We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I no longer have a church to walk to. The Episcopal church here has been taken over by lesbians and gays demanding that I accept their prayers, their interpretations of ideology. Most important they demand that I give up my desire to say "The Lord's Prayer". In this place I have attended a mass in the Episcopal church that celebrated menstruation. A far cry from the original intent of celebrating communion. Any suggestions as to what to do about this situation? Hundreds of parishes across the nation have just put the keys on the table and walked away from the buildings and land . Where have they gone in the past 9 years?
Wow that is sick. Perhaps it may be time to look into an Orthodox faith such as Roman Catholic. We say the Lord's Prayer every mass holding hands...it is very moving every time. While the Catholic institution is far from perfect it is a much stronger rock against the tide of secular materialism than most other faiths I've investigated or been a part of. Come on home.
apple pie ... an Episcopal mass that celebrated menstruation? Good Lord protect us from political correctitude! Even Henry the Eighth would be disgusted, no matter how much he loved the ladies. I have seen the church I joined as an adult [the Episcopal Church] drift away from its roots, but this is a sick, silly direction for it to be taking. As phil g says above, maybe it's time to become a Roman.
At our Lutheran church, we have been singing the Lord's prayer while the congregation holds hands. The Lutheran church has just recently did a study on human sexuality and after a year studying the many issues, our church decided it was too contentious of a subject to address, so we do what Lutherans tend to do, not take a stand or take all sides(?).
But I have seen several Lutheran churches go the way of the Episcopals.
Maybe returning to Rome is ... well, since Martin started it all, I don't know...