I just read a lenten reflection from Phyllis Tickle which was both encouraging and refreshing as it brought me hope and healthy challenge. It is backdated on beliefnet's site and is well worth the five minutes to read and rest of the day to reflect on. Here's a snippet:
"I was at a meeting in Minneapolis for two days last week, and I have been processing that fact ever since. As meetings go, this one was important…pivotal even, I suspect. It was a gathering of a dozen and a half people, some of whom were emergent Christians and more than half of whom were Anglican types. I say "types" advisedly, because most of the Episcopalians were there because we are what is now being called "Anglo-mergents." That is, we are traditional Anglicans, tied to our liturgy and our Book of Common Prayer and our strong sense of ecclesial history, but infused with the passions and post-modern theology of the Christianity emerging now in the 21st century. Heavily incarnational, heavily missional, deeply persuaded, aesthetically and relationally oriented, that fresh expression of the ancient faith is a post-denominational re-invigoration for our time in much the same way that Protestantism was itself a re-invigoration of the faith in Reformation times . . .
'Every day the bank is open, we pray before we open the doors that all will receive what they need and that we will deny no one who asks, even if we can not be sure of the genuineness of his or her need. It's the only way we can do it. Christianity is the religion of the stranger. There's no way to follow Jesus without reaching out to the stranger, no way to follow Him without exercising biblical hospitality. What we are really praying for in our opening prayer is the salvation of our own faith and souls as much as for the well-being of those waiting outside for the doors to open.' "
Read on . . .