Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good Theological Discussion Can Be Had - and Here's One Example.

There are those who suggest that lively theological discussion doesn't happen in the Episcopal Church; or that the conclusions are so determined by current social fashion as to make the discussion short, predictable, and vapid.

With that in mind, I'd like to invite my regular readers to an active online discussion led by one of my colleagues at the Episcopal Cafe.  Derek Olson has written in three parts a discourse on "Communion Without Baptism."  We all know that it happens occasionally, just because few of us want to set "crossing guards" between the front pews and the communion rails.  The question is whether we should make that an acceptable option (as happens in the invitation in a few congregations), or an exception to the norm to be addressed pastorally and individually.

It's a great discussion, and you can get in on it.  Read the first part, the second part, and the third part; and with each part read the comments.  Feel free, too, to add your own comments.  Sure, it will take a while - but, then, good theological reflection in community does take a while.  And this is good theological reflection, and well worth your time.  So, sit down, grab your favorite beverage, and get into it.

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