The Atlantic has a new article titled “Breaking Faith” which argues that the decline in religious participation, rather than leading to lessening of the “culture wars,” has instead made possible a much more vicious cultural struggle rooted in race and tribal affiliation with little common ground on which to build reconciliation and renewal.
“I opened the church door. Inside, it was silent. Had I gotten the time wrong… I felt a pang of dismay as I hovered on the threshold, deciding whether to investigate further or just go home. Through the open door, I could smell the distinct fragrance that seems to emanate from every old church: incense, candles, flowers. I stepped inside.”
Long Island’s Bishop Provenzano joins his voice to those criticizing the choice to hold a Trump campaign rally near the spot where an immigrant was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime
“Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a video for congregations to promote their Easter liturgies. The video above is our gift to you.”
The social bonds of rural communities in Iowa…including churches…are crumbling. Here is how some communities in Iowa are responding.
Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra on September 23 in Washington, DC. The 18th-century Spanish Franciscan missionary was either a missionary who cared for the natives who converted or a conquerer who forced people to abandon their beliefs and way of life.
So when the next group raises its voice, perhaps we should try another way. For us, the beauty of this other way is that it’s actually Episcopalian (or, more broadly, Anglican)
Really, our theology is a bit like IKEA furniture, and nowhere is the IKEA-ness expressed best in the American church through General Convention. If you’ve ever put together anything from IKEA, you know that the instructions are short on words, big on pictures, and the expectation is that with these instructions, any of us can “go thou and do likewise.”
Ethicist and Blogger George Clifford responds to the ethical compromise inherent in General Convention’s approval of marriage equality with wonder and worry for the future.
Greg and gang explore the world of FX’s Sons of Anarchy and wonder about the ways a criminal biker gang might resemble the church – and is that homeless lady really Jesus?
At the Magazine this month we’re telling stories and reflecting on General Convention. In this piece, George Clifford reflects on the meaning of and in Bishop Curry’s election as Presiding Bishop.
Betsy, Greg, and Richard discuss the secret origins of Popping Collars and get into the topic of Hollywood biblical epics and how they affect the way we view scripture.
In the Magazine this month, we’re exploring the lived experience of marriage from within and without. In this post, Laurie Gudim ponders the power of liturgy as she recalls the day she and Rosean stood together to tell everyone how important they were to each other.