Day: August 16, 2012

The Bread of Life. What is it?

What does Jesus mean when he says he is the bread of life? Barbara K. Lundblad, Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary shares a few ideas in this video by Odyssey Networks

New Orleans activist and deacon Lydia Hopkins dies

From the Times-Picayune in New Orleans: Lydia Elliott Hopkins, an Episcopal deacon and longtime activist who plunged into volunteer work after Hurricane Katrina pummeled New Orleans, died Aug. 8 of a heart attack while on vacation with her family at Grayton Beach, Fla. She was 63.

What is the role of catechism in our churches?

Leroy Huizenga offers interesting perspective on the role of cathechetics, writing on Krista Tippitt’s blog, On Being. While his piece centers mostly on practices in the Catholic Church, I’m interested in how Episcopal churches are incorporating old-fashioned cathechism into religious education. He writes:

Mary: All is gift

When the girl [i.e., the blessed Virgin Mary] is greeted as “full of grace” by the angel, she is afraid. It casts a light on her own essential nature that she had never reflected on. “Poverty of spirit” (or, what is the same, humility) is not some verifiable virtue—capability, suitability, competence is something one can …

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