Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said the Ohio meeting should be seen as “as a vast field of exploration [beyond good and evil] rather than a moment of decision” that might be construed by some as a make-or-break moment in the history of the Communion.
In 20 years, he predicted, the church will be talking about something else.Read the whole thing here. And read / join the discussion at T19. Noteworthy among the comments there, was this prophetic voice:
Griswold says we will be talking about something else in 20 years, and he’s probably right. A few prognostications as to what we (sorry, they) will be discussing:
- Blessing polygamous “marriages” (though that probably will take 10 years, not 20).
- The latest report from the Standing Committee on Mission sounding a note of “caution” as ASA sinks below 250,000; the Committee will make the recommendation that rap music be introduced for all processionals to stem the tide.
- Into the fifth year of a “listening process” with Wiccans, GC will add an official shrub-worshipping rite to the Alternative Book of Services. The American Anglican Synod of America, representing a few churches in Fort Worth, will threaten a schism if the service is not removed by Lambeth 2028.
- “Open-Creation Communion,” in which pets are invited to receive the organic-wheat bread and fair-trade white grape juice at all ECUSA churches along with all humans so as not to be “anthro-centric."