Bishop of Rochester appears to turn his critical gaze on Emerging churches

The Bishop of Rochester, who these days is turning out to be one of the more reliable critics of everything that might be trendy, GAFCON-attender and no-show-er at Lambeth, was invited to to give the talk at the Annual General Meeting of the Prayer Book Society. (A group of traditionalists, who tend to dislike anything Anglican and liturgical that has been written in the past 350 years).

His talk is covered by Ruth Gledhill on her Times Blog. From her notes of his talk:

‘This new fashion of network churches – for people like one another in taste for music or whatever it maybe who want to be church together.

‘It might be possible for us to agree that Christians can be church in this way as long as this is not the only way they want to be church.’ (Closer study of the New Testament had brought him to this conclusion.)

‘The question precisely with many of the emerging church movements is whether people can be or are committed to such universal belonging.’

If I was a journalist, I’d probably listen to the talk, but to be honest, I have better things to do at the moment. That’s why I’m not a journalist.

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One reply on “Bishop of Rochester appears to turn his critical gaze on Emerging churches”

  1. I always thought ‘trendy’ was highly over-rated anyhow…
    But seriously how in the light of Gafcon, lambeth and just about every other schizmatic malignancy which has infected the church in the form of either individualism or eccliesiological politicism in this century and those before it, can anyone of us (but particularly the bishop of Rochester) speak of being committed to a “universal belonging”. Our universal belonging was in One God, but we forsook him and chose instead to find our belonging in party politics and person centric theologies (heresies?).
    Herumph.

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