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I presume, since the homily was delivered by a priestess, the story was about a character who was Christian, Hindu, and Muslim at the same time, the catch-phrase “radical welcome” was used, and there was space in the pews on Easter Sunday, that this was an Episcopal Church.
A very beautiful sanctuary. Someday it will make a great themed restaurant or event venue.
OH--THANK YOU dear Barrister!! It has been so many, many years since I sat in my church and heard a sermon like this. Not a political lecture--not a message about how terrible we are to be white, or about sexual difference, or how wonderful it is to be a female and have your monthly cycle. NO--this is exactly how I was raised by a minister in my Episcopal church, who believed in love, came from the English seminary, and could tell the "best story".
Good God (no pun intended), I assumed this video was offered up as a perfect example of why the Episcopal church is on its death bed. You mean it gets worse than this??
Easter is the most Holy of days in the Christian calendar. Without a belief in the Resurrection, and thereby the Divinity of Christ, the Christian faith is little more than theistic psychobabble. In this video the female rector built her entire Easter sermon around The Life of Pi, a story that advances a blatantly pantheistic view of God, thereby rejecting the one central core tenant of the Christian faith she purports to advance.
Renouncing your faith in the Divinity of Jesus Christ in the name of tolerance of other worldviews is still renouncing your faith. To do so in an Easter sermon is an outrage. No wonder the Episcopal church is dying.
In doing a re-read I realize that perhaps I may need to clarify "best story". A sermon in the best Episcopal tradition is a story that makes the listener think for themselves about today's reality and determine for themselves the way in which they will "walk the talk".
That viewpoint is what has marginalized Christianity all over the world. A Christian pastor should be speaking to all people but should be speaking about Christ. About the only thing Episcopalians have going for them these days are beautiful churches. They try to be all things to everyone and have become like dust too all. Most people I know who go to Episcopalian churches do so to be seen. All the old mainline denominational churches started preaching what people wanted to hear instead of scripture. I'm sorry if the truth makes you uncomfortable but the Bible, upon which Christianity is based, is not a Chinese menu where you pick the dishes you like.
1 Cor 14:34
"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law."
When she got to the part where the kid was Hindu, Christian, and Muslim, I bailed, and judging from comments, I figure I was right to do so. If Hinduism is true, the other two aren't; if Christianity is true(spoiler: it is), the other two aren't; if Islam is true, nothing else is. All together, they are "neither hot nor cold, spit it out".
At another time when this church building was constructed it was likely jam packed on ANY given Sunday when the population in this country was half of what it is today. And here on an Easter Sunday it is scarcely half filled. If you care to listen to a believer lecturing on the FACT of the Resurrection you could best spend your time listening to his presentation at https://commoncts.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-resurrection-argument-that-changed.html
"Kate grew up in Westchester County, spending her childhood in Ardsley, Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington. She is a 1987 graduate of Yale University with a BA in Theatre Studies and, prior to attending seminary, worked as an actress in Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles."
"Still, it was a challenging time for her family. Her mother, Reverend Kate Malin, is a prominent figure in their Massachusetts town, and her identical twin sons Caleb and Walker were familiar fixtures at her Episcopal church. A month after Walker came out as Emmie, Malin stepped out from behind her pulpit and walked into the aisle. Halfway through her sermon she decided it was time to address the change in her family.
“As most of you know, Bruce and I have three children,” she began. “Caleb and Walker, who are 17, and 13-year-old Owen. Walker’s new name is Emerson, and she prefers Emmie or Em. She’s wearing feminine clothing and makeup and will likely continue to move in the direction of a more feminized body.”