The authors of this volume aren't interested in a dying Church. We aren't interested in hearing about declining attendance, spiritual apathy, or the incompatibility of faith and reason. We've grown up hearing that the Church must either reinvent or perish in the face of all these things- it gets repetitive, and it doesn't preach.
After two years at Saint Hilda’s House I am starting to do things for the last time. This past Sunday was the last Compline of the year, and no matter how many times I come back to New Haven in the future, this was my last Compline as a Hildan. I was able to do something I had not so secretly wanted to do for a long time; I lay down in the choir and became completely enshrouded in the darkness, smells and sounds of the service. In the coming weeks, I’ll do several more ventures for the last time, saying goodbye to friends, moving out of the rectory, and attending a service at Christ Church for the last time as a Hildan.
The 50 days of Easter are a time of joy and hope for the Church. Resurrection, redemption, ascension, and love- these are all good Easter themes. Choosing new disciples to witness to the resurrection, as happens in the reading from Acts today- this is a good Easter story. 'Whoever has the Son has life', 'sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth': these are all good Easter lines. 'Be a shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter', however- this is a less obvious Easter verse. And yet it is a verse which runs implicitly through the readings for this Sunday.