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Feb
18

An appeal for the ongoing education of the clergy

An appeal for the ongoing education of the clergy Three years is surely not enough.
Feb
18

Embracing the awkward

Embracing the awkward Completion of a comedy improvisation class ought to be a graduation requirement for seminarians.
Feb
17

Anglicanism redux

Anglicanism redux What does it mean to be an Episcopalian anyway?[1] We are onto important questions in the midst of our divisions. Our differences nowadays take on global dimensions. On other matters, churches all around the world seem to have similar prospects and struggles in our consumerist age. The diversity of ways that we worship, rendered yet wider in our age of online resources, seems to have taken the “common”...
Feb
16

Pastoral care should punch us in the face

Pastoral care should punch us in the face In a response to Carey Nieuwhof, Fr. Jonathan elevates pastoral care and its challenges: "Sometimes good pastoral care feels like a punch in the face, both for pastors and for those committed to their care."
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.
Feb
12

Resources for practing Sabbath rest

Resources for practing Sabbath rest I feel … thin. Sort of stretched, like … butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday.  — Bilbo Baggins, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring Families today find themselves tapped out on multiple levels: socially, financially, relationally, spiritually, and more. They are “spread thin” to the point where anxiety and stress are constant companions....
Feb
11

Stories and counterculture: Star Wars, Vikings, and Gaiman’s Neverwhere

Stories and counterculture: Star Wars, Vikings, and Gaiman’s Neverwhere These three artifacts of pop culture embody the immense yearning of the human heart for meaningful story. And they show that the Church should abandon any attempt to fit its story into the story of the dominant culture.
Feb
10

Good Lord, deliver us

Good Lord, deliver us The Great Litany, to be used by many of us this coming Sunday, was the first official vernacular liturgy for the Church of England.
Feb
9

Quo vadis? The primates, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion

Quo vadis? The primates, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion Do the primates have the legislative authority to make such a pronouncement? No. But our bond and common identity as Anglicans is not governed by law but by the grace of relationships.
Feb
8

Tolkien study

Tolkien study I know a lot of Christians really prioritize Bible study. I love reading the Bible, too. But every January I do Tolkien study. Or, to be more exact, Silmarillion study. It wasn’t until I was a graduate student that I finally started reading Tolkien. His work seemed too giant, monolithic, and cumbersome. But it was 2001, and the movies were about to come out, so I figured I should read the books first....
Feb
5

Curing American myopia

Curing American myopia Many have bridled at the primates’ challenge to the maverick Episcopal Church to be a team player. The primates’ attempt at discipline, it is objected, was both clumsy and authoritarian, pushing in the opposite direction of possibly prophetic witness.
Feb
5

Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh

Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh The mystery and indeed the scandal of the Incarnation, the subject of Christmas and also Easter and Ascension Day, is that God took on flesh in space and time: middle-eastern, Jewish, male.
Feb
5

Dante in love

Dante in love By Kevin Dodge Helping those we teach to read the signs of transcendence all around them is, to me, one of the central tasks of Christian education. When we start to see our world differently — as a world of signs “declaring the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1) — this is when distinctly Christian formation begins to take hold.
Feb
5

What do you seek?

What do you seek? Most of the time, I don’t know what it is that I really want. I hope that I am seeking Jesus of Nazareth, but it may well be that I’m seeking him more for my own complacent self-congratulation than because I actually want him, as he is, in all his terrifying radiance.
Feb
4

The seventeen days

The seventeen days Pre-Lent rolled in early this year. Septuagesima already past, at the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Sexagesima as well, with Quinquagesima looming
Feb
4

Two boats, one gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s witness

Two boats, one gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s witness To speak plainly, no history will make me hate my brother because God nailed his sins next to mine on the Cross. This is not to say that the sins of the slave master and the slave are equal.
Feb
3

Churches about nothing

Churches about nothing Our Anglican Communion recently decided at its Primates’ Meeting to “walk together." This will be a difficult path: if we are to have any kind of common life worthy of the name, we have to have the “serious conversations.”
Feb
3

Bowie, Rickman, and the end of virtue

Bowie, Rickman, and the end of virtue Celebrities are our secular saints. So when a celebrity dies, especially unexpectedly, there is a strange murmur that runs through our culture.
Feb
2

Walking and talking: roundup of 25 “Primates” responses

Walking and talking: roundup of 25 “Primates” responses By Matt Townsend Official and unofficial responses to the meeting have poured out, making clear that many within the Anglican Communion are walking and talking.
Feb
2

The Episcopal Church’s “e-word”: what is evangelism?

The Episcopal Church’s “e-word”: what is evangelism? The Episcopal Church’s new focus on evangelism comes as welcome news. But what is meant by the "e-word?"

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