Episode 339 – Anglican/’Anglican’

The Gospel of God’s One-Way Love can find an appealing, commodious platform within the Anglican tradition. But when the tradition becomes a “thing” rather than a fountain, it can desiccate the very soil on which it was first planted. In this cast PZ tells something of his own Anglican story, which goes back to 1960.

PZ’s Podcast / 8.2.22

The Gospel of God’s One-Way Love can find an appealing, commodious platform within the Anglican tradition. This is because when that tradition is allowed to be fully itself — historically, theologically, and even aesthetically — it supports the Good News and pastorally embodies it.
On the other hand, like any ancient tradition, ‘Anglicanism’ can become dry and even choking. When the tradition becomes an end rather than a means to an end — a “thing” rather than a fountain — then it can desiccate the very soil on which it was first planted.
In this cast I tell something of my own Anglican story, which goes back to 1960. There is within it some of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly — and when it comes to the Church of England, mostly the Good.
If you’re an Episcopalian, I hope you’ll be encouraged. Mary’s and my story within the Church is also quite funny (at least to me). Hope you’ll laugh along.
Incidentally, the opening music is the very first song my suite-mates played for me when I arrived at a C. of E. theological college in September 1973. It was counter-intuitive, to say the least. LUV U!
P.S. The second song they played was… “China Grove” by the Doobie Brothers. (That one I knew.)

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