Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI) reports that there is at least a 20-point generation gap between Millennials (age 18 to 29) and seniors (age 65 and older) on every public policy measure in the survey concerning rights for gay and lesbian people.
Thoughtful dialogue on NPR's Tell Me More
Some parents feel responsible to shape their children's religious foundations while others prefer to let kids explore faith for themselves.
It's been about ten years since news of sexual abuse of children clergy and the systematic protection of offenders in the Archdiocese of Boston was first exposed. Now the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has released a list of accused sex offenders in the Archdiocese.
The No Anglican Covenant Coalition is unhappy with they see as a one-sided and biased presentation by the Diocese of Oxford regarding the Anglican Covenant, describing parts of it as "shallow and superficial."
Woo-hoo! We just crossed the 5000 mark. As of this morning, 5011 people "like" the Episcopal Cafe on Facebook. Thanks everyone!
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has donated $25,000 to the Washington National Cathedral towards recovery and restoration of the earthquake damaged building.
Jay Parini, author. Vermont resident and Episcopalian, reflects on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene which devastated his state.
The Anglican Church of South Africa has released a guide to the proposed pastoral guidelines in response to South Africa's civil union law.
Religious violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria is spreading and is so far uncontrollable despite government efforts. The violence in Jos, in the middle of the country where the Christian south and Muslim dominated north meet, began on Monday.
Some Christian religious groups are protesting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to not include formal religious prayer as part of the ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Towers.
Speaking from personal experience, there's a great deal of commentary about religion made by scholars who don't have any. While the lack of any personal faith doesn't necessarily disqualify someone from having an opinion, most commonly negative, about how people of faith should comport themselves; in most other fields, the lack of personal experience with the subject would make it much harder for a person's views to be taken seriously.
This weekend the desert in Nevada hosts a veritable Brigadoon as the Burning Man festival rises from the shimmering heat in its annual manifestation. There's been much written over the years decrying the hedonism and anarchist impulse that, at least on the surface, typifies so much of the event. But Jay Michaelson sees a deeper truth in the event, a truth which has deep connections to the way religious life is experienced today.
Two New Zealand dioceses oppose the proposed Anglican Covenant, Canon John Rees says it is both "insignificant and vital," and The Living Church takes No Anglican Covenant Coalition's challenge and offers some reasons to support it.
There was news last month that contrary to most people's expectation, the more educated an American is, the more likely that person is to attend church regularly. So why are the mainstream churches in the U.S. losing membership across the board? Apparently it's because the working class Americans are less and less likely to be found in congregations.
Happy Labor Day.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 11, 1944:
"It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known.
Millworker by James Taylor. Sung by Emmy Lou Harris
Youngstown by Bruce Springsteen
Working Man's Blues by Merle Haggard
Working Class Hero by John Lennon
He Thinks He'll Keep Her by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Paul Robeson sings Joe Hill.
The Seattle Post-Intellegencer reports that among those convicted of charges made during the protests of the new Arizona immigration laws is the Rev. Peter Morales, president of Unitarian Universalist Association (similar to TEC's Presiding Bishop):
The Diocese of Texas is confronting the devastating fires in their area:
Helpful reflection on the Anglican Covenant, entitled, "Don't Panic"...posted at No Anglican Covenant:
Posted yesterday on the LambethPress YouTube channel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams reflects in an interview on his experiences on September 11, 2001 nearby the World Trade Center.
A crane set up to repair earthquake damage at the National Cathedral collapsed this morning:
Today is "End Malaria Day" and a group of authors have written a book and are donating $20 from each sale to "Malaria No More". Consider buying it, and/or donating:
Tom Ehrich reflects on 10 lessons he believes we have learned since 911:
This project of the Anglican Communion Office looks interesting:
“And it was good ….” - a Communion wide Lent course for 2012
ACNS: Anglican Communion News Service
Did "the world" change after 9/11? Perhaps yes, perhaps no:
Why 9/11 Changed [Everything] Nothing
From Religion Dispatches
At first glance, it looks like a great text for this Sunday:
Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)
The Washington Post reports of the change due to Wednesday's crane accident at the National Cathedral.
