Jennifer M. Phillips

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June 30, 2005

I’ll bet you’ve heard it, too: the argument that if the church were to observe the divorcing of its members with a ritual in its worship, this would be tantamount to approving of or even blessing divorce. But is this so? And why might...

April 30, 2005

“In Christ … there is not male and female.” The concept is not new, and yet it has taken until the 21st century for the beginnings of a world consensus that women and girls merit equal status, education and dignity as men and boys: a...

November 30, 2004

How careless we seem to have become in the way we speak to one another in the church. Recently, a large liturgical electronic listserve to which I belong posted an article about the Roman Catholic bishop who had declared that a rice...

August 31, 2004

Our culture values size, autonomy, power, youth and change. These values slip into church life at times without our awareness, and the result can be painful. Have you noticed how we, the church, in our dioceses and structures are often...

April 30, 2004

IT CAN BE such a shock to discover that the church is full of sinners. Which of us has not sat and listened to the story of hurt and disappointment told by a refugee from the parish down the road, someone who has suffered slight or insult...

June 30, 2003

"IS IT ILLEGAL now for me to add to the parish prayer list prayers for healing for Maggie Smith, about to have heart surgery?" asked a member of the congregation who happens to be a psychologist, though not a doctor to Ms. Smith. She was...