THE UNCOMFORTABLE PEW
FEBRUARY 7, 2018
By Frank Flegel
We are in a new era of Ecumenical culture, said Dr. Darren Dahl. He was addressing a small audience who were attending, on a very cold evening, a workshop at Regina’s Living Spirit Centre titled The Uncomfortable Pew. It was an appropriate location for the workshop in that the Centre houses three different Christian traditions: St. Phillips Anglican. East side United, and Bread of Life Lutheran. The workshop was a project of The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.
Dahl said Ecumenism has progressed from the 1960s when people had no awareness of Christian traditions other than their own, to today where people more easily “move in and out of each other’s churches and places of worship, and that’s a good thing,” said Dahl. “However, this new ecumenical culture can produce situations of very uncomfortable pews.” He gave the example of, after a lifetime of not entering Uncle Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church,...Read More