Rape 101: A primer for people of faith

Elizabeth Keaton reminds religious leaders and people of faith what rape is and the best way for the Church to respond.

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Hildegard of Bingen to be made "Doctor of the Church"

Carl McColman, writing at Patheos discusses the upcoming elevation of Hildegard of Bingen as a "doctor of the church."

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Cub Scouts cannot meet at St. Luke's

A Cub Scout group can no longer meet at St. Luke's Church according to a story in the East Greenwich Patch:

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church told Cub Scout Pack 4 last week it can no longer use church facilities because of the Boy Scouts of America’s reaffirmation earlier this summer of its exclusion of gay men and boys.

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Churches warned about political contributions

The Huffington Post reports that Churches in Washington state have been reminded that collecting money for a political cause is not permissible. This November will see a ballot measure concerning gay marriage. A Roman Catholic bishops has asked his parishes to have a special collection on behalf of an organization opposed to the state's equality law.

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Tutu: Bush and Blair should face trial at The Hague

From AP:

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq

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If you've licked a cathedral, does that mean you own it?

Lawrence Edmonds is out to win a bet. When challenged that he could not lick all the Cathedrals in Great Britain, he has risen to the task.

No. We are not making this up. (Well, we don't think we are....it is on the internet, after all.)

The Huffington Post reports:

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Unification Church head Rev. Moon dies

The founder of the Unification Church, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon has died. AP reports:

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Election Day Communion

An election day idea for churches from the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut e-newsletter:

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Rise in glory Louise Emerson Brooks

UPDATE 9/4: details for services for Louise

There are no words to express the depths of our gratitude for your words
of support and love for us and in tribute to Louise's extraordinary
life. We will celebrate her life with a service at All Saints Church in
Pasadena on Saturday, September 8th at 11am with a reception to follow.

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Fraser to Tutu: Morality is not about having clean hands

We carried an item on Saturday about Desmond Tutu's contention that former President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the war in Iraq. Tutu has also written an op-ed essay for the Guardian in which he says:

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Labor Day and the lessons of history

Labor Day seems a good time to remind ourselves how many lives were lost in the fight for safe work places, reasonable working hours and collective bargaining rights. People who now have streets named after them were beaten bloody, and survived assassination attempts. It is increasingly fashionable, especially in the church, to believe that our country's problems might be solved if people of good will "on both sides" of the issue would forsake partisanship and seek common ground. It is difficult to speak against this position. Reasonable compromise is essential in a democracy. Yet the history of the U. S. labor movement (like the history of the civil rights, women's rights and LGBT rights movements) suggests that those who enjoy privilege and power do not easily part with it, and that there is nothing civil or bipartisan about their conduct when they are forced to do so.

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How to change your vicar: part two

Bishop Alan Wilson has done it again. Late last month he checked in with a piece called "How to Change Your Vicar", an insightful meditation on priest-parish conflict. "How To Change Your Vicar: Part Two" makes the seemingly simple point that one can't remove a priest from a parish because the priest isn't doing things that priests can't be expected to do. Wilson writes:

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A camp where transgender kids can be themselves

Bella English of The Boston Globe has written a lovely story about a camp for transgender children.

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Is e-mail the new "parking lot"?

Susan Nienaber of Alban Institute addresses the positives and negatives of email and church communications:

It is more than a little ironic that you are reading an e-mail message that is about to warn you of the dangers of e-mail, but here goes:

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The Jesus Gap

Derek Penwell, at [D]mergent writes on the emerging generations and what he calls the "Jesus gap" - the disconnect between Jesus a generally portrayed in US culture and Jesus of the Gospels:

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Don't just blame religion

Andrew Brown, in The Guardian, looks at the bigger picture when parents refuse medical treatment for their children and the children die. Although Brown is referring to African spirituality - this is common to many spiritual traditions in the US and elsewhere.:

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Jena Nardella to offer benediction at DNC

Jena Nardella has been asked to offer the benediction at the Democratic National Convention tonight. From the Chairman of the Board of Blood Water Mission:

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Secretary of Labor: Frances Perkins and job clubs

Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, writes about her predecessor Frances Perkins, now a "saint" in the Episcopal Church and job clubs in the Washington Post:

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On being a feminist

Rachel Held Evans writes about being a feminist in her blog item, "Confessions of an accidental feminist":

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Benediction at Democratic National Convention

Jena Nardella's benediction at the Democratic National Convention.

