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Jan
19

Generations

Generations Older people continue to run things. Look at the two main Democratic Presidential candidates in the US. For all the struggles to get younger people into positions of leadership and decision-making, some institutions remain inherently age-weighted, and will stay that way.
Jan
18

Maybe you should stay. Maybe…

Maybe you should stay. Maybe… I am hardly suggesting that “staying” — in a job, in a parish, in a denomination, in a city, with an institution — is always the right thing to do, only that, for Christians, change rather than stability bears the burden of proof, a burden that can be satisfied, but is borne nonetheless.
Jan
16

Blaming the Africans: cultural imperialism and the meeting of the Primates

Blaming the Africans: cultural imperialism and the meeting of the Primates If Korea, Japan, India, and China shared a similar view on human sexuality would we blame “Asian” culture? This smacks of cultural imperialism.
Jan
16

Primates’ Meeting offers diverse Canterbury tales

Primates’ Meeting offers diverse Canterbury tales News analysis from John Martin in Canterbury, and the full Primates' Communiqué.
Jan
15

What is your orientation?

What is your orientation? Reflections on returning home by another way. "Our vocation in this whole communion begins in the corner we find ourselves, exercising our priesthood in offering our lives and everything they touch, to the redemptive purposes of God."
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
14

The pop art of Sr. Mary Corita Kent

"Mary Mother is the juiciest tomato of them all." Sr. Mary Corita moved in some of the same circles as Andy Warhol, but subverted pop images to make provocative Catholic statements.
Jan
13

The Primates and the “reality” of the Anglican Communion

The Primates and the “reality” of the Anglican Communion Is the Primates' Meeting disconnected from the reality of the Anglican Communion? Jesse Zink has claimed that “calling together a group of bishops has rarely been a good way of resolving conflict.”
Jan
12

How to read the Bible in church: 7 tips

How to read the Bible in church: 7 tips The way we read the Bible in church is a reflection of how seriously we take the Bible in the life of the Church.
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?
Jan
11

Against blogging

Against blogging That we should all have a public diary, readily accessible to the entire world is a thought which should give us pause.
Jan
6

Costly devotion

Costly devotion Those wise men brought such manifestly impractical gifts to the infant Christ: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Jan
5

A sense of place

A sense of place When I was first consecrated and people asked me how I liked my new ministry as bishop, I used to reply that I thought it would take me at least five years to figure out the answer to that question.
Jan
4

The curse of the via media

The curse of the via media The cherished Episcopal notion, that we are a church of right-thinking, reasonable people, is going to be the death of us. Don’t get me wrong: I am all for right thinking and reason in equal measure, and indeed compromise, and some sort of Anglican via media may indeed be found to be the solution amidst the church’s present agonizing over its own identity. But moderation as the keynote of any sort of...

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