One who believed that only ones who would get into heaven were those who followed the ancient traditions;
One who believed that only ones who would get into heaven were those who followed the ways of the mega-churches; and
One who believed that only ones who would get into heaven were those who follow their hearts, respect one another and do the right thing.The three were friends and often met for conversation, but their meetings always ended in arguments and anger. Despite that they continued to meet throughout their lives.
Ultimately, all three died and found themselves on the threshold of Heaven, where they were met by St. Pete (no relation that I know of ;-). St. Pete welcomed the three.
To the first he said, "Welcome! You may sit with those, over there, who also assiduously followed the ancient traditions."
To the second he said, "Welcome! You may sit with those, over there, who also assiduously followed the practices of the mega-churches."
To the third he said, "Welcome! Feel free to wander among the groups and go anywhere you want.Our visiting priest wrapped the story by describing the third cleric's stroll around Heaven. He found that others strolling around included the saints and Jesus. She pointed out that the genesis of this story dates back to the Roman occupation of Israel. She ended with a description of what she observed at General Convention, that The Episcopal Church had taken a step in the direction of respecting one another.
FWIW. I thought it was interesting and might be to y'all.
BTW, You might be interested in reading the blog by Immediate Past President of the House of Deputies of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, Bonnie Anderson [holy mackerel, what a title], here.