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May
26

2 pitfalls, 3 activities, 3 books: best practices for youth confirmation

2 pitfalls, 3 activities, 3 books: best practices for youth confirmation This past Sunday we welcomed our bishop for his annual visitation and for confirmations, which is always a joyous day for our youth confirmands, their families, and their sponsors. I’ve been teaching youth confirmation at St. George’s, Nashville, for six years, which has given me plenty of time to develop and experiment with our curriculum, and I helped with or led youth confirmation classes in other...
May
25

A wretch like me? Crossing to the demoniac

A wretch like me? Crossing to the demoniac Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, there met him a man of the city who had demons. —Luke 8:26-27a This story, recounted in all the Synoptic Gospels, stands as a central text in my faith, that particular Gospel anthology or playlist that I cling to and am always turning over. It is about a man who was infested with demons, and about...
May
24

The invisible: African Americans in North American Anglicanism

The invisible: African Americans in North American Anglicanism If we remain a tradition that only speaks to certain subsections of American culture, then we have fallen short of our gospel mandate to reach all people.
May
23

The Nicene Creed: symbol or scandal?

The Nicene Creed: symbol or scandal? Why has the Creed of Nicaea-Constantinople fallen on hard times now? The United Methodist Church's General Conference turned down a resolution that would have placed it as a doctrinal standard in the Book of Discipline.
May
21

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony What do Roman Catholics consider the "treasures" or "elements of sanctity" in the Anglican tradition?
May
20

‘That they may be one’: Longing for Christian unity

‘That they may be one’: Longing for Christian unity Our Lord’s prayer on the night before he died remains painfully unfulfilled.
May
19

Room

Room The questions C.S. Lewis asked in “Transposition” are built into the structure of the new film Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
May
18

The light of reason

The light of reason Richard Hooker’s commitment to reason placed him firmly athwart the development of more revolutionary theological agendas. But reason has changed in our day.
May
17

The good news of God’s wrath

The good news of God’s wrath The modern hymn “In Christ Alone” has provoked controversy with its phrase "the wrath of God was satisfied." But there is a better way to understand “the wrath of God,” a way that displays its truth, goodness, and even its beauty.
May
16

A personal story about illegal immigration

A personal story about illegal immigration Only the largest construction firms used union labor. Everybody else went to the underpass. At the end of my brother's life, he was making less per hour than he did as an apprentice.
May
14

Gathering the fruit, May 14: Eucharist, ecumenism, missiology

Gathering the fruit, May 14: Eucharist, ecumenism, missiology Three things really caught my eye this week: a transatlantic blog debate on the Eucharist, a talk on ecumenism, and the idea of intercontextual theologies of mission.
May
13

Things Episcopalians say (3): ‘Jesus Movement’

Things Episcopalians say (3): ‘Jesus Movement’ The phrase has captured the imagination of Episcopalians, but many friends don't much care for the hype or are even worried by it.
May
12

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil I realized one day how many things I did as a priest because I liked them without having thought them through and without trying to understand the "why" behind my actions.
May
12

Pulling rank, quoting canons in Anglican pastoral leadership

Pulling rank, quoting canons in Anglican pastoral leadership "Let me give you a piece of advice," said the man. Wishing he wouldn't, I nevertheless nodded my head.
May
11

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something.

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something. A very common question is some variation of "What does this or that ceremony or action mean?" It expresses a false assumption.
May
10

A catechism of Nature (2): the vernal transgression of boundaries

A catechism of Nature (2): the vernal transgression of boundaries Late winter's dormant destinies are disclosed by the spring.
May
9

10 tips for domestic beauty

10 tips for domestic beauty If beauty will save the world, how do we participate in it? 10 tips.
May
9

Julian for the whole of our lives

Julian for the whole of our lives The most wonderful thing about Julian, as a mystic, theological friend, and spiritual companion, is that she does more than just tell us about God. She actually shares with us her own incomplete, decades-long process of coming to terms with her experience of a God of love who is actually at work, in all things, in each moment.
May
6

Pastoral love, pastoral care

Pastoral love, pastoral care Part of the art of pastoral leadership is the abiding sense, firmly planted in the people of God, that their pastor's love for them is there from the start.
May
5

You might be a monist

You might be a monist Monism is all rather heady, but it bears on several theological topics, including Christology and ecclesiology.

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