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Dec
17

A church or a faction?

A church or a faction? Next year, the Episcopal Church will elect a new Presiding Bishop. One hopes that those who permit themselves to be nominated as candidates for the office will seek a quiet corner and read about William White.
Dec
16

Do not be afraid: an Advent meditation

Do not be afraid: an Advent meditation In the narratives of Jesus’ birth, one of the most striking elements is the angelic imperative “Do not be afraid!” It sounds forth time and again like a musical refrain.
Dec
15

Advent Calendar: on a poem by Rowan Williams

Advent Calendar: on a poem by Rowan Williams Lord Williams of Oystermouth is inter alia an impressive poet and translator of poetry, and each Advent, I’ve found myself returning to one of Williams’s poems: “Advent Calendar.”
Dec
12

Getting out of the expert position

Getting out of the expert position If the therapist is to be any help, he or she must get out of the expert position and learn to tolerate uncertainty. What would it mean to put away the idol of the clergy as expert?
Dec
11

The ethics of travel

The ethics of travel I write from the road, on the latest of my long trips for the Living Church Foundation. It leads me to wonder about the proper movement of Christians on the earth.
Dec
10

The sanctification of Jeb

The sanctification of Jeb Blaise Pascal once drew an analogy between man’s relationship with dogs and God’s relationship with man. I was reminded of this one morning.
Dec
9

The maternal priesthood

The maternal priesthood There are two things that reliably make me cry: Mary and babies.
Dec
8

WelbyWatch 2: God is (still) not dead

WelbyWatch 2: God is (still) not dead A couple weeks ago, Justin Welby did it again. He insisted that he had "no fears about the future of the church of God."
Dec
5

Proverbial wisdom: why Christians can think with Murray Bowen

Proverbial wisdom: why Christians can think with Murray Bowen Parish priests find themselves thoroughly embedded in families in nearly everything they do. In my judgment, Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way forward for parish clergy to negotiate the challenge of pastoral care and leadership.
Dec
4

A holy gluttony?

A holy gluttony? There is a holy gluttony in which we have only begun to indulge. May we remember to do so this Advent.
Dec
3

Raising Rory & raising Ruth: on Gilmore Girls

Raising Rory & raising Ruth: on Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow, CT, is a school for holiness, in which the Gilmores receive a thorough education and by their graduation day leave all devotees with proud tears in their eyes.
Dec
2

Good news in Advent

Good news in Advent Jesus came for the people who know how it feels when you say "sin."
Dec
1

The broken glass of the world

The broken glass of the world My cousin and I have an ongoing conversation that could be titled “What’s Next?” Our exchanges normally revolve around the dreadful state of education and the arts, whose jagged shards we break into even smaller bits. It is mostly an exercise for getting grouchiness out, while keeping it away from our wives, children, and in my case, parishioners. In our better moments, we have wildly optimistic ideas about how to put the pieces back together in the form of something holy and beautiful.
Nov
28

God’s visitation

God’s visitation In older Anglican prayerbooks, "The Order for the Visitation of the Sicke" instructed the minister to direct an exhortation to the sick person. He or she is to know "certainly" that "your sickness...is God's visitation."

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