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The Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly
n J. R. H. Moorman’s classic text
Te History o the Church o England
, he writes in Chapter II onthe Synod o Whitby, “By the middle o the seventhcentury ecclesiastical aairs were getting more and morechaotic in England, especially in the north. wo cultureshad met, one rom Rome and the other rom Ireland, andthere were various points in which they diered.” TeSynod o Whitby is or me a key turning point in theinancy narrative o the Church o England and its catholicdevelopment. What was at stake in Whitby? In the north the peoplehad received Christianity rom Iona, which was in line with the Roman tradition; including the Roman date o
Our Anglican Identity
Easter. Other communities had received Christianity that was primarily Celtic in nature; not surprisingly they had a dierent Easter date. Te issue came to ahead when the King o Northumbria, Oswy, realizedhe would be celebrating Easter while his wie, who wasRoman, would still be keeping her Lenten ast. It was avery serious decision acing King Oswy, would he walk with his wie or apart rom her in their Lenten journey to Christ? Ater some discussion and argument, Moormantells us that King Oswy judged the Roman traditionsuperior. Moorman writes, “the king gave his judgmentin avor o Saint Peter on the grounds, that he wouldrather be on good terms with the Keeper o Heaven’sgate than with Saint Columba.” Needless to say Oswy’sdecision was a blow to the Celtic tradition.For me this conict is a reminder, an icon i you will,precisely because o Anglicanism’s missionary identity. Anglicanism has been an evolving and changing aith asit comes into contact with and evangelizes new cultures.In the collection o Anglican writings,
Love’s Redeem-ing Work
, you may nd an evolving, maturing con-versation between clergymen and theologians over themany centuries o our church’s development. While inthe very beginning o this text the authors collectively wonder about the uture o Anglicanism in the newmillennium, it is not hard to see as you read throughthe pages that we have always been in a missionary conversation with the population in which we ndourselves. oday is no dierent.It is not hard to grasp then that the current divisionsacing the Anglican Communion are in act a result o the growing ecclesiastical “chaos” created between the West and the Global South. Te conict has arisenbecause our world is increasingly at and the devel-oped world cannot help but be in dialogue with thedeveloping world, and vice a versa. Just as we aremissionaries in the West there are missionaries in theGlobal South. Both are oering a picture o who weare as Anglican Christians. Tose missionary dia-logues are also then in dialogue globally.I was struck with an example o this conict theother day while reading the
Featured was an article on the oldest human skeletal remainsalong with, as i taken rom our own American history,several hostile quotes by the newest Arican Christians who do not believe they evolved rom primates. Tis was a striking example o the developed world’s atti-tudes in conict with the developing world’s reality. While I am not making any claim about who isright and wrong in our current ecclesiastic debate and Icertainly don’t intend to rehash the Scopes trial…I amsimply pointing out that the conict is real as our two worlds collide. Our current debate on sexuality is only one piece o an ever-growing debate on western values
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