06 April 2009

Apparently Even Episcopalians Have Lines they Won't Cross

Who would've guessed?
The Episcopal Church has defrocked Ann Holmes Redding, the Seattle Episcopal priest who announced in 2007 that she is both Christian and Muslim...

Redding, who had formerly served as director of faith formation at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Capitol Hill, announced in June 2007 that for more than a year, she had also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Muslim prayers moved her profoundly.

It was an announcement that perplexed many, though Redding said she didn't feel a need to reconcile all the differences between the two faiths, believing that at the most basic level they are compatible.

Yes, that's right. The Episcopal Church church has finally found something intolerable! This may actually represent a breakthrough for TEC.

On the other hand, it is sufficient commentary on the dismal state of theological education in the mainline denominations that this woman could serve as "director of faith formation" at a cathedral church, and believe that Islam and Christianity are "at the most basic level... compatible."

One step forward, three steps back.

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