Day: June 29, 2015

UPDATED: House of Bishops passes marriage resolutions

UPDATED: House of Bishops passes marriage resolutions

The House of Bishops on Monday approved two liturgies for trial use that will permit same-sex couples to be married in the Episcopal Church, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent of this year. Their action came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can now be married in all 50 states.

Baptism isn’t brainwashing; op-ed on what brought about the religious conversion of a gay, liberal, open-minded man to Christianity

Baptism isn’t brainwashing; op-ed on what brought about the religious conversion of a gay, liberal, open-minded man to Christianity

Writing for the Guardian, Jonathan Elliott explores his identity, and talks about converting to Christianity in his 30s. Despite years as a self-proclaimed crusading atheist, Elliott discerned a faith behind the anger he felt towards religion, and began looking for a church denomination where he could explore his faith.

End the religious tax exemption?

End the religious tax exemption?

Mark Oppenheimer, who writes the Beliefs columns in The New York Times, argues for ending the non-profit tax exemption in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case on marriage for same-sex couples. From the op-ed: The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t […]

Diana Butler Bass reflects on the ministry of PB Katharine Jefferts Schori

Diana Butler Bass reflects on the ministry of PB Katharine Jefferts Schori

Diana Butler Bass, popular Christian thinker and author, reflected on the career and legacy of outgoing PB Jefferts Schori for the Washington Post. Bass notes that Jefferts Schori was elected just after the election of  Bishop Gene Robinson, despite opposition from people who were opposed to a person who openly identified as gay serving as a […]

Women’s Caucus hosts “breakfast for troublemakers!”

Women’s Caucus hosts “breakfast for troublemakers!”

Today the Presiding Bishop opened her sermon with the words: Talitha cum. Girl Get up! You’re not dead yet.” She was referring to the Episcopal Church but for many who had just come from the Episcopal Women’s Caucus breakfast, it was heard as affirmation that this group of ‘troublemakers’ (a term used by Sarah Eagle Heart, the keynote speaker at the breakfast), was not only alive and well but the focus of the Caucus is needed as much as ever.

Speaking to the Soul: hiding behind your “stuff”

Speaking to the Soul: hiding behind your “stuff”

1 Samuel 10:17-27 In today’s reading from 1 Samuel, Samuel has announced to the people that Saul is to be their king, and the people have affirmed this by choosing him by lot. (Sounds a little like General Convention’s process to choose a new Presiding Bishop, doesn’t it?)  Yet at the very moment the rubber […]