Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Quick Hi and Goodbye...

A new family with a couple of kids to be baptized is on their way in for a chat, so I won't take much of your time.

Good news around here: The Diocese of Virginia and Truro Church (Anglican), one of the largest of the breakaway groups, have come to a settlement. The litigation has gone on for five years, and was decided in favor of the Diocese, so in some ways this is more of a tidying up and a symbolic gesture than anything else (N.B. I am not an attorney, so I may be understating this.)

One of the elements of the agreement is a covenant of mutual charity and respect.

So for all who wondered if this litigation thing was a bad idea and unChristian, this gives an insight into one way the Holy Spirit works through us poor dumb humans. Yes, it was right and just that the property should come back to the Episcopal Church. It is in accordance with our polity, as it has been since the late 1700s. But it was also about working through all that pain and struggle to a place of grace.

May grace continue to light the corners of our conversations with those who have theological differences. It's been happening since 33 C.E. and, God willing, will keep on happening until the end of days.

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