December 11, 2012

The Rev. Canon Dan Webster

[Episcopal News Service] I promise not to use the words “nimble” nor “entrepreneurial” in this commentary.  Both are overused even though folks using these descriptors are searching for ways to discuss how the church is – or must – change.


November 29, 2012

[MaineStewards] When Mallory was very small, I decided that our family would live into the season of Advent. I would make it part of her early spiritual formation that, for us, Christmas would be the start of the season, not the end of it.

Like many new moms with great ideas, I went a...

November 28, 2012

The Rev. Albert Ogle and Maxensia.

[Episcopal News Service] Maxensia, a Ugandan woman living with HIV, relays the story about how her husband became sick and did not tell her he had HIV. He died of AIDS in 1999 and his family wrongly blamed her for the infection and tried to confiscate...

November 27, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] With a sigh of relief, another ceasefire is in place between Israel and Gaza. The optimistic gloss is that this will hold better than in previous times, especially with the prospect of opening up the blockade on Gaza, and with promises given from both Hamas and Israel...

November 26, 2012

The Rev. Canon Dan Webster

[Episcopal News Service] Years ago, the Rev. Bob Castle came to the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin to give a lecture.  He was not larger than life, nor was he particularly compelling.

To prepare, we had watched what to me was an inspiring...

November 26, 2012

Danielle Tumminio

[Episcopal News Service] Perhaps you know of the cake pop, that delectable treat composed of cake shaped like a donut hole, dipped in frosting and pierced with a lollipop stick to create a one-bite, calorie-dense, sugar-rich treat.

Kind of like a petit...

November 15, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] On a recent visit to a museum dedicated to Christian religious arts, I came up with a potential addition to the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not use life-size wax mannequins wearing bad wigs and bed sheets to illustrate scenes from the life of Jesus.


November 7, 2012

[Religion News Service] It was a week for grown-ups.

When Republican partisans lambasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for collaborating with a Democratic president to rescue a state devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he tweeted, “We are adults. This is what adults do.”


October 23, 2012

[Episcopal News Service – Albuquerque, New Mexico] The Diocese of the Rio Grande invited me here to do a workshop on social media at their just concluded 60th convention. I showed up prepared to do that and a sermon about the power of social media broke out.

I started with a...

October 17, 2012

[Religion News Service] When I alerted my readers that I would be taking time off from writing to recover from surgery, many sent me kind words with a common theme: “Take time to heal.”

“Give your body time to heal,” said one. “Rest and sleep,” said another. “Be sure to take ALL...