Category: Daily Episcopalian

Tenth Ring

Suffering multiple organ failure, I had just received a grim diagnosis that I would be having a danger-laden surgery that would alter my life forever. It was the wages of a life that seemed so successful, but was undergirded by the troika of fear, doubt, and guilt – a three-legged stool.

Marriage Equality: Six Things You Need to Know

by Eric Bonetti

Following the recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed lower federal court rulings that struck down state anti-marriage equality legal provisions, it’s increasingly likely that the U.S. Supreme Court, sometimes called “the Supremes,” will consider the issue in the coming months. With that in mind, here are some key things you need to know about the issue.

1. True Equality Requires a Supreme Court Ruling

Recent federal decisions to recognize same-sex marriages, regardless of the state […]

Our problem with authority

by George Clifford

We Episcopalians frequently have problems with ecclesiastical authority. Here’s some anecdotal evidence:

• Clergy and laity do not want bishops (or, for that matter, any other person or group such as a Canon to the Ordinary or Executive Council) providing authoritative guidance. At every General Convention, diocesan convention, or clergy gathering that I attend, I detect an undercurrent of suspicion directed toward our bishops. Admittedly, a few bishops are inappropriately authoritarian. The suspicion, however, extends to all bishops.

• When I mention […]

Called to ordination in the hinterlands of the Holy

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise Him.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty”

The Rev. Pat Henking made some great observations about the advantages […]

Episcopal “Identity”

by Donald Schell

Henry Fielding’s star shines bright in 18th Century Anglicanism. He’s a nuanced moral theologian whose comedy merciless satirizes simplistic moralizing and rigid theologizing wherever he found it including in his and our Anglican. It’s Fielding’s deep embrace of Anglican breadth and sanity that drives his satirical characterization of Rev. Thwackum, Tom Jones’s Church of England tutor. Thwackum reaches a point of exasperation in his argument with Square, the rationalist philosopher who is Tom and his […]

Keeping Advent

While the rest of the world lights up for the mid-winter season’s crazy blend of commercialism, festival and cultural Christianity, most of our Episcopal Church’s remain externally dark, unadorned, and preciously uncontaminated by the happy secularism all around us. But why?

To: All Queer Folks Who Have Focused on Suicide

by Louie Clay

Warning: Get a large salt shaker

and sprinkle all over your CRT.

More than a grain is required.

I’m glad you’ve gotten

lots of electronic hugs

I’ll take you to lunch

if you can show up here.

But I wonder whether you need

a harder kind of support?

To the extent that the person

remains rational, and that’s difficult

to determine, suicide seems to me

the severest form of a disease

that has long infested humanity,

especially disliked minorities,

the dis-Ease called Self-Pity.

I speak with the authority of a quean.

Self-pity is the only […]

“Priestly Formation” is a Term that Really Bugs Me!

by Pat Henking

I am developing a serious allergy to the idea of “priestly formation”. The term brings to mind two things: First is the setting of carefully mapped and measured strips of wood at precise angles on a bed of crushed stone or leveled sand that forms wet concrete into patios and walkways. This picture yields a vision of preparation for priesthood that is clean, neat, sanitary and programmatic. It presupposes that the candidate is malleable and […]

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

by Linda Ryan

Not long ago, the House of Lords in London undertook a consideration of physician-assisted death and whether or not it should be made legal in Britain. It has also been a topic here in the US, most recently about a young woman, newly married, who has an inoperable and incurable form of cancer and who has indicated she will pursue physician-assisted death (PAD). Death, however, is not a topic not discussed easily or often. It’s not usually a […]

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