Military chaplains allowed to perform same-sex marriages in some states

Military chaplains may perform same-sex weddings in states where gay marriage is legal.

Think Progress:

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Online digital theological library launched

The World Council of Churches (WCC) announced last week the launch of the first online digital library covering theology and ecumenism. The goal is to help close the information gap between North and South.

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The Common English Bible and Anglican scholarship

ENS:

The hardest problems in biblical translation aren't about the English, they're about the Greek or the Hebrew, according to one Episcopalian involved in production of the new Common English Bible.

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Nigeria appears to be following Uganda's lead

A group of Nigerian legislators are moving in roughly the same direction as a similar group in Uganda; enacting national legislation to criminalize same-sex marriage, and impose stiff penalties on anyone who "witnesses, abets and aids the solemnization of a same gender marriage contract."

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A turn to the parish benefice

In National Catholic Reporter, Tom Gallagher profiles some parishes that are moving to adapt their own practices of "making." The benefice model encourages churches to produce goods for sale - not merely because it helps even out the budget during times of economic distress, but also because it's close to the heart of what drives churches.

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Preachers and the Great Recession: What to say?

Okay, pulpit-ascenders and sermon-attenders: Read the following and tell me if it's anything like your experience:

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In proposed resolution, California clergy suggest rejection of Covenant

UPDATED: The resolution was not submitted to the Committee on Resolutions by the deadline laid out in the convention's Rules of Order, and will therefore have to be submitted from the floor. The resolution will only be considered by convention if the convention agrees to consider it by a two-thirds affirmative vote.

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The following is among resolutions submitted to the Resolutions Committee in the Episcopal Diocese of California for consideration at its convention later this month.

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Sex and the single evangelical

From an illustration the article "(Almost) Everyone's Doing It" by Tyler Charles, in the September/October issue of RELEVANT Magazine (p. 66):

SEX AND SINGLE CHRISTIANS
A Look at Relationship Status Among Unmarried Young Adults (Age 18-29)

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Backgrounding agency helped clerical reps in Iran

An opinion item at The Reporter of Vacaville, California, notes the role of international peace building initiative Search for Common Ground in the background effort to send clerics, including The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, to assist in the long effort of securing freedom for hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer from imprisonment in Iran.

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Bishop Sauls' proposal, IV: the balance of power

Accepting Bishop Stacy Sauls’ proposal for a special committee that would review the governing structures of the Episcopal Church and present its work to a special meeting of the General Convention would not, in and of itself, diminish the authority of clergy and lay people in the governance of the church. Yet Bishop Saul’s supporting presentation, and the context in which he made it, have raised concerns about whether the way in which power in our church is balanced among all orders of ministry might well be disturbed, and whether decision-making power and fiduciary responsibility might be concentrated in far fewer hands.

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Occupy Everywhere

A student at Episcopal Divinity School is quote in this story about Occupy Boston, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street sit in the financial district of New York City.

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The girlfriends' clergy companion

When I started seminary and began envisioning myself as a clergyperson, I started looking at the style of women pastors, particularly women head pastors. And I noticed that virtually without exception, they had “The Haircut.” The Don’t-Think-of-Me-as-a-Woman-Think-of-Me-as-a-Pastor haircut.

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Presiding Bishop issues pastoral letter on Israeli-Palestinian peace

The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a pastoral letter on Palestinian-Israeli Peace:

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Religious leaders comment on Occupy Wall Street

UPDATED: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Religious leaders have begun commenting on the nature of the protests occurring in NYC and around the U.S. Tom Beaudoin, Harvey Cox and Cornell West add their thoughts:

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Bishop Parsley: Alabama court ruling on immigration

The Rt. Rev. Henry Parsley, Bishop of Alabama, reflects on the latest court rulings on Alabama's "mean-spirited" anti-immigration laws:

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Anger, Revenge and Jesus

Jim Pappas, reflects at Jonathan Hagger's blog, Of Course I Could Be Wrong, on anger, what it has to teach us and when it becomes destructive:

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National Cathedral repairs: $15 million

The Washington Post reports that repairs to the earthquake damaged National Cathedral will run to $15 million.

