Day: April 11, 2013

Episcopal bishop to South Carolina churches: Are you in or out?

From the Episcopal Church in South Carolina: The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, has written letters to clergy members in the diocese, asking them to make clear whether they wish to remain with The Episcopal Church or depart and give up their ministry in the Church.

Godmother of punk meets pontiff: The broad appeal of Pope Francis

Rocker Patti Smith met Pope Francis yesterday, and “liked him a lot.” She’s not Catholic. She doesn’t even go to church. This guy seems to be cultivating the kind of hands-across-the-water appeal that draws throngs of non-Buddhists to hear the Dalai Lamai whenever he’s in town. Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service posits that Francis …

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White House council urges action to fight modern slavery

A White House advisory council of religious leaders called this week for a global fund to battle human trafficking. Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a member of the council, said such a fund “would encourage coordination and participation of philanthropists, governments and both religious and secular nonprofits to work toward abolishing modern slavery.” From …

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Is it time to scrap the sermon?

The lecture-style sermon, delivered every Sunday. File under “We’ve always done it that way.” But in the information age, has the sermon outlived its usefulness? David Murrow writes at patheos.com:

What abides in me

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life. – I John 2:24-25 As I watch sunset on a cold spring day the …

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