Ever since the Episcopal Church assumed control of the historic Falls Church property in May, the Virginia congregation has made a few changes that would not have occurred under the departing Anglicans. A court order directed the outgoing Anglican congregation to turn over not only the building, but property within that was held prior to January 31, 2009. Among the Episcopal congregation’s newly awarded property were the contents of the church’s small library, filled with books you’d find in a typical evangelical church collection.
This item from the latest Falls Church Episcopal (TFCE) e-newsletter caught my eye. The bolded emphasis is mine:
“Calling All Librarians, Book Lovers And Decorators. Our library is in serious need of dusting off, freshening up, organizing, redecorating, refurbishment – you name it! In short, it’s time to get the heart of the parish community back in operating order. We need to take stock of what we have, categorize and catalog new donations, make up a “What’s Needed” list, and make the library a reader’s place – plus give the entire collection and space a sense of thoughtfulness and inclusion.”
What will this new “thoughtfulness and inclusion” look like? At a minimum, we can probably expect those archived back issues of Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr to enter the Falls Church City recycling stream. TFCE will have plenty of new copies to contribute of Re-Claiming the Bible For a Non-Religious World by heretical retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, of which the parish hosted a seven-week discussion series in 2011.
In the spirit of inclusion, IRD’s Faith McDonnell recommended this book for the Falls Church library.
Happy reading, everyone!