I really appreciate everyone being so forthright. Some of you might class me as neo-pagan – even though I definitely believe Jesus is the way to God. I simply believe that Jesus’ crucifixion has already accomplished the salvation of the whole world – and I believe everyone will ultimately be reconciled to God through Christ.
I know that not all Episcopalians would agree with me on this – but it seems that some do. Madeleine L’Engle was an Episcopalian Universalist.
I have actually learned and grown a lot through reading Tao Te Ching – and am wondering if the LA bishop was maybe apologizing for the “way” the church had tried to evangelize the Buddhists, and wasn’t apologizing for sharing Christ per se.
When we are sharing of ourselves while also taking an interest in our brothers and sisters in humanity, and learning from their beliefs, there is so much more openness and possibility for starting a real, continuing dialog. Whereas just approaching those who are different with the assumption that we have what they need, and there’s really nothing of value that we can learn from them – this attitude just closes off discussion in the long run.
I like what I’ve been learning of the Episcopal Church so far – and yes I have been reading reading reading – because they’ve retained the beautiful old traditions while allowing room for freethought and questioning. I definitely want to be part of a church that celebrates Christ and the Christian traditions, which is why I’m not so interested in a Unitarian Universalist Church.