be able to function. I have written more times than I can count how in many ways the collapse is already in here, in slow motion, all around us.
This pandemic may be the impetus that brings much of it all tumbling down. The extinction event has begun.
It's time to ask the question.