On Sunday our Vicar stood up in front of the congregation and apologised for the Anglican Church. Now that's something you don't see every day. Shortly after the service, he left on a plane for Jerusalem where he is attending the Global Anglican Future Conference. I've been pondering this ever since.
I'm a Christian first, and an Anglican second. Church of England Anglican too, for what it's worth.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.
I can't see into the future, but I don't think it takes a crystal ball to predict schisms within the wider Anglican fellowship. Where do I stand in this? Where do our church leaders stand in this? And what are we going to do about it?
When two equally committed and sincere Christians hold two opposing views, who is wrong? How about when two Bishops disagree? Two Archbishops? Is there a way for both views to be right?
Praying that the truth will out.