Watch it all.
And, yesterday, the TEC parish was getting the building pressure-washed in preparation for needed painting. A failing HVAC system will soon be replaced. I guess there’s been some deferred maintenance.
Despite gloomy predictions at certain other blog sites, I doubt that Christ Church will become a mosque.
Obviously, for the parish leadership to build the congregation, these next few weeks will have to set the very highest traditional and orthodox standards for liturgical excellence: preaching, music, ritual – and “doing church” in general.
I wish there were some way that the 2 congregations could share the building. I also wonder whether the ACNA group will retain the name, “Christ Church.”
RE: “Despite gloomy predictions at certain other blog sites, I doubt that Christ Church will become a mosque.”
Oh, I can’t imagine it’s becoming a mosque — merely a place for people to use a building to ape the Christian faith and lure in ignorant seekers. Nothing like a good old building built by Christians for use as a faux brand for a faux product.
RE: “I wish there were some way that the 2 congregations could share the building.”
I am pleased that there will be no consideration of that. It would be utterly foolish of Christ Church Savannah to place itself into the hands of grossly heretical leaders like Bishop Benhase and people who legally stole the building from a congregation. It’s not wise to be with an untrustworthy and malevolent landlord. Best to have one’s own place than that.
I can imagine one or more of the other Episcopal churches in Savannah becoming a mosque, or a condo, or a trendy restaurant (hey, we’ve had bank buildings and garages turned into restaurants), so that the Dio GA can afford to maintain the Johnson Square edifice. I guess the new occupants have already invaded the foundation money to pay for the pressure-washing and hvac repairs. They denied access to those funds to the faithful, even for the purpose of building maintenance.
It is tragic for so many of us that the Christ Church building is now no longer to be associated with orthodox Christianity. What an immensely sad loss in so many ways, in so many lives.
Better to shake the dust from one’s sandals and move on…..to greater things while carrying on Christ’s work.
*1 Your remarks were thoughtful and considered. My perception is that most of those involved in both congregations genuinely want both to flourish.
#6 You could not be more mistaken. There is heartbreak and enmity which will take a long long time to heal. The biblical warning for Christians not to settle their differences in court has played itself out in countless malignant ways for the community to witness with profound sadness.
p.s. The concept of “well, let’s all just get along” fails to acknowledge the suffering and “martyrdom” which your Bishop Lawrence or the Mother Church of Georgia’s rector, Fr. Robertson have been willing to suffer for the souls of their flock. Good grief.
Thanks be to God for those who defend them.
Well, Sarah, I haven’t heard the rector of Christ Church preach and teach. Nor have I heard the rector of the breakaway congregation preach and teach. I don’t know either of them.
So I have no basis for accusing either of them, as individuals, of orthodoxy or heresy. Nor do I have a basis for discerning whether either of them intends to “ape the Christian faith and lure in ignorant seekers.”
I have, however, observed the rhetoric coming out of the TEC parish and diocese, directed towards the breakaway group. And I’ve observed the rhetoric coming from the breakaway group, directed towards the TEC parish and diocese. Make your own judgment.
So, in ignorance, I pray for both congregations and their leadership.