Two years ago, I ineloquently expressed some misgivings about the "Ashes to Go" phenomenon in the Episcopal Church.
Today, I have been pointed to this much more thorough commentary by the Rev. Michael Sniffen: "Ashes to Go or not to go, that seems to be the question…"
My concern is this: I fear that Ashes to Go is a way for cloistered clergy and baby boomer bishops to check the box of relevance while presiding over an institution that is not “meeting people where they are” in ways that really matter. Ashes to Go risks nothing, it costs us nothing, and it bears witness to a wimpy church. Please prove me wrong on this point.
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