My three-year-old son poured water over my hand with a little shell, anointed my hand with some olive oil in the sign of the cross, and handed me a candle — over and over and over again.
The Church’s members very often cannot tell the difference between the Church’s message and that of some other community.
“A Sacred Conversation on Race” was born out of admitting that we, the baptized, do in fact experience racial enmity.
In changing its position on marriage, has the Episcopal Church struggled seriously with the strengths and the weaknesses of the Christian tradition, and fully comprehended it even while extending it into new domains?
I would like to think that we have not become so warped by our passions and by a reliance on our controversies to sustain our interest in one another, in Anglican forms of Christian faith, and, ultimately, in Christ. But I fear we may have. And so I must recall to us all, those resonant words from Christ: “I have this against you, that you have abandoned your first love.”