Category: Daily Episcopalian

Overcoming xenophobia … a Biblical and movie theme

By Bonnie Anderson and Dan Webster Food fights can get pretty messy, but this film, produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey is one Dreamworks product where the mess is downplayed and overcome by personal dignity, unspoken forgiveness and a “can’t we all just get along” appearance where food is the common denominator. Steven Spielberg […]

13 Tell-Tale Signs of HR Problems in Your Parish

by Eric Bonetti Do you attend a parish that’s large enough to have multiple employees? If so, you’re lucky—many churches these days have few employees beyond an administrator and clergy, and there’s no guarantee that these are full-time positions. But how effective are those employees? Do you provide a nurturing environment where employees can grow […]

New Church Planting Part 2

by George Clifford Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 is (How to Think About Downsizing Your Life, Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2014). On a congregational level, small congregations might envision their demise generatively by: (1) Cherishing the opportunities for enrichment intrinsic to uniting with a larger congregation, even a congregation of another denomination (2) […]

Church Planting Part 1

by George Clifford Part 1 of 2 Incredibly, TEC started only three new churches in 2012, the last year for which data is available according to research by the parish in the Diocese of Arizona). Jim Naughton, reporting Snook’s research at the Episcopal Café Charting a Theological Confluence: Theology and Interfaith Relations and Ethical Musings.

Lucy: a film where violence and theology coexist

By Bonnie Anderson and Dan Webster Don’t let the trailers of “Lucy” deter you. The new Luc Besson film starring Scarlett Johansen and Morgan Freeman is smart, philosophical, and offers great questions about afterlife and evolution. Warning: It is filled with more violence and destruction of property than any of the worst vestry or buildings […]

The problem with the Bible

by Sara Miles Here is the problem I have with the Bible. Mostly, I spend my life lurching back and forth between the reasonable hope that I’m basically OK and things are going pretty well; and the sickening conviction that I’m a wicked, terribly mistaken lost cause and the whole world is on its way […]