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August 11, 2010

In early August, New York Times religion writer Paul Vitello touched an ecclesial nerve when he launched a story, "Taking a Break From the Lord's Work," and raised a range of important questions on clergy wellness. His reporting, based on...

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...

December 17, 2008

People at Trinity Church, Belleville, Michigan, knew the United States was in an economic crisis long before the catastrophe crashed into the consciousness of the rest of the country. During the same week the financial reports confirmed...

January 30, 2008

Two years after the 1967 uprising that shattered the city of Detroit, a young priest arrived at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul to encounter a man on the street who approached the towering cut-stone, neo-Gothic building and wondered, "...

June 8, 2007

Ecclesiastical orders melted at the church door in Marquette, Michigan, on Friday, June 8, as 600 people touched by the life and stunned by the death of Jim Kelsey, an Episcopalian in the Diocese of Northern Michigan, gathered for his...

April 3, 2007

Jack Sellick doesn't mind if the attention of the parishioners at St. Luke's wanders a bit during the Sunday morning worship service. Hanging on the wall above the altar is a 7-foot, 3-inch intarsia figure of Jesus Christ that he...

June 17, 2006

The Special Legislative Committee on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion put final wording to two resolutions during a pair of committee meetings June 17. Resolutions A160: "Expression of Regret" and A163: "Pastoral Care and...

April 30, 2006

“I wasn’t born an Episcopalian, but I was born to be one,” said Bishop Stacy F. Sauls, sixth bishop of the Diocese of Lexington. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Sauls explained that he was “looking for a church that would nurture [a...

April 30, 2006

“I really love this church,” said Bishop J. Neil Alexander, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. “I am an Episcopalian by choice, and I consider myself daily blessed to be an Episcopalian.” Raised in the Moravian tradition and...

March 31, 2005

A family reunion can be a powerful setting for rediscovery and reconciliation, but it is often difficult to avoid the rifts and resentments brought on by years of estrangement. So when a group of teens from Michigan began to address a...

March 31, 2005

When Catherine Craig first warmed a pew at All Saints’, she encountered a rather cool reception. She still holds a faded but poignant memory of a time when other parishioners would not share a pew with her and her husband Richard, one of...

October 31, 2004

Organized crime, gang violence, hunger and unemployment are serious threats to any neighborhood, but in the capital city of Honduras, these are mere symptoms of a deeper, more deadly malady: hopelessness. And it’s hopelessness that...

June 15, 2004

A small but ardent group of unsettled Midwest Episcopalians gathered for a two-day conference on conservative thought at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, in the Diocese of Michigan on May 21-22. Approximately 200 people from...

March 31, 2004

FOR THE PAST 16 years, Dan Matthews, as rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street, has enjoyed a view of American capitalism few Episcopal priests can claim. He sees in it reason to be both proud and wary. With the titans of American...

March 31, 2004

WHEN MEASURING THE intersection of religion and the corporate workplace, many people want the church to confront the ethical scandals and financial malfeasance. They expect the church to provide instruction. But according to two Episcopal...