Surrounded by controversy since it was learned she had recently signed a same-gender wedding license in Washington, D.C., 220th General Assembly vice moderator Tara Spuhler McCabe stood down from that office today (July 4). The news was greeted with a chorus of “no!” and a standing ovation from most of the commissioners as she concluded her statement.
Day: July 4, 2012
Politics is not a dirty word – it refers to the art of living together in community, and it applies to Christ’s body as much as it does to the various nations in which this Church is present. We don’t yet live in the fullness of the reign of God, even though we do see glimpses of it around us and among us. Our task is to gather the various parts of this body of Christ, together with any partners who share our values, for the work of building societies that look more like the reign of God
“We’re on the Promised Land highway, and we’re spending a lot of time acting like the Israelites. We whine, we don’t trust each other, and we try to hoard what we have been given even though it won’t keep. Even though when we take more than we need, it breeds worms and becomes foul. And I’m pretty sure that we can all name some golden calves that we’ve been worshiping. We need to cut it out. All of us.”
Highlights from the relatively few posts so far as people get settled in: The Michigan GC Deputies Blog shares a photo and recap on honoring Bonnie Anderson:
The Rev. Jimmy Bartz leads Thad’s an Episcopal Church for people who “won’t go anywhere near a traditional church building. Video by Mike Collins of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication, in partnership with the Office of Congregational Vitality.
I am not a financial savant, but I wonder what a budget that stripped out or reduced the new spending the presiding bishop has proposed and put that money toward reducing the asking in this triennium would look like.
Still, it all seemed unnaturally quiet, unnaturally empty. The tall, wide halls seemed almost empty. The Exhibit Hall lacked, well, some hubbub. Tomorrow it will be noisy and busy and will verge at times on chaos; but today it has been peaceful and calm.
by Br. Richard Edward Helmer O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were being cast down are being […]
‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. […]