The Episcopal Diocese of Texas reports that Camp Allen had to be evacuated this morning due to the wildfires in Texas.
Norman Wirzba's new book, Food & Faith: A Theology of Eating was reviewed by Mary Bowling on Englewood Review of Books.
Bowling writes that the new book is more of a Christian theology book than a book for foodies:
As the Archbishop of Canterbury prepares to visit Zimbabwe, persecution of Anglicans by the Mugabe government continues. Yesterday, the home of the Bishop of Harare, the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Chad Gandiya, was invaded and robbed of money and communications equipment on the same day as an Anglican priest was released from jail after being arrested for setting foot on his own church's property.
Interfaith worship services have doubled in the decade since the 9/11 attacks, even as more than seven in 10 U.S. congregations do not associate with other faiths.
Some evangelical groups and conservative commentators complain that evangelicals--and even religion itself--is being excluded from some of the major commemorations set to take place this weekend in New York and Washington a decade after the 9/11 attacks.
Five chaplains who served first responders, loved ones and the community in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks tell their stories to the Huffington Post.
The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs, BCC wrote:
Episcopalians across Texas are scrambling to aid people who have lost homes or businesses or family members because of the historic wildfires sweeping across the State. And the Episcopalians are organizing their congregations in case they are the next to be threatened.
Lisa Hines, the rector of Calvary Church, Bastrop Texas is quoted in an Episcopal News Service article:
""You find hope in the community, because people are calling from all over wanting to know what they can do to help us," she said. "Those of us who are all in the same boat, are supporting each other. No one is feeling isolated or without possibilities -- that's the hope.
"It's sad, it's very sad. It's grim, but no lives (here in Bastrop) have been lost and that's good news," she added."
The article reports on the way that the Diocese of Texas and the Diocese of Fort Worth has been organizing, and the response efforts of the parishes, as well at what individuals, including firefighters are doing.
Please keep the whole region in your prayers.
There's no shortage of services planned and being held this weekend in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Of special note are those being held at Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel because they both became an intimate participant in the events of the day and the still on going recovery efforts.
There's a well known saying that doubt isn't the opposite of faith, certainty is. (It's generally attributed to Anne Lamott, but there are versions traced back to Voltaire.) Science is about finding certainty, or something close to it at any rate. Christian faith would seem to then to be a whole different sort of thing. Can the two talk to each other?
Jonathan Wynne-Jones' story on Rowan Williams' future plans is careening around the internet. It begins as so:
Stop. Listen. Is it at all silent where you are?
It still seems impossible for most of us to forget where we were ten years ago and how, amidst everything else, there was an edgy stillness at the heart of it.
Writer Suzi P. remembers:
On his blog Becoming, hospice physician and Episcopal priest Steve Thomason recounts some of his memories of what happened at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest on 9/11/2001.
Is culture, driven to change at a breakneck speed by revolutions in technology and communications, moving so quickly that faith and religion are about to drop out of sight? Can (should?) religion in America change quickly enough to keep that from happening if it's a real threat?
UPDATE: funeral arrangements below
Word has been received that Bishop Walter Righter, retired of Iowa, died this morning. May the saints in light greet him as he leaves this life to enter a greater one.
At St. Paul’s Chapel in the shadow of Ground Zero, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said at the 7:30 am service:
Rev. Lyndon Harris, who was the priest at St. Paul's Chapel (across Church Street from the World Trade Center) on September 11, 2001, reflects on his process so far and has some things to say about forgiveness.
Monday morning often brings new light to yesterday's sermon, both for the preacher and the listener. Then, for the preacher, inevitable wonderment about the coming week's lessons begins, and the cycle starts over, while the listener-participant can keep chewing on a substantial homily.
