This week’s Acts 8 BLOGFORCE challenge is to write an elevator pitch for The Episcopal Church. As you can see from the original post, this challenge is open to everyone. I encourage you to try to write your own, and if you don’t have a blog on which to post it, I’d be happy to share yours here at Draughting Theology. After entirely too much thought on these 250 words, here is my elevator pitch.
I’m an Episcopalian because I think the Good News of God’s saving love in Jesus Christ can be found in The Episcopal Church. In the waning moments of his life, Jesus prayed for his disciples and for everyone who would come to faith through them. His prayer was as simple as it was impossible, “that they may all be one” (John 17:20-21). It is in that prayer that Episcopalians find our mission. “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (BCP, 855). Our seeking after unity does not mean that we mindlessly follow unanimity. Instead, the depth of the Episcopal tradition affirms that while we might disagree, even vehemently, over issues of faith and morality, we are committed to the unity that comes from joining together in the common prayer of our faith. I love The Episcopal Church because of its commitment to diversity within the unity that comes from Christ. Our Prayer Book defines the rules of our corporate worship, but within those rubrics is amazing latitude for local expression and interpretation. Our Baptismal Covenant, the promises to which every Christian baptized in The Episcopal Church commits, with God’s help, invites us to seek unity beyond the walls of the church building, encouraging us to use our particular gifts of the Holy Spirit to strive for “justice and peace” as we “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and “respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP, 305).