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inter-religious dialogue with a mirror

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 19, 2007

From the Seattle Times comes this edifying story about Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, an Episcopalian priestess who is a Muslim.

Confused? You shouldn't be.

Redding's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.

Very exciting. You can schedule an interfaith dialogue, and just ask Rev. Redding to talk with herself. Saves on the catering bills.

But while I'm happy to hear that the Episcopalian leadership in Seattle accepts this groundbreaking religious figure, I wonder how her dual-loyalty act would play in Riyadh.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 11:38 PM ET USA

    How much deeper into the muck can the Episcopalians sink?

  • Posted by: Art Kelly - Jun. 19, 2007 11:38 PM ET USA

    How much deeper into the muck can the Episcopalians sink?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 10:12 PM ET USA

    What would Muhammad say?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 8:00 PM ET USA

    Ms. Redding is undoubtedly following the sterling example set by DC's Cardinal McCarrick, when he prayed to "allah" at Catholic University's reception of some Islamic dignatary.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 6:20 PM ET USA

    'One thing she prays for every day: "I pray not to cause scandal or bring shame upon either of my traditions."' Ooops, too late for that now.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 6:15 PM ET USA

    Nuh uh. Hmmm. Ummm. Yup. (shakes head) This is the kind of thing that reduces me to monosyllables.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 3:19 PM ET USA

    Describing Ms. Rev.. Redding's double faith adventure as "edifying" may not quite sum up her voyage into schizoidal theology. Given the current state of our culture, perhaps "entertaining" might be a preferable adjective. And one can only applaud the Seattle Episcopal leadership's consistency in rejecting all allegiance to Christianity as they happily make their way to utter syncretism-lite. All this has great sitcom value. Is HBO paying attention?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 2:44 PM ET USA

    "the Rev. Imam Doctor is slated to teach theology this coming fall at ... the local Jesuit University, Seattle U." What, there were no openings at B.C.?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 2:08 PM ET USA

    PAGANISM TAKES MANY FORMS. THIS IS JUST ONE MORE EXAMPLE.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 1:40 PM ET USA

    Dear Ham: Your "bright side" looses some lustre when it is noted that the Rev. Imam Doctor is slated to teach theology this coming fall at ... the local Jesuit University, Seattle U.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 12:58 PM ET USA

    Apparently the concept of "mutually exclusive" is lost on Bishop Warner. For my part, I'm looking on the bright side--at least he's not a Catholic Bishop.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 11:25 AM ET USA

    The mufti in Riyadh would welcome her with open arms! They would trumpet on Al Jezeera that an Episcopalian priest converted to Islam! Then they'd tie her up and decapitate her, just in time for the evening news before prayers on Friday. It would be a win all around - a convert to Islam, the death of an infidel, and a holy martyr for Islam and Christianity! And just imagine the ratings! You are just not seeing the possibilities!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 10:44 AM ET USA

    This isn't surprising considering the contributions "Bishop" Spong has made advancing the notion that there is no truth. It's all about feelings. I think I'll hug myself.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2007 10:13 AM ET USA

    What Would Jesus Say?

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