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John Bauerschmidt

The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt is the 11th Bishop of Tennessee. A native of South Carolina, he was consecrated bishop in 2007, having previously served parishes in Western Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Louisiana. He served in the Church of England from 1987 to 1991, and holds a DPhil in theology from Oxford University, where Oliver O’Donovan supervised his work. He has a continuing interest in the early Church (especially Augustine, the subject of his doctoral thesis), as well as in 17th-century Anglicanism. He owes an abiding debt to the Oxford Movement for his spiritual formation. Bishop John is married to Caroline, and they are the parents of three children.

Paschal mystery

Liturgy closes the distance between our own time and the events of salvation history, and our identification with those events is an essential part of how this takes 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.

Czeslaw Milosz: horrors, history, poetry

Reading about poetry can never be a substitute for the experience itself! If not Milosz, someone else; but you will be hard pressed to discover a surer guide to the human experience or a more gifted voice to interpret it.

The Doctrine of Inevitability

Statements about “the wrong side of history” are historically naïve.

What’s in a name?

"The Episcopal Church in" is becoming a replacement for "The Episcopal Diocese of." Thoughtful reflection on the nature of Christian community is in danger of being extinguished.

Paschal penitence

The New Testament suggests that there is nothing more paschal in character, than the transitional moment represented by our repentance and God’s forgiveness.

Why the Papacy Matters

Review by John C. Bauerschmidt Eamon Duffy’s new book does a good job of distilling two millennia of history into a short and manageable span.

A Covenant of Consideration

By John C. Bauerschmidt Gathering is not simply a practical necessity for Christians: it is our vocation.