Thursday, October 19, 2006

Some Good News on the Ecumenical Front

The Diocese of the Chesapeake and Northeast became a constituent diocese of the Episcopal Missionary Church on October 14, 2006 at the General Synod of the EMC. Welcome, brothers and sisters in Christ! One can only hope that this and other recent mergers (such as the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province of America) will lead to the unification of Continuing and Orthodox Anglican bodies in the USA and worldwide.

Given (a) the divisions today between “mere Christians” and rampant revisionists in many, if not most, ecclesial bodies, and (b) the rapid return of globalized society to paganism, it seems like it’s time to bury a lot of denominational hatchets and remember who the real Enemy is. Of course, it took 2,000 years for us to screw things up to the point we’re at today; it will probably take a long time and a whole lot of Divine grace – if not outright Divine intervention - to put things back together again.

(The picture is from the DOCNE news website and shows (left to right) EMC Presiding Bishop William Millsaps, Bishop G. Wayne Craig (Ret.), Bishop Council Nedd II of the Diocese of the Chesapeake and Northeast, Bishop Lucian Lindsey, Suffragan Bishop of the South, newly ordained Deacons Robert M. Gichuru (DoC&N), Nahum Beard, M.D. (DoS), and John Edwards (DoC&N), and newly set apart lay deaconess Jean Edwards.)