Though I felt like I washed ashore schlepping my meager possessions and broken heart on the door step of our church a couple of years ago, more refugee than pilgrim, I am hardly alone.
“One of the more interesting of many religious movements taking place in this country today is the quiet movement of many evangelical leaders…away from evangelical churches to more historical and liturgical expressions of faith. Billy Graham was a counder of Christianity Today magazine, but today many of its editors and contributors are Anglican or Orthodox. Some of those on staff of Chuck Colson’s organization are Anglican or Roman Catholic.” (from A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church)
Robert Webber wrote persuasively about the Evangelical-to-Anglican trend several years ago in his book Evangelicals On The Canterbury Trail. There has been coverage recently of the very high profile leader Todd Hunter (Vineyard, Alpha) becoming the newest bishop in the Anglican Mission in America, the same Rwanda-led branch of the Anglican communion of which our church is a part.
I occasionally find myself astonished during a Sunday morning service and want to turn to ask those around me: What’s a nice Jewish Fundy/Evangelical/Charismatic girl like me doing saying the Nicene Creed every week with all y’all?
I would love to hear from you if you have made a journey from one corner of the church to another (far-flung) corner, especially if you find yourself asking a variant of the question above. I’m brooding over a possible writing idea. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share a bit of your experience.