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Going global to lend a hand

The Miami Herald reports on churches and synagogues traveling to the world to offer their hands and their skills to help others. One featured congregation is St. Philip's, Coral Gables:

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The kicking queen

Never before had the homecoming queen also kicked the winning field goal at Pinckney Community High School:

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Breaking: Charges lodged against Lawrence of SC

Updated Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina has been charged with "abandonment of the Doctrine. Discinline and Worship of The Episcopal Church."

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Diocese of VA authorizes same-sex blessings

The Diocese of Virginia authorizes same-sex blessings at 7 churches:

Charlottesville Church Recognizes Same Sex Unions
From NBC29 (Charlottesville, VA)

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Henderson clarifies SC complaint and investigation

Bishop Dorsey Henderson is the President of the Title IV Disciplinary Board of the Episcopal Church. He has written a short memo clarifying the complaint against and the investigation of Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina.

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Rowan Williams visits Malawi, Zimbabwe & Zambia

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams will pay a pastoral visit to the Church of the Province of Central Africa beginning today:

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Steve Jobs ~ 1955-2011

Steve Jobs dies; Apple Computer co-founder was 56
From The Washington Post

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Denominations...do we need them?

You may have heard the buzz that we are entering a "post-denominational" time in the church. Religious writers such as Phyllis Tickle and Diana Butler Bass have pointed out some of the ways that changes in the religious landscape have perhaps led us to a point where some of the long-standing divisions between denominations are fading away. This observation goes along with the ways that it seems that divisions within denominations have become heightened. So, where does this leave us? Are we moving to a more congregationally-oriented style of governance and ecclesiology? What might be the use of denominations in the 21st century?

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Trinity Wall Street on "Occupy Wall Street"

Trinity Wall Street Rector, The Rev. Dr. James Cooper, issued a statement on the "Occupy Wall Street" protest.

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"Safe Church" for social media

Sharon Ely Pearson writes on bulidingfaith:

As a church we have accepted the need to follow guidelines in how we conduct ourselves and our interactions with those we are called to ministry with – what has become known as “safe church practices.” Social media (aka: Facebook Twitter, YouTube and texting) also needs to be considered when determining boundaries and safe practices in ministry.

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Spiritual reactions to the death of Steve Jobs

Those of us at Episcopal Cafe were among the many to react to the news that Steve Jobs died last night. We included the heartfelt statement found on Apple.com's website.

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Dead Sea scrolls available online

Anglican Journal reports on the high-tech photos of the Dead Sea Scrolls now available online:

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Remembering Matthew Shepard: silence is not an option

MatthewShepard.jpgThirteen years ago, shortly after midnight on October 7, Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die outside Laramie WY. His death on October 12 galvanized the gay community and straight allies. His memorial service was held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Casper WY where he had been an acolyte.

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Happy 80th Birthday Bishop Tutu

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Episcopal Café greets Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his 80th Birthday. Many happy returns to a person who makes us all proud to be Anglicans/Episcopalians. From Africa Media Online:

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Dancing: Three women share Nobel Peace Prize

"The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was awarded on Friday to three campaigning women from Africa and the Arab world in acknowledgment of their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first elected female president — her compatriot, peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy campaigner" according to the New York Times.

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Occupy Wall Street: Feels like church

Marisa Egerstrom, an Episcopalian, Ph.D. candidate studying American religious history at Harvard University, a member of the Boston-based group Protest Chaplains, and has been involved in the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and Boston writes at CNN that the Occupy Wall Street "feels like church."

