How would you express healthy ethical spiritual pathways today?
I was originally raised on the old Anglican BCP (Book of Common Prayer of 1662) and the ‘Ten Commandments’ were integral as one feature of that - but my strand of Anglicans had long tended to swap in Jesus’ own more life-giving ‘summary of the law’ (except sometimes on Lent, as a kind of penance!). The Commandments have their provenance in very ancient times and have offered basic guidelines for centuries. Today however, rather like other aspects of the spiritualities of the Reformation & early modern world of the BCP, they come across as problematic in a number of ways - including in their negative prohibitive form. Here (see above) is an attempt to offer a more positive affirmative ethic and, still deeply grounded, spiritual frame for our own times.
Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.