Day: April 19, 2011

Can social media save a monastery?

So the monks, who for centuries have shied away from any outside distractions, have instead done what many troubled organizations are doing to find new members — they have taken to the Internet with an elaborate ad campaign featuring videos, a blog and even a Gregorian chant ringtone.

Fixing the date of Easter

… if modern Christians wished to ascribe a date for Easter based on Humphreys’ calculations, which he has been mulling over since 1983, Easter Day would fall on the first Sunday in April.

Diocese of Virginia settles with second church

The Diocese will retain $1.95 million from a payment by the Virginia Department of Transportation for loss of value to the property as a result of the construction. In exchange, Church of the Word will retain the church building and personal property, and will be responsible for the mortgage on the property. COTW will voluntarily disaffiliate from CANA.

The Bible is dead; long live the Bible

Attachment to the cultural icon of the Bible is similarly debilitating. It’s a false image, an idol. If you see it, kill it. The Bible is dead; long live the Bible. Not as the book of answers but as a library of questions, not as a wellspring of truth but as a pool of imagination, a place that hosts our explorations, rich in ambiguity, contradiction, and argument.

Diocese of CA weighs in on Covenant

A wide majority of our members believe that [on-going] Communion processes and direct relationships are far more life-giving in the Gospel and Spirit-filled than pursuing the formal structures offered by the proposed Anglican Covenant.

Giving of self

There are two sides to every vocation: unconditional giving of self to the call of God—“Here I am, send me!”—and the gift of power which rewards the total gift of self to God. In Christ’s life we see these two movements in perfect balance. How humbly he submitted to the Will of the Father, totally absorbed in His business,