1. Unity in diversity
|Recall (What did the teaching say?)||Respond (How do you feel about it?)|
|What are some examples of common stylistic differences you may find in different Anglican congregations?||Has this flexibility seemed disorienting or freeing for your relationship to the church?|
|Who is Anglicanism’s key founding theologian?|
2. A different kind of Reformation
|What were some positive and negative features of the late medieval church?|
|What historical experience taught the English church that they could take a via media (“middle way”) out of the Catholic / Protestant debates of the 16th century?||Does Anglicanism’s attempt to reconcile the Catholic and Protestant positions feel satisfying to you? Why or why not?|
|How did the English church reform in both directions?|
Exercise – Read and discuss the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral 1886, 1888 (found in the “Reading” section).
3. “Both/And”, 4. Application to current challenges, & 5. Three Currents
|How does Anglicanism have a special openness to other traditions today?||How can we practically avoid posturing ourselves as “the one true church”?|
|What are the “3 streams” in Anglican practice today?||How is each stream represented in your church’s life? |
Which one do you personally identify with most and least? Has God ever met you in a special way through a stream you’re less familiar with?