Thursday, February 21, 2013

Anglican Unscripted: Catch the latest news of the Archbishop of Canterbury's appointment of Canon David Porter as Director of Reconciliation

In this week's episode of Anglican Unscripted, George and Kevin cover the latest news including the search for a new Roman Catholic pope, updates on the GAFCON conference next fall, and the appointment of a new "Director of Reconciliation," Canon David Porter, Canon of Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral.

This is not the time for myopic vision when it comes to reconciliation.  When I was in college, I studied theatre and writing in London during my junior year.  Here is a list of what happened in London in that period leading up to and after I left London:

10 October 1981: a bomb blast on Ebury Bridge Road next to Chelsea Barracks kills two people and injures 39. 
26 October 1981: a bomb planted by the IRA in a Wimpy Bar on Oxford Street kills Kenneth Howorth, the Metropolitan Police explosives officer who is attempting to defuse it. 
20 July 1982: Two bombs in Hyde Park and Regent's Park, London by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 11 members of the Household Cavalry and the Royal Green Jackets. Seven horses are also killed. 
17 December 1983: Harrods was bombed by the IRA. Six people were killed (including three police officers) and 90 wounded during Christmas shopping at the West London department store. (See Harrods bombing)

I can remember what London was like in those days - I had never experienced what it felt like to live under threat of terrorism and would not know it again until after September 11, 2001.

How is it that now there is peace when it seemed so certain that such peace could never happen? As hard as things have been for so many in the Anglican Communion, and for some the decisions of one province continues to have profound consequences on others in other provinces, we are not like those that have no hope.  

During this season of Lent it may just be the time to reflect on God's call to us to be ministers of reconciliation.  What does that mean?  Where do we begin?

This season of Lent would say we begin here, in the sanctuary of our own hearts.  A time to set out into the wilderness. That is where Kendall Harmon is with his own journey.  Let us also begin.

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