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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.

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Fissures amongst the breakaways

One province would be essentially the present ACNA; the other province would be more classically Anglican, faithful to the teaching of the Bible, loyal to the doctrine and principles of the Anglican formularies, and committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

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Editorial: Questions for the Bishop-Elect

From time to time we will publish letters from our readers responding to articles posted at the Cafe. In today’s letter John Chilton responds to our story on the episcopal election in the diocese of Dallas with an eye on previous elections in “conservative” dioceses with some thoughtful questions for those needing to give consent.

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Churn, church, churn

Of American adults raised Episcopalian as children, 61% have changed their religious identity. Of American adults currently identifying as Episcopalian, 46% were raised in another tradition.

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Carawan taught a generation to sing We Shall Overcome

On an April night in 1960, Guy Carawan stood before a group of black students in Raleigh, N.C., and sang a little-known folk song. With that single stroke, he created an anthem that would echo into history, sung at the Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965, in apartheid-era South Africa, in international demonstrations in support of the Tiananmen Square protesters, at the dismantled Berlin Wall and beyond.

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