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December 11, 2008

I recently hosted a show featuring Dietrich Bonhoeffer's poems written from his prison cell during World War II.

 

I was particularly taken by a comment made by Sandy, a busy mom enjoying a rare night out. Reading Bonhoeffer had put her life and circumstances in perspective, she...

December 8, 2008

News Item, October 21: The Diocese of Sydney's General Synod has voted again to allow laity to preside at celebrations of Holy Communion and to allow deacons (both men and women) to preside as well.

My reaction, once news of the synod's decision began circulating in U.S.--based weblogs:...

November 25, 2008

The myth of Thanksgiving has everything to do with the Pilgrims celebrating a joint feast with their neighbors, the Wampanoag people, to offer thanks for a successful harvest. No Thanksgiving passes by in schools without a plethora of Pilgrim costumes and vaguely Western-looking Native American...

November 3, 2008

A few hours before the bodies of singer Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side on Friday, October 24, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers began his remarks at the Hotel Intercontinental by addressing head-on the city's daunting...

October 30, 2008

The comedian Bill Maher believes religion is detrimental to humankind. He has produced a film called "Religulous," which is for the most part a tour of religious snake oil salesmen around the world. Maher plays his interviews with them for laughs, and in that he succeeds.

In a recent...

October 28, 2008

I am eager to vote on November 4. In my mind, this is the most important national election since 1860.

 

I hope you are eager to vote, too. It is our duty as citizens to participate in the free speech and free elections that define our democracy. If we hold back on our opinions...

October 16, 2008

In November, American citizens will vote in perhaps the most critical election since 1932 or perhaps 1860.

 

We are deeply divided, and not just over which candidates we prefer.

We are divided over national identity and our place in the world. We are divided over...

September 18, 2008

During the hugger-muggery of this year's Lambeth Conference, one bishop said repeatedly that "the Anglican Communion is going to be fine" and that even the gates of hell would not prevail against Christ's church.

Who said this? Gene Robinson, the bishop of New Hampshire since November...

August 18, 2008

"Everything you can say about China is true ... somewhere in China!"

Such was the insight offered by my 90-year-old friend Rosa, who with her sister, the late Ruth Graham Bell (Billy Graham's wife), was raised in China.

It's a timely and useful observation as the Olympics are upon...

May 19, 2008

Since I began reporting on the Episcopal Church in the early 1990s, conservatives have gone through a few different regroupings: Episcopalians United begat the American Anglican Council, which begat the Anglican Communion Network, which begat the Common Cause Partnership. An important change...

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