Sifting through the coverage of yesterday's 9/11 memorial services, we found this excellent video shot by NJ.com in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
Blogger Chris Hansen was underwhelmed by Jonathan Wynne-Jones' thinly-sourced story this week in which it was "understood" (by someone or other) that Rowan Williams had told friends he was planning to step down as Archbishop of Canterbury before his term ends 10 years from now, and possibly next year.
Bishop Tom Ely of Vermont has been making his way, as best as possible, around this flood ravaged diocese. He blogs about it here.
John Wagner of The Washington Post relates the story of soon-to-depart Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien's unsuccessful effort to change Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's mind about supporting same-sex marriage in an article that tracks the Democratic party's growing comfort with marriage equality.
Except for Newt Gingrich, who said there must be a more humane way of dealing with "illegal" immigrants, all the Republican candidates at the debate the other night offered only unworkable, expensive or down right silly ideas about solving what should be a simple issue. The Washington Post reports:
Derek Penwell, Disciples of Christ, writing at the DMergent blog reflects on church organization and whether we need to change the way we do the "business" of church:
National Catholic Reporter Online reports breaking news seeking justice from the Vatican for victims of abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
The US Embassy in Uganda reports that there is no serious move to bring up the virulently anti-gay bill in the Ugandan Parliament. The Petrelis File blog reports:
The US Census Bureau has released the latest income, poverty and health insurance statistics.
...it can't be that bad?
Forbes.com reports that those of us are clergy are the "Happiest" profession. Agree? Disagree? What say you?
How do we care for introverts? Jonathan Rauch writes about this "little-undertood group" in The Atlantic:
Caring for your introvert
The habits and needs of a little-understood group
From The Atlantic online
David Brooks has written another fine piece that explores whether we have become so reluctant about ethics that our young people can't even identify moral dilemmas, let alone be equipped to wrestle with them:
If it feels right
From the New York Times
Miguel Escobar was inspired by Fr. Tim Schenk's idea of "3 Cups of Coffee" and reflects on the thought that the church could cultivate a practice of "Three cups of coffee"...a slightly different take on Mortensen's "Three cups of tea":
Religious leaders in North Carolina line up to oppose the anti-LGBT legislation:
Odyssey Networks released an exclusive story illuminating the issues from the perspectives of both the church and the state in their video "The Immigration Debate: Alabama Bishops Unite to Fight Tough New Law." One vision seeks to dissipate the fear of seeking spiritual and material support for the "least of these"; the other seeks to alleviate the fear of declining job prospects for the 10% of the state's population who are unemployed.
The Dallas Morning News "Texas Faith Blog" wonders: "Should we pray for rain?"
William McKenzine writes:
ENS reports that House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson has nominated The Very Reverend H. Scott Kirby, the retired Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire, WI, to fill the vacancy of Vice-President.
Kate Soles describes her struggle as she and her partner prepared to stand in front of their congregation at the baptism of their child.
She writes in the Toronto Globe and Mail "I was unsure about baptizing our son:"
The Chinese may not welcome religion at home but they love to build churches in Africa.
Fredrick Nzwili writes for Ecumenical News International about how more and more church building contracts in Africa go to Chinese firms:
The Irish Times reports that an organization of Roman Catholic priests calls for the end of mandatory celibacy for priests in that Church.
Fr Brendan Hoban told the paper that "many Catholic priests were 'mesmerised' by the Vatican’s recent creation of a new personal prelature for disaffected married Anglican clergy, now recognised as Catholic priests.
“They cannot understand how the rule can be ignored or disposed with in cases and yet not be acceptable generally,” he said.
At the Republican debates this week, Texas Governor Rick Perry, defended before a cheering audience his stance on the death penalty. In the past, he has stood before crowds proclaiming himself staunchly "pro-life" when it comes to abortion. How can the two views be reconciled?
In an essay titled "AMIE is a game-changer" Canon Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel explain the next steps of the newly formed Anglican Mission in England (AMIE) which is modeled on the AMIA (Anglican Mission in America) a movement with deep connections with the Anglican Church in Rwanda and the Global South.
