Controversy arose after the National Cathedral on Wednesday announced the preacher for the main Sunday service on February 7th. Dean Randy Hollerith, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, and the Rt. Rev. Maryann Edgar Budde defend the decision. Critics remain unconvinced.
Day: February 7, 2021
On January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden continued an American tradition by attending a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. The event included a closing prayer from Presiding Bishop Curry. Since 1933, the National Inaugural Prayer Service has been a familiar part of the inaugural ceremonies, but even before the was a National Cathedral, The Episcopal Church prayed for—and with—Presidents. That tradition began with George Washington and the first inauguration in 1789.
As a person who writes, I get a lot of mail. About 25 emails or letters a week, given eight thousand on the Dailysip.org registration list and the thousands on my Facebook friends list. They sometimes rail at me. But usually, they write in dulcet, quiet, frightened tones as if we might be overheard by someone. “Is it true?” they say. “Is this all a mystery?” they ask. “What will happen to me if I do not subscribe to the dogma but just enjoy the community and the music – will I be cast out?”