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Loving politics

Sam Portaro writes on the uneasy relationship between politics and religion on the CREDO Spiritual Blog, but also points out that the relationship should not be ignored.

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RC nun to speak at DNC but won't be muzzled

Sister Simone Campbell will speak Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. According to CNN she refused to have her speech edited by the party:

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Translated final interview with Cardinal Martini

National Catholic Reporter has offered a translation of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini's final interview that was published in Italian two weeks before his death at the age of 85.

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God, Jerusalem reinserted into DNC platform

What do you think about the flap over including mention of God and Jerusalem in the DNC platform? From the Los Angeles Times:

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Politicians are ignoring crisis of poverty in America

The Huffington Post is running a series spotlighting problems that are not being discussed by either political party this election season. As part of this project, Jim Wallis notes that we're looking at the highest rates of poverty this country has seen in 50 years:

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Bishop: Credibility of Catholic hierarchy 'shredded' on issue of sexual abuse

The credibility of Catholic bishops on the issue of sexual abuse is "shredded," according to Bishop R. Daniel Conlin,who serves as chairman of the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. While he personally believes the Catholic hierarchy has adopted a new "entirely different spirit of openness and accountability," no one seems to be buying into that view, he notes. From USA Today:

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In KC, an uphill battle to curb interest rates on payday loans

Bravo to the Rev. Susan McCann and others in Kansas City fighting a difficult battle to cap interest rates on onerous payday loans.

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A growing church is a dying church

J. Bartlett Lee, writing on his blog The Theological Wanderings of a Street Pastor, reminds us that no amount of cleverness or pluck will grow your church. First, your church will have to die.

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Doubt belongs in youth ministry

A study by Fuller Youth Institute shows that directly confronting doubt and fundemental questions of faith is essential for effective ministry to young people.

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Is Apple a "sin stock?"

Forbes magazine asks a Jesuit priest, a techie, and a stock analyst if investing in Apple might support an immoral corporation.

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Dog-whistle Zionism for Christians

When the Democrats had their floor fight about the Jerusalem the other day, it was an example of how evangelical Christian Zionists were able to intrude into American politics aided and abetted by inattentive journalists, ignorant of the ways religion and politics interact.

Jeff Sharlet writes:

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Anglican Paracleric

As the Paralympics in London continue, we learn about The Reverend Nick Barr-Hamilton, the new Vicar of St George, Fatfield, in the Diocese of Durham in the Church of England. .

Cranmer, the blog, tells the story:

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Massachusetts priest arrested for child abuse

Updated 1:51 p. m. Monday Sept 10 The Diocese of Massachusetts has released a statement, which includes the following:

The diocese is cooperating fully with the investigation and is making arrangements for pastoral care for the congregations where Paul LaCharite had affiliations. The Episcopal Church's canonical disciplinary process was initiated upon receipt of the news from the District Attorney's Office.

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Williams suggests restructure of ABC office, Kearon says not on ACC agenda

Updated (9:48 a. m.) with a statement from the Anglican Communion Office that calls the "Anglican presidency" element of the story into question:

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Protecting a pedophile's priesthood at all costs

Why did Kansas City's Bishop Robert Finn, convicted in criminal court Thursday of failing to report child abuse, work so hard to ignore the sins of pedophile priest Shawn Ratigan? According to testimony, he had wanted “to save Father Ratigan’s priesthood.” One tragic downside to allowing only celibate men to serve as Catholic priests is that it greatly reduces the pool of available priests. I can't begin to stretch my imagination around protecting the priesthood of someone like Fr. Ratigan, but that does seem to be the driving motivation of many church leaders who choose to ignore not just civil law, but what is now canon law of the Catholic church in cases of child sexual abuse.

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Faith in New York City

Faith in the Five Boroughs documents the variety of faiths and their expressions in New York City. Videos explore the diversity.

