A few days ago, commenter The Phantom Director mentioned that he used to work for William Stringfellow. This morning, an email from another friend included the following desciption of church from Stringfellow, which seems well worth passing on to y’all –
Dynamic and erratic, spontaneous and radical, audacious and immature, committed if not altogether coherent. Ecumenically open and often experimental, visible here and there, now and then, but unsettled institutionally. Almost monastic in nature, but most of all enacting a fearful hope for society. (from An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land, 1973)
While Stringfellow was a member of The Episcopal Church, the above description sounds very much like the independent sacramental movement at its best!