Feast of St Thomas of Malea
MANY SPEAK dismissively of the English Reformation as if King Henry VIII’s bid for a divorce deserves sole credit for the movement. By this view, it would come as no surprise to find that the Episcopal Church, the U.S. province of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, has become a flagship of progressivism surrounding marriage and sexuality. Sex and schism, embedded in Anglican DNA from the beginning. This talk argues for a different view, recovering aspects of the Anglican origin story and its subsequent global legacy that issue a call toward mere and catholic Christianity. Drawing on the work of leading Anglican and Episcopal thinkers, I argue that this amounts to an Anglican vocation—valid today—that must be leveraged in our pursuit of an ecumenical future.
Abigail Woolley lives in Dallas, where she is pursuing a PhD in Christian Ethics at Southern Methodist University. Her research focuses on the relationship between church and society, particularly as the church navigates social change. She has also had a long-time interest in the theology of the arts, which she pursued while earning her BA at Wheaton College and her MCS at Regent College in Vancouver. She has taught in a variety of environments, including a village in Central African Republic, Friends University, and classical schools in Wichita and Tulsa. She is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, a contributor to The Living Church magazine’s blog Covenant, and a coordinator of The Living Church Institute’s Faith Talks series.