The blog Juicy Ecumenism has a post entitled "Pantheism in the Prayer Book" on an effort by the Anglican Environmental Network to make some revisions to some rather foundational prayers. It is not for those with heart conditions, high blood pressure, or people currently taking medications for dyspepsia. It also underlines how far afield one can go when one starts tossing out basic tenets of ones faith and begin hanging dream catchers while streams of patchouli smoke waft in from the contrails of the Earth Mother.
Unless, of course, one were to rewrite the entire order of service, which is exactly what the Anglican Environmental Network, an official branch of the Anglican Communion, has done. From September 1st, to October 4th, many churches in the Anglican Communion will celebrate “creation time,” described as “a time dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation, and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change.”
The theme of this year’s creation time is “Water Justice,” and the Anglican Environmental Network has provided parishes with a list of resources to help commemorate the season. Among them is an order of service prepared by the Student Christian Movement in India.
The order of service contains a hymn, scripture readings, and the Lord’s Prayer, although, most people who are familiar with such basic articles of the faith wouldn’t recognize them here...
Complete post here.