Principal Sumner's Editorial Featured in the Anglican Journal
Tuesday September 28th, 2010
Principal George Sumner
Principal Sumner's editorial for the Anglican Journal has been featured in the current issue:
"As everyone knows by now, the Anglican church at General Synod 2010 passed a resolution on same-sex unions which, while less than ideal for both conservatives and liberals, avoided further fracture and bought more time for reflection.
At the same time, another storm cloud lurked on the horizon: the financial-demographic challenge before us all. Literally and spiritually, the church cannot afford division. In growing response to this looming problem, one diocese moves to close parishes, another steers toward “total ministry,” yet others initiate fund-raising appeals. Throughout all the tactical responses, we need strategic thinking about the church’s life which is sound both theologically and practically.
In what way might the coming crisis be an opportunity for the gospel? Administrative changes, while necessary, will not suffice; we need to consider the kind of church that can and should thrive. The very roles of the parish and the diocese will need to be reconsidered and renewed."