Sunday, May 25, 2008

Conforming to the spirit of the age?

Sat, May. 24, 2008
By Steve Banner
Special to the Star-Telegram

Given Fort Worth's long history as a home for independent thinkers, it probably comes as no surprise to most readers that the city is close to the center of a national debate with international ramifications: the future of the Episcopal Church.
That denomination is the American branch (or province) of the worldwide Anglican Communion, based in Canterbury, England. More than 80 million Anglicans are spread over 160 countries, according to the church's Web site, including some 2.3 million in the United States.

As a lifelong Anglican who has traveled extensively on business during my adult years, I have been a member of congregations in Australia, Canada, Sweden, Florida and Fort Worth. I also have attended worship services in a number of other countries I visited, but in each case I found a common thread of liturgy and theology that could be traced back well beyond my ancestors William Connor Magee (bishop of Peterborough, 1868-1891, and archbishop of York, 1891) and his grandfather William Magee (archbishop of Dublin, 1822-1831).

I have felt that sense of consistency begin to wane during the past few years as the teachings of the Episcopal Church have drifted away from the traditions of the past centuries. the rest image


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