Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

A Cross-less "Stations of the Cross", created by...
Insight Scoop ^ | March 6, 2008 | Carl Olson

Posted on 03/06/2008 12:55:56 PM PST by NYer

... the Episcopal Church and the  Episcopal Relief and Development office. The stations, reports Christianity Today, are called "Stations of the Millennium Development Goals", and the "liturgy" consists of the following "stations":

Set up for the Liturgy
•    Designate eight stations around your church.
•    For each station, have a poster-size paper listing one of the eight MDGs:
MDG 1:    Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
MDG 2:    Achieve Universal Primary Education for Children
MDG 3:    Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG 4:    Reduce Child Mortality
MDG 5:    Improve Maternal Health
MDG 6:    Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases
MDG 7:    Ensure Environmental Sustainability
MDG 8:    Create a Global Partnership for Development

There is, in fact, only one reference to a cross:

Station 5: Have a poster-size piece of paper for each pilgrim and a thick black permanent marker.  Ask each pilgrim to write the first-name only of every woman they know who had a baby in the past year.  When the list is complete, draw a black cross next to the name of every 16th woman.  Explain that this represents the plight of women in sub-Saharan Africa, where one in 16 pregnant women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth each day.

Not surprisingly, some Anglicans are less than happy with the political proje—er, "liturgy." (Note to self, file this story next to the one about striving to have a smaller "carbon footprint" during Lent.)

Someone, I'm guessing, will read this and say, "Hey, mean person, what do you have against helping poor people and fighting disease in Third World countries?" The short answer is, "Absolutely nothing at all." But liturgy and devotions such as Stations of the Cross should never be turned into social projects or political forums; they are meant to transform us by bringing us into closer communion with Jesus Christ. Then we are to go into the world and apply our love of God and our knowledge of man in doing the vital work of helping the poor, fighting disease, and so forth.

When liturgy and devotion become the servants of political activism, it is inevitable that people will—logically, it should be noted—wonder, "Why bother doing this when I can simply participate in this or that social project or political movement." And then they leave Christianity behind, thinking it has little or nothing to offer the world that cannot be found many times over in secular movements.


TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Prayer; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: episcopal; nonchristiancult
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-32 last
To: Brian S. Fitzgerald

What new goals were discussed? Were they stupid things like deacons serving communion in clown costumes, or liturgical dances done by strippers?


21 posted on 03/06/2008 11:28:30 PM PST by kevinw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother
Yeah, this has been floating around for over a month now:

Stations of the Millennium Development Goals [Episcopal church descent]

As Chris Johnson of MCJ says from time to time, it's becoming impossible to parody the Episcopal Church because everything they do is a parody anyhow.

If I didn't know better I might suspect that this was their plan all along. Want to get rid of those who parody you? Go sooooo far out in left (pun intended) field that you're impossible to pardoy. Now that's all kinds of 60's, drug-induced, brain-baked (TEC's current vapid heirarchy) brilliant!

Sadly, no, it's even worse than that. They take themselves very seriously.

22 posted on 03/07/2008 4:53:24 AM PST by Zero Sum (Liberalism: The damage ends up being a thousand times the benefit! (apologies to Rabbi Benny Lau))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Zero Sum
You are SO right.

With all their maneuvering, lying, bloviating, and so forth while viciously suing the life out of dissenting parishes, the ECUSA hierarchy has taken all the joy out of its church.

In addition to Scripture, Truth, and Christ, of course.

23 posted on 03/07/2008 6:30:03 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: NYer

No room a cross station for the unborn slaughtered in partial birth abortions which Episcobaalian staff attorneys defended


24 posted on 03/07/2008 10:00:28 AM PST by stan_sipple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kevinw
"What new goals were discussed? Were they stupid things like deacons serving communion in clown costumes, or liturgical dances done by strippers?"

The plan was to discuss what the church should do in the next 15 years, and then make a poster for discussion. I was there for the morning session, my wife for the afternoon.

25 posted on 03/07/2008 10:22:49 AM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Peanut Gallery

I was looking for the “Humor” in the keywords. It’s ain’t there.


26 posted on 03/07/2008 10:25:28 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: NYer

“When liturgy and devotion become the servants of political activism”

Is there any way this is not mortal sin?


27 posted on 03/07/2008 10:34:39 AM PST by dsc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother
As Chris Johnson of MCJ says from time to time, it's becoming impossible to parody the Episcopal Church because everything they do is a parody anyhow.

Truly, the pissalopians have become a living Monty Python sketch.

28 posted on 03/07/2008 5:41:58 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Albion Wilde
We were down at the ECUSA cathedral tonight helping somebody record something on the organ (it's a long story). They may be a bunch of heretics, but they've got the best organ in the city. As it turns out, we had a problem with a cipher that we couldn't stop, so we didn't record.

It was kinda creepy in there. I was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Cathedral parish, so I know the place quite well.

As I walked back towards the sanctuary I passed the old Hall of Bishops and there was a huge cloth labyrinth on the floor -- and this grey-haired old moonbat sitting barefoot in the middle of it in the lotus position with his eyes closed and his thumbs and middle fingers together. I laughed out loud and had to turn it into a cough.

Look, you want to be a Buddhist or a Hindu mystic or a New Age Wiccan, go join a temple or a coven somewhere! Don't sit on the floor in the middle of an Episcopal cathedral pretending to be a saddhu!

In a way, though, that grey headed old guy sitting all by himself in a large empty room in a large empty cathedral, doing nothing, is sort of a metaphor for the condition of the church.

In the tract rack they had an issue of the weekly bulletin in which that toadying old timeserver of a dean purported to explain that it was 'not a schism' and not even a 'split', just 'certain individuals' who don't appreciate the traditions of the Episcopal Church who are 'afraid of growing with the gospel' and have 'vested interests' in sowing dissent, and who 'disagree with the election and consent and consecration of an honestly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and they are not finished talking about it.' . . . and remember, we're not like those awful Roman Catholics . . .

< spit >

29 posted on 03/07/2008 6:06:56 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother
< spit >

Hilarious — start to finish. Even the labyrinth is a painted cloth. Lordy, lord, have mercy!

30 posted on 03/07/2008 7:34:30 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Albion Wilde
As I understand it, the 'portable labyrinth' makes the rounds of the diocese on a regular basis. Thankfully never when I was around and still an Episcopalian . . . .

I would guess (assuming Ye Olde Moonbatte is around 6' tall) that it's around 30 feet in diameter. It takes up most of the floor in one end of a large hall. They probably move it around on a flatbed sedan chair . . . .

31 posted on 03/07/2008 9:04:54 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother

A convent in the south part of our county has a genuine, inlaid stone outdoor labyrinth, out in the woods. It is a wonderful experience to be in nature and walk it. They even keep it illuminated at night, which is when I walked it the first time, and had an illuminating experience when my shadow blocked out the night lights as I walked the path — the sudden panic of whether I was still on the right path was replaced by the scripture "a lamp unto my feet" flooding over me.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
—Psalm 119:105

32 posted on 03/07/2008 9:40:06 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-32 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson