Essays & Reviews

Essay for readers of the Living Church

Rehearsing Discord in Canterbury

By Bryan D. Spinks The International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) is one of the better-kept secrets of the Anglican Communion; few people know of its existence (since 1985), and even fewer read its reports. Usually its meetings pass largely unnoticed. This year’s meeting, like previous consultations, would probably have soon passed into oblivion, but for a presentation on same-sex blessing rites by a delegation from the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM).

South Carolina: The Need for Transparency

By the Rev. Dr. Philip Turner and Mark McCall, Esq. We have considered carefully the available information related to the allegations against Bishop Mark Lawrence that are currently under review by the Disciplinary Board for Bishops. That information discloses an extended and troubling sequence of events that raises serious questions about transparency in the church.

Choose Inclusive Justice

By Leander S. Harding As a priest of the Diocese of South Carolina I have watched my bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, work with good faith and at great personal cost to keep the diocese, as he says, “intact and in TEC.”

Greeting the Saints

By Victoria Matthews What would happen if the provinces of the Communion were equally dedicated to being in relationship one with another, no matter what?

The Anglican Communion: A Brief History Lesson

By Robert W. Prichard To find the beginnings of the Anglican Communion, one has to fast forward to 1838 and the efforts of two bishops who were desirous of a closer relationship between the Church of England and the Episcopal Church.