Day: May 6, 2014

Julian of Norwich

by George Clifford Some years ago, I visited Norwich, which is the shire town of the County of Norfolk, northeast of London. While there, I took a few moments to see the Church of St. Julian, the place at which Dame Julian of Norwich was an anchorite. A bomb destroyed the original building in 1942. …

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Have mainline Protestants lost the ability to create “buzz”?

Michael G. Maudlin, executive editor of Harper One, says the relatively quiet reception of Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book, demonstrates that mainline Protestants have lost the ability to create buzz. He writes: When Rob Bell and the controversy surrounding Love Wins became a Time cover story in 2011, it felt like the crest of a …

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RIch church, poor church

Does the polity of the Episcopal Church make it more difficult for us to minister among the poor? Think about it. Our churches are supposed to be self-sustaining. If you look around the country, the ones that are truly flourishing are located disproportionately in affluent neighborhoods and have affluent members. Diocesan budgets are lean and …

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