March 26, 2017

March 14, 2013

Truro: it’s the Branding that Bugs Me

If a church toilet gets blocked, a rector might well grab a plunger and deal with the problem.  Said rector would not, we hope, go around the AC hawking “a model for servant leadership.”

The Truro situation would be less vexing if Truro ACNA and DioVA TEC simply called their interactions “gracious separation.”  Folks have been arguing, praying and seeking for that term to become a reality.  It seems apt to the basics of what is going on there - giving one another time and space to separate, to cease from litigation and name calling, and…

Well, that’s a big “and.”  It should read, “...and finally walk apart to get on with their mutually exclusive truth claims and efforts.”

Instead, they’ve gone with the “reconciliation” brand, and gone global with it, pitching stuff that sounds too much like ongoing collaboration rather than gracious separation.

That’s all I got.  There appears to be a carpet stain in my office and I need to have the sexton check a condensation problem in a pipe.  Will announce more as he and I live into this exercise in mutual ministry.  In fact, if your parish or diocese might be interested…

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You cannot serve two masters…that is the bottom line issue here…and I know this is true - for the Bible told me so.

[1] Posted by B. Hunter on 3-14-2013 at 10:40 AM · [top]

I don’t appreciate the behavioral approach of missional reconciliation. Paul and Barnabas come to mind too.

[2] Posted by Fr. Dale on 3-14-2013 at 01:54 PM · [top]

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