Day: July 3, 2014

Fourth of July and the liturgical calendar

First, the inclusion, omission, and re-inclusion of Independence Day in the liturgical calendar should warn against equating nationalism and Christianity. For its first century and a half, Episcopalians viewed loyalty to Christ and not the nation as paramount.

Diocese of Milwaukee mulls next move on same-sex marriage

When a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages last month, Episcopal dioceses in the state, none of which were permitting the blessing of same-sex relationships were thrown into a quandary. The new legal reality created pastoral challenges. Should the dioceses authorize its priests to bless the relationships of same-sex …

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Miracles for the world

Commemoration of Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden, and Jacob Riis, Prophetic Witnesses, (1918, 1918, 1914) Psalm 72:12-17 Isaiah 46:8-11 James 2:14-18 Matthew 7:7-12 One thing I really love about the saints chosen for our Episcopal calendar is that they don’t have to be canonized by some church organization, produce verifiable miracles, or even be Episcopalian. Oh, …

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