Congratulations and best wishes to Doug LeBlanc, well known and respected journalist in the Episcopal Church. Doug will be working for The Living Church. LeBlanc writes:
My new work will be with The Living Church, a magazine that has covered the Episcopal Church since 1878.
"I have engaged in a lover’s quarrel with the Episcopal Church since the late 1980s, when I began feeling tensions between my understanding of the gospel and my church’s public image of finding a middle way in all things, including ethics and theology. Through much of the 1990s, this quarrel kept me in a place of anger.
Since then, I have found a deeper affection for the church that formed me from my earliest days as an acolyte. I have a renewed love for interviewing other Episcopalians, across the church’s theological spectrum, about what they believe and how they live in light of those beliefs.
My work now seems less like reporting a war and more like chronicling an impassioned, protracted family argument. (Yes, this thought occurred to me before I read Lisa Miller’s similar comparison in Newsweek.) My church family reminds me, in its lighter moments, of the Castorinis in Moonstruck: One minute we’re yelling at each other operatically, and the next we’re eating together."