Wendy and I are currently in Cuenca, Ecuador. We were able to schedule five weeks (in no small part because we currently are not actively involved in running a church) to come down to study Spanish. The first Sunday we were in Cuenca, we just happened to be visiting in the main cathedral in town (Nueva Catedral), very much in tourist mode, when the mass began. We attended mass there every chance we got afterwards.
What I saw at Nueva Catedral flies in the face of much of how I think American Protestants stereotype Catholics and there seemed to be many things the Hybrid Church can learn here. Don’t jump ahead of me too much. I know we (Evangelicals/Protestants) have some pretty major theological issues with Rome. I’m not endorsing a shift in theology or compromise of principles. However, in this age where we are seeing and embracing more of the commonality of our theologies (their essentials are largely our essentials), I think we can also look for positive practices from which we can learn. The Catholic Church has thrived in Latin America for almost 500 years. There is something we can take away from this. Read the rest of this entry »