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May
28

Gathering the fruit, May 28: young priests, New World polyphony, and ‘dissonant’ doctrine

Gathering the fruit, May 28: young priests, New World polyphony, and ‘dissonant’ doctrine If the development of doctrine were anything like musical performance, we could not imagine that "harmonic progression" would happen abruptly or lazily.
May
21

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony What do Roman Catholics consider the "treasures" or "elements of sanctity" in the Anglican tradition?
May
14

Gathering the fruit, May 14: Eucharist, ecumenism, missiology

Gathering the fruit, May 14: Eucharist, ecumenism, missiology Three things really caught my eye this week: a transatlantic blog debate on the Eucharist, a talk on ecumenism, and the idea of intercontextual theologies of mission.
Apr
19

Narratives and counter-narratives: the case of ACC-16

Narratives and counter-narratives: the case of ACC-16 Shall we believe the Archbishop of Canterbury? Or shall we believe the narrative associated with ENS, Deputy News, and the Episcopal delegates’ “Letter from Lusaka”?
Apr
4

Anglicans on primacy: a selective amnesia

Anglicans on primacy: a selective amnesia From the way some Anglicans talk, few would gather that we have spent nearly 50 years as great enthusiasts for primacy.
Apr
1

Continuing the discussion on marriage: the TFSM, Augustine, and a new essay

Continuing the discussion on marriage: the TFSM, Augustine, and a new essay The Episcopal Church's consideration of marriage continues on, and Fr. Jeremy Bergstrom has offered an essay in response to Fully Alive, discussing Augustine's view of marriage.
Mar
24

That they may be one: Anglican interdependence and clergy education in the Church of Uganda

That they may be one: Anglican interdependence and clergy education in the Church of Uganda We need to help pastors in a better way — throughout the Communion. We must learn to “walk as if we are one,” even educationally.
Mar
7

The beautiful architecture of faith: life-giving structures, power, hierarchy

The beautiful architecture of faith: life-giving structures, power, hierarchy Do we have any sense of a beautiful harmony between church structures, the ordained ministry, and the ethical lives of Christian individuals?
Feb
15

Pentecostal/Anglican cooperation? New horizons in mission

Pentecostal/Anglican cooperation? New horizons in mission Could the Anglican Communion be a “broker” for global mission? Pentecostals from Burkina Faso to Hong Kong to Brazil (and, let’s be honest, also in North Atlantic nations) are waking up to the need for better training for pastors. Anglican theological colleges worldwide continue to be under-resourced. Discipleship and education for all believers is a real concern, and all face huge challenges in the societies where they live, work, and do mission.
Jan
14

Rumors of Communion’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

Rumors of Communion’s demise have been greatly exaggerated John Martin has just reported on the Primates’ Meeting at The Living Church: “Primates suspend TEC over same sex decisions.” The report comes in the wake of a released, preliminary statement from the Primates, after leaked reports and comments at Anglican Ink, among other sources. John Martin writes: The Primates Meeting in Canterbury has suspended the Episcopal Church from full...
Jan
11

Open letters, unsolicited advice: the Primates’ Meeting 2016

Open letters, unsolicited advice: the Primates’ Meeting 2016 The era of blogging has exacerbated a tendency to offer showy, unsolicited advice. Should we continue to hurl opinions at Justin Welby and at the Primates’ Meeting as the week goes on?
Dec
30

12 days with the paradoxical Word

12 days with the paradoxical Word Few preachers handle well both the temporal birth and the eternal begetting of the Son of God. One of them wrote in Latin in the middle of the fifth century, yet without passing along his name.
Dec
27

John and Peter, patterns of holy life

John and Peter, patterns of holy life Jesus’ words in the Gospel today reveal how Peter and John would die, but also how the disciples provided patterns for two different states of life: the active and contemplative.
Dec
11

Justice, the sorrowful mysteries, and a future unity

Justice, the sorrowful mysteries, and a future unity I’ve been tracking the reaction to Bishop Daniel Martins’s post “Jesus, Mel Gibson, and the alpha issue,” posted on Monday. It has provoked a number of people to articulate some kind of alternative theological space.

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