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The Magazine: See and be seen – a photo essay

By Jim Friedrich

How does the world perceive the church? How do we perceive ourselves?   Using six photographs taken over the last ten years, the Rev. Jim Friedrich considers these persistent questions of image and identity.


Corpus Christi procession, Rue des Ecoles, Paris (2005)

Corpus Christi procession, Rue des Ecoles, Paris (2005). The antique vestments and gestures appear incongruous or even incomprehensible on a modern boulevard. Like this procession, the church itself appears to many as out of place, a relic of […]

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The Magazine: One Body

by The Rev. Dr. Donna L. McNiel

There is no doubt that the Church is changing. It’s not merely decline, but a shift along with the rest of our society in how we do everything. It’s the same shift that our larger society is experiencing. In our churches it’s reflected in lower attendance on Sundays, an older average age of those who are there, and less money to go around. This shift challenges the perception of most churches that they are […]

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The Magazine: What is the job description of the Church Center?

by The Rev Nathaniel Pierce

The perceived high cost of the Church Center at 815 Second Avenue in New York City generates many comments. Why? Let’s begin with a basic job description. The purpose and function of the Church Center is to:

1) Carry out the basic functions of any international organization:

support the Presiding Bishop and other elected officers
manage trust funds and other monies
support the elected national bodies (Executive Council; Committees, Commissions, Agencies, and Boards [CCABs], etc.)
manage the building or facilities
make arrangements […]

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The Magazine: Why the church can’t or won’t get real

By Emily Rowell Brown

A dear friend from college sighed as she told me about how she was struggling to find a church after her recent move to DC. She had a church in New Haven, where she had lived previously, but she confessed to me that it never really felt like home. “I never really knew them,” she said. “Sure, I knew where they stood on any number of doctrinal issues, but I always found it difficult to speak around […]

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The Magazine: Wherever two or three are gathered…

Watch a video of Street Church

Meet the members of Street Church . . .

 Mike is one of the funniest people around. He’s lived on the streets for years, addicted to alcohol, and to making people laugh.
 Sharon is mentally ill. Voices in her mind threaten and confuse her. She is on and off the streets.
 Sue is an attorney with a prominent law firm in town and lives in a comfortable suburban home.
 Grace and her boyfriend are heroin addicts. Grace supports their […]

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The Magazine: Not the Secret Gnosis – An interview with the leadership of St Gregory’s of Nyssa, San Francisco

Sara Miles, Paul Fromberg and Sylvia Millier-Mutia of St Gregory’s

Martin Elfert, Cafe Contributing Editor

Famous – at least within church circles – San Francisco’s St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church welcomes thousands of people a year who are drawn to its liturgical and musical experimentation and to its food pantry. I spoke with three of its leaders about what it’s like to serve a parish that challenges and inspires so many people. Paul Fromberg is St. Gregory’s Rector, Sylvia Millier-Mutia is […]

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the Magazine – what is it?

Welcome to the first post of our newest Episcopal Café section, the Magazine.  Our hope for this new effort is to invite many voices to tell the story, the lived experience, of the Episcopal Church.  We’ll be doing this through videos, essays, art, interviews, narratives, essays and whatever else we might come up with to share the church’s story.

Each month we’ll select a different theme to build our features around.  Our editorial team will be developing features, but we’re also […]

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Whew, what a day!

As many of our regular readers may know, our long time editor, Jim Naughton, decided to step down to concentrate on other (especially paying) projects. I was honored to be invited to step into the role of editor of the Café, and did so on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Before agreeing, Jim wanted to make sure I had some idea of what I was getting myself into:

several of the newsteam members were also ready to step aside, as well as […]

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The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

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