From time to time some who worship at St Chrysostom’s will tell me they are not sure what they believe, or may remark they are not professing Christians. But, they say, they appreciate and value the welcome and the worship and spirituality of St Chrysostom’s.
I find this encouraging – an indication of how inclusive we can be. At its best, and in its less dogmatic form, through rich symbol, word and silence Anglo Catholicism can provide an environment, a special place, for those who wish to explore faith and the deep questions life brings.
I thought of this when I went to meeting for worship at the Friends’ Meeting House, La Colomberie, St Helier in Jersey on Sunday. In the usual Quaker manner we gathered in silence, and together held the silence. There were very few spoken words in the hour’s meeting. Here too was an environment, a special place, albeit very different from High Mass, in which in a welcoming and non dogmatic way, faith could be appreciated and explored.
I am not surprised by a dear friend’s comment that if he wasn’t an Anglo Catholic priest he would be a Quaker.