Essays & Reviews

Essay for readers of the Living Church

Spatial Catholicity

By Mark D. Chapman Conflict over what is necessary to salvation is part of what it is to be a catholic Christian. The local needs therefore to relate to the universal. Catholicity cannot be limited purely to one’s own context.

Art of Forgiveness

The Confessional is an installation meant to provoke reflection on the radical nature of forgiveness. The idea was born through artist Carole Baker’s struggle to forgive someone after she felt deeply wounded.

Walking Together in Haiti

By Mark Harris Haiti is more than Port-au-Prince, more than the earthquake of 2010, more than “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,” more than a place that needs our help.

Outward and Visible Penance

By Nicholas Porter and Dawn Stegelmann Much to our delight and surprise, and with the enthusiastic support of our vestry and parishioners, we encountered numerous people of faith who welcomed the opportunity to receive ashes.

Lent Light

“Ashes to go” is the relatively recent ecclesiastical fad of offering Ash Wednesday ashes to people on the street. The notion of taking the church to the people can be offered as a rationale for this behavior, but it hardly rises to the level of an adequate defense.

Non-linear Verite

The Tree of Life is nominated for three Academy Awards (best picture, best director, and best cinematography). It is also a film very few Episcopalians have seen. This strikes me as odd, particularly in light of the director’s background.

Remorselessly Christological

The idea that in some sense Jesus saves not only us but the world by his substitutionary sacrificial suffering has, for Mark Noll, implications for the practice of scholarship, especially in the humanities and social sciences.

A Tale of Two Grandmothers

By Boyd Wright If God granted the prayers of one side and denied the others, did he consider the North right and moral and the South wrong and evil? Abraham Lincoln, for one, refused to believe this.