Saturday, November 18, 2006

Where we might see communion?

After 10 days of being distracted by actually writing my thesis, working on the new humor blog on the GOEs, and other work, I return her to ask: Where might we actually see communion?

There are numerous ways to describe the Church, even in the New Testament there are over 100 metaphors, analogies, and images that are used (according to my Catholic University professor).

One element that I think is absolutely essential for true communion is a healthy and robust sense of humility based in a deep understanding of brokenness, falling short of one's true nature, not living into one's better self, and, dare I say, sin. When people gather together with a deep sense of confession, humility, and vulnerability - here is where they most fully experience God's grace and communion with us, and where they can experience one another in communion.

Where might we actually see communion?

It is a difficult question, for our lives and our relationships, and our families, and our communities and our churches all have conflict and the challenges of difference.

So, dipping my toe in the waters of the visible church of the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church, I offer up a few thoughts:

First, this article, posted on the Times Online Blog of Ruth Gledhill, describes Rowan Williams and the fact that when he was at Cambridge he received a hard time from evangelicals who thought he was too liberal, now he's receiving a hard time from folks on the other side of that equation. Ms. Gledhill has some insightful thoughts on this observation which may be a model for us as well.

Second, after hearing a wonderful lecture and discussion by the Anglican Feminist Theologian Sarah Coakley yesterday, I realize how much more I need to reflect upon the Trinity, and whether the Trinity can really be a model for us in this visible, real world. She offered to me a greater vision of the mystical aspect of the Trinity, and caused me to wonder just how far the Trinity can be helpful for the building of an ecclesiology of communion.

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