Day: January 21, 2015

Doing pre-convention meetings by webinar

Doing pre-convention meetings by webinar

The Diocese of Virginia holds its Annual Council (its name for Annual Convention) beginning tomorrow. Traditionally one or more pre-council meetings are held at locations around the diocese to discuss resolutions, amendments to Constitution and Canons, and the budget. For many it’s a long drive for a short meeting, and attendance suffers. This year pre-council […]

A request for “gracious restraint”: CofE’s first woman bishop, and a traditionalist

On January 26, the Reverend Libby Lane will be consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Stockport at York Minster. On February 2, the Reverend Philip North will be consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Burnley in the Blackburn diocese. Lane is the first woman bishop in the Church of England; North is a traditionalist who does not support the […]

U.S. Supreme Court allows beard for Muslim prisoner in Arkansas

News outlets including The New York Times and CNN reported that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to allow a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas to grow a half-inch beard, and that the Department of Corrections’ policy on beard-growing violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which, according to Justice Samuel Alito, prohibits a […]

Speaking to the Soul: Pleasure-Seeking

Week of Epiphany 2, Year One [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.]   Today’s Readings for the Daily Office: Psalms 38 (morning) // 119:25-48 (evening) Isaiah 44:24-45:7 Ephesians 5:1-14 Mark 4:1-20 Our second reading today describes Christ’s self-giving love as “a fragrant offering” to God. Christ’s […]

The Magazine: the dynamic invitation of God

The Magazine: the dynamic invitation of God

by George Clifford In college and seminary in the 1970s, I was taught that stasis was theologically superior to dynamism. For example, course content emphasized that God—unlike humans—is immutable, unchanging, and unchangeable. I was taught that revelation ended when the canon closed. Yes, God still spoke to individuals, but God had no fresh message, revelation, […]