|Re: Ex-chaplain pushes for uniform religious badges (pub. Oct. 17, 2011)|
|Written by Kyle Walker|
|Monday, 20 February 2012 04:17|
G-2.0501 clearly states that Teaching Elder is “(also called Minister of Word and Sacrament).” The changes brought about by the new Book of Order merely seek to lean our emphasis toward the meaning of teaching elder. I believe this is to get us to remember the priesthood of all believers and the parity of our lay/clergy leadership, which is often forgotten by lay and clergy alike.
In no way does the term “teaching elder” supplant or negate the terminology of “minister of word and sacrament.” If that language is customary and helpful, it may still be used (such as in a military chaplaincy situation).
To make this a substitution rather than an emphasis completely misses the point of the reform and overreaches the Book of Order.