Since You Asked


September 30, 2005

Q: "Thousands of valuable documents and personal records have been reported damaged by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. Our church also was flooded, and important documents were damaged. What advice can you give church libraries and archives to restore material following a natural disaster...

August 31, 2005

Q: "What’s the difference between ERD and UTO, and why do we need both? Why can’t ERD and UTO be under the same umbrella?

Malaika Kamunanwire, director of development and public relations for Episcopal Relief and Development, and JoAnne Chapman, UTO coordinator, respond:

A: ...

June 30, 2005

Q: "Why should we care about the Anglican Communion?" 

The Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, Angus Dun professor of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., responds:

A: These are heady times for the Anglican Communion.  It seems as if barely a week goes...

May 31, 2005

Q: "How do we teach our children to be stewards?" 

Terry Parsons, stewardship officer for Congregational Development at the Episcopal Church Center, responds:

A: The occasion was a vestry meeting to write a stewardship statement.  The group was completing a discussion of early...

January 31, 2005

Q: "I hear that Choral Evensong is being revived in some Episcopal parishes. What is the history of Choral Evensong and its significance today?" 

William Wunsch, organist and choirmaster at St. Nicholas Church in Encino, Calif., who also serves as the editor of The Journal of the...

November 30, 2004

Q: "I am a life-long Episcopalian, and I don’t remember once having read one article or heard about missionaries in an Episcopal Church. After reading Episcopal Life recently, I now understand there are hundreds of them. I was under the impression that missionary work was not done by...

October 31, 2004

Q: "Did the Episcopal Church split in the manner that denominations such as the Baptists (American and Southern Baptist Conventions) and others have since the Civil War?" 

The Rev. Canon Francis C. Zanger, D.Min, priest associate and pastoral counselor of the Church of the Holy Communion...

September 30, 2004

The Rev. Ian T. Douglas, professor of Mission and World Christianity of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. and a member of both the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism and the Design Group for the 2008 Anglican gathering and Lambeth Conference, responds...

August 31, 2003

Q: "Why are the services now being interrupted by periods of silence?" 

The Rev. Marion Hatchett, professor emeritus of Liturgics and Music, School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., responds:

A: Silences serve various functions in the rites. Silence can fix...

June 30, 2002

Connie Kretschmer from Wellington, Nev., asked in April's letters to the editor, "Why is the church door red?" Several readers provided the following theories.    


Why is the church door red?


One explanation was that red indicated the mortgage was paid. I...