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The return of the real Rowan?

Commentators on Facebook are talking about the surprising sermon that the Archbishop of Canterbury preached this morning. They’re wondering if this is the return of the Rowan that they remember reading before his appointment as the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Guardian highlights the fact that the Archbishop didn’t restrict his remarks to the occasion. He took on some of the powerful people in the good seats upfront

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General Convention deputation blogs

We’re starting to hear that a number of diocesan deputations to General Convention this summer are setting up blogs to keep their dioceses informed of what’s happening in the lead up, during and

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Good wins out in the end

Back in the days of armed turmoil in Sierra Leone, Madeline Albright was photographed holding a small girl whose arm had been chopped off by a local militia who regularly maimed the civilian population in a bid for power. The girl, whose full name is now Memuna Mansaray McShane, is the subject of an essay by Nicholas Kristof that reminds us that sometimes good wins out

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No one’s religious liberty is being threatened

During last week there were a number of news stories about Roman Catholic organizations, with strong support by right-wing evangelicals, filing lawsuits against the new federal guidelines requiring contraception for women in everyone’s basic health

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Wish List for Next PHoD

The unanticipated election of a new person from the House of Deputies to serve as President has been on a lot of minds this past weekend. We posted some questions earlier in the day that you might like to ask people thinking about running. And over the weekend Lelanda Lee, a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, posted some thoughts about what she’d like to see in a

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LCMS and ACNA pledge cooperation

The 2.3 million member Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and Anglican Church in North America have begun talks about ways they might cooperate in areas of common concern. In particular they plan to work together to outlaw marriage equality and abortion.

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The power of hello

When we think of church growth strategies we tend to imagine marketing plans and hired consultants. But there are a number of very simple things any congregation can do that will make a huge difference. And they don’t require any clergy involvement or probably permission.

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Musician as theologian

If you ask most people who’s the theologian in a local congregation, they’re more likely than not going to point to the ordained clergy. But that’s just not the whole story according to an article by Mark Gorman posted in the Duke Divinity School

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General Convention teaching resources

Looking for resources to teach about General Convention in advance of its meeting this summer? The Diocese of Texas has put out a helpful six minute video (see below) perfect for a Sunday forum and the Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices blog has made the following books and online resources available:

Learn About General Convention Graphic Booklet

‘What Is General Convention?’ (Audio

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