Cornerstones By Richard J. Mammana Jr. I met the former St. Alban’s, Olney, in 1990 when I was 10 years old, a soprano at a guest Solemn Evensong with the former Singing Boys of Pennsylvania, a sort of choral sideshow that traveled throughout North America, East Asia, and Europe between 1970 and 2014. I remember little about what we sang at the service, but I do remember … [Read more...] about St. Alban’s, Olney: Changed, But Not Ended
Epidemics and the Rise of Anglo-Catholicism By Ian McCormack On March 27, 2020, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to the clergy of the Church of England. The letter included these words: “We are in a time of great fearfulness. The numbers of those becoming seriously ill and dying is increasing. It therefore remains very important that our churches remain closed … [Read more...] about Love for Christ’s Sake
By Steve Schlossberg Many years ago, when I was a postulant of the Diocese of Quincy and a middler at Nashotah House, I did my quarterly duty and preached at my sponsoring parish. I did not know the church; I had gone to seminary without a bishop, and the parish picked me up, just as the diocese had picked me up, as an ecclesiastical vagrant. I showed up that first Sunday as … [Read more...] about The Man Who Paid for a Baptism
By Zachary Guiliano USPG, the oldest mission society in the Anglican Communion, has unveiled a new strategy developed under its recently commissioned general secretary, the Rev. Duncan Dormor. The 44-page document, Open to Encounter: Mission in the 21st Century, came together after several months of consultation between USPG’s Communion-Wide Advisory Group, a council of 160 … [Read more...] about New Director, Fresh Strategy for USPG
Postcard from London The Rt. Rev. Pete Broadbent, Acting Bishop of London, is no stranger to disputes, and his use of social media occasionally causes ripples. In 2010 he drew a slap on the wrist from his superior, the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, for a tweet about the pending nuptials of Prince William and Katherine Middleton. He predicted the marriage would not last and … [Read more...] about Catholic, High Church, or ‘Faffy’?
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald BOSTON — Episcopalians who self-identify as Anglo-Catholics have reason to believe their niche packs a mysterious magnetism that draws both the well-off and the dirt-poor to seek God in the sacraments. But Anglo-Catholics are also concerned that after nearly two centuries, their movement needs renewal. They are inviting hard questions to make sure … [Read more...] about Uncovering Roots, Raising Questions
Lay Activism and the High Church Movement of the Late Eighteenth Century The Life and Thought of William Stevens, 1732-1807 By Robert M. Andrews Brill. Pp. xiii + 312. $166 Since at least 1800, William Stevens (1732-1807) has been known as “Nobody,” a self-effacing and self-created alias. A group called Nobody’s Friends meets three times a year in honor of Stevens’s … [Read more...] about ‘Nobody’ Was Somebody
From “Communion and Catholicity in the Church of England: A Statement of Principles by the Council of Bishops of The Society”:Following the Church of England’s decision to ordain women as well as men to the episcopate, we are, together, now seeking to shape understanding and custom that will engender trust within our household of faith. The House of Bishops’ Declaration, and … [Read more...] about Breadth in the C of E