Earlier today a number of reports were been filed that the government of the United Kingdom has decided to press forward with a broader legal recognition for same-sex marriage.
As Thinking Anglican's has it:
How many Christians are there in China? It depends what you mean when you say "Christians". It depends if you're going to count recognized official congregations and/or the unofficial ones. And then there's the question of the houses churches which spring into existence constantly.
The BBC has an excellent essay on the whole situation which begins by pointing out that the Chinese government sees Roman Catholicism as a separate religion from "Protestantism".
The placebo effect is widely recognized and frequently utilized in modern medicine. People given a "sugar" pill but told it's a powerful antidote to their illness very frequently experience a cure rate similar to those given a real medical proven treatment. Our minds seem to have a degree of control over our health that we don't understand.
A good public conversation noted on Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' site:
Elizabeth Drescher's name (and recent book Tweet if you (Heart) Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation) seem to keep coming up a lot lately. Recently, in conversation with the question of how churches might more effectively be using their digital presences, she says,
AFP reports that Bishop John Chane of the Diocese of Washington and three other Americans are in Tehran for talks that they hope will facilitate the release of two American hikers and lead to better relations between the U. S. and Iran.
In The New York Times (remember - you only get so many free views per month unless you subscribe), Gary Gutting describes a series of perhaps subtle points of thought being refined within self-selected spheres of atheism.
Gutting takes us to Columbia philosophy prof Philip Kitcher, who's trying to find a way through the Dawkinses and Hitchenses and the chilling bluntness of their God-is-not-so-get-over-it routine:
In an interview on William Crawley's Sunday Sequence program on BBC Radio Ulster, Ruth Gledhill, religion correspondent of The Times of London said she believes reports indicating that Rowan Williams will resign as Archbishop of Canterbury next year. You can listen here by clicking on the Listen Now button in the second box on the left.
CNN International has the most recent story on the Christian-Muslim delegation that traveled to Iran for conversations regarding the release of the American hikers who have been held for two years. In addition, the delegation has released the following statement:
Over on the video blog, Rod Webster, vice president and general manager of the Church Insurance Companies, lays out some depressing statistics about the decline of the Episcopal Church. Have a look, and let us know how you think the church should respond.
John Chilton, in a comment on the video blog, calls attention to the excellent point that Webster makes about the energy that declining parishes require from their bishop and his or her staff:
Jesus instructed his disciples to give to those who asked of them. Does that extend to panhandlers? Churches in Sacramento find themselves mulling this issue.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaches Sept. 18 at Catedral de El Señor in Quito, Ecuador, on the fourth day of the House of Bishops' fall meeting.
AP reports on the end of the U.S. policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for gays and lesbians serving in the military:
After years of debate and months of final preparations, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openly in its ranks.
Dr. Catherine Meeks, writing in the Huffington Post, urges Christians to takes steps to reconciliation:
UPDATED: Report on plan from ENS
Neva Rae Fox's helpful summary from today's House of Bishops meeting begins as follows:
And, more news from the House of Bishops' meeting:
Diocese of Central Ecuador leadership to resign
Presiding bishop appoints Victor Scantlebury interim bishop
From Episcopal News Service
Does the church spend more time defending the status quo than living out the gospels? What are the warning signs of defending the status quo?
Seth Godin has this list of signs that we may be defending the status quo; how's your church doing?
From the "Church Marketing Sucks" blog, this article suggests that email may be utilized to bring back new visitors. How does your church use (misuse?) email to reach out to visitors to your church?
An important question to consider as many churches begin to enter stewardship season: Does the tithe count if some of the 10% does not go to the church? The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of the Diocese of Georgia reflects on this important question in his "Loose Canon" blog. What say you, good Episcopal Cafe readers? How do you "count the tithe" at your church?
Diocese of Washington Bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Chane, engaged in religious dialogue with Iranian officials to help bring about the release of U.S. hikers:
After a back and forth day of an execution being on and on hold, Troy Davis was put to death by lethal injection as he proclaimed his innocence.
