The August 7 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. This edition’s theme is “A Nation Wounded,” which we explore in a news report, essays, photojournalism, and poetry.

The Rev. Deacon Charles Allen Wynder, Jr., the Episcopal Church’s missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement, writes:

A lifelong Episcopalian, I grew up in an Afro-Anglican parish in Virginia. I am a father of an 11-month-old black boy who was baptized in June. His development and flourishing is my main concern. I tremble at the world facing him. These issues have a lived and concrete meaning for me. My prior vocation allows me to understand the strengths and flaws of the criminal justice system. I respect the sacrifice and service of law enforcement officers. I worked with many professional police and state troopers. The elected prosecutor and staff judge advocate who mentored me were ethical, competent, and respected individuals in the community. I also recognize the brokenness of a justice system that incarcerates more people than any country in the world.

And the Rev. Will Brown, rector of the Church of the Holy Cross in Dallas, writes:

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Our nation has sowed the wind, and I am afraid that we will reap the whirlwind. We are beginning to see the legacy of slavery more and more. And if you do not believe in corporate sin or corporate guilt, you have not read the Bible.

I don’t have any political answers. Frankly, I do not think there are any answers for our nation anymore. We have denied ourselves access, politically and corporately, to the resources that animated the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The heroes of that time proclaimed from the rooftops that their work was underwritten by the imperatives of their faith in Jesus Christ.

News
13 Days, 12 Deaths, Few Answers

 

Features
Pressing on in the Carolinas | By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Bloody July | By Charles Allen Wynder, Jr.
Dallas: Before the Shooting Began | Photos by Richard Hill
We Have Sowed the Wind | By Will Brown
Dallas: Offerings | Poems by Michael Cover
Light in August, and Everything | By Caleb Congrove
First Place, Student Essays in Christian Wisdom Competition
Dwelling in the Love of the Crucified Lord | By Deanna Briody

 

Books
Making Sense of Evolution The Evolution of Adam Darwinism and the Divine | Review by Daniel Muth
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology 
| Review by Stephen Platten
Moved by God to Act | Review by Christopher Yoder
Mary’s Bodily Assumption | Review by Kevin Dodge

 

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