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Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future by Michael Kinnamon

By Michael Kinnamon

There is not any doubt that ecumenism occupies a favourite position within the background of the church within the 20th century: numerous church buildings were renewed via come across with Christian sisters and brothers in different confessions and cultures. however it isn't really transparent that this ecumenical impulse will proceed to determine prominently within the church’s story.

during this booklet Michael Kinnamon argues that the ecumenical stream, which has given such strength and path to the church, should be reconceived in a fashion that gives renewing strength for the church during this period — and he exhibits how this would ensue. He names the issues with ecumenism, identifies strengths and accomplishments upon which the church now can construct, and indicates useful, concrete steps we will be able to take up the path of revitalization, in particular on the neighborhood point.

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Less than a year later, during Colin’s second year of college, the conflict in Vietnam began to escalate. A quarter-million people fled from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, bringing the total number of refugees there to half a million. The following year, 1956, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. And a young preacher named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed for his nonviolent protests. In the fall of 1957, as Colin was returning to school, troops escorted nine black students into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Luther was senior warden, a lay leader, at St. Margaret’s. Arie was the head of the altar guild, and Marilyn played the piano at the children’s service. The Powell family helped out with the church bazaar, bake sale, and annual dance, and Sundays found the Powells seated in their family pew. Luther and Arie had been raised in the Anglican Church in Jamaica. St. Margaret’s, with its formal style of worship, spires, altars, and priests, reminded them of those churches.

Colin was only twenty-two years old at the time. Colin did make a few mistakes, however. One day his new company commander overheard him shouting at another lieutenant over the phone. ” That was the only negative comment Colin had received since he first put on a uniform in ROTC at CCNY. His company commander explained to him that when you lose your temper, you often also lose the respect of those who see you out of control. That report—and the commander’s words—helped Colin learn how important it is to keep your emotions under control.

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