Beyond questions of whether the death penalty is ever warranted (The Episcopal Church has affirmed over and over again a position against the death penalty), the very least that can be said concerning this execution is that there are many conflicting opinions as to Davis' guilt.
The Episcopal School of Dallas is liable for $9 million for how it dealt with the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old female student by a 34-year-old male teacher.
The jury found that the school was not liable for failing to prevent the relationship, but was grossly negligent in how it handled the incident when the relationship was discovered.
Roland S. Martin writes for CNN that poverty is being ignored in the GOP primaries.
At the recent House of Bishops meeting, Bishop Stacey Sauls, Chief Operating Officer for The Episcopal Church, distributed a "model resolution for structural reform" for dioceses to discuss and submit to the 77th General Convention." The resolution is available here.
A service in memory of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who took his own life, was held last night at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Brunswick, NJ. It was part of a campaign in the Diocese of New Jersey called "Red Door=Safe Haven."
Hunger is visible if you have the eyes to see.
While reflecting on the millions spent to make the El look better in Chicago while the infrastructure is falling apart, Chicago columnist James Warren sees another kind of infrastructure that is both neglected and falling apart: our people.
From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs: (revised)
Bishop Stacy Sauls presents to the House of Bishops:
Becoming A Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society:
An Adaptive Moment
At Duke Divinity's Call and Response Blog, Presbyterian minister Carol Howard Merritt notes five changes in our culture that every congregation should pay attention to.
It's not a new list, but it is a good summary of what is going on.
Some glimpses at the interesting ways that religion and culture meet up in America.
A Wisconsin Presbyterian church is planning to ordain the first openly gay minister in the history of the denomination early next month. This is the first such ordination since the vote this summer that opened the Presbyterian Church to gay and lesbian clergy.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix has announced that it his policy that the wine consecrated during Mass is no longer to be shared among the laity present. Reaction has been pretty uniformly negative in Catholic circles.
One of the take-aways from controversies within the Anglican Communion is the recognition that there is no agreed upon Anglican method of "reading" Holy Scripture. That lack has frequently stymied attempts to get disagreeing bodies within the Communion to speak with each other about what the Bible is saying to the Church today.
UPDATED 9/25: George Conger reports: "The outcry over the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory’s support for an Irish dean’s gay civil union has forced the bishop to skip the consecration of the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry."
Would you choose to attend church every Sunday for a year if it meant you didn't have to serve your jail sentence? Some offenders in an Alabama town are having this option offered.
Presbyterian minister Dr. Janet Edwards writes in the Huffington Post's religion section that pretty much all of the opposition to including GLBT folks in the fullest life of the church comes down to five basic questions, each of which betrays its own bias in the asking:
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams sends a video greeting to the Vital Church Planting Conference on September 5.
The Episcopal Church's Office of Communication recently published "Brand Guidelines for the Episcopal Church," intended to foster greater awareness of its overall branding effort.
The document allows that questions of who owns and controls what are longstanding:
In a brief interview with Trinity Wall Street's Jim Melchiorre from June, Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina reflects on the value of The Episcopal Church in a multicultural, pluralistic society.
A few weeks ago, the primates of the Global South Anglican group released a statement from their meeting in China.
Bishop Stacy Sauls’ presentation to the House of Bishops last week in Quito, Ecuador has stirred significant comment, not to mention anxiety, in the church. We hope to devote significant time and space to discussing his proposals in the days ahead, and would like to begin by describing the context in which it has landed.
In my last post, I promised that we would attempt a substantive discussion of Bishop Sauls' proposals for reforming the governance of our church. With your forbearance, I'd like to begin on the abstract level. The bishop suggests that our church is too top-heavy in its governance--an assertion with which I agree--and that we should be diverting more resources to mission.