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One woman's year of living biblically

The Guardian reports on Rachel Held Evans' experiment in living biblically:

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ABC in Central Africa: Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia

UPDATED: The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is currently in Malawi as part of his visit to the Province of Central Africa. He met with the President on Friday according to the Anglican Communion News Service and the website for the Archbishop:

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10th anniversary of U.S. war in Afghanistan: make jobs not war

Pat McCaughan writing in The Episcopal News of the Diocese of Los Angeles reports on an interfaith rally on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan:

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Faith and the Republican race

Yesterday an important Evangelical leader in Texas, Robert Jeffress, introduced Rick Perry (his governor) as a "genuine follower of Jesus Christ" and then went outside to meet with reporters to state that Perry's opponent Mitt Romney is "not a Christian". This represents the first real attack on Romney's faith background of this election year, and the pastor made the charges at an event organized by the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and other evangelical Christian groups.

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Parish fights spreading online

The Internet give us extraordinary tools to communicate a message to a large group of people. In recent months this ability has started to cause the fall of governments and given new life to populist movements. But there's a downside. The anonymity of the Internet can allow people to take the every day squabbles of life and magnify their effects so that the community is seriously and quickly threaded.

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Blessed is the peacemaker, but keep yours holstered

If a church property is a place of peace, some want us to wonder what it takes to maintain that sense of peace: is the "peace that passes understanding" something that can be imposed with weapons?

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Face injustice and the arrogance of 'false brethren' - Rowan Williams in Zimbabwe

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams preached today at a packed sports stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe. More than 15,000 Anglicans were in attendance.

The text of his sermon follows.

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Occupy Wall Street, occupy a chaplaincy

Anywhere people gather in numbers, take counsel with each other, and make statements, there's bound to be a need for a chaplain of some kind? Yes? Well, then, the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon (Twitter = #ows) needs chaplains, too.

Protest Chaplains describes itself:

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Assorted lists: Lone Star pumpkin edition

Seeing as how Texas is the fourth leading state in commercial pumpkin production, it only makes sense that Episcopalians there would seek to create a revenue stream from them.

So. Who's selling pumpkins this year?

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Walking the labyrinth: a brief autobiography

Washington Post columnist and "On Faith" Editor in Chief Sally Quinn visits with CNN Belief Blog about her experiences of walking the labyrinth:

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Bishop of Egypt issues call for prayers

Dr. Mouneer Anis, Anglican Bishop of Egypt, has issued a call for prayer after the riots in Egypt according to Eternity Magazine.

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Where in the world is Jim Naughton?

Wondering where our Editor-in-Chief is this morning?

From the Chicago Consultation web site:

CHICAGO CONSULTATION PARTNERS WITH UJAMAA CENTRE

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Archbishop of Canterbury meets President Mugabe

Lambeth Palace has released this statement following the Archbishops of Canterbury, Central Africa and Southern African, and the President of the All Africa Conference of Churches the Archbishop of Tanzania meeting with Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe:

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Why marriage equality in Portugal?

Portugal legalized same-sex marriages last year, joining a small but growing group of countries around the world. According to an op-ed piece in the New York Times, it's not a coincidence that some of the countries have made this decision. It's because of their history.

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A Godless Bible?

Utne Reader reviews The Good Book: a humanist Bible.

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Zimbabwe: not schism but thuggery

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Makgoba, says the dispute within the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe was “a result not of schism but of thuggery.”

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Everyone Everywhere 2011 conference live

The upcoming domestic and global mission conference of the Episcopal Church called Everyone Everywhere 2011 will feature free video feeds and live webcasting during the event, which takes place from October 13-16

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Clergy retire later, work longer

David Briggs, writing in the Huffington Post, says that clergy are retiring later and working longer for the same reason as the rest of the workforce--they can't afford it.

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Young Christians leaving church and why

The Barna Group, an evangelical Christian research group, looks at why young people are leaving church.

USA Today published the Religion News Service report:

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Being (an evangelical) Christian and gay

If you are an active Christian in an evangelical church, a graduate of a major American evangelical college, and gay, where would go to tell other students and graduates of your school that it is possible to be both gay and Christian?

