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Deaconess Alexander Joins the Calendar

General Convention has added Deaconess Anna Alexander, who began her ministry at Good Shepherd in Pennick, Georgia, to the Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints. The Diocese of Georgia’s deputation celebrates Deaconness Anna Alexander as a new saint of the Episcopal...

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Bishop Love Reflects on GC79

The Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, reflects on the decisions of the 79th General Convention: On a positive note, an amended version of A068 was passed, thus preserving the 1979 Book of Common Prayer for at least the near term. There had been an attempt to...

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Forward Day By Day – July 19, 2018

One of my favorite statements by conservationist John Muir came from his defense of Hetch Hetchy Valley near Yosemite. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”...

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Come Unto Me

Feast Day of St. Macrina the Younger   Matthew 11:27-30   When I spend a good chunk of time in contemplative prayer, I wind up being more grounded in what is truly important.  This is not because my prayer time is filled with blissful awareness of God. For me, even...

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Historians Honor Emilie Amt

The slave balcony at St. Mark’s Church-Lappans | bit.ly/2O0mTll Professor Emilie Amt is the recipient of the 2018 Nelson R. Burr Prize from the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. Amt is Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College and chairs the...

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Forward Day By Day – July 18, 2018

Having come to New Orleans for spring break, my four students and I were assigned to a larger group from another university to gut houses all around the city. Hurricane Katrina had hit roughly seven months before, but it might as well have been yesterday, given the...

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Why pray?

“The trouble with being a god is that you’ve got no one to pray to.” Small Gods, Terry Pratchett   Does God need our prayers? It is foolishness to Greeks, with their ideal sufficiency. It is a stumbling block to our proud humility, and yet isn’t it the nature of Love...

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Humanists Seek Funds for Chaplains

Humanists UK has launched an appeal to fund hospital chaplains for nonbelievers, which some Christians warn could lead to existing chaplains being squeezed out. Richy Thomson, director of public affairs and policy for Humanists UK, said nonbelievers are neglected by...

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Lord Carey Allowed to Preach Again

The Diocese of Oxford has lifted the ban on the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, allowing him to preach and lead worship in his local parish. For now, however, he will not return to any duties as an honorary assistant bishop. Last June Lord Carey stood...

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Forward Day By Day – July 17, 2018

There I was, dangling from a rope, rappelling down the face of a 60-foot cliff. The rush was incredible. What precipitated this experience was a simple invitation: “Wanna try it, Ms. Hanson?” My student looked more like a surfer dude than the ex-Marine he was. Zac had...

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Blink…Blink

Sometimes you blink your eyes and a whole year has passed.   Last year at this time my family and I were waiting. Summer in full swing, the heat stifling, and a baby about to be born. We woke up each morning and went to sleep every night wondering: will this be the...

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Faith Beyond the Episcopal Church

By Richard J. Mammana The 79th General Convention included several elements of legislation and partnership related to the Episcopal Church’s ecumenical and interreligious relations. Invited ecumenical and interreligious guests included clergy and representatives from...

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Bishop Daniel Martins on GC79

The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Bishop of Springfield, reflects on the 79th General Convention, and especially on its decision regarding same-sex marriage: The 1979 Book of Common Prayer (p. 423), in accordance with all of its predecessors, the official teaching of...

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I Do Not Know You

The parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Mt. 25: 1-13) always bothered me.  It was the refusal to share oil on the part of the Wise Virgins. That isn’t very Christian, is it? What happened to share everything?  Be poor and meek? Too bad you forgot your oil. Go see...

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7/22: The House of Contemplation

9 Pentecost, July 22 2 Sam. 7:1-14a or Jer. 23:1-6 Ps. 89:20-37 or Ps. 23 Eph. 2:11-22 • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 “Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I...

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Forward Day By Day – July 16, 2018

Getting ready for a hurricane was something I grew up knowing how to do. My first was Carla in 1961, but even before that one, my family kept an annual hurricane map on the refrigerator door and marked the progress of every storm. We stocked up on batteries and bread,...

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Dancing!

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19   I had the great good fortune to have been raised and educated by Southern Baptists. They taught me everything from higher maths to the importance of spending quiet time with God every day. The thing they didn’t teach me, though, is how to...

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Forward Day By Day – July 15, 2018

Oh, what a tangled web. Because John dared to condemn Herod’s adultery with his former sister-in-law and now wife, Herodias, he was both hated and feared. Add Herod’s lust for his step-daughter, Salome, to the backdrop of a probably drunken birthday celebration, and...

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Forward Day By Day – July 14, 2018

It’s an old joke that we still see on bumper stickers and T-shirts: “Jesus is coming. Look busy.”Earlier in this chapter of Matthew, the disciples come to Jesus, asking him to tell them exactly when the temple will be destroyed and when the world will end. Some...

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When Moses Died

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (RSV) Every life has to defining moments — that of birth at one end, death at the other. Whether one is a Queen or the poorest of the poor, life is bordered by those two events. Of course, there are other milestones in each life lying at various...

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