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Women fall behind men in Bible engagement during pandemic

Women fall behind men in Bible engagement during pandemic

Just as the pandemic has reduced women’s engagement in the workplace, it has reduced their engagement with the Bible. Blame increased family responsibility for their children’s care and education during the workday borne more by women than men.

Fragments on Fragments #17: Being Human in a Pandemic

Fragments on Fragments #17: Being Human in a Pandemic

“After (many of us) getting so used to travel as a basic form of activity, what would it mean to learn to live in one place? As even the commute into city centres begins to diminish with increasing work from home, how can we recalibrate our lives to have some balance of work and rest? They’re tough questions to answer. But whatever the new normal may be, it would be well for us all to be ready for a life in which we aren’t so much on the move, and to look for the ways in which that can be a cause of joy and not frustration.”

US Catholic bishops not sure about Biden

US Catholic bishops not sure about Biden

News reports suggest that the bishops may want to deny Biden, a lifelong Catholic, access to the sacrament of Holy Communion, much the way that conservative bishops declared John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, unwelcome at the communion rail in their dioceses. Archbishop Gomez has set up a task force to consider the matter.

General Convention Postponed

General Convention Postponed

Per a news release from Episcopal News Service, the next General Convention, scheduled to meet in Baltimore in 2021, has been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Like you, we have spent the last several months riding waves of pandemic news,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president […]

Diocese of Virginia Convention fails to pass budget

Diocese of Virginia Convention fails to pass budget

The Convention delegates considered a budget presented by the Executive Board which reflected cuts necessary to balance the budget anticipating receipts of approximately 15% less giving by parishes to the Diocese. After an extended discussion the Convention declined to approve the budget and thereby referred the budget back to the Executive Board.

Pittsburgh ACNA bishop resigns over serious pastoral matter

Pittsburgh ACNA bishop resigns over serious pastoral matter

The bishop “inexplicably delayed in advising the Standing Committee of other formal complaints about the same clergy member” and did not share relevant information in a timely manner with the committee and a canonical investigator looking into the case.

Uncovering Recovery: Directionally Challenged

Uncovering Recovery: Directionally Challenged

“Paradoxically, when we begin to decide and choose under the care of God, much of our anxiety falls away… we are no longer obsessed with getting what we want or avoiding what we don’t, which is probably, eventually, what lies at the root of our anxiety.  Paradoxically, when we begin to choose under the care of God, decisions become much clearer.  Often our minds become clouded because of excessive emotional entanglement in our decisions and choices due to the urgency and craving of the Ego.  As the Ego’s part diminishes, the fog or paralysis also vanishes.”

Fragments on Fragments #10: Being Human in a Pandemic

Fragments on Fragments #10: Being Human in a Pandemic

“What I’ve tried to do, in order to deal with this uncertainty and anxiety, is to find spaces in my life which I can do something about, and use them to provide islands of stability. For me, it has been about the rhythm of prayer, about taking exercise regularly, about keeping up with my reading. All of them would be easy to lose in a welter of obsessively checking the latest news. But insofar as I have managed to keep an even keel over the last months, I think those practices have been essential.”