Since You Asked


August 31, 2008

Q: "Why do some Episcopal Church parishes say only people who are baptized may receive Holy Communion but others say anyone may?"  The Rev. Clayton Morris, Episcopal Church program officer for liturgical and spiritual resources, responds.

A: The Episcopal Church's canons are clear: "No...

November 11, 2007

The Rev. Canon Brian Grieves, director of the Episcopal Church's Peace and Justice Ministries, and Maureen Shea, director of the church's Office of Government Relations, respond:

Since 1988, the General Convention has sought to support a just resolution to one of the world's most...

October 21, 2007

Bishop C. Christopher Epting, the presiding bishop's deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations, responds:

The Episcopal Church traces its history back through the Church of England, which broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century over issues both political and...

May 30, 2007

"I don't believe we have any information about the demographics of our church -- about the ethnic, racial, gender or age composition of our membership. Should we? And if so, how should we get it?"

The church should know that this observer is correct. Unlike other major denominations (the...

February 25, 2007

Since the first Lambeth Conference in 1867, the responsibility for the agenda of the Lambeth Conference and the authority to issue invitations to the meeting has been the sole authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This remains so today.


For a majority of its history, only...

November 30, 2006

Q: "Is it a sin to be fat?" 

The Rev. Jean Denton, RN, is director of National Episcopal Health Ministries and editor of Good is the flesh: Body, Soul and Christian Faith,” published by Morehouse responds:

A: Is there a via media in the weighty matter of obesity?  Is there a...

October 31, 2006

Q: "We were greeted in our first service this fall with readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. How did this come about, and why did our parish change from the beautiful King James version we’re so familiar with?" 

The Rev. Louis Weil of Church Divinity School of the Pacific...

May 31, 2006

Q: "Do the people in the pews have a vote in any of the major decisions of the church?" 

The Rev. Rosemari Sullivan of Virginia Theological Seminary responds:

A: This questions holds within it the question: What does it mean to the individual to be part of a representational...

January 31, 2006

Q: "What are the duties of a verger?" 

The Rev. Charles Shipley III, head verger of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, responds:

A: The duties of a verger are varied and depend on the needs and history of the congregation and the skills of the verger.

Since the earliest times...

January 1, 2006

Q: "Why do we pray for “your holy catholic church” and say we believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church when we are not Catholics?

The Rev. William Gartig, a priest in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, responds:

A: Many people in churches where the Nicene Creed is said have...