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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.