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When I give something to the Church, I give
it to God. It is no longer mine no matter what I give. Therefore, it makes no difference to me what happens to the item. Whoever is in charge of maintaining the items, money or whatever is given does not do so; will answer to God on Judgement day. I don't understand why anyone would get upset for prayer books, or whatever is in the church and what happens to those items. They belong to God anyways.


I suppose buildings and trinkets are more important to Episcopalians than to other denoms simply because of tradition.

Me, I like a faith that isn't reliant on material items.


I believe those trinkets and prayer books have become their golden calf--so to speak.

Caleb Powers

I suppose to a degree the Episcopal Church likes its toys. We love the Book of Common Prayer, and like to hear its cadences ringing through old stone churches that have been around for hundreds of years.

And we don't much like change. And we really don't like divisions and schisms in the church. And that's what this is really about. I've said in a number of posts that if these folks want to leave, we should let them leave, and take their churches and their multi-million dollar endowment funds with them, even though the church would be entirely legally justified in either making them pay for them as was done in Texas, or making the congregation leave them behind, as the Diocese of Lexington did in Versailles and with Apostles in Lexington.

But though it pains me to agree with Marcia on any theological point, I agree that the church is not about trinkets or even multi-million dollar endowments; it's about our corporate worship and our communion with God.

And even I would have to admit that you don't even need a Book of Common Prayer for that, though the prayer book, to many of us, adds the spice to the stew.


Caleb, you would do well to agree with me more often. That is all.

Caleb Powers

No doubt, Marcia, no doubt . . .

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