Carnival Announcement!

I’m announcing a blog carnival. Those who don’t know/aren’t sure what that is, it’s simply a collection of links to writings on a unified topic. And you have to eat cotton candy while you read them. This means anyone reading this may participate. If you choose to do so, just leave a comment to that effect here or email me at haligweorc hotmail with all appropriate punctuation.

Here’s the rationale…
In the build-up to General Convention, a view has been widely circulated beginning, I believe, with internet rhetoric and things like Kendall Harmon’s “Choose this day” video that there are really two religions in the Episcopal Church: one orthodox Christianity, the other anything goes Unitarian-Paganism that likes to take over Episcopal buildings. I’m always suspicious of simple dichotomies and this one is no exception. Now I see myself as being middle-of-the-road and my readership is fairly broad theologically-speaking. Some readers are more conservative, some more liberal, and others vary in ways that the conservative/liberal dichotomy doesn’t capture. My goal is to get a sense of where we are as individuals who take our faith seriously. What comes out in the end? Two religions or something else?

Here’s the topic…
The Carnival topic is Christian Identity. I’m inviting posts that wrestle with five topics–you can address anywhere from all to only one. My preference, of course, is to see you engage all five to get a holistic sense of how you construct Christian identity. Here are the five:

  • Canon
  • Creed
  • Apostolic Succession
  • catholicity
  • reformation

And yes, the last two are intentionally lower-case. Great tomes can and have been written on each of these topics; that’s not what we’re after. Indeed, I think that clarity can come with brevity–so I’m asking that you hold your response to around 1500 words (approximately 3 single spaced pages) allotting therefore about 300 words per topic if you’re going for even distribution. Entries can be reflective, occasional, systematic, apologetic, polemical, whatever–even a catena of quotes from revered authorities past or present (properly notated, of course). Anyone is welcome to play along. The Carnival itself will occur on (I’m being arbitary here…) June 28th. So, if you’re interested in participating, write something up according to these guidelines, post it on your blog, and let me know about it any time before then.


About Derek Olsen

I'm a layman within the Episcopal Church with a PhD in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome kids. In addition to that, I earn a living, run the St Bede's Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I currently serve as Secretary to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where I'm also co-chair of the Calendar committee and chair of the Digital Publications committee.
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11 Responses to Carnival Announcement!

  1. Caelius says:

    June 28. I think I can put together something by then that’s a bit briefer than my usual output on such issues.

    I’ll let you know when it’s up.

  2. Annie says:

    What an intriguing idea! Its the “basket of goods” concept that has been misplaced in this past three years of pure polarization.

  3. D. C. says:

    Great idea. I’m in.

  4. LutherPunk says:

    Good idea…and it will help me consolidate my own thoughts about things kicking around here at the church.

  5. Derek the Ænglican says:

    That’s part of the idea, lp…

    Bonus question: anybody know why June 28th?

  6. Caelius says:

    It’s the Feast of the first Ante-Nicene Father, Irenaeus of Lyons?

  7. Derek the Ænglican says:

    Indeed! He’s the one responsible for identifiying canon, creed, and apostolic succession (our first three topics…) as the marks of the church.

  8. bls says:

    Oh, theology is my absolute worst thing. I won’t be able to write a line.

  9. Derek the Ænglican says:

    You could do it as an oratorio… 😀

  10. *Christopher says:


    I’ll try to put out something, but given the massive scope of the topics, I may point in part to former posts.

  11. Gaunilo says:

    Delayed reaction…but I’m in! This shall be The Defining Work of Our Times.

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