Friday, April 28, 2006

A Gracious Separation Proposed for the Episcopal Church

I’ve long said that the best possible way to proceed for denominations like PCUSA and ECUSA deeply split between orthodox and liberals may be what has been called “a gracious separation.”

A gracious separation recognizes a split between “two religions” already exists and that the best resolution is to split the church structures accordingly with a minimum of recriminations. Then both sides can focus on their missions without expending time and energy fighting each other to the death . . . or until death . . . which about the same thing.

(Of course, many will instead be forced to get off the fence. But that may be a good thing, too.)

Jack+ Estes has proposed such a split in the Episcopal Church and is recommending a resolution for the General Convention.

I have a busy day on tap, so for now I’ll echo Chris Johnson and say it’s a sensible resolution . . . and therefore doesn’t have a snowball’s chance.

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