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I think that baptism is simply the acceptance of a child into a community interested in its welfare. Does indeed take a village to raise a child.
In Baptist tradition, said acceptance is done without the use of water. It's called an Infant Dedication or an Infant ThanksgivingI think that baptism is simply the acceptance of a child into a community interested in its welfare. Does indeed take a village to raise a child.
That's just an isolated opinion ... with all the baffling distance don't you note that something else stinks other than opinions? Opinions are defined as emotionally bond to shut out anything different ... thus a' gap heh! Synapsis ... on sign these fire up .. requiring relaxation syndrome ... one can rest on it ... that small void! Tis an approximation of nothing ...In Baptist tradition, said acceptance is done without the use of water. It's called an Infant Dedication or an Infant Thanksgiving
Negotiating baptisms can be interesting. I generally suggest beginning with something of a dedication service. This opens the way to consideration of the commitment required of the baptized and the possibility of baptism in some future time. A key element is the establishing and building of relationship.One of the ongoing debates in the United Church (and likely in some other mainline churches) is when should one say yes or no to a baptism request....
In large part the way you answer that will depend on your understanding of what baptism is and signifies. In smaller part it may depend on pragmatic and political considerations...
My thinking is that the communion table should be a closed one, and that only parents who will educate their children in the Christian faith should have them baptized.
My 'prior' church also had a fairly open policy with both baptism & marriage - but I see in amalgamation that the 'other' church does not - so it will be quite interesting to see how all that works out in future.
How open did Jesus make the communion table? He was with his closest followers...I am thinking this is what Jesus would do.