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, […]
Day: January 28, 2015
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Some years ago I realized that when we have loss, we grieve dreams as much as we grieve history. More recently I’ve come to believe that we grieve dreams especially, and perhaps even primarily.
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,  (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 […]
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.