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June 23, 2010

Desmond Tutu once said "We are all missionaries or we are nothing," and in that spirit 75 lay and ordained Episcopalians gathered at Virginia Theological Seminary in early June to consider the nature of collaborative mission in the 21st century church.

The three-day event, titled "...

June 1, 2010

In metropolitan areas, many Episcopal churches struggle with building and maintaining a healthy Sunday school. For such churches, resources are few, space is scarce, and parents are unclear about what they want for their children. Most churches lack a corps of competent teachers, and some...

May 27, 2010

When I was a boy growing up during the Korean War, I was reminded of the risks our men in uniform were enduring and of the need for us at home to make some sacrifice in support of their efforts in that far away country. I heard stories of the enforced sacrifice of World War II, of ration stamps...

May 13, 2010

The next six months could be the most critical for Sudan as those in the south move toward January 2011 when they will be asked to determine their future, whether it be a separate state or a part of a unified country. The seriously flawed national elections of this past April serve as a preface...

April 26, 2010

Tens of thousands of people, many of them immigrants, gathered in Washington, D.C., in March in support of immigration reform – in the hope that a change in the law would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

For some immigrants, it was the first time in a long time they...

April 19, 2010

Every time I speak about Haiti, I am asked: "What is it like there?"

The only word I know is "hard."

The devastation from the Jan. 12 earthquake has not suddenly gone away. It has not been cleaned up, and the people are not yet better. There truly is no word in any language to...

February 1, 2010

As priest-in-charge of a growing church, I am in good company with many of my colleagues when it comes to finding a happy balance between work, family and everything else that life throws at us.

The church is a sometimes-frenetic place that often doesn't fit well into our culture's 9 to...

December 15, 2009

When I heard that the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles had elected a lesbian as suffragan bishop, my reaction was, "Here we go again."

I knew the anti-gay lobby would kick into overdrive with dire warnings about violating "biblical principles" and offending the Anglican Communion. I knew...

November 29, 2009

The Vatican, through its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has just released the norms for the integration of Anglicans in Roman Catholic dioceses, with their own Anglican-style rites and non-geographic jurisdictions. Cardinal Levada, former Archbishop of San Francisco and now head of...

October 8, 2009

"Turn left at the airport exit," said the car rental agent at the airport in Norfolk, Virginia, "and go four lights to I-64 West."

She meant straight at the exit, of course, not left, and she meant I-64 East, not West. Or so I discovered after I had crawled 20 miles in heavy traffic and...

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