Day: January 30, 2015

Sorry. Not buying it.

Sorry. Not buying it.

By protecting people who would discriminate anyway, Bishop Gene Robinson says that any proposal to build in a ‘religious exemption’ to civil rights legislation for GLBT persons is nothing more than “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Writing in the Huffington Post: For a moment, let’s contemplate the embarrassing spectacle of religious people and groups advocating […]

Modernizing Islam

Modernizing Islam

Kevin Madigan of the Harvard Divinity School says Christians should not assume that there is something about Islam that is intrinsically violent, anti-Semitic and anti-modern. After all, we’ve been there, done that. Wall Street Journal: Violent. Illiberal. Intolerant. Anti-Semitic. After the tragic, murderous events in Paris earlier this month, these adjectives have been applied not only to […]

Dividing a church to keep it together

Dividing a church to keep it together

Women And The Church (WATCH) has issued a statement on the upcoming consecration of The Rev. Philip North as Suffragan Bishop of Burnley and Provincial Episcopal Visitor (PEV) for the Province of York. The group asks about the rationale of the decision by Archbishop Sentamu to preside but not ordain North, and the fact that while this ordination […]

Historic preservation and the place of religion in the civic square

Historic preservation and the place of religion in the civic square

Should churches should be eligible for county historic preservation grants? A lively debate before the Morris County council, known as freeholders, focused on the place of religion in civic life. The Morris Daily Record: “I don’t want to be funding anyone else’s church,” Long Valley resident Wayne Laraway angrily told the freeholders before they voted about 10 […]

The Magazine: More than a paper tiger: A reflection on the good work of Newark’s Dignity of Work Task Force

The Magazine: More than a paper tiger: A reflection on the good work of Newark’s Dignity of Work Task Force

by Scott Petersen What follows is an initial reflection on the report Fostering Respect in Church Settings released this January by Newark’s Dignity of Work Task Force. As someone who has watched this development from the outside of the Diocese, I was glad to see the report presented on the Diocese of Newark website.  The […]

Speaking to the Soul: Morning by Morning

Week of 3 Epiphany, 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 40, 54 (morning) // 51 (evening) Isaiah 50:1-11 Galatians 3:15-22 Mark 6:47-56 In her book “Illuminated Life,” Joan Chittister writes that “One of the most difficult, […]