Episcopal Church leaders in California have voiced strong support for 10 Muslim students who were convicted on Friday of heckling the Israeli ambassador to the United States during a speech at the University of California's Irvine campus last year.
Pat McCaughan writes:
Marcos Breton, writing in the The Sacramento Bee wonders if religious leaders can lead the way in finding answers for the immigration debates:
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) is reporting that the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and his family may remain in Jerusalem:
Is God to blame for the global market meltdown? Charles Kenny writing in Foreign Policy magazine looks at the current discussion of God's involvement in economics and the "prosperity gospel:"
CNN reports on transgender children and their quest for acceptance.
The Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon and Jim Lehrer will receive the Faith and Freedom Award according to Episcopal News Service:
There is an overall decline in numbers of the faithful, according to "FaithCommunities.org."
Does this mirror what's going on in your local communities?
In his presentation on reforming the structures of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Stacy Sauls argues that our overhead is too high. He suggests several way to reduce it, giving particular attention to the cost of the General Convention, and the various bodies that either help to govern the church or prepare resolutions when the convention is not in session. He identifies certain savings that could be realized by having fewer interim bodies, and having the convention meet less frequently.
In Kenya, church leaders pay tribute to Wangari Maathai, the first African woman Nobel Peace prize winner who died on September 25th:
"Is "Constantinianism" all bad?" asks this provocative blog piece over at The Christian Century...
Is Constantinianism all bad?
By David Heim in The Christian Century
Rosh Hashanah: The Incomplete Repentance
From the Huffington Post
Rosh Hashanah is tonight and the buzz word throughout Jewish media and, of course, on the lips of rabbis everywhere, is repentance. As familiar as we all are with the word repentance, it is a difficult concept to truly wrap one's minds around.
Linda Watt, who retired as chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church earlier this year commented on our earlier item examining various way to cut the "overhead" of the Episcopal Church. We thought her remarks were substantial enough to merit their own entry.
Archbishop Williams expressed "deep concern" over Iran's movement towards executing a Christian pastor who has refused to renounce his faith.
It is "stewardship season" in many churches. This piece in "Leadership Matters" reflects on the need for clarity when leading a stewardship campaign:
Theologian and writer, Maggie Dawn, reflects on the often quoted translation of "liturgy" as "the work of the people," and argues that we may not be understanding this in the correct way.
Bullying continues to be a major issue in our society today.
Most recent in the news is the sad death of Jamey Rodemeyer, who killed himself after being bullied relentlessly. The story made national news when Lady Gaga dedicated her song "Hair" to him at the iHeart Music Festival (chronicled by many, including the website Bullying Stories)
What might be the relationship of ministry and community banking? This piece from Duke's "Faith and Leadership" blog explores this question about community banking in Durham, NC.
Deposed Bishop Nolbert Kunonga is unhappy that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is coming to Zimbabwe.
Kunonga talking points are as follows: he is not a puppet of the Mugabe regime, and that Williams is coming to Zimbabwe to spread colonialism and to promote homosexuality.
The Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilimington, Delaware, has voted to close after a request for ongoing funding from the Diocese to meet their shortfall was turned down.
Delaware online reports:
Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies, sent a letter to Deputies and First Alternates regarding the "model resolution" proposed to the House of Bishops by Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church. Here is the text:
September 30, 2011
Dear Deputies and First Alternates,
Bishop Greg Rickel of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia announced today that his immediate predecessor, the Rt. Rev. Vincent W. Warner, has been restricted from exercising his ministry as a bishop or priest by the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Warner is under investigation by the presiding bishop’s office following a credible allegation of recurrent marital infidelity, Rickel said.
The day after the most incredible day of baseball in memory, members of the Church of Baseball are trying to make meaning out of the unexpected.
Wednesday saw two of the most historic collapses and one of the most remarkable comebacks in the modern era come together in the space of a few hours. What does one make of this?
The Supreme Court of Connecticut today decided in favor of the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut in a dispute arising when a number of former Episcopalians claimed ownership of the building and property of the parish they had attended.