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Faith and Hip Hop

A professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR and author of Religion and Hip Hop researches how young adults view religion and spirituality:

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Dave Walker takes a break

Dave Walker, popular cartoonist and commentator of all things church-y and quirky, is taking a break from his weekly cartoons in the Church Times.

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Justin Welby new odds on favorite for ABC

According to Church Mouse on Twitter:

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Congratulations to the Rowes

Carly and Sean Rowe welcomed a new baby girl in to their family last night. Carly is director of Christian Education at St Mark's Erie, and Sean is the bishop of NW Pennsylvania. Lauren was born in the 5th anniversary of her Dad's consecration as bishop. GoErie published a reflection by Bishop Rowe this week on the politics of fear and division and Christianity:

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Church of England women respond to bishops

Thinking Anglicans reports: WATCH (Women and the Church) responds to the Church of England House of Bishops Standing Committee:

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Bless the Lord, O my soul

Thanking our contributors, Lowell Grisham, Linda Ryan, Maria Evans, Bill Carroll, Ian McAlister, and Molly Wolf, who keep Speaking to the Soul filled with thoughtful reflections every day and highlighting today's edition for your evening meditation, read the reflection and watch:

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Is the church too timid to speak frankly about sex?

The Rev. William Lamar, managing director of leadership education at the Duke University Divinity School wonders why Christians talks so much about sexual issues without paying closer attention to the rich, varied and challenging Biblical texts dealing with sex and sexual violence. Writing at the Huffington Post he says:

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To restructure the church, restructure yourself

The Rev Alex Dyer has some thoughts about the kinds of thinking that the Episcopal Church needs to cultivate as it contemplates restructuring. Writing for Episcopal News Service, he says:

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Snarky for Jesus

Bishop James Mathes has written an essay for Daily Episcopalian about the quality or lack thereof of the comments here on Episcopal Cafe. In a similar vein, Father Tim Schenck asks in a recent blog post whether snark is unChristian, and concludes that it is not. He says, in part:

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Episcopal evangelism: let's get started

We almost never publicize conferences on the Cafe, but this one deals with a subject that is particularly close to my heart.

Missional Development Conference

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The role of religion in elections is changing, not declining

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Diane Winston challenges polling data which suggests that voters are paying less attention to a candidates religion that they used to. She says:

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Social media and social change: strengths and limitations

Writing for Christian Century, Carol Howard Merritt takes a long look at both the strengths and limitations of social media in promoting social change. She says:

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Archbishop of Sydney: being gay more hazardous than smoking

The Rt Rev. Peter Jensen supports his anti-gay stance while appearing on the Australian TV program Q and A and as reported in The Age, Jensen says:

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Reflections on 9/11

Wendy Dackson writing at Layanglicana reflects on the anniversary of 9/11. Used with permission:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Liturgy for Ash Wednesday)

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Episcopal Church woo Latinos

NPR has picked up the story previously reported locally on the attraction of the Episcopal Church for Latinos in the U.S. Listen here.

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DC Comics introduces Muslim super-hero

DC Comics has introduced a new super hero according to Religion News Service:

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Unnecessary roughness: moral hazards of football

The Christian Century explores the question of football and morality of violence:

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Bishop must resign: social services no confidence

BBC reports that social services in the UK have called for resignation of Bishop Benn.

Social care chiefs do not believe children's safety is assured within services provided by the Diocese of Chichester, letters have revealed.

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UPDATED: Anger over anti-Muslim film leads to violence and death of U.S. envoy

(We will continue to update this story, but at the bottom of the page)

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Creative ministries offer hope, help to female offenders

Pat McCaughan of ENS writes on three ministries of the Episcopal Church that assist incarcerated women.

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UPDATED: Questions concerning the embassy assault and the anti-Islam video

There are reports circulating that the attack on the American consulate in Libya may have been planned ahead a time, and used the backlash from the film as cover for the operation.

From the BBC news:

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Images of Libyans lamenting attack on US embassy

Jessica Testa of BuzzFeed offers images of a peaceful demonstration from Benghazi, the Libyan city where a U.S. ambassador was killed in a consulate attack Tuesday.

