“I believe that the church will not only live, but it will thrive. I also believe that it will look very different from what we have been thinking a healthy church is.”
History shows the truth of scripture, that what was hidden will be revealed. Yet those who do wrong still imagine that their wrongs can be kept secret.
Since 2017, a new English language tutoring program for immigrants & refugees has been quietly thriving in the Northwest Portland cathedral where it began.
The cross represents a story, as is the function of a symbol; and there are two sides to that story, which are inherently intertwined.
“The Bible invites—almost demands—our questions,” writes Lutheran pastor Debbie Blue in Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible.
Our Episcopal Church today is an international structure, yet it is still in the image of the church in the United States of America. The Canons of the Church in Haiti, The Dominican Republic or Honduras reflect the American form of governance, liturgical practices and theological positions in almost every area of the faith. Exploring the possibility of granting the greatest possible autonomy to our overseas churches would offer a more powerful testimony of the spirit of Anglicanism.
At this time, 25% of the parishes in my diocese are without a priest, and 40% of the parishes in the diocese cannot afford a full-time priest. Nearly all of the rural parishes of my diocese fall into both of these categories. Most of the rural parishes of TEC are in the same boat, and are on the verge of collapse. Very soon we will be, for all intents and purposes, an urban church. What do we do?
What the mythologies of the world tell us is that mankind needs to believe in something. In ‘The Magic of Thinking Big”, David Schwartz writes: “Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”
A reflection on the nature of masculinity
“As in our lives of faithful action, this part of who we are now affects what we do next. The identity we took on months or years ago can constrain us from detours, or cause us to react quicker, not just for our own sake, but especially for the good of others. We cannot drain ourselves dry, or we will have no energy to do God’s work of sharing the Gospel and loving our neighbors!”