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August 24, 2009

It is interesting to me, as a theologically educated lay woman and a former lay woman church worker, that the observations of the 35th anniversary of women's ordination (see Episcopal Life Online story here) are positive. There was nothing from the critics of the action and, while there was...

August 4, 2009

When General Convention decided to let plans go forward to switch the Episcopal Church's monthly newspaper to a quarterly feature-oriented magazine without further study, the decision was about more than the loss of a newspaper. In fact, it never was strictly a debate between parchment and...

April 29, 2009

Not long ago, I attended a clergy conference in my diocese and left feeling as though the organizers – or perhaps the clergy association – should have included Dramamine with the registration packet.

Despite an agenda that held out two central topics for conversation, the Conversation We...

April 8, 2009

There is no doubt that the preaching of the cross of Jesus stands at the heart of Christian proclamation. Bishop Stephen Neill used to say, "In the Christian theology of history, the death of Christ is the central point of history; here all the roads of the past converge; hence all the roads of...

February 26, 2009

What do you do when your dream job becomes a nightmare? And you realize you've invested your heart, soul and mind in an enterprise that has lost its heart? And the mega-corporation you work for disintegrates in disgrace before a worldwide audience? And your very identity is threatened?

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February 16, 2009

As I watch the sad saga of our bishops' legalistic and punitive response to 'traditionalist" bishops, dioceses and parishes who are attempting to leave the Episcopal Church in order to form a new North American Anglican province, I am reminded of the defensive and dismissive response of the...

January 26, 2009

The theme of the upcoming General Convention in Anaheim is expressed in the word "ubuntu," a word that was outside the vocabulary of most Episcopalians until now. The meaning is something like "I am because we are" and articles about convention talk about new-fangled "emergent" worship, getting...

January 25, 2009

I'm sitting at the Sundance Film Festival with young filmmakers and theologians watching the memorable and historic inauguration of Barack Obama.

 

Here, film and politics -- two influential and powerful shaping forces in American life -- are juxtaposed with my own personal third...

January 20, 2009

Twenty-five years ago, I met my first "survivalist."

 

He wasn't a glowering extremist from back-country Idaho. He was a suburban homeowner and technologist who realized that he needed to be more self-sufficient.

A bad recession was in full swing. An intricate global...

January 15, 2009

Whenever I lead a communications workshop, I show church Web sites that miss the mark: out-of-date designs and content, a "provider driven" and not "customer driven" focus, too many photos of buildings and clergy and not much apparent thought to what a visitor might be seeking.

 

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