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Tom Ehrich: Boomers need to cede control to the young

Baby boomer Tom Ehrich believes many in his generation are "addicted to control" and should rightfully cede power to the younger set. This is true in political life, and also in our churches, he writes:

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Priest promotes progress on women bishops in Church of England

The Rev. Janet Appleby has drafted an amendment that has received overwhelming support in the House of Bishops regarding the issue of women bishops in the Church of England.

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Christian group prompts Obama, Romney to explain views on poverty

Leaders of "The Circle of Protection," a broad coalition of church groups concerned about poverty issues, asked Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to create videos explaining their plans to protect the most vulnerable in American society. The candidates' videos were presented yesterday at the National Press Club. Check out their responses here.

Neil Armstrong honored at National Cathedral service

Astronaut Michael Collins, who remained in lunar orbit while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, led prayers during Armstrong's memorial service at Washington National Cathedral Thursday. He thanked God “for your servant Neil Armstrong, who with courage and humility first set foot upon the moon. Following his example, save us from arrogance, lest we forget that our achievements are grounded in you; and by the grace of your Holy Spirit, protect our travels beyond the reaches of the earth, that we may glory ever more in the wonder of your creation.”

In her homily, Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said that most people assumed that Armstrong’s "burning-bush" moment was the two-and-a-half hours he spent on the moon.

However, she said, Armstrong tended to downplay that experience and worked “for the survival of the only planet we human beings call home.”

Read the full account of today's service from Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service. Video webcast of the service is at this link.

Nigerian primate warns government to confront Boko Haram

The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Primate of Nigeria is appealing to the government to confront the violent Muslim extremist group Boko Haram. Okoh's rhetoric is significantly more temperate than that of his predecessor Peter Akinola, but he makes it clear that religious violence may spin out of control in his country.

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Meeting violence with tolerance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not to be discouraged by the hatred and violence that exists, but instead resolve to do something tangible to promote religious tolerance in their own communities.

She spoke at an an Eid ul-Fitr reception, marking the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The speech was in response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, and the deaths of four diplomats in Libya.

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Group accuses UMC bishop, veteran of civil rights, of urging disobedience

A group of 70 clergy and laity within the United Methodist Church has accused retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert of encouraging disobedience to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. The bishop is a veteran of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and shared a jail cell with Martin Luther King.

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Family planning as a moral and religious imperative

The Religious Institute has begun a campaign to obtain thousands of religious leaders’ endorsements of family planning and to make universal access available to all women.

The group is asking for clergy to endorse their new "Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning," which is "a multifaith call for religious leaders to support family planning from a faith-based perspective."

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One down, 65 to go.

Women at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mesa, AZ, have spent the past seven months painstakingly painting and writing in calligraphy the pages of Genesis in an ambitious "scriptorium" project led by parishioner and medieval-art enthusiast Lee Kitts.

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Churches in Joplin rally around Muslims after fire

Just as the people of Joplin, Missouri, came together after a 2010 tornado ripped through their community, the town's congregrations have rallied around the Islamic Society of Joplin after their mosque was burned to the ground by an arsonist.

The Washington Post tells the story:

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Finding joy in the High Holy Days

Lisa Miller, who writes a weekly column for The Washington Post, says she looks forward with "foreboding" to the Jewish High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah begins tomorrow at sundown.

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Catholics in Minnesota, buck hierarchy, campaign for marriage equality

Catholics for Marriage Equality in Minnesota is producing some simple, moving videos that make the against a proposed amendment to their state's constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.

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Why do people cheat?

Dishonesty is complex. Dan Ariely explains why people cheat. With an excursion into the confessional.

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A joyful noise on a Sunday morning

Dana Massing of the Erie Times News profiles the choir of the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Voices, young and old, raised in song, give glory to God.

"Hallelujah," they sing. "Praise the Lord."

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How to win the war on poverty? Redistribute

The official poverty rate in the U.S. has barely budged in 45 years. But that official measure doesn't look at consumption, it looks at income, and as a result it ignores the Robin Hood effect of government anti-poverty programs. This isn't a new criticism, but new research takes it aboard and finds that the programs begun during the Great Society have had a profound effect. Measured by consumption, we are winning the war on poverty.

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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Brian McLaren spoke with Guy Raz of NPR's All Things Considered last night about his new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?.

