Day: January 28, 2015

Bishop Heather Cook: A request for resignation from the Diocese of Maryland

Bishop Heather Cook: A request for resignation from the Diocese of Maryland

Breaking news from the Diocese of Maryland. Here is the letter sent to all churches today Baltimore, MD — The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has requested Heather Cook’s resignation as bishop suffragan in a letter sent through her lawyer on January 27. On Dec 27, 2014, Heather Cook hit and killed cyclist Thomas Palermo, […]

Presiding Bishop part of interfaith pilgrimage to Holy Land

Presiding Bishop part of interfaith pilgrimage to Holy Land

Episcopal News Service has been reporting on Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s participation in an interfaith delegation to the Holy Land, during the week of Prayer for Christian Unity: In seeking a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people of faith need to be effective partners committed to hearing multiple narratives, say members of a […]

Bishop of Vermont releases statement on gun control

The Rt. Reverend Thomas Ely, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, has written a statement in support of a gun control bill to be decided by the Vermont legislature: I am writing today to express my support for S.31, the bill currently before the Vermont legislature, that would require criminal background checks on unlicensed […]

Union Theological Seminary holds faith discussions with 92-percent-Christian Congress

Union Theological Seminary holds faith discussions with 92-percent-Christian Congress

On Tuesday, the 92-percent-Christian-identified Congress (see recent Pew study and graphic below) participated in a one-day “faith orientation” organized by Union Theological Seminary, including three closed sessions – “Faith & Politics vs. Church & State,” “How to Talk About Your Own Faith” and “How Policy and Faith Interact” – and an open-to-the-public panel including members […]

Muslim superhero combats anti-Muslim advertising

Muslim superhero combats anti-Muslim advertising

This isn’t the first time that the American Freedom Defense Initiative has bought ads on San Francisco buses. On January 9, 50 of them appeared on Muni buses, stating, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran,” with pictures of Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini. They’re protected by free speech, so Muni can’t refuse to run […]

Speaking to the Soul: Saving Face

Week of Epiphany 3, 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 119:49-72 (morning) // 49, [53] (evening) Isaiah 49:1-12 Galatians 2:11-21 Mark 6:13-29 One of the greatest temptations we face is the temptation to save our public […]

The Magazine: In Remembrance, Not Closure, Love Continues

The Magazine: In Remembrance, Not Closure, Love Continues

This began what I now call a pilgrimage through loss. These were during the same years that our mourning-avoidant culture heralded “closure” and “moving on” as the hallmarks of healthy grief. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s “stages of grief” adapted from her death and dying work became a dominant narrative. This focus on closure seemed deeply flawed. Plus, it didn’t fit, and, instinctively, it didn’t seem wise or realistic.