Matthew 15:10-28, 10th Sunday after Pentecost, 8/17/14) This is one of those rich gospels that can take us productively in so many different directions. There is the courage of the Canaanite woman in the face of institutional prejudice. There is Jesus signaling the opening of God’s kingdom to all people. But before we turn to […]
Day: August 11, 2014
by George Clifford Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 is (How to Think About Downsizing Your Life, Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2014). On a congregational level, small congregations might envision their demise generatively by: (1) Cherishing the opportunities for enrichment intrinsic to uniting with a larger congregation, even a congregation of another denomination (2) […]
The comedian Robin Williams has died. He was celebrated for stand-up routines as well as television and movie roles. Episcopalians may particularly remember his list of the Top 10 Reasons to be an Episcopalian.
In an article on Patheos, Tim Wright argues that one of the contributing factors to the rise of the ‘spiritual/not-religious’ generation is, of all things, Sunday School. He argues that the pattern of separating children from ‘big people church’ for so many years in no way prepares them to take their place in regular worship […]
Dan Edwards, the bishop of Nevada, has written a blog post exploring the relationship between the Episcopal Church, and romantic individualism, especially as it relates to the perennial question of the church’s future. Bp. Edwards examines the history of the church. He contends that, in many ways, the structures of the church ask us to […]
The crisis on the southern border has spurred a resurgence of the Sanctuary Movement–where churches and other houses of worship offer shelter to undocumented immigrants.