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Do you have a photo minister

Does your church have a photo minister? It might be time to get one (or more)!


The Benefits of a Photo Minister
From Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Georgia

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Rowan Williams urges acceptance of people with HIV


Rowan Williams urges acceptance of people with HIV while visiting Africa:

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Recommended online resources for studying the Bible

With the explosion of resources of all sorts online, it would be of no surprise to anyone that there is a lot to find there (here) about the Bible. Dr. Stephen Cook of Virginia Theological Seminary pointed us to this list of great Bible resources online. Check them out, and suggest your own!

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CDSP to award honorary doctorates

The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg of Neptune, New Jersey, a writer and editor for Episcopal News Service will be among those awarded honorary doctorates by Church Divinity School of the Pacific:

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Opening conversations

Do we open up conversations with folks at church, or do we close them down? Seth Godin offers this reflection on conversations in businesses which is perhaps also instructive for those of us in the church as well:

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Nuns in Zimbabwe who received Archbishop WIlliams threatened

The Zimbabwean reports that thugs blocked Archbishop Williams and his delegation from entering the diocese premises. The side entrance to the cathedral was locked as well.

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The game is afoot in South Carolina

There are two narratives at work in the matter of the complaints lodged by unnamed communicants of the Diocese of South Carolina against Bishop Mark Lawrence. One narrative comes from Bishop Lawrence and his supporters. The other narrative comes from Bishop Dorsey Henderson, retired Bishop of Upper South Carolina. One is dramatic, the other is measured. One is ambiguous, the other is clear.

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Warning: Bible reading may make you more liberal

Reading the Bible can make you more liberal. So says a survey reported by Christianity Today.

More accurately, frequent Bible readers will, over time, tend to care more about the welfare of people, issues of social and economic justice.

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The violent gospel of Nolbert Kunonga

Zimbabwe's deposed Bishop Nolbert Kunonga is still defiant even after Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams visited his country and handed President Robert Mugabe a dossier filled with accounts of human rights abuses perpetrated by Kunonga with government help.

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National Cathedral starts repairs

The National Cathedral has begun to remove parts of the building damaged by an earthquake last August including stones weighing up to 2 tons each.

AP report in the Huffington Post:

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Giving as percentage of income at new low

Donations to mainline Protestant churches as a percentage of income is at its lowest level in at least 41 years, according to an RNS report published in the Huffington Post.

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Before there was a HItler, how did we talk about evil?

There was a time when people turned to the Bible--Pharoah or Judas Iscariot-- or more locally specific figures--like King George III or Abraham Lincoln--in their search for a universally understood symbol of evil.

Brian Palmer at Slate wonders
how people shorthanded their discussion of evil before there was a Hitler:

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The future of work is insight

Rich Lesser says on Big Think that “There is a knowledge revolution [going] on.” The question is what will we do with what we know? How do make meaning out of the knowledge at hand? How do we cultivate the insight that will drive our use of the incredible volume of information available to us?

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Finding and expressing faith through poetry and art

A retired vicar from Wales has spend a lifetime connecting faith and art.

Wales onLine tells his story:

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Church attorney never member of Disciplinary Board

UPDATE: Church Attorney recuses self.
Contrary to allegations from some, Josephine Hicks was never a member of the Disciplinary Board according to Doug LeBlanc in a report in The Living Church.

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Seen at Nordstrom

A photo of a poster in the window at Nordstrom. Thanks Nordstrom for hopefully starting a new trend. What do you think about "decking the halls" before Halloween?

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Sandy Elledge, Appalachian Ministries: rise in glory

Via email:
Dear Friends,

It was with great sadness I just received the following message from The Rev. Gordon L. Brewer, Executive Coordinator of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries that Sandy Elledge, long time staff member of EAM and former Director, has died.

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General Convention to vote on use of same-sex blessing

Received from Episcopal News Service

Liturgy and Music will call for church to reflect on marriage

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A bit of good news from Zimbabwe

UPDATE: children may have been abused by Kunonga staff during occupation.

