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Curry Tribute: A Beacon of Light and Life

Bishop Curry has a deep and wide-ranging giftedness — of passion for the gospel, justice among people and peoples, and collegiality — which has been honed over 45 years of ordained ministry.

Young Clergy Connect, Learn in Manhattan

About 70 young Episcopal clergy and seminarians gathered in New York on May 9 and 10 to learn from the Presiding Bishop, seven serving bishops, and other senior leaders about their common calling.

Children, Hope, and Our Declining Churches

This review discusses suicide. P.D. James’s dystopian novel, The Children of Men, describes an unnerving world in which humanity suddenly and collectively loses the ability...

The ‘E-Word,’ Part Two

In part one I made the case that evangelism and salvation must be reunited in our thinking. A part of the core nature of...

The ‘E-Word’

A rector tells the story of publicizing an adult forum that she called “The E-word.” She didn’t tell her class members what the E-word was,...

Thoughts on Church Scandal

You may be surprised to learn that the word scandal does not occur in the most common English translations of the Bible. And yet...

New Life for Albany’s Guild House

A diverse group of stakeholders is organizing and raising funds to restore the long-vacant Memorial Guild House at Albany’s Cathedral of All Saints, empty and disused since 1978.

Using ‘Three Threes’ to Discuss Hard Topics

"Oh, we don’t talk about that …” This spring, the Parents’ Group at the parish I serve (St. Paul’s in Murfreesboro, Tenn.) undertook a Christian...

Foolishness to the Clowns

In St. Mary’s Chapel at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, near the back on the epistle side, is a window commemorating the late Michael Ramsey,...

Making People Want to Listen to your Sermon

This essay is adapted from Neal’s forthcoming book, How to Hit the Ground Running: A Quick-start Guide for Congregations with New Leadership, Revised, scheduled...

Mission Under Pressure

"Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you’” (John 20:21). In the accounts...

Give Us the Data

Do you know what percent of parishes in your diocese have, on average, more than 100 people at Sunday worship? Do you know how...

The Rhythm of the Rector

I am 18 months into my first stint as an Episcopal rector. I serve a small, urban parish that also has an acclaimed preschool, but...

Extraordinary Easters

I have vivid memories of three extraordinary Easter services, in diverse places, in three periods of ministry, across 37 years. Kajiado is a semi-arid area south...

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...

Kids Don’t Get Anything Out of Church

And You Don’t Have to Either I have had the privilege of worshiping and serving in several churches that are truly multigenerational. In each parish, the...

On the Seasonality of Vocation

Perhaps the most widely popular of St. John Henry Newman’s writings is the poem that became a hymn text: “Lead, Kindly Light” (composed during...

On Pilgrimage with Robert Crouse

Robert Darwin Crouse (1930-2011) was a contemplative, teacher, gardener, mystic, preacher, musician, and theologian who lived most of his life in the small community of Crousetown, Nova Scotia.

My Experience of Post-Christianity

Part of the process toward being ordained in the Episcopal church is clinical pastoral education (CPE). I have long thought it would be profitable...

‘Loving the City’ of Seguin, Texas

An hour outside of San Antonio, nestled in beautiful Texas Hill Country, Seguin is a vibrant and growing community. At the center of this dynamic city stands St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

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