Day: April 25, 2011

The Ordinariate: not that big a deal

The British press is covering the development of the Ordinariate as though each person who leaves the Church of England for Rome deserves his or her own personal news story. But in the normal course of things, much larger numbers of people go back and forth between denominations all of the time.

Kansas says no to Section Four of the Covenant

Imposing penalties for actions or decisions deemed incompatible with the Covenant is inconsistent with our traditional understanding of covenants, as reflected in the marriage covenant or the baptismal covenant. … The deputation believes that the inclusion of such penalties would be antithetical to any covenantal relationship.

Saving St. Cyprian’s

On the heels of our last item about closing small churches, comes this item on saving small churches. Thanks to Sally Hicks at the Duke Divinity School’s online magazine Faith & Leadership for pointing us to this package of stories by Bob Wells.

Closing churches

Parishioners realized that closing a church would call for a great deal of letting go. They were deeply attached to their building and its contents, for which they had given and worked across the years. They knew the names of people who had given the pews, altar rails, statues, and specific fixtures.

Religious apps are proliferating

Elizabeth Drescher, author of the forthcoming Tweet if you ? Jesus tells KQED Radio that religious apps are proliferating, whether you are looking for kosher wine, guided Christian meditation or Islamic chant.

Hope in Nigeria

The priest came to the house with candles, holy water and anointing oils. I had to kneel down, holding candles in my hands,” recalls Ade, now 25, as he sits in a cafe in Lagos. “He kept shouting ‘Come out! Come out! Come out!’ in a fevered voice … I was allowed to go back to church after that but I had to pretend to be straight.”

Elizabeth Johnson, Reliable Guide

Professor Johnson said “I just wanted a book out there, a simple book that people could pick up and read and munch on and feast on and have a banquet… in the theology of God.” Episcopal clergy of the Diocese of New York know the book since Bishop Mark Sisk gave them all a copy of it.

The resurrection

Alleluia! Praise the Lord. The Lord has done great things for us. I would like to make some very simple remarks about the Resurrection. This is at the centre of our faith: without resurrection, our faith is vain. If we have believed for this life only, we are the most wretched of men. But what is the Resurrection for me?