Day: February 13, 2012

Gearing up for Ashes to Go

The Diocese of Chicago will once again offer Ashes to Go, the exceedingly popular, and at least slightly controversial initiative in which congregations take to the streets and subway stations on Ash Wednesday to offer ashes to passers-by.

What the PB and Bishop Sauls misunderstand about mission

One of the more thoughtful critiques of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bishop Stacy Sauls’ plan for restructuring the Episcopal Church in ways that would vest more authority in the offices they currently hold, was written by Tobias Haller. He is particularly good on the two bishops’ faulty understanding of mission.

A one-sided conversation about reform

This is manifestly not an attempt to examine issues, kick off a conversation or any of the other euphemisms that have been used to describe their efforts. The two bishops are attempting to win the vote for their legislation by controlling the flow of information.

The Process

One of the ways of thinking about the process of life is to see creation as the Divine emptying Itself of its transcendent nature into material creation, a process of “involution” — Spirit becomes matter; out of no-thing is something. From that point on, creation is being gathered back into its Source, a process of evolution.

Is marriage equality in the United States inevitable?

Why is gay marriage inevitable? First, the basic insight of the gay rights movement over the last four decades has proved powerfully correct: As more gays and lesbians have come out of the closet, the social environment has become more gay friendly. In turn, as the social environment has become more hospitable, more gays and lesbians have felt free to come out of the closet.