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Individualism has been rising for the last 150 years

New research finds a link between the rise in individualism and the rise in white-collar employment. The researchers believe the linkage is the change in status that comes with a transition from blue-collar to white-collar work. That implies a causation running from the growth of white-collar employment in the economy to individualism.

“We were surprised that only one of the six tested cultural psychological theories was any good for statistically predicting changes in US individualism over time,” says Grossmann. “The only […]

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Obama at prayer breakfast: Focus on what is just

Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast, a selection:

… part of what I want to touch on today is the degree to which we’ve seen professions of faith used both as an instrument of great good, but also twisted and misused in the name of evil.

As we speak, around the world, we see faith inspiring people to lift up one another — to feed the hungry and care for the poor, and comfort the afflicted and make peace where […]

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Photo of Tom Palermo memorial; a bike painted white (colloquially known as a 'ghost bike'), and locked to a street post, surrounded by candles, flowers, and other items of remembrance

Bishop Heather Cook indicted on 13 charges in cyclist’s death

The Baltimore Brew from Wednesday, February 5:

A city grand jury has indicted Episcopal Bishop Heather E. Cook on additional counts arising from her fatal crash with bicyclist Tom Palermo on December 27, the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office announced this afternoon.

In addition to four original criminal charges involving manslaughter, homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and several traffic charges – Cook was indicted today on a series of related counts, including reckless driving, negligent […]

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Can a consecration train be stopped?

By now you know that Bishop Sutton informed the Presiding Bishop that he suspected Bishop-Elect Cook was drunk at the couples dinner that the Presiding Bishop and Sutton attended with their spouses and Cook’s steady companion. Perhaps many a bishop-elect has over-inbibed, but the PB (or her office) and Sutton were both aware of Cook’s DUI conviction although neither seems to have been aware of the publicly available details of that conviction, or its disturbing nature.

Are there examples where information […]

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Jim Naughton recognized for work as Episcopal Café editor

The founder and former editor of The Episcopal Café, Jim Naughton, today was awarded The House of Deputies award. Past and current members of the Café team congratulate Jim. The recognition is well deserved.

Congrats to @JimNaught, who received the House of Deputies Award for his work as editor of @episcopalcafe! #EDOW2015

— EDOW (@washdio) January 31, 2015

Posted by John B.

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Virginia Seminary can create Missions of the Seminary

The Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, on January 24th, adopted a change to its Canons that permits Virginia Seminary to create Missions of the Seminary. The seminary has no immediate plans to create missions. The language of the canonical change can be found on the diocesan website under C-1a Missions of a Theological Seminary. Be sure to read the canon in full for the limits it places on this power.

Council also adopted on first reading C-2, a constitutional amendment […]

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From #vacouncil to #vaconvention

The Diocese of Virginia Annual Council today passed a resolution to change its name from Annual Council to Annual Convention:

R-2:  Name Change of Council to Convention
Adopted; text pending final review

Resolved, that, in the spirit of reconciliation, the name of the annual meeting of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia be changed from “Council” to “Convention.”

The “spirit of reconciliation” is in reference to the history behind the name “Annual Council.”

Up until the Civil War the diocese used the term […]

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Doing pre-convention meetings by webinar

The Diocese of Virginia holds its Annual Council (its name for Annual Convention) beginning tomorrow. Traditionally one or more pre-council meetings are held at locations around the diocese to discuss resolutions, amendments to Constitution and Canons, and the budget. For many it’s a long drive for a short meeting, and attendance suffers.

This year pre-council was held by webinar. Diocesan officers and members of the relevant committees gathered at the diocesan house. The webinar was facilitated by Emily Cherry, Communications Director of […]

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All Episcopal seminary deans issue joint communiqué

Press release:

The Council of Deans met in its annual meeting at the Bexley Seabury campus in Columbus, Ohio Sunday, January 11 to Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

All 10 seminary deans were present at the meeting, joined by their academic deans, as well as the dean and president of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Across a range of theological viewpoints, there was a shared commitment to theological education and formation as well as mutual recognition of the distinctive gifts of […]

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UPDATED: Retired bishop says Cook unfit to serve; Prosecutor to hold news conference

UPDATED: A link to Ihloff’s reflection in full.

The Baltimore Sun has the report.

… the case has continued to reverberate through the Episcopal Church, with the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, a former bishop of Maryland, writing in a church email newsletter Thursday that Cook’s actions after the collision mean she is no longer fit to serve as a bishop.

“She has violated the basis for our trust in leaving the sceane of the accident,” wrote Ihloff, now the interim rector of the […]

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