Next year, the Episcopal Church will elect a new Presiding Bishop. One hopes that those who permit themselves to be nominated as candidates for the office will seek a quiet corner and read about William White.
November 22 was the day we remembered C.S. Lewis in the Episcopal Church calendar. To honor him, I decided to write of his influence on me.
Paul Moore was bishop of New York for almost twenty years, the capstone on an illustrious life in the ministry. But his sexual life more or less left behind a long wake of emotional destruction, the brunt of which was borne by his two wives.
The bottom-up, congregational model is legally mandatory in Texas. So, a professedly Methodist congregation is only connectional if it chooses to be so and signs legal documents to that effect.
Hiroo Onoda spent twenty-nine years fighting a war that had been over for a long time. Is this an analogy for the Church?
Pastors come and pastors go. I am in the middle of that at this moment, an experience that many of us have had on either side of the pulpit.
What, then, is the strategy for staying in the Episcopal Church? To borrow from Chesterton, it means at times being “homesick at home."
We do need to go to dark Calvary before we approach Resurrection. Resurrection isn’t reinvention. It can only be understood in the light of all that went before, immediately before and in the story of Israel’s relationship with her God.