From the Daily Episcopalian on Episcopal Cafe (with thanks to Monica Romano for the tip):

By Marshall Scott

I’ve been thinking about another of my frequent conversations at the bedside. It begins with, “How are you doing?” And while it might wander a bit, frequently it comes back to this: “I’m having a hard time with this, Chaplain; but they say that God won’t give you more than you can handle.” My initial response to this is, “Perhaps; but I often find myself wishing God didn’t have quite so much faith in me!” (more…)

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Marshall Scott writes in his article “What will be lost,” which I found in the Daily Episcopalian part of Episcopal Cafe:

For most of my career in the Episcopal Church we have been conscious of – even proud of – our vagueness. That’s not to say that it hasn’t driven every one of us crazy at some point; but we cherished it nonetheless. It allowed us to always pray together, usually worship together, and sometimes work together despite our strongly-held differences. The old epigram associated “Broad-” churchmanship and “haziness;” but the truth was that we all took part in some haziness as a central strategy of living together in the Episcopal Church.

I think he’s right.  We are being driven to do something which is counter to the roots of tradition:  to define concisely what one must believe to be an Episcopalian (and thus define out anyone who doesn’t fit in this narrow definition).  We are in danger of losing the breadth which is our heritage.  We are in danger of declaring that we cannot live with and pray with those who disagree with us on important issues.  We are in danger of creating outcasts in the Body of Christ.  I think it’s awful!  If you’d like to see the rest of his article, you can find it here.