An couple of excerpts from the story:

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Restructuring: the Welsh approach

The governing body of the Church in Wales met over the weekend to begin considering a topic that will be familiar to Episcopalians: restructuring. The Welsh seem to be approaching restructuring in a more comprehensive way than we Episcopalians have discussed doing to date.

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The misapplication of the theology of the cross

I imagine many of you heard or preached sermons yesterday about Jesus' invitation to pick up one's cross and follow him. Whenever I listen to this passage from Mark's gospel, I am reminded how dangerous it is. I think about all of the times that I picked up the wrong cross, and what it cost me to do so. I think about all of the people who theologize their victimization by assuming that being beaten or cheated or deprived of basic human needs is their "cross to bear." Applied to the wrong situations, the theology of the cross is an invitation to pointless human suffering.

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Occupy Wall Street at age one

A year ago today, Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park began protests over unjust power and financial structures. Subsequent, substantial coverage for their protests began to follow from there.

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Boy Scouts helped cover for child molesters

The Los Angeles Times uncovers a pattern of not reporting molesters and helping them cover their track:

Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public.

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Peace and Compassion

Vicki Garvey, Canon for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago speaks on compassion on the program "30 Good Minutes" from Chicago PBS. This was part of a program featuring:

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Be::community

The Diocese of California is offering a series of webinars on being the Beloved Community and offers a new way to measure church vitality:

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Pray. Write. Text. Texting in liturgy

The New York Times reports on a service where texting in encouraged:

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Jesus said to them, "my wife...."

UPDATED:

A new text recently discovered seems to indicate that Jesus referred to himself as having a wife. From a Harvard Divinity School press release:

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Why I Occupy

A report of an Occupy event in Manzanita OR from a member of the Episcopal Church:

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What were women doing in the church in ????

Episcopal Women's History Project has published snapshots of women in the Episcopal Church in various eras from 1655 to 2005:

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Chick-Fil-A to stop funding conservative political groups?

Buzzfeed offered this story:

A Chicago advocacy group says that the restaurant Chick-fil-A has promised to back away from funding socially conservative groups that have pressed to limit marriage to one man and one woman.

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Arrrrrrrrg: international "talk like a pirate" day

Believe it or not, it is the 10th anniversary of "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!

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Episcopal plates

The Diocese of Delaware is driving off into a new evangelism field...

For $15, Delaware residents can get a vanity Episcopal license plate.

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Arctic's sea ice shrinks to new record lows

MSNBC article by Miguel Llanos:

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A Jesuit ponders the marital status of Jesus

Fr. James Martin, SJ, says it wouldn't bother him to learn that Jesus had a wife, but he doesn't think it's likely. From the NY Times:

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More musing on the life and wife of Jesus

I do find this week's news about the discovery of a tiny piece of ancient papyrus on which is written a reference to Jesus' wife fascinating. I especially enjoyed this piece by the Guardian's religion writer Stephen Bates about the academic debate on all this. He writes:

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'Macbeth' and the Book of Common Prayer

Literary journalist Daniel Swift has a new book coming out next month, "Shakespeare's Common Prayers: The Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age." In a column at the Huffington Post this week, he writes, "The Book of Common Prayer is one of the hidden ingredients of Shakespeare's plays: it is a skeleton beneath the skin of the best-known literary works of our or any time."

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Religious restrictions on the rise worldwide, Pew survey shows

A study released today by the Pew Forum shows that religious intolerance is on the rise globally, and that a majority of the world's population live in countries with "high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion," a 5 percent increase percent over the previous year. The Guardian reports:

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And now the race begins

The Crown Nominations Commission begins their work of choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury next week. Andrew Brown, writing in the Guardian, summarizes the process including a run-down of possible candidates and what's ahead for the next Archbishop.

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First Moravian rector of an Episcopal parish

ENS:

On Sept. 16, the Rev. Carl Southerland was installed as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, North Carolina, becoming the first Moravian pastor of an Episcopal parish since the two denominations inaugurated a full-communion relationship in 2011.

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Roman Catholic bishop advocates ordaining women to the diaconate

The Most Rev. Emil A. Wcela, a retired Roman Catholic bishop, says women should be ordained to the diaconate--and, no, this is not a slippery slope.

