Margaret Wessel Walker

Conference in Canada to focus on liturgical responses to disaster

Conference in Canada to focus on liturgical responses to disaster

The National Anglican and Lutheran Worship Conference in Canada, which will take place in July, is to center around the theme of responding to natural and manmade disasters. Organizers cite a lack of appropriate liturgical response and the rise in such disasters as the reasoning behind the theme. “There seems to be not a year that goes by that there isn’t some kind of devastating national disaster,” says the Very Rev. Ansley Tucker, Anglican co-chair of the conference and dean of Christ Church Cathedral […]

Cartoon sparks conversations around the role of women in the church

Cartoon sparks conversations around the role of women in the church

Shortly after Easter, David Hayward, aka “The Naked Pastor” on Instagram, posted this comic:

According to Hayward, there was some backlash, particularly from men.

“The other day I posted a cartoon illustrating women being the first to witness and report the resurrection and that the men were going to take it from there.

It went viral and is still going strong. (Even though I’ve sold prints, someone should own the original drawing!) But what drew my attention was the […]

Presiding Bishop’s reflections on Holy Week from the Holy Land

Presiding Bishop’s reflections on Holy Week from the Holy Land

As we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as the Bible teaches us, we must find ways to work for the peace of Jerusalem, which will be found where there is true equality for all, true justice for all and true freedom for everyone.

Trappist monastery experimenting with ways to stay relevant

Trappist monastery experimenting with ways to stay relevant

Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist community in South Carolina, founded in 1949. It currently has 13 monks, with an average age of 77. The monks are concerned about their aging population and their ability to attract new postulants. The Trappist tradition does not usually include an outreach element, unlike some other monastic traditions. However, Mepkin is trying a new affiliate program, allowing people of any faith to join the monastery for a month or a year. They are even advertising […]

Sewanee refuses to rescind Charlie Rose’s honorary degree

Sewanee refuses to rescind Charlie Rose’s honorary degree

In December, students at Sewanee submitted a petition to the board to rescind an honorary degree awarded to Charlie Rose in 2016. Rose was accused last year by several women of sexual assault, and has admitted that the claims are true. After long deliberation, the university board has decided that the honorary degree shall remain, citing the need for Christian forgiveness.

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