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Another Collect
Lionel E. Deimel

Today, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to further consider adopting the Anglican Covenant, a decision I have been working against, along with other Anglicans around the world. The surprisingly large vote in favor of the Covenant seems likely to have been more in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury than in support of the Covenant, per se. There is something quite pathetic in Rowanís quixotic quest for unity, based on a covenant that only its actual authors seem to love.

In any case, the situation has inspired another collect. In large measure, the conflict in the Anglican Communion is between those willing to accept new understandings of Godís will and those who believe that we know everything there is to know about it and therefore need not even search for new insights. The new collect embodies the former viewpoint.

The collect:

Architect of the universe, who endowed us with a thirst for understanding, give us a passion to discover the mysteries of creation and your will for our lives, along with a humble spirit whenever we think we have succeeded, that we may become better stewards of your creation, better neighbors of its inhabitants, and better disciples of your Son, our savior Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

ó LED, 11/24/2010

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