The Empty Church: What Has Happened to Episcopalians?

 

This book and Via Media make the same point: “New numbers reveal that the collapse of the Episcopal Church dramatically accelerated in the last ten years.
“The denomination is literally falling apart, with attendance down 25% between 2000 and 2010. . . . The numerical decline, bad as it is, matters less than the collapse in the moral authority of the church. The Episcopal Church has made many controversial pronouncements on social issues and national security policty; at the latest General Convention the church declared that transgendered persons cannot automatically be barred from the priesthood.
“One can agree or disagree with some of these individual decisions, but what is striking over time is the decline in the moral weight of the church. It use to matter what the Episcopal Church thought of this or that social issue. Other mainline Protestant churches and many social and political leaders followed its theological and political debates.
“Now, basically, no one outside the dwindling flock in the pews really cares what The Episcopal Church says about anything at all. The General Convention can pass a million resolutions, and nothing anywhere will change.
“No one is even really angry anymore at anything the Episcopal hierarchy does; at most, there is a sigh and a quiet rolling of the eyes. Soon, there will not even be that.
“It’s an extraordinary decline in an institution that a generation ago was still one of the pillars of American life. At this point the disaster appears irretrievable; those running the church are determined to run it into the ground and it is hard to see how that can change.
For Anglicans, the theological and demographic collapse of their church is a bitter blow.”

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More Foolishness From Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) received national attention last year by claiming the Tea Party goal was “to see blacks hanging from a tree.” He was back in the news when he addressed the Islamic Circle of North America convention.
The Congressman said madrassa schools (Islamic parochial schools), should be a model for how American children are taught.
The schools receive government funding in the UK, but reports have demonstrated students are beaten and taught intolerance of all things non-Islamic.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”), says the schools in Pakistan were fostering anti-American and terrorist sympathies.
The Congressman later said he was not promoting the Koran or his religion, but that is not what the video demonstrates.
Rep. Carson said the Koran should be the “foundation” for American schools: “America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Koran.”
The lawmaker said “I say to those who are here under cover … Allah will not allow you to stop us. . . There are only two Muslims in Congress and we want more; and we have to have more. . .
We have to registered to vote.
“We must begin to groom the mayor of Hartford Connecticut. We have to groom the next city councilor, the next governor, the future President; the first Muslim President. . . It’s time for us to create the next generation of leaders.”
After a firestorm of negative publicity, the Congressman was asked if he believes American public school curriculum should be based on the Koran. He has apparently changed his viewpoint because today Carson is saying, “No, no no.”