Who decides?

Yesterday we talked about “getting it right.” Today I’d like to ask “Who decides?” In a Church community, how shoudl we best decide controversial matters? The Roman Catholics have a “magisterium” or teaching office. Authority is entrusted to the Pope, whom Catholics regard as the successor of Peter. Many Protestant denominations, including Episcopalians, have some form of representative government. Is voting the best way to get at the truth?

This question is very much on my mind today because we begin our diocesan convention this afternoon. I will be absorbed by convention business pretty much non-stop for the next 36 hours, and may not have time to add another post for a while. But I do hope to sneak away long enough to establish an open thread for reactions on tonight’s Web cast of Daniel which begins at 8 eastern on nbc.com

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