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August 27, 2007

Reading yet another story about schism in Episcopal Church ("More U.S. Episcopalians Look Abroad Amid Rift -- Overseas Prelates Lead 200 to 250 Congregations," June 17, 2007), I found myself growing a little bored with the topic. While we all know that divisions exist and that some...

June 28, 2007

The decision of a group of historic Virginia parishes to leave the Episcopal Church deserved the national publicity it received. The exodus is the latest evidence of a process of disintegration that threatens the existence of the Episcopal Church as a significant force in American and world...

June 25, 2007

I can't say for sure, but I think I understand a little how the bishops who refused to take communion at the Primates' Meeting in Tanzania might be feeling. I think I know, because I did the exact same thing when I encountered my first gay priest.

A cradle Episcopalian, I grew up in the...

June 21, 2007

Returning to Sunday parish ministry for four months has given me both a fresh appreciation of the basics and one caution to share with all who care about healthy churches.

First the caution: I think many congregations expect too much from Sunday. They want Sunday to do all of their work...

May 31, 2007

One of the things I love most about the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City are the casts of characters who congregate there. The crowd that came together on Wednesday night, May 30, to watch The War Tapes and discuss it afterwards, included a wide variety of vets, joined by...

May 24, 2007

Recently, just before the semester's orchestra concert, someone went behind stage at my son's school, found the bows used by cellists, and cut each bow in half. This took place at an arts magnet school where, in theory, every student has a passion for the arts.

Across town, Duke...

April 26, 2007

A trip to Ellis Island requires long lines and long waits. But it's nothing like the anxious hours, sometimes days, of scrutiny once imposed on poorer immigrants seeking entry into the United States after two weeks in steerage on an ocean liner.

Our wait was more like the processing...

February 27, 2007

More than one adult has told me a story that goes roughly like this:

"I once volunteered to teach Sunday school, when the regular teacher couldn't be present. The teacher gave me a lesson plan, showed me the materials, and I considered myself prepared. As the children arrived, they...

January 29, 2007

After working for about 20 years in ministry, I decided to take some time off and smell the roses. It was fun for about three months; then I began seriously defining myself as unemployed. I did not like not living into my ordination vows, did not like getting up later and later every morning...

January 16, 2007

The Avian flu virus first appeared among humans in rural Asia, where it spread from infected birds to people, affecting several hundred. If this virus were to change its genetic structure and mutate, it could be transmitted not only from birds to humans, but also from one human to another. In...

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