The main inspiration for the 1979 prayer book was more ancient than modern.
The Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano: “Through God’s providence, I was transferred to several different internment camps and there I could make nearly 2,000 new acquaintances and friends.”
From 1960: "When one considers the popular vote totals, the wisdom of the voters was a less important factor than the luck of the distribution of the votes in various states."
The 1979 Book of Common Prayer embodies the liturgical and sacramental thinking of the mid-1970s. To say that things have changed — in the world and in the church — might well be the understatement of the year.
The choice of the next president must be based upon the candidate’s ability to frame new policies to fit new situations within the context of the broad generalities upon which agreement is so complete that one must listen closely to detect the differences in emphasis.
A simple resolution cannot rewrite the text of the prayer book.
This week our Canadian scholars will be evaluating 'This Holy Estate', which was drafted to provide a "rationale" for same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Something like the Anglican Covenant remains “the only game in town," for the simple reason that it delivers a synthesis of Anglican thinking about the Church wrought as a vision for the future. The alternatives are amnesia at best, innovation at worst.