Despite the claims of some, the conviction of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and God and the absolute imperative of evangelism are not in dispute in the common life of the Communion.Although this is a case of defining deviancy down, at least it is a clear statement that can be assessed. That is, it is a clear and clearly false statement. Below I will demonstrate that there are dioceses of the Anglican Communion which include within their common life:
1) doubts or rejection of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and God, and/ or
2) doubts or rejection of the absolute imperative of evangelism.
If the information I provide below were presented to ++Rowan, would he withdraw the invitations of the bishops of those dioceses to Lambeth? If he would not withdraw the invitations of such bishops to Lambeth, than isn't he permitting the dispute of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and God and the absolute imperative of evangelism within the common life of the Communion.
DISPUTING THE UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND GOD
Arizona (Bishop Kirk S. Smith)
Has at least two churches that dispute the Lordship of Christ. Grace St. Paul's prominent rector denied Jesus Christ is Lord and at Tucson's largest Episcopal church, St. Philip's in the Hills, associate rector Susan Anderson-Smith has revised the liturgy to exclude references to Lord.
Niagra (Bishop Michael Bird) The June 2008 issue of the Niagra Anglican, the official publication of the diocese, the article beginning on the front page titled "Time for a Christian Truce" by Christopher M. Grabiec, editor, argues that although Arius believed that Jesus was a created being and hence in some ways inferior to God, no one really knows if Arius was right or wrong and it doesn't matter.
Northern California (Bishop Barry Beisner) -- During Advent 2007, invited Buddhist monks to construct a healing Medicine Buddha mandala and chant and pray to it in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
September 2007 Diocesan Newsletter proclaims a theology in which all persons are the living Christ.
Pennsylvania (Bishop Charles Bennison)
During Epiphany 2007-8, invited a Buddhist monk to construct a Buddhist mandala depicting Jesus and Buddha as equals at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.
DISPUTING THE ABSOLUTE IMPERATIVE OF EVANGELISM
Los Angeles (Bishop Jon Bruno) -- Wrote a proclamation which was read at St. John’s Cathedral renouncing the proselytizing of Hindus and apologizing for such efforts in the past:
During the service, the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, issued a statement of apology to the Hindu religious community for centuries-old acts of religious discrimination by Christians, including attempts to convert them.
“I believe that the world cannot afford for us to repeat the errors of our past, in which we sought to dominate rather than to serve,” Bruno said in a statement read by the Rt. Rev. Chester Talton. “In this spirit, and in order to take another step in building trust between our two great religious traditions, I offer a sincere apology to the Hindu religious community.”
The bishop also said he was committed to renouncing “proselytizing” of Hindus. Bruno had been scheduled to read the statement himself, but a death of a close family friend prevented him from attending the service.
H/T Stand Firm, Peter Ould , MCJ