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Good bye, part two: pay attention, tell the truth, say thank you

Dear friends,

I started blogging just under nine years ago when NBC announced that it was airing The Book of Daniel, a television show about an Episcopal priest. The show crashed quickly, but the blog had received national news coverage and we had a large and feisty audience, so I decided to keep it going. The Blog of Daniel was succeeded by Daily Episcopalian, a blog devoted primarily to the struggles over the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people […]

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No indictment of Ferguson police officer in fatal shooting of Michael Brown

Updated at bottom with statements

A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, has returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen on August 9, igniting weeks of protests and touching off a national debate on police violence in African American communities.

Churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and other communities of faith in the Ferguson area are offering themselves as “safe spaces” in the wake of the announcement.

Earlier […]

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Good bye, part one: What I think I’ve learned

Dear friends,

I am signing off today after 7 1/2 years as editor of the Episcopal Café. I think I have learned a few things in that time, or maybe I have just developed a few opinions. Whatever the case, I wanted to share a few parting thoughts with you.

So here is what I think I know:

• That the people of the church must seek out their neighbors in ways that may be uncomfortable to them, and that they must find ways […]

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White mainline Protestants aren’t sweating climate change

Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post writes:

A new poll released Friday shows major differences between faith groups on topics including concern over climate change, whether natural disasters are a sign of biblical end times and how deeply connected they feel to nature.

White evangelicals are the most skeptical of climate change and the most likely to say recent natural disasters are a sign of “biblical end times.” Hispanic Catholics are, by faith affiliation, the most concerned about climate change, along […]

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Church gives parishioners money, tells them to give it away

Today is my last day as editor of Episcopal Cafe, and I hope to have a few thoughts about the church and my experience as editor later on. But let’s start with this story about LaSalle Street Church in Chicago that distributed 10% of the money it received for a real estate deal to parishioners ($500 a piece) and asked them to give it away.

Sharon Cohen of the Associated Press writes:

Not surprisingly, many donations from the congregation will reach […]

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Bishop Mariann Budde on the Muslim prayer service at the National Cathedral

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Diocese of Washington has written a column for her diocese on last week’s Muslim prayer service at Washington National Cathedral. It concludes as follows:

All at the Cathedral and Diocesan offices have been taken aback by the hundreds of phone calls and letters protesting the prayer service because of terrorist threats by Muslim extremists around the world. I worry that we are at risk in this country of matching extremism with extremism of our own, […]

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“A Way Forward” is a step forward for the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church recently published “A Way Forward: Reflections, Resources & Stories Concerning Ferguson, Racial Justice & Reconciliation” on its website.

It’s exciting to see the church responding to a pressing social issue in a timely fashion, and I hope this is what we can look forward to from some of the recently-hired staff members like Heidi Kim the missioner for racial reconciliation and Charles Wynder, Jr., missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement.

Two suggestions for future efforts: 1. Enlist someone […]

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The clerical collar and the message it sends

While he understands that the collar is a loaded symbol, Sam Wells thinks priests should err on the side of wearing them. In the Christian Century, he explains why:

The collar says this one thing to parishioner and stranger alike: this conversation we’re about to have, this conversation we’re having, could be the most important one of your life. It doesn’t have to be—I can laugh, I can relax, I can have fun, I can just be with you in joy […]

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Bishop Dietsche asks prayers, affirms recent settlement at General Seminary

Bishop Andy Dietsche of New York recently made a personal statement about the situation at the General Theological Seminary at his diocesan convention. It concludes:

And I want to be clear that in my judgment the Board of Trustees of General Seminary is made up of the finest, most committed people, and I pray daily that the course we are on will be the right course, and that General Seminary may find its way to a renewed health and strength […]

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It’s the end of the world as we know it

Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Service writes:

First Things, a conservative religious publication, has launched a movement encouraging pastors to refuse to perform marriages as representatives of the state. A signing statement called “The Marriage Pledge” has been posted to their website where ministers can affix their names electronically. It was drafted by Ephraim Radner, an ordained Anglican and professor of historical theology at Toronto School of Theology’s Wycliffe College, and Christopher Seitz, an ordained Episcopalian priest and senior research […]

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