At least in Canada, says the National Post, it seems, Anglicans may be reconsidering the wisdom of refusing Communion to unbaptized.
Rev. Gary Nicolosi said that if Jesus did not discriminate about who he invited to his table, then the Church should follow his lead.
“How, in our multicultural and pluralistic society, can our churches be places of hospitality if we exclude table fellowship with the non-baptized? This is not an academic question,” wrote Rev. Nicolosi, the pastor at St. James Westminster Anglican Church in London, Ont., and an official Church consultant on how to build membership.
“In Canada, a growing number of the population is not baptized. Included are people from different religious traditions or people with no religious affiliation at all. Quite likely, some are our grandchildren or great-grandchildren, whose parents neglected or refused to have them baptized.
“How can the church effectively minister in a post-Christian world where a significant percentage of the population is not baptized? Some Anglican churches are attempting to meet this challenge by becoming open and inclusive faith communities, ready and willing to support people in their spiritual journeys.”
Yeah, what are disciples of Jesus supposed to do when they face a world in which few are baptized? Didn't He say something about that at the very end of the Gospel of Matthew? Come as you are, stay as you are, go as you were. Have a nice day. Smiley face Christianity.