Monday, April 18, 2005
I have a somewhat older and perhaps English view of the parish, such that I feel it's best to go to a church in my neighborhood. With that in mind, we've visited St Thomas Episcopal Church [note: website not updated] the last two Sundays. St Thomas recently acquired a new rector, Fr Errol Montgomery, a former Lutheran who graduated from Nashotah House, was ordained in the Diocese of San Joaquin, California (one of the three Episcopal Dioceses that doesn't ordain women to the sacred order of priests), and comes to Monroe after serving a parish in Northern Indiana. Fr Montgomery seems to be an evangelical charismatic catholic, which is an interesting and exciting mix to me.
St Thomas pros:
- It's in our new neighborhood.
- Fr Montgomery gladly offers the Eucharist to our boys.
- St Thomas appears to be in a critical phase when it could either become stronger and more faithful or die out.
St Thomas cons:
- With the arrival of Fr Montgomery, the parish seems to be coming through the other side of liberalism. I don't know if it's "postliberal" in a Lindbeckian sense, but whatever the case, it has some remnants of its former self. (E.g. I understand that, in the past, marital infidelity and homosexual practice weren't actively discouraged; the parish had a woman supply priest until recently; etc.)
- With the exception of a couple teenagers and toddlers and the Montgomerys, we're some of the the only people there under age 50.
We would appreciate your prayers for wisdom for us and St Thomas.
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