Some synagogues are turning away from dues as their main source of funding and towards voluntary pledges. While this might not sound very radical to Episcopalians, who gave up pew-rents in the late 19th century, it is a big deal in American Judaism. With this change, we hear very familiar questions being asked; in particular, how […]
Day: February 6, 2015
Giles Frasier reflects on the death Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muadh al-Kasasbeh at the hands of the Islamic State and recalls how saints like Thomas More once sent men to die at the stake. The Guardian: I wandered down to Smithfield market to get some air. I sat in a posh cafe and tried to picture what the place […]
Canon C. K. Robertson says that Vatican recognition of Oscar Romero a holy martyr is significant for Episcopalians as well as Roman Catholics. Huffington Post: It has been nearly 20 years since Pope John Paul II declared Romero a “Servant of God,” only to then have the process stall. News reports are full of stories about […]
God wants all to believe that we belong in his house. And God leaves the door wide open for more: “Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.” So, who’s next?
Ever hear a politician or public figure give a “non-apology apology?” They usually start out with “If any was offended….” Ever have the experience of attempting to reconcile with a person who’s hurt you only to walk away as if it was really your fault? Maybe the way we’ve been taught to say “sorry” misses […]