Zimbabwe's high court has ruled in favor of the Anglican Church in the case Anglican hospital staff who were evicted by deposed archbishop, Nolbert Kunonga according to the
Anglican Journal but it may be just for show:

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Churches serving four legged friends

More and more congregations are ministering to animals as well as their humans.

In a culture obsessed with dogs, dog whisperers and domestic pets of all kinds, religious groups are paying attention, too.

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An actor's coming-out note

Fresh from a run of playing in "Angels in America," Actor Zachary Quinto comes out in New York Magazine, and attributes the courage to do so to Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old boy who killed himself after incidents of bullying over his sexuality brought his spirit so far down.

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Voting tilting toward female bishops in Church of England?

Thinking Anglicans yesterday reported:

Seven diocesan synods debated the women bishops legislation today. We will update this article as results become available.

A majority of diocesan synods have now voted in favour of the main motion, and the draft legislation can now return to General Synod.

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Ethics and the ballot box

At the "art of theory" blog, Jason Brennan says it's not enough just to vote; that in fact, voting in the absence of knowledge or without an ethical fundamentum is a deeply moral problem that can do far more harm than good. Moreover, "How other people vote is my business. After all, they make it my business."

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Protestant? Or one holy catholic and apostolic? Or both?

It was 47 years ago today that the House of Bishops voted 79-56, and without debate, to drop the word "Protestant" from the name of the official title of the denomination of what's popularly referred to as The Episcopal Church.

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Letter from Cairo

The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, Rector of St. John's Church-Maadi, Cairo, Egypt and interfaith advocate writes about last week's events in Cairo with its sectarian strife and resulting deaths. Received via email.

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Finding your (fundraising) voice

It's stewardship season in many churches these days. Dan Hotchkiss writes a helpful essay in The Alban Weekly about striving to find your fundraising voice:

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Priest App?

The Catholic Church in Ireland now has a "priest app." Read on:

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God dissolves into the Occupy Movement

Senior reporters for Religion Dispatches offer their thoughts and experiences on the "Occupy: movement. Anthea Butler, Elizabeth Drescher, Peter Laarman, Sarah Posner, and Nathan Schneider join the roundtable discussion:

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Bishop Sauls: 'God is eternally oriented to the other'

Following is the text of Bishop Stacy Sauls' sermon from yesterday at the Everyone Everywhere 2011 conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Sauls is Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church.

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Trinity Wall Street statement on #OWS protestors

Trinity Church on Wall Street in Manhattan is right in the center of the disturbances taking place in lower Manhattan. The Rector has posted a statement on the parish website offering hospitality to the protestors and its hope that it can be a place of reconciliation.

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High Court Rejects Duncan Appeal

Lionel Deimel reports:

ORDER
PER CURIAM

And now, this 17th day of October, 2011 the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is hereby DENIED.

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Thistle Farms founder honored by White House

Good news out of Washington DC today:

"The Rev. Becca Stevens, author, Episcopal priest and social entrepreneur, has been named by the White House's Office of Public Engagement as one of 15 "Champions of Change" for her pioneering work with Magdalene/Thistle Farms, a residential community and social enterprise she founded to serve women who have survived prostitution, addiction and abuse.

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Hundreds of NY and CT Methodist clergy reject ban on same-sex marriage

News being made today as Methodist clergy and others push back against the long standing ban on same-sex marriages in the Methodist Church:

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+Doyle of Texas joins prayer service for immigration reform

From the Episcopal Diocese of Texas:

Tuesday evening the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, Bishop of Texas, gathered with religious leaders from several different faiths for the Interfaith Prayer Service and Call to Action for Immigration Reform hosted by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog.

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I am 99%; I am 1%

The Rev. Steve Pankey writes at his blog, "Draughting Theology," about being both "the 99%" and "the 1%." What about you? Where do you fall?

