Following up on some posts a while back:
Ecumenical cathedral for Christchurch
Keeping my antennae up for what is what and what is not in the thinkingsphere of Christchurch re cathedral or cathedrals and other large churches I am wondering about these questions:
(1) Do we Christians with strong denominational allegiances really grasp the importance for non-Christians of seeing Christians working and worshipping together?
(2) Is a truly ecumenical cathedral (i.e. not only open to all churches for use, but also jointly controlled by all churches) utterly unrealistic?
(3) If 'Yes' to (2), would we Anglicans consider building an ecumenical cathedral which we governed according to a perpetual trust in which we committed ourselves to making the building available to other churches as a priority of use?
I acknowledge that (3) might also prove to be utterly unrealistic, but it would be worth a shot. I sense that Anglicans are not about to give away control and governance of the cathedral (partly because we want to have a cathedral to call our own, partly because the record of joint ecumenical control of churches in this country is not brilliant). I know that currently we consider our cathedral is in general terms open to all. But I wonder if that openness is an openness to the occasional use by other churches and not to regular services being held there by other denominations. (3) here would be about openness to a new way of the cathedral being an ecumenical cathedral.
What my antennae are detecting is the possibility that quite a few Anglicans would like to see the ecumenicity of the future cathedral be explored with resolution and openness to the leading of the Spirit.
Do not go to General Synod in Fiji
On this matter I am hearing nothing at all which suggests it is a good idea for our General Synod to meet in a country where people are bullied, beaten and even killed when opposition to the regime is suspected. There are other ways to engage with the church in Fiji and offer encouragement and support.. Taking our General Synod to a place where we will not be free to speak out what we think about the government of that place cuts against the prophetic freedom we normally prize and cherish at General Synod.