After the attacks of September 11, 2001, my church joined with leaders and members of a nearby synagogue and a mosque to discuss ways to live together. During those discussions, many similarities of belief, and some obvious differences, came out. One evening, during a Bible Study session the rabbi remarked, “Jewish faith can only be lived in relationship with other Jews.” I replied the same was actually true for Christianity, despite the misinformation of fundamentalism.
Episcopalians and other denominations make relationship the foundation of their being. Ernst Troelsch, an early twentieth-century theologian, points out that denominations with a governance structure based on having bishops tend to look outwardly more so than those with congregational structures, where most decisions are made by the local congregation, and there is only a tenuous relationship with other congregations through their clergy associations
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