Day: December 21, 2014

New Episcopal Service Corps sites for 2015

Two new Episcopal Service Corps program sites, in Memphis, TN, and Berkeley, CA, announced their opening this week. In Memphis, TN, two parishes joined forces as sponsors Grace-St. Luke’s and Church of the Holy Communion have been accepted as an Episcopal Service Corps site for 2015-2016. “City of Soul: Episcopal Service Corps in Memphis, Tennessee” […]

The Magazine: I Sing My Songs

By Teri Van Huss How does a developmentally disabled person deal with a concept? It’s something they can’t see or feel or interact with. In my experiences with my 19-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, I’ve discovered life is much simpler for her than the rest of us, and that she truly struggles with anything that’s […]

Nuns top Billboard classical chart for second year

From WQXR: Billboard reported this week that, for the second year in a row, the top-selling classical artists were the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a community of nuns from rural Missouri. The sisters’ “Lent at Ephesus” and “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” – collections of ancient chants and hymns – were the first- […]

The Magazine: Popping Collars Podcast #9

With whimsy, humor, and a theological perspective Episcopal priests take a look at popular culture In this episode Betsy, Greg, and Liz ride the recent wave of dystopian fantasies in popular culture including The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Divergent and discuss where they intersect with our current spiritual realities. Musical Interlude Credit: “All’s Good […]

The Magazine: Out of step? Or marching to a different drummer?

The Magazine: Out of step? Or marching to a different drummer?

Which of these metaphors—out of step or marching to a different drummer—best describes the Church? Personally, I want the Church to march to a different drummer. The drumbeat that we hopefully seek to hear is the drumbeat of God’s Spirit calling us to embody a radically Christian ethic. In particular, the Church follows in Jesus’ […]

Loads of what you know about the Nativity isn’t in the Bible

Loads of what you know about the Nativity isn’t in the Bible

A recent survey in Britain showed that most people didn’t really know the biblical nativity story.  Instead, it showed that their knowledge of the Nativity was largely drawn from other sources, such as their home nativity set and Christmas pageants apparently.  The survey was done by the Bible Society, which exists to promote people’s engagement […]

The Magazine: Learning to Pray with the Church

The Magazine: Learning to Pray with the Church

By Sam Ochstein Here’s a confession: I’ve always struggled with prayer. Big deal, you say. Lots of people struggle with prayer. Prayer is hard work. We’re easily distracted and lose focus. We sometimes flounder for the right words. Sometimes we’re just tired and don’t feel like praying. Yeah, but I’m a pastor. I’m supposed to […]

Speaking to the Soul: Night prayers

Speaking to the Soul: Night prayers

Daily Office Readings for Sunday, December 21, 2014: Psalm 63:1-8(9-11), 98 (Morning) Psalm 103 (Evening) Isaiah 13:6-13 Hebrews 12:18-29 John 3:22-30 I suspect a fair number of us do our most serious praying lying on our backs in bed, staring at the ceiling. Now, probably most of us are doing it when we are feeling stressed out […]