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Anarchic roots of Occupy Movement

The roots of the "Occupy Movement" may be in the philosophy of anarchy:

Intellectual Roots of Wall St. Protest Lie in Academe
Movement's principles arise from scholarship on anarchy
From The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Occupy London and St Paul's dilemma

UPDATED 10/20/11: see below

This morning The Anglican Communion Office noted the welcome that protestors have received by St. Paul's Cathedral in London and the Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser, but now word has come that St. Paul's is asking the protestors to leave the cathedral grounds. The cost in lack of visitors and disruption seems to be taking its toll.

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7 weeks of Advent!?

Do you feel that Advent gets lost in the Christmas hype that now begins in late September? Why don't we go to the medieval roots of Advent when some folks in Europe practiced Advent for 7 weeks!?

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Skeletons in the sacristy?

Lindsay Hardin Freeman writes about figurative "skeletons in the sacristy" in the Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices blog:

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When Jesus is almost practically your boyfriend

Riffing on the odd durability of the "That's what she said" phenomenon, Lisa Colón DeLay writes that some contemporary worship music treads a thin, hazy line between the love of God and the, er, love of God.

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Bishop Gray of Mississippi opposes "Personhood Amendment"

Mississippi bishop Duncan Gray III has written that he cannot support the controversial pro-life proposition that will appear on next November's ballot in that state.

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+Waldo on unity and diversity

Bishop Andrew Waldo of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina writes an op-ed in The State about the situation in his neighboring diocese of South Carolina.

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The discipline of failure

Scott Benhase, Bishop of Georgia, suggests that congregations cannot succeed until they learn how to risk failure and learn from it.

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Protest forces St. Paul's Cathedral to close

New Update 12:15 pm EDT: St. Paul's Cathedral has decided to close until further notice because the Occupy London protesters massed around St. Paul's have created massive logisitcal and safety issues for the cathedral.

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USCIRF: boondogle or advocate?

Is the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom an advocate for global religious freedom or an expensive government patronage machine?

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Occupy London replies to St Paul's closure

UPDATE: reaction from The Guardian to the closure of the Cathedral:

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Pittsburgh responds to court ruling

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has published a letter updating the property settlements status with those who have broken with The Episcopal Church. Blogger Lionel Deimel has the full story with responses and new information:

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Episcopal camp begins reforestation program

Procter Center, the camp and conference center of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, is starting a reforestation program.

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Finding stability in faith community

Beth Wheatley Dyson reflects on stability as people who are always "in-between".

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Update on St. Paul's, London

After asking the "Occupy London" protestors to leave the grounds of St. Paul's Cathedral yesterday, the Dean and Chapter are now in discussions regarding the protestors who are refusing the request.

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Executive Council leadership responds to call for Special Convention

Amid the regular budgeting process, the opening of Executive Council's meeting in Salt Lake City included reactions to the proposal by Bishop Stacy Sauls that the Episcopal Church call for a Special Convention to deal with questions of its structure.

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Update on Fort Worth

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth posted a statement on this Thursday's ruling regarding the ongoing property dispute with the breakaway parties headed by Bishop Jack Iker. The judge in the case has required the breakaway group to post bond and imposed injunctions to protect all the Episcopal diocesan property presently under the control of the breakaway group.

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Evangelicals on immigration reform

Given statements at many levels of the Episcopal Church calling for comprehensive immigration reform, and the recent actions of Episcopal bishops across the South, it looks like there may be a chance for some new allies coming from the Evangelicals in America.

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Breaking: Eau Claire and Fond du Lac to merge

The Diocesan Conventions of the Dioceses of Eau Claire and Fond du Lac report that both conventions have passed resolutions to merge the two dioceses into one.

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Diocese of California statement on Anglican Covenant

It's not our intention to cover every diocesan treatment of the proposed Anglican Covenant between now and the next General Convention, except possibly when a new or different angle is exposed in the logic around it, pro or con.

So it is that this resolution, passed yesterday, has a slightly different feel about it. In particular, the last three or so paragraphs are succinct phrasings of what we sometimes hear others struggling to say.

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How churches can seize the day with media

In the Church Times, The Rev. George Pitcher, former Secretary for Public Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, offers some practical advice for how religious institutions can reframe media reports about their activities and conflicts by how they deal with reporters.

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Personality typology as prayer fodder

Thanks to someone's sense of humor and the viral nature of social networking, adherents and aficianados of the Myers-Briggs indicator inventory now have a way to pray. It turns your "type dynamics" into an intercession of mercy upon oneself ... or the rest of the world.

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Occupy London Stock Exchange and St. Paul's - Sunday-night edition

In London, The Guardian's Peter Walker and Riazat Butt report St. Paul's Cathedral may be seeking an injunction against the Occupy London Stock Exchange encampment that would legally force demonstrators to remove themselves from Cathedral property.

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Mission. In your own words.

A conversation about "mission" currently underway in our church brings to mind this old George Carlin routine.

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A bishop reflects on the consultation in South Africa

Today I hope to roll out some of the first videos, columns and sermons from participants in the recently concluded consultation in Durban, South Africa among African Anglicans, Episcopalians and some interfaith friends on issues of justice and human sexuality. First up is a video that Bishop Jeff Lee of Chicago sent home to the people of his diocese.

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Making new neighbors to love

The Rev. Bonnie Perry, co-founder of the Chicago Consultation, preached this sermon about the recently concluded consultation on justice and human sexuality to her congregation at All Saints Church in Chicago yesterday.

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Invisible children: in South Africa, and here at home

Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark attended the recent consultation in Durban, South Africa on issues of justice and sexuality. It inspired a reflection recently published on his blog that included this passage:

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Executive Council says no to Anglican Covenant

The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church met in Salt Lake City, UT over the weekend. From Episcopal News Service:

Executive Council submits General Convention resolution saying church is 'unable to adopt Anglican Covenant'

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Students take stand against racist Halloween costumes

Huffington Post reports on a poster campaign from a ten member Ohio University student group Students Teaching Against Racism

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Vatican calls for global economy oversight

The Vatican is calling for global oversight of world economy and overhaul of financial systems according to Laurie Goodstein, in The New York Times:

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Tim Tebow: protestant saint?

Sean O'Neil reflects on the rising of a Protestant saint Religion Dispatches:

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Giles Fraser to resign if protesters evicted from Cathedral

UPDATE: The BBC reports that Giles Fraser’s resignation threat relates to “use of force” rather than the taking of legal action to remove the protestors. h/t Thinking Anglicans.

The Times is reporting that Canon Dr. Giles Fraser will resign if the Cathedral moves to evict Occupy London protesters:

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Diocese of Pittsburgh litigation is over

Eight years of litigation involving the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is over:

Property litigation involving Episcopal Diocese is over
By Ann Rodgers in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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St. Paul's Cathedral makes a bigger mess

The leadership of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, seems to be heading down the march of folly with their decision to ask the protesters to cease their protest so that the Cathedral can reopen:

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Praying for peace on 11/11/11

Poet and peacemaker John Philip Newell reflects on Gandhi's concept of soul-force as he considers the way ahead after Gaddafi's death.

11/11/11: Our Instinct for Unity
John Philip Newell in The Huffington Post

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St. Paul's Cathedral to reopen

St. Paul's Cathedral, London, to reopen despite protest:

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Church communications transition plan?

Does your church have one?

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The church in decline? What to do?

If the church is in decline, what should we do?

How Dying Churches Can Turn Things Around
By Barrett Owen in EthicsDaily

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The future of seminary education

What might be the future of seminary education? Patheos blog is offering an online symposium which attempts to answer this question:

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Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral resigns amidst reaction to Occupy London protest

The website of St. Paul's Cathedral has posted the news that The Reverend Canon Dr Giles Fraser, Chancellor, has resigned from his post.

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Bonnie Anderson's Opening/Closing Remarks at Executive Council

House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson, in her opening and closing remarks at the recently concluded Executive Council of the Episcopal Church meeting, emphasized "...the essential role of laypeople and clergy in church governance and the Five Marks of Mission as a guidepost and measuring stick for our work in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion."

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New Tunisian Government Promises ‘Dignity’ For Gays

Zack Ford, on Think Progressive, writes hopeful news for the country of Tunisia concerning human rights.

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Diocese of Eastern Oregon adopts resolution opposing Anglican Covenant

This resolution was adopted with no opposition at the Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon on Oct. 16, 2011.

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New parish stewardship resources posted

TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) has released a new website providing resources for people working in parish stewardship and looking to create broader involvement within their community.

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Fri morning St. Paul's London update

According to a statement posted on the Cathedral's website, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's have decided to pursue legal action this morning to remove the #Occupy London protestors camped out on the close.

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Christchurch to build temporary cardboard Cathedral

The people of Christchurch in New Zealand are still suffering from an ongoing series of earthquakes that began with the devastating earthquake in February. The historic Anglican Cathedral in that city was heavily damaged in the quakes and has since been closed and condemned.

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"Putting the Protest Back in Protestant"

Diana Butler Bass writes that its time for the Protestant churches to remember their heritage. Especially so as many will be celebrating Reformation Day on Nov. 1 (in commemoration of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses on the door of Wittenburg Castle Church).

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Saturday at St. Paul's

The news from and about the Occupy London protests at St. Paul's Cathedral keep coming. Today, a question about where the Archbishop of Canterbury is in all this, a satiric rendition of what went on behind the scenes, and more comment about how St. Paul's (and along with them, the Church of England) have made their response a public relations disaster. And there may be more resignations.

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Religion and Occupy Wall Street

Back in the States, the mainline religious community and even elements of American evangelicalism has rallied around the Occupy movement, even as the movement sees itself as mainly a secular phenomenon.

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Church of England confronts News Corp on ethics

The Church Times reports that directors of News Corp met with representatives of the Church of England to talk about "serious ethical concerns" arising out of the recent phone-hacking scandal.

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Monster spirituality?

W. Scott Poole reflects on how horror stories speak to us spiritually.

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Spirituality and religion, there's an app for that.

There is an explosion in religiously-oriented apps. The Book Bench blog at the New Yorker says that scripture and religious apps are downloaded more often than Angry Birds.

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Occupy London: a sit-down with Chartres; harsh words on wealth; one bishop's response

The @dioceseoflondon reports that Bishop of London Richard Chartres sat down with members of the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement today:

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Anti-Homosexuality Bill moves forward in Uganda

The parliament of Uganda has our attention again. Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported last week:

The south is rising

Mallory McDuff writes:

A lead is not a story: more on the Bede Parry case

A story has been making the rounds in the last few days that purports to demonstrate that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori knew that the Bede Parry, a former Roman Catholic monk, had sexually abused minors and was likely to do so again when she received him as a priest into the Episcopal Church while she was serving as the Bishop of Nevada.

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Breaking: Dean of Saint Paul's to resign amidst OccupyLondon mess

With updates at bottom of file.

The slow motion train wreck that is St. Paul's Cathedral's handling of its encounter with OccupyLondon has claimed another victim. The cathedral announced today that its dean, the Rt. Rev. Graeme Knowles plans to resign today.

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Vampires and zombies and Jesus. Oh, my.

Gary Hall, rector of Christ Church, Cranbrook in the Diocese of Michigan, has written a learned and entertaining disquistion on horror movies, what they tell us about our culture, and the questions they pose for the church.

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Being large: The advantage and challenges faced by big parishes

Writing for the Alban Institute, Susan Beaumont discusses the advantages and limitations of large parishes. The advantages are:

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There aren't as many Episcopalians as there used to be

Active membership in The Episcopal Church has dipped below 2 million, after a three percent decline in 2010. The numbers are here.

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