‘Gone by 2040?’ How about ‘Transformed by 2021?’

Father David Harrison writes perceptive article in March issue of The Anglican Journal

It’s time to come clean and admit it. I was a coronavirus skeptic. Oh sure, I watched the news as the virus took hold in China. And then in Italy. And in other places. I saw it unfolding far away. But I never thought it would be like this here in Canada. I was wrong. Plain wrong.

In the early days, a colleague of mine, the Rev. Alison Kemper, asked a question on Facebook: “What will the Church be after the virus has come and gone?” I thought she was overreacting. Hugely. But she was actually being prophetic and asking precisely the right question—before I even knew there was a question to be asked. (Alison is a deacon; she was doing what deacons do so well: keeping the church honest and real about the world.)



  1. Doug Woods on 27 March 2020 at 3:16 PM

    I can see quite clearly that the LOCAL church will be source of many solutions as we walk toward the future—for a number of reasons:

    1) Some of the problems require IMMEDIATE solutions—too immediate to wait for the machinery of the larger church to come up with solutions for us.

    2) Some of the problems are so tied to the LOCAL situation that—again—the machinery of the larger church can’t deal with them, can’t really comprehend them.

    3) Churches in the periphery of the Diocese have had to solve their OWN problems—before they got to be huge problems—for generations now. We’re used to it.

    Even larger organizations, e.g., Federal and Provincial governments, are working on the fly, as we do on a daily basis, to try to get ahold of the COVID-19 situation. It all looks so familiar.

    • Father Glenn on 27 March 2020 at 9:44 PM


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