I've refrained from comments on this controversial meeting, but Rick Warren's talk on what a church should be should be useful to anybody not listening for media-hyped "issues." Really refreshing if you are a church leader at the local level. What is offered by congregations of different traditions and sizes all over South Dakota does have meaning and value to God. Our work is to see what God values (people, most of all) and do our work accordingly. Anyway, it's all in the video from Anglican TV. Let's hope the folks who heard his address will act on some of it.
The Episcopal Church's General Convention meets next month, and their guest speaker is no slouch: "Emerging Church" advocate Brian McClaren. Unfortunately, the Episcopalian mania for money, bureaucracy, titles and entitlements, ideological rigidity and other harsh features will likely blunt any of the insights McLaren will try to share. McLaren's made the mistake of looking at Episcopal press releases rather than the actual behavior of the denomination.