3 Reasons We Still Can’t Be Friends

Nov 29, 2019 by

by Anne Kennedy, Stand Firm:

I have watched with interest over the last two weeks as a small Anglican tempest has brewed in the small Anglican teapot. Anyone who is unfamiliar with our old “trouble” will probably want to pass along by on the other side of the road, but some of you might want to stick around because it’s a little bit sticky, and a little bit gossipy and therefore well worth your while.

So several weeks ago a service was held at Duke where seminarians from both TEC and ACNA are engaged in their theological studies. Everybody has to go to church, of course, but not everybody has to go to church at the same time or in the same place, and certainly, not everybody wants their bishops to come together to shake hands with the bishops of their fellow students, especially when those bishops are institutionally, theologically, and doctrinally divided from each other. Nevertheless they all did and the seminarians were the acolytes.

A week later one Hannah King, recently ordained in my own church, the ACNA, along with her husband, wrote this piece. As nice as pie, she praised God that she and others of her generation have been able to move past the rancor and division that went along with the split—what she calls “schism” of the ACNA from TEC. She could have gone either way, she says, because really, it is time to move past all the division and trouble.

In time, she was answered by this person. Respect your elders, he answered her, they gave up everything. And also, they left for decent and godly reasons.

I read through all the posts with the uncomfortable realization that I am probably one of the “elders,” not withstanding the flabbiness of my neck, and that certainly I have lived through the “wars” and managed to come out on the other side basically alive but with a pronounced limp.

I wanted to say just three things.

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