Sunday Adult Formation: Challenges WE Face as part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion
Sunday, September 25, 2022, 9:30 AM
The worldwide Anglican Communion is a network of independent and interdependent churches that are “in communion” (i.e., a mutual relationship) with the See of Canterbury, ceremonially headed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It involves over 85 million people in 165 countries and is one of the largest Christian churches in the world. The Episcopal Church here in the United States– and we who ARE St. Thomas Episcopal Church – are part of that worldwide Anglican Communion. There are important things that unite us as Anglicans – but also tensions that strain our relationship – exemplified by the recently completed Lambeth Conference, held in August this year. Ordinarily this event, involving Anglican bishops from around the world, meets every ten years, though this session had been postponed by internal disputes regarding human sexuality and COVID delays.
The structure for this series is provided by a set of “Calls” – basically “Challenges” – considered at the Lambeth Conference, July 26-August 8 this year, involving 650+ Bishops from the Anglican Communion. The Lambeth Calls propose the Anglican Communion’s agenda of concerns for the coming decade – and it is wide-ranging! Our focus in this series is what this might look like in the life and ministry of St. Thomas Church in the greater Columbus area.
- 9/25 - Rev. Grace: Overview of the Anglican Communion
- 10/2 - Rev. Grace: The Challenges of Anglican Identity and of World Mission & Evangelism
- 10/9 & 10/16 - Denny Clark: The Challenges of Human Dignity (including issues of sexuality & gender) and of Safe Church
- 10/23 - Brian Schwartz: The Challenges of Science & Faith and of Environment & Sustained Development
- 10/30 - Gayla Tillman from GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light): Responding in Georgia to the Challenge of Environment & Sustained Development
- 11/6 - The Challenge of Discipleship
- 11/13 - Denny Clark: The Challenges of Christian Unity and of Inter-Faith Relations
- 11/20 - The Challenge of Reconciliation (especially relating to Racial Reconciliation)