The church by the middle years of next century is going to be much more involved in a renewal of spirituality. And the spirituality will be community based. Churches will be more community centers than kind of liturgical museums. They will be much more active on the grass-roots level in areas of social concern. They will be dealing with some major issues that are already emerging in our time — issues of the difference between the northern and the southern areas of the globe, such as global debt; and questions of technology, such as genetic engineering, euthanasia and social engineering. These will be topics these new grass root parishes and churches will be dealing with.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Steven Charleston: President and Professor of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA