Essays & Reviews

Essay for readers of the Living Church

Epiphany and Souffles

Charleston David Wilson writes: “Emersonian wisdom, writ large in society at the moment, says: ‘Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.’ This is hot air, plain and simple.”

Courageous Work

In Harvesting the Fruits, Walter Cardinal Kasper, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 1999 and its president from 2001 to 2010, reflects on the achievements and challenges of over 40 years of formal dialogue with Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Reformed.

Dag Hammarskjold: Christian Peacemaker

By Nigel A. Renton In June the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s weblog began listing names of folk to be considered for the latest iteration of the Episcopal Church’s Sanctoral Calendar (Holy Women, Holy Men, in trial use during this triennium). The list neglected a worthy nominee in Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in September 1961.

Covenants and Fragments

By Ephraim Radner The recently disclosed rupture in the relationship of the Rwandan House of Bishops and bishops of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, although hardly yet resolved or completely transparent, illumines at least a couple of key elements about ecclesial existence, especially among Anglicans.

Stations of the Nativity

When artist Jonathan Grant agreed to produce a series of 14 Stations of the Nativity, he invited participation from the whole congregation of St. Paul’s Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Facing Nothingness, Facing God

William James, like Isaiah, may rightly remind us that our lives are not the center of the universe, but James is unable to say as Isaiah says to the people of Judah “Here is your God!”

Waiting for Jesus in Sudan

Slater Armstrong writes: “Advent is a season of preparation, of conforming our lives to the reality that Christ is coming in triumph. I am aware of no place on earth that celebrates this watching with greater d... Read more...