Tuesday, June 27, 2006

ECUSA Resolution on Eucharistic Sharing with Methodists

From an article at The Living Church.
An interim eucharistic sharing proposal with the United Methodist Church evoked strong passions in the (Episcopal – ed.) House of Bishops on June 15.

Resolution A055 would permit Episcopal and Methodist clergy to “stand together at the eucharistic table,” said the Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting, Presiding Heresiarch Bishop’s Deputy for Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations. However, the resolution does not call for “interchangeability” of ministers and is the start of a conversation, not a final agreement, he explained.

In the first place, given everything else they stand for, the last thing I want to get close to is an Episcopal Bishop with “strong passions” evoked. Ewwwwww.

Secondly, how can this possibly be a big deal in ECUSA, or TEC, or whatever it is now? The last time I went to an Episcopal (USA) service, the priestess invited anyone who felt like it – irrespective of faith or baptism - to the communion rail, then spent 5 full minutes telling the congregation the mechanics of receiving and not one second on what it means to receive. Had he been there, I could have wound up sharing communion with Osama bin Laden! Given that, what possible difference could a Methodist make?