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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Some Churches See Him



NPR: What other reforms do you hope to bring to the Church under your leadership?

PB [Katherine Jefferts Schori]: I think my basic hope is that we remember that, as the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1940 said, "The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not members." Our focus needs not to be so much on internal politics, but on serving the world, on helping to heal a world that is broken.
(Cribbed from Father Jake, just because it was easier that way)

Some churches (by which I mean congregations) see this, and some do not. It is the distinction between a Church of Meaning and Belonging, and a Church of Sacrifice for Meaning and Belonging. PB Schori is calling The Episcopal Church to be the latter. It's a good calling, and one I think the church is up to.

But it certainly won't be easy; or painless. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

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