The Episcopal faith has often been described as a three-legged stool. Holy Scripture, tradition, and reason are described as the legs which in balance, hold us steady. All in all, a fairly decent metaphor.
Except that every stool I have ever seen also has a seat. And this seat is what is holding the entire thing together, and it is the part with which we have the most contact.
So what is the seat? What is the point of connection for these three pillars of support? What is it that takes those three equally important elements and makes them something useful? Something that gives us just that extra bit of reach, an extra place at table for the unexpected guest, or a place to rest when our weary, and very human legs cannot support ourselves another moment.
Perhaps community will serve. Because, for my part, all the Scripture, tradition, and reason don’t mean a thing until I reach out and support my fellow man.