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Molly Jane Layton

The Rev. Molly Jane (MJ) Layton is the associate rector for congregational care and worship at the Parish of Calvary-St. George’s in Manhattan.

The Hero’s Fast

When I was a young evangelical on the Canterbury Trail, the liturgical calendar gave my faith structure and meaning in a way I had...

The Era of the Digital Bible

The Rev. Molly Jane Layton reviews People of the Screen: How Evangelicals Created the Digital Bible and How It Shapes Their Reading of Scripture.

The Audacious Hope of Advent

Content warning: Miscarriage. The defining feature of my life right now is that I am pregnant. Almost every casual conversation starts with either a “Congratulations!”...

Frustration: Good for the Soul?

I lost my keys this past week in a rather mysterious fashion. I arrived at work with them in hand, using my fob to buzz...

The Body of Christ in the Tomb of Christ

By Molly Jane Layton The phone read 4:15 a.m. as my alarm roused me from a light sleep. My worry about not hearing it was...

A Christmas Paradox

By Molly Jane Layton When St. John the Evangelist wrote the Christmas story, he left out all of the Christmas. There are no angels, no...

Lambeth and Women’s Ordination

By Molly Jane Layton  The steeple of our white clapboard Congregational church rose high above the common in my hometown in rural Massachusetts. Church was...

Grace and Social Justice

“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church.” So begins Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s compelling book The Cost of Discipleship, written as he grappled with...

The Creed as God’s Story and Ours

Here, in this story, we become unified as forgiven sinners, awaiting the return of our savior and the redemption of the world.