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, 41, and has been charged by police with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and texting while driving, among other charges.”It was clear that our lay […]

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 broad U.S. interfaith delegation, led by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, during a weeklong pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The 15-member delegation of Jews, Christians […]

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 sales of firearms, prohibit violent felons from possessing guns, and require timely submission of relevant court records to the National Instant Background Check System when a […]

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 of Congress.
Reported in the Huffington Post:

Congress members joining the event included Democrats Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Representatives James Clyburn of South Carolina, Emanuel Cleaver […]

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 the ads, but in the past it has donated all the proceeds to San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com.
This time, […]

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 image instead of following our truest selves. Our Scriptures today give us two examples of men whose nerve failed them in critical moments. Neither Peter nor King Herod withstood the temptation to project […]

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.