Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Regardless of age, denomination, or baptism....
But I do not know why the Diocese did not add "belief" to its list of things to disregard in welcoming people to the table of the "Lord" (I am not sure that St. Paul would call this the Lord's Table). Why not just invite all folks for a snack and let it mean what they think it means or let it mean nothing at all? That would seem to be the more logical end of such empty reasoning. But what do I know.... I am a confessional Lutheran.
The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon is forwarding an Open Table resolution to General Convention that would change the rubrics and practice of The Book of Common Prayer to invite all to Holy Communion, "regardless of age, denomination or baptism.”
Adopted unanimously by delegates to the 2010 Diocesan Convention, the resolution recently was ratified by Diocesan Council for submission to General Convention. It would delete from the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church Canon 1.17.7, which says "No unbaptized person shall be eligible to receive Holy Communion in this church."
However, the explanation attached to the resolution says that “We know from our strivings within ecumenism and mission that the communion Christ intended for all is perilous and difficult, and that boldness in offering radical hospitality is our calling, rather than canonically driven caution.”