Writing in America, he says:

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Life expectancy declines for less educated whites in US

The long rise in Americans’ life spans has reversed itself for white people who lack high school diplomas, an increasingly troubled group that has lost four years of life expectancy since 1990.

The New York Times reports:

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Is the "God-gap" closing this election cycle?

In 2008, polls showed that more regular-churchgoers voted for John McCain over Barack Obama. It appears that in this cycle, more church-goers are leaning towards Obama and away from Mitt Romney. Is the God-gap closing?

Mark Silk, writing for the Religion News Service, thinks so.

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Planning to local parish: fix up or sell your rectory but don't knock it down

The Planning Board of Albany, New York, has sided with neighbors who objected to the application of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church to tear down their deteriorating and vacant rectory to make way for a prayer garden and parking lot.

Timesunion.com reports:

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Pilgrimage of remembrance and healing for veterans

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly presents a Pilgrimage of Remembrance and Healing

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On being a "has been"

There have been several items on how boomers need to get out of the way for the next generations. Here is a reflection by Chris Glaser on being a "Has Been." Although I still like one of our essayists, Linda Ryan's comment, "We're dying as fast as we can!":

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Songs from a broken liturgy

Killing the Buddha offers music from an "experiment in deconstructed ambient folk-hymns known as “Broken Liturgy.” Curated by an arts and music collective known as saints&children, you can now download a six-song album “Songs from a Broken Liturgy.”"

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A sabbath from e-mail?

When technology means you can be working 24/7, how do we find the right balance of work and life? Some companies are instituting a "no e-mail after work hours" policy.

The Washington Post reports:

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Baby boomers, cultural divisiveness and the church

Elizabeth Drescher pointed us to this intriguing piece of generational sociology by N. Graham Standish, that hits on several of the themes we have discussing on the Cafe lately.

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Is the Good News bad news?

In the Comment is Free section of The Guardian's website, Theo Hobson has a few things to say about Francis Spofford' new book Unapologetic. He writes of Christian faith:

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Happy Monday morning. Let's discuss the problem of evil.

Like so many of you, I woke up this morning wanting to discuss the age-old question of why God allows there to be evil in the world. (I'm right about this, aren't I? I mean, the Emmys are so last night.) Anyway, unlike most people, I had the advantage of reading "The Problem of Evil" by Sister Bernadette Reis at Busted Halo. She writes:

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The role of women in the early church: what do we know?

Writing in Religion Disptaches, Elizabeth Drescher analyzes the commentary surrounding The Gospel of Jesus Wife and concludes:

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Chick-fil-A clarifies: we're still anti-gay

Apparently Chick-fil-A has pulled a fast one. Here's the story from the Advocate:

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Where do you fall on the "world wage scale?

The BBC's News Magazine asks: If there were no rich and poor, and everyone had an equal share of the world's total pay packet, how much would they earn?

You can find out where you fall on the world wage scale.

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Bettors like Welby's chances to succeed Williams

Online bettors think the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, will likely be chosen to succeed the Most Rev. Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Anglicans near Peshwar face attack

The Diocese of Peshwar needs help:

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Bishop Senyonjo receives Global Citizen Award

Clinton Global Initiative has announced that the Rt Rev Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda is among the recipients of annual Global Citizen Awards.

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"I have my family, and I have you as my family"

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith lost his 19-year-old brother to a motorcycle accident Saturday night.

Smith, the oldest of seven siblings, was a primary caregiver as their mother worked to support the family.

He shared a sad but powerful post on Twitter the next morning:

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The view from Cairo

The Rev. Paul Gordon Chandler is interviewed from Cairo by Episcopal News Service:

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Brian McLaren presides at same sex commitment ceremony

Well known Christian speaker, Brian McLaren presided at his son's wedding this weekend as reported in Christianity Today:

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Why did Jesus have to die?

Derek Flood, the author of a new book on the death of Jesus, talks about the meaning of that death in the Huffington Post:

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Unintended consequences of "cool" youth ministry

Matt Marino, Episcopal Priest and Director of Youth and Young Adults for the Diocese of Arizona writes the blog post: "What so uncool about cool churches?"

