“I am soon to be on my annual week of retreat which totally sucks. Being on retreat from social media, technology and work is a part of my Rule of Life; and I usually hate it. I quite like the anesthesia I have collected over the years – tools I have and use to “not feel pain.” And a retreat is an un-anesthetized week of silent reflection. It will follow a week of vacation this year, so not only will I be bored, I’ll be rested and bored. Ugh.”
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“It just kind of fell together,” Stephens said. “They have a small congregation, so they don’t need a lot of space. And they want to meet around tables, so they are already practicing social distancing. It just sounded like a great idea.”
“Cloistered as we are within homes and small circles of family or COVID-approved-house-guests, we are spending much of our time with people who know us very well. And people who know us well are armed with knowing our soft-spots; where to place the verbal blade for maximum pain and maximum bleed. Not always, but sometimes. That is why betrayal by a close friend or loved-one is exponentially more painful than a wound inflicted by a stranger.”
Our friends at ENS report that Episcopal congregations in Charlottesville, Virginia are hopeful the Confederate statues in their city will soon be removed.
Three years ago, Charlottesville was the epicenter of a renewed national debate over the legacy of slavery and the Confederacy after a white supremacist rally in August 2017 ended in clashes and violence, including the killing of a counterprotester. The hate groups said they chose Charlottesville in opposition to the city’s plan to remove its statue […]
Poet, priest, lawyer, inspirer – an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall, and a pen pal to Eleanor Roosevelt – and as of 2012, a saint in the Episcopal Church; today is the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray’s feast day, and recognizes her contributions to civil rights, women’s rights, law and the Church.
She founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)with Bayard Rustin in the early 1940s and influenced, among others, a young Martin […]
St. John’s Royals Oaks Episcopal Church was Zoom-bombed during its Sunday service. Outsiders managed to say the n-word and Heil Hitler, and (possibly) appear in black face.
The Rev. Beth Taylor spoke with Detroit News:
When the online service began, Taylor and other congregants on the call began to hear what appeared to be a foreign language that turned into racist expletives and symbols like swastikas. That’s when Taylor told the congregants on the call that the Zoom feed […]
“Perhaps we do not need more things or more power. Perhaps we need more rest. Perhaps we work hard because it anesthetizes our pain. Perhaps there are better ways to deal with our pain.”
According to the Rev. Rob Fischer, the rector of St. John’s, the church met with the DC Office of Religious Affairs to discuss how the church could work to better serve protesters and possibly reopen its doors in the future.
BHAZ — Black House Autonomous Zone — has been spray painted on the columns of the historic St. John’s church outside the White House.
A planned independent review into the Church of England’s handling of allegations against the late John Smyth QC is currently underway. In the course of that review, new information has come to light regarding Lord Carey.