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Aug
12

Sunday Sermon: Reforming tastes

There are questions, of course, about what constitutes a matter of taste. But few of us would really disagree that once you do find that mystical territory of taste, rational argument doesn’t enter into it.
Aug
10

August 26 TLC posted

The August 26 edition of The Living Church, which marks St. Augustine’s feast day, is available online.
Jul
30

Mission & the Daily Office I

One of the great achievements of the liturgical revisions of the last century for Anglicans lies in making the Eucharist the central act of worship for the church. Yet one of the attendant misfortunes, which seems to have happened almost by accident, and which scholar and blogger Derek Olsen has repeatedly lamented and sought to change, is how the Daily Office slowly yet systematically began to be...
Jul
30

Boycotting the virtues away

Whether or not you go to Chick-fil-A (or any business) does not exhaust your possibilities as a moral agent.
Jul
30

A liturgical evangelical

By Leonard Finn. Charles Simeon essentially seeks an anti-dogmatic dogmatics, a mode of doing theology, which is “Scriptural, in contradistinction to the systematic.
Jul
29

Is Spirit another name for Reason?

Some Christians justify actions by claiming the authority of the Spirit. Are there times when the Spirit contradics Jesus?
Jul
27

Firsthand from Thailand

Four North American participants report on the Global South Conference on the Decade of Mission and Networking, which met July 16-21 in Thailand.
Jul
27

One body

The leaders of the Episcopal Church now face a “Mauricean” moment, in which the nature and extent of our diversity will be decided.
Jul
27

August 12 TLC online

The August 12 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Jul
24

Culture and faith

The debate about the influence of what is termed culture on faith lies behind most conflict in the contemporary Western Church. Of course it all depends on how one defines “culture” and how one defines “faith.”
Jul
23

Quality worship

Are Cathedrals the only congregations capable of excellence in their public worship?
Jul
22

The Lord’s Day (VIII Pentecost)

With a tailwind, it’s nearly two hours shorter than the westbound trip. On the clock, we landed at O’Hare two hours before we took off in Tokyo!
Jul
22

Pathways to women’s ordination

If it be asked of me why I affirm women’s ordination I’m afraid my answer must turn first of all to my history and not to a revelation. I was raised Pentecostal, and in most Pentecostal churches, continuing the Holiness legacy, women are and have been ordained. (Indeed, it is worth adding, they have been doing so for much longer than The Episcopal Church. The reason it is worth noting is because it...
Jul
21

After the fall

Many of us, of course, are wondering about what our future is or should be in The Episcopal Church. For my part, I believe I have one, and plan to pursue it.
Jul
20

Friday

Twenty-four of the thirty-eight provinces of the Anglican Communion are represented here, twelve by their primate, with a total of 92 in attendance — mostly bishops and priests.
Jul
20

Law and ecclesiastical polity

A theological approach
Jul
19

Thursday

We apologized for the long pattern of damage done to the wider communion by our own church, most recently at least week’s General Convention, and shared the “Indianapolis Statement” minority report.
Jul
18

Wednesday

The Nigerian church is on the front lines of the encounter with militant Islam. Many Christians there are, at any moment, in danger of losing life or property. So they cannot afford flabby troops. Neither can we, actually, but we haven’t completely figured that out yet.
Jul
17

Creator, sustainer, redeemer?

Why not substitute a formula like "Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer" as a substitute for the traditional trinitarian name of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit"? Does it matter?
Jul
17

Tuesday

I think I already knew this subliminally, but the prevailing sense in the Global South (a term that might be morphing into Global Majority) is that they were hoodwinked by seminaries in the “first world” countries that evangelized them 200 years ago, and to which they have been sending a steady stream of ordinands until fairly recently.
Jul
17

Due in September

By John Martin. After the July sessions of its General Synod in York the Church of England remains in limbo on women in the episcopate.
Jul
17

Inversely proportionate

Philip Jenkins, author of Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses, faces statistical reality and offers a theory to explain it.
Jul
16

Monday (from Bangkok)

Bangkok with its tiny minority Christian population is emblematic of the missional challenge the worldwide church faces, and the Anglican Global South movement now has a two-decade history of taking responsible principled stands in the councils of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Jul
16

Diana Butler Bass doesn’t get it

I hate to speak in such colloquialisms, but Diana Butler Bass just doesn’t get it. In her Huffington Post response to Ross Douthat, Bass asks: “Can Christianity be saved?” Her question illuminates much.
Jul
15

A response to Ross Douthat

Douthat is right in his reminder of the important ways in which liberal Christianity contributes positively to Western culture, but he is wrong in his diagnosis of our decline.
Jul
14

Prolegomena on women’s ordination

Inevitably, conversation around gay Episcopalians will turn, in certain circles at least, to conversation around women’s ordination.
Jul
11

Bowdlerized Catholicism

If “No Covenant,” what? How do Anglicans express a sound doctrine of the Church without competent instruments of unity?
Jul
11

July 29 TLC now online

The July 29 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Jul
11

Newly strained bonds of affection?

“They’re losing 1,000 members a week,” David Hein says. “The Episcopal Church has now positioned itself way out there on the edge with the United Church of Christ, which is extremely liberal and also losing members.”
Jul
11

Bishops issue dissent

“The liturgy ‘The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant’ is for all practical purposes same-sex marriage.”
Jul
11

Hanging on

Inclusion means more than a minimal tolerance for those deemed intolerably unenlightened. Inclusion means encouragement, it means refusing to erect barriers to growth and survival.
Jul
10

Bishops: Covenant can wait

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops concurred with the House of Deputies July 10 to “decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant,” but affirmed participation in the wider Anglican Communion.
Jul
10

President Jennings

By Lauren Anderson. The House of Deputies has elected the Rev. Gay Jennings president with 426 votes — five more than what she needed.
Jul
10

Bishops: a provisional yes

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops authorized a provisional rite July 9 for blessing same-sex relationships.
Jul
9

Mr. Rehill for the defense

“This is not a discernment process,” Michael Rehill tells conference panels. “You are a court.”
Jul
9

Sing out!

By Matt Townsend. Shedding tears of joy, the Rev. Canon Gay Jennings, Ohio, sang the hymn “Sing a New Church” with the Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, after the Committee on Structure approved a resolution on structural reform.
Jul
9

Birth of a task force?

Video by Matt Townsend. Members of General Convention’s Structure Committee discuss their progress on Resolution C095, which would establish a task force for structural reform.
Jul
8

Conflicting passions

By Matt Townsend. Same-sex blessings emerged again as a subject of complex and fervent debate July 7, as the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music heard testimony on a resolution that would authorize such blessings in the Episcopal Church.
Jul
8

Brightly colored conversation

By Douglas LeBlanc. Friends of The Living Church packed into an upstairs room designed for 175 people to hear Episcopal leaders speak of their faith and how it affects their work.
Jul
8

Gender identity and canons

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops approved Resolution D002 that would amend two canons to say that “gender identity (one’s inner sense of being male or female) and expression (the way in which one manifests that gender identity in the world)” should not be bases for exclusion from consideration for ordained ministry.

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