Archbishop Makgoba Renews Covenant Support

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba writes: “It concerns me greatly that, from what I read online and elsewhere, and from the responses I received to the article I wrote for The Living Church last year, too much of the debate around the Covenant seems to have lost sight of our true context.”

Bishop Pope Ends Pilgrimage at 82

The Rt. Rev. Clarence C. Pope, second Bishop of Fort Worth, died late Jan. 8 in Baton Rouge. His death prompted sympathetic notes from the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, Pope’s successor in Fort Worth, and the Diocese of Louisiana.

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.

Presiding Bishop Discusses Her Faith

In a 26-minute interview with the Rev. Todd Wilken, the presiding bishop addressed questions of pantheism and panentheism; the identity of Jesus Christ; the Episcopal Church’s decision to consecrate bishops in same-sex relationships; the Anglican Church in North America; the emergent church; and the Atonement, among other topics.

Diocese Helps Lobster Divers Heal

From NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams: “Elmer Mejia became a Navy diver and medic, and in his early 20s volunteered to work at a clinic where he was exposed to the plight of the lobster divers for the first time. It was run by an Episcopal priest from Wyoming, Gus Sabrador, who became Mejia’s mentor and asked his American congregation to help Mejia go to medical school.”

CNS Profiles Jeffrey Steenson

Because he is married, the 59-year-old Father Steenson will not be ordained a bishop and will not be able to ordain priests.