Just when you thought you'd heard it all, We get this story from St Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.
"Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a
black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.
On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.
She does both, she says, because she's Christian and Muslim."
Obligatory eye roll follows.
It's a lengthy article, and interesting because it's right in my back yard, but it's also fairly typical of the way the liberal Episcopal Seattle establishment keeps shooting itself in the foot. Oh, did I mention that the Rev Holmes Redding was, for five years or so, (until being let go in March) the director of Christian Formation at the cathedral? It's one thing to be confused about your own faith, but entirely another to be that confused while holding an influential post in the biggest Episcopal church in the state.
And you might think that our bishop would have some reservations, at least. Nope, not at all.
"Redding's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding
as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith
possibilities exciting. Her announcement, first made through a story in
her diocese's newspaper, hasn't caused much controversy yet, he said."
Way to go, Vincent. Only three months to retirement, so maybe it's OK to punt this one to his successor.
But the Episcopal Church isn't the only institution that's confused here:
"Redding, who will begin teaching the New Testament as a visiting
assistant professor at Seattle University this fall, has a different
analogy: "I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I'm both an
American of African descent and a woman. I'm 100 percent both."