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Committee now meeting to choose the new Archbishop of Canterbury

Press coverage of the process of choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury

BBC reports:

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An Obama Doctrine on religion?

Lauren Markoe of Religion News Service is among the commentators who believe that President Barack Obama yesterday laid out a kind of Obama Doctrine on Religion and Religious Freedom in his speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations. It's five key points, she writes, are

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The ministry of health

Episcopal priest Micah Jackson writes a blog called The Ministry of Health. The blog focuses on "the transformative journey of health and wellness", especially pertaining to the church and clergy. Jackson writes:

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Is the 'Jesus Wife' fragment a fake?

Harvard Divinity professor Karen King says she is "open to questions about authenticity" regarding the papyrus fragment she presented at a conference last week that raised questions about the marital status of Jesus.

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Breaking: Mass. priest accused of child sex abuse found dead

From The Boston Globe:

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Bishop views same-sex marriage as 'conservative proposal'

Same-sex marriage is “a conservative proposal” consistent with basic Christian teaching and the Christian life, Bishop Greg Rickel argues in a statement to be released in Seattle this afternoon.

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The unrealized hope of a 'Starbucks parent'

Responding to Patrick Hall's Daily Episcopalian post about "Starbucks parents" who drop their kids off for Sunday School and then skip church themselves, Melissa Holloway offers a compelling piece about the unwelcoming nature of too many of our churches:

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Imaging the divine has a controversial history

The Middle East is not the only place where the collision of media and religion can result in violence. Americans have their own history of conflict, often violent, over depictions of God, Christ and the saints in art and film.

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Waiting for news of the next ABC

There will be no white smoke, and we know that the selection has to go to the Queen via the Prime Minister, but sometime today (or perhaps this weekend) we expect to hear who the next Archbishop of Canterbury will be. Giles Frasier prays that the next Archbishop will be given the gift of controversy. And here is a game you can play while you wait.

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The struggle over Anglicanism's true charism

Stanley Hauerwas says that the struggle within Anglicanism is a struggle over our basic calling: are we a centralized church that enforces uniformity or a local church bound together in Catholic unity?

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CNC decision on ABC nomination "is not imminent"

The Times of London in a report by Ruth Gledhill:

The body responsible for choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury has failed to agree who should be the successor to Dr Rowan Williams.

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The NYTimes asks readers about the welcome of worship places

The Booming blog at the nytimes.com invites readers to tells stories of welcome at their places of worship.

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A new era of big Bible pics?

In a world where movie theaters are hard to fill, studios are looking for a hero. Could their savior be found...in the Bible?

A slew of Bible-themed films are on the way which could make for the biggest era of Bible-based epics since the 1950s.

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"Disabled God" theologian: Nancy Eiesland

The New York Times reports that theologian and author of The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, Nancy Eiesland has died: (see comments for error on date)

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Wishing for an Anglican advice column

From Anglicans Online - wishing for an Anglican "Agony Aunt":

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Noh drama features Martin Luther

Ecumenical News International (ENI) reports that a professor at Japan Lutheran College is planning a Noh drama for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

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Woman ordained in UAE Anglican Church

ABU DHABI [United Arab Emirates] // The first Anglican priest [deacon] to be ordained in the country made history on two fronts yesterday - she was also among the first women to be ordained in the Arabian Gulf.

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Court rejects challenges to ACA contraceptive coverage

Religion Clause reports on the ruling on challenges to the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage. The judge knocked down at least three popular arguments against contraceptive coverage

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UPDATED: Trying to peek behind the Crown Nominating Commission's curtain

The British press is full of stories about the reported failure of the Crown Nominating Commission to choose a successor for Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury at its recent three day meeting.

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Bishop in NJ, priest in Washington pen marriage equality op-eds

Episcopalians are raising their voices on behalf of marriage equality in several states where that issue is on the ballot. In New Jersey, Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark took direct issue with his Roman Catholic counterpart Archbishop John Myers in today's Newark Star Ledger.

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Andrew Brown: sexuality wars ending, liberals have won

Andrew Brown of The Guardian says the Anglican Communion's sexuality wars are ending and the liberals have won. He writes:

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