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Jan
28

Am I ready to die?

Am I ready to die? The diagnosis came like a bolt from the blue. As a priest, I have regularly been near death and dying, but I found myself unprepared for the inevitable in my case.
Jan
27

Drawn together: St. Augustine’s Oak Cliff, one year later

Drawn together: St. Augustine’s Oak Cliff, one year later A year-and-a-half into working at St. Augustine's, I am beginning to see some of our successes, opportunities we have yet to engage, and a few challenges that we will need to answer if we are effectively to serve either the needs of our neighborhood today or the Church of tomorrow.
Jan
26

Dirty oil, dirty hands? Divestment, ethics, and the Anglican Church of Canada

Dirty oil, dirty hands? Divestment, ethics, and the Anglican Church of Canada Divestment seems to amount to little more than moral posturing, however well intended, when the world needs genuine, thoughtful, and powerful action on the environment now more than ever.
Jan
25

Who do you want to be?

Who do you want to be? Who we vote for, and who we elect as a society, may not be the most important thing, but it does say something about how we see ourselves, and who we want to be.
Jan
22

Can anyone speak (it) theologically?

Can anyone speak (it) theologically? Where are the theologians, in the wake of the Primates' meeting? Where is the theological speech about the schisms that continue to rend us asunder?
Jan
21

After the Primates’ Gathering, whither gay conservatives?

After the Primates’ Gathering, whither gay conservatives? Some of us are both gay and conservative, and for us, the question isn’t so much how to hold diverse groups within TEC together — the more “progressive” lesbian and gay Christians “over there,” say, with the more “conservative” traditionalists “over here.”
Jan
20

Catholicity, apostolicity: Come on down

Catholicity, apostolicity: Come on down What does it mean for Anglicans to profess reformed catholicity in a visible communion across great stretches of geography and culture, and how can we seek and serve one another faithfully?
Jan
20

Judging myself, loving my brethren

Judging myself, loving my brethren What causes our divisions? Why do weak and heretical doctrines persist? I wish I didn’t find a solitary cave to be such a compelling option when I’m overcome by discouragement over the state of our Communion.
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

Perennial problem

Perennial problem Unsightly reaction incited: my perennial problem.
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

Terror unleashed

Terror unleashed Outwitted, outmanoeuvred, Herod unleashes terror.
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?

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