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Feb
1

Homeward bound

Homeward bound Since my visit to Baton Rouge, I’ve often wondered why Mom could not have seen the transformation of her childhood home before her death.
Nov
24

Between cats

Between cats For much of the past decade, when I looked at the color patterns in our cats’ fur I saw the flourish of an artist.
Oct
2

Thank God for my back pain

Thank God for my back pain At the physical therapist, most of us are in vulnerable postures, doing odd exercises with names like “lower pelvic tilt: anterior,” “trunk rotation stretch,” and “moderate multifidus exercise.”
Jul
13

Convention called my bluff

Convention called my bluff You have worked long and diligently for this victory, and I hope it changes your lives for the better. I hope that it draws you closer to the heart of Christ and the fellowship of his church.
Jun
8

Zachary Guiliano responds on ATR

Zachary Guiliano responds on ATR I want to acknowledge the substantive character of the issues raised by our respondents, not least those that we did not address in our first essay. Of course, we could not say everything all at once, and we have begun the project Fully Alive: Love, Marriage, and the Christian Body to explore a great variety of issues.
May
28

Let Episcopal-Mormon dialogue begin

Let Episcopal-Mormon dialogue begin The Episcopal Church and LDS have one crucial point of theology in common, and it is called continuing revelation.
Apr
1

Too much stuff

Too much stuff Last year my big brother, Randy, and I met in south Louisiana for the shared task of preparing our mother’s home for sale. Mom had died early on Valentine’s Day, and we agreed to let our grief settle for a few months before we took on the big dig. I had dreaded this work for decades, picturing myself locked in months of indecision while sorting through deep stacks of swing music, family photos, report...
Jan
29

In him no South or North

In him no South or North What began as a mental celebration of the South’s honor became a frightening reflection on my regionalist hubris.
Nov
24

Goodbye to my guitar hero

Goodbye to my guitar hero I am overwhelmed by Bruce Cockburn’s preference for ideological purity over doctrinal clarity, his contempt for conservatives, and his follow-your-bliss sexual morality.
Sep
24

A school of character

Heart-rending details are not the main point of this book. Grace is — both God’s grace for the Murphys and Ian and Larissa’s grace for each other.
Sep
11

The metrics of reform?

The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church has delivered a 3,000-word document in language somewhere between the satire of Dilbert and the jargon of a Bain Capital report.
May
30

TLC 248/11 online

The June 15 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
May
30

Jordan Hylden, ECF Fellow 2014

Jordan Hylden, a contributor to The Living Church and its weblog, Covenant, is among the Episcopal Church Foundation’s 2014 Fellows.
May
9

TLC 248/10 online

The May 25 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.

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