I wrote about the new church we’re attending here. I thought I should close off by letting you know what happened at our old church, Blessed Sacrament, since I wrote so much about what was happening when we were leaving.
Our old parish’s idea of being a “diversified parish” has undergone some changes since we left. They dropped the Roman Catholic option; I gather most of the Catholics decided to actually go and attend Catholic churches, which makes sense to me.
They did end up with a diversified parish though. There is a small group that’s formed a church plant under an ACNA bishop. They are officially a church plant, but they still attend Blessed Sacrament’s services. What I’ve been told is that they have the same preaching, the same Sunday schools, the same coffee hour, the same choir, the same mass, the same ministries. (This is all my understanding from afar, I should point out. I'm not part of it, so I'm sure I'm missing some details.)
So, that’s what’s happened, as far as I can gather. I still think it’s a bad idea. Which some would say means that I still just don’t get it. :) But I still hope, for my friends’ sake, that it all works out somehow. I remember being in the Episcopal Church, and all the stress and hardship that goes with being at serious odds with the people who are supposed to be shepherding you, and my friends are still in the midst of that mess (or at least connected to it), so I still hope they find their way clear of it, one way or another. The way out for me might not be the way out for them. But I hope still hope it ends well for them. We don't agree about how the battle should be fought, but we're certainly on the same side.
Peace of Christ to you,