John Chilton

John B. Chilton is an economist, who has taught in universities around the world and who now teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and his PhD in Economics from Brown University. His academic interests are applied game theory, industrial organization, labor economics, public policy, and poverty.

CoE Archbishops: Sorry for saying sex is only for married heterosexuals

CoE Archbishops: Sorry for saying sex is only for married heterosexuals

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have apologised for the release of last week’s pastoral statement on civil partnerships, acknowledging that it “jeopardised trust”. The statement will not be withdrawn, however, after the College of Bishops voted against a proposal to do so. – Church Times

Commentary: Membership decline = God’s own pruning

Leigh Silcox has a provocative commentary on membership decline in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Some extracts:

The question I asked was this: as the Church of England had to grapple with the consequences of the Western church’s division—a contradiction to Jesus’s own prayer for concrete unity in life and witness—how could it go about discerning the truth in faithful witness?

What I discovered was that there was most certainly a strong drive for unity, called comprehension in the 17th century. […]

Anglican Church of Kenya lifts boycott of Lambeth Conference

Anglican Church of Kenya lifts boycott of Lambeth Conference

“We had very fruitful discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury. That is how we arrived at the point that those who will be going will be doing so in their own capacities since bishops are invited individually,” Archbishop Sapit said.

CoE: sex outside heterosexual marriage “falls short of God’s purpose for human beings”

CoE: sex outside heterosexual marriage “falls short of God’s purpose for human beings”

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes shared an open letter to the Archbishops describing the statement as “cold, defensive, and uncaring of its impact on the millions of people it affects”, warning it had made the Church “a laughing stock to a nation that believes it is obsessed with sex”.

Church, diocese & community gun buyback program honors MLK Jr.

Church, diocese & community gun buyback program honors MLK Jr.

The Church of the Holy Cross, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the community collected $5,100 for a gun buyback program. Holy Cross is a historically African American parish in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Planned as a day long event, before running out of money the church collected around 150 guns in under an hour.

MLK: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, National Cathedral – March 31, 1968

MLK: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, National Cathedral – March 31, 1968

a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world.

In Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Day marred by expected protest of gun control legislation

In Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Day marred by expected protest of gun control legislation

Please pray particularly on Monday, which is not only the day when we commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but is also Lobby Day at the State Capitol in the heart of Richmond. Thousands of people from across the Commonwealth and from states far away are expected to converge on the Capitol grounds to protest against gun control legislation that is before our General Assembly. In light of these challenging circumstances that bring immediately to mind the horrific events in Charlottesville almost two and a half years ago, we pray. We pray first and foremost for peace and for an end to violence.

Churches partner to provide a place for homeless families to park overnight

Churches partner to provide a place for homeless families to park overnight

“There’s worry about the other person. There’s worry that they’re going to be disruptive, they’re going to be messy, they’re going to smell, and the facilities will get trashed. None of that happened, and none of that has happened at any of the churches.”

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