Monday, January 28, 2008

On the Episcopal-Hindu Hoo-Rah

Cap'n Bill here. Susan Russell of Integrity writes:

On the Episcopal-Hindu Hoo-Rah

I haven't weighed in on this one up until now but maybe it's time to say a word or two about what I've come to think of as "The Hindu Hoo-Rah."

BACKGROUND: From our Diocesan News Service:
"Indian Rite Mass celebrates ties between two faiths"

In a colorful rite that honored the traditions of both the Christian and Hindu faiths in India, some 260 participants gathered for an Indian Rite Mass on January 19 at St. John's Pro-Cathedral. Bishop Chester Talton, who attended the service, read a statement from Bishop J. Jon Bruno that offered friendship to the Hindu people of the Indian community and apologized for past harsh treatment of the Indian people by Christians.

During the service, trays of flowers were offered to God, as is traditional in India. At the Eucharist, Hindu attendees were invited forward to take a flower as a sign of friendship: Indian Christians, some of whom were also in traditional garb, took part in the Eucharist. Indian, Orthodox and tradition Western church music were offered by the choir of St. John's and two Indian bands.
Sounds like fun. Sorry I missed it. What I didn't miss, however, was the furor by the Communion Police who were horrified that a Hindu might have snuck through and received the bread and wine made holy. (If you missed it, it's been blogged on here and here and here and here ... and the subject of much conversation over at the HoB/D (AKA "House of Bishops & Deputies") List.

My, my, my!

Is it surprising that those on the forefront of changing church policy find the only thing to comment on the judgmentalism of the orthodox believers in this situation of syncretistic worship and statement of decommissioning the Great Commission, and actually says, "Sounds like fun. Sorry I missed it?"

Go here to read it and be sure to catch the picture of Louie Crew in feather boa in the story above it, too. (For goodness sake, the man is on the Executive Committe of TEC, I believe).

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