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Dec
5

PB removes Bp. Lawrence

Bishop Mark Lawrence is “removed from the Ordained Ministry” of the Episcopal Church “for causes that do not affect his moral character.”
Dec
5

SW Virginia nominates four

Nominees include the Bishop of Waiapu, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Dec
3

Cantuar: Seeing the face of Jesus

“The glory of the future can be seen from time to time in lives that are fully turned to the face of Jesus.”
Nov
28

On the rite of reconciliation

Is absolution conditioned upon the sincerity of the one seeking reconciliation? Are there occasions in which absolution should be withheld?
Nov
27

‘Restore good order’

Three leaders of the Anglican Communion Institute have issued an open letter to the House of Bishops.
Nov
26

We’re the us we’ve been waiting for

Clearly the 21st-century Church is in crisis. Too many syllables render innumerable adults incapable of understanding the plain-sense meaning of words. We are here to help.
Nov
21

Paging Archbishop Ntahoturi

The Archbishop of Burundi, as an expert in reconciliation, could help defuse tensions in South Carolina.
Nov
16

A bridge not far enough

The Presiding Bishop has released a pastoral letter to the people of the Diocese of South Carolina. If one wishes to see an olive branch in her words, I believe there is one there to be seen. The first and last paragraphs tilt in a conciliatory direction … or at least give it a glance. And Bishop Katharine’s writing is usually nothing if not clear, which is a virtue in itself. Inasmuch as its...
Nov
16

December 2 TLC posted

The Dec. 2 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Nov
15

A Lenten opportunity

A TLC editorial
Nov
15

For the Love of God

This post is an exercise in futility. So why bother? Because it is sometimes in such moments when truth can be most clearly spoken. There is nothing to lose in being direct, and nothing to gain by being subtle. The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina has been “a thing” for some years now. The overwhelming majority in the diocese have been dismayed at a succession of decisions and...
Nov
14

Charges grieve several bishops

Bishops of Communion Partners “call upon all concerned to seek a non-juridical solution to these difficult matters.”
Nov
11

Mission & the Daily Office II

In my previous post on this topic I addressed how, in our post-Christian context, the Office can serve to renew the catechumenate and foster discipleship. In this one I want to point out how this can relate to the issue — rather obsessively pushed by some in TEC in recent times — of Communion Regardless of Faith and Baptism. I use this phrase because it gets beyond the spin we get talking only...
Nov
8

Prayers for Bishop Justin Welby

Dr. Welby is an experienced executive and manager. He’s a man of courage who has narrowly escaped danger in visits to northern Nigeria fairly recently. He and his wife have experienced personal tragedy in the loss of a child in a car wreck. He is approachable and down to earth.
Nov
7

Justin Welby: A TLC interview

“I would like to be known, in headlines or otherwise, as a bishop who cared about God and cared about the people.”
Nov
5

‘Be disciples today’

Archbishop of Canterbury: “God expects us to be disciples today, not the day after tomorrow.”
Nov
2

Nashotah honors Met. Hilarion

By Steve Waring: On receiving St. Tikhon's chasuble, Metropolitan Hilarion looked like a beaming young boy on Christmas morning.
Nov
2

November 18 TLC posted

The Nov. 18 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Nov
2

ACC: time to retool?

Members of the Anglican Consultative Council reflect on the present and future of the Instruments of Communion.
Oct
31

Dumbing abandonment down

By Mark McCall: “The larger question is whether South Carolina intended to leave the Episcopal Church by these acts. The answer quite obviously is no.”
Oct
30

Abp. Williams at Vatican synod

“All contemplating of God presupposes God’s own absorbed and joyful knowing of himself and gazing upon himself in the trinitarian life.”
Oct
26

Mourdock, rape, and Christian hope

Is rape "something that God intended to happen"?
Oct
26

Uruguayans appeal to committee

The Anglican Communion’s Standing Committee has decided to convene a subgroup to consider next steps.
Oct
25

Several primates support +Lawrence

Global South letter: “We all want to assure you and the Diocese of South Carolina of our continuing prayers and support.”
Oct
19

Why we should dress up for church

If we notice the importance of particular meals in our daily lives (Thanksgiving, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas [!]), ought we not remember the Last Supper in the same way?
Oct
19

November 4 TLC posted

The November 4 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Oct
11

Polity politics or the rule of law?

A Response to Bishop Whalon
Oct
7

On marriage and divorce

How is Jesus’ rejection of divorce for the purpose of remarrying good news?
Oct
5

September 23 TLC posted

The October 21 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Oct
4

Let the meetings begin

The presiding officers of General Convention have announced 261 appointments to the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards.
Sep
21

October 7 TLC posted

The October 7 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Sep
20

IASCUFO issues communique

Members reflected on the Christian calling to work for the visible unity of God’s Church as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation.
Sep
16

The third option

Reflecting on the tragedy in Libya
Sep
9

The necessity of good works

We are saved by faith alone, so our good works don't matter, right? Not so fast, grasshopper!
Sep
6

September 23 TLC posted

The Sept. 23 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Sep
2

Unpacking via media

Greg Garrett suggests American politics would benefit if the nation learned about via media from us Episcopalians. But is via media about compromise, as he suggests?
Sep
1

Authority and invisible activities

For the last several years, it has been my habit to keep abreast of news in the Roman Catholic community for what may be obvious reasons: they are the largest organized Christian body in the world, and what they do and don’t do, what they say and don’t say, inevitably affects our our work and witness.
Aug
30

Choose this day whom you will serve

We can believe in many things and serve many masters. The choice you make is the most important choice of your life.
Aug
24

September 9 TLC posted

The September 9 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Aug
19

The husband is the head of the wife?

Some find offensive the biblical claim that the husband is the head of the wife. Others see the doctrine as God's law. What are we to make of this?

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