June 27, 1987: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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8 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    The thing that strikes me the most is that all that preparation was for ministry…not for “success’…I don’t even think we define “ministry” the same way today…

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    I’ve often thought about that. In order to exercise “ministry” one had to show a commitment to the task by preparation. It was not a matter of “I feel called…” and then showing up on a Sunday morning expecting everyone to acknowledge that calling. Once again, many bodies now engage in the pragmatism of “success proves one’s calling”. Actual ministry (i.e. service) seems an added extra…

  3. BrideofChrist says:

    What you have described sounds like heaven on earth compared to the divisions we see today in our churches. I’m tempted to think, “Those certainly were the good old days.” However, I do wonder if any of those deacons being ordained were women, or African American back then?

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    BrideofChrist

    There were two women in the group…

  5. BrideofChrist says:

    Duanne, That is very good news to hear!

  6. bob1 says:

    Duane,

    I really appreciate this musing of yours. Seems to harken back to easier times when unity was much, much more evident than division.

    “Partisan politics had no part to play in our friendship or fellowship.”

    Lord hasten the day when that can happen again — when we can defocus on all the friggin’ labels too many of us seem too enamored with…

    Anyway, thanks for sharing that!

  7. Just Sayin' says:

    I well remember the days of partisan politics not dividing those gathered around the Episcopalian table. Even more so, I lament the fact that considerable numbers of externally-funded folks felt they had no choice but to take their Books of Common Prayer and leave when the discussions at table no longer favored their partisan Christian outlook.

    Ironic, that, viewing an expansion of the rituals and theology of hospitality as something not being able to accommodate them.

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Just Sayin’

    My ordaining bishop, +Coleman, was a theological liberal with a low-church frame of mind. I was a theological conservative with Anglo-Catholic tendencies. We were both committed to social justice. That he would ordain me as a priest must have shocked some, but not those who knew him well. You see, Coleman was an old fashioned liberal whose definition of “inclusion” was not that of a slogan, but a quality he put into practice. He saw the value of of liberals and conservatives working together and informing each other. He believed that we needed each other and he ordained me. Later, when I was precentor at the cathedral in Detroit and in charge of the ceremonial, he put up with my high church tendencies with grace and humor. I miss that…

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