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The Magazine: Formed in grief, formed in absence

by Maria L. Evans


O God, whose beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them: Give us grace to entrust N. to your never-failing care and love, and bring us all to your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 —Page 494, Book of Common Prayer


The most dynamic-altering event in my family during my lifetime was the November day in 1960 […]

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The Magazine: Surprised in the Morning

by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley

I frequently wake in the morning completely surprised that I have made it through the night.


No, I am not surprised that I am alive.


I am surprised when I awake to discover that it is morning, and that apparently, one of my people has also made it through the night.


For four months running, I have had parishioners who were dying—actively dying—at our local hospital. From the moment they entered the hospital, we knew that […]

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The Episcopal Café is an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The Café aims to tell the story of progressive Christianity in the Anglican tradition. It is, at heart, a ministry of witness and testimony because we believe that following Christ compels us share the story of God’s work with and in the world.

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The Magazine: American Medicine: A Call for Healing

By Dr. Peter N. Purcell

I believe that American Medicine is suffering from a soul-sickness that is interfering with its ability to perform its mission of healing the sick. The system, composed overwhelmingly of compassionate professionals anxious to help their patients, needs the ministry of the Church to be healed.


I am not especially well-read on Church history or on the history of religion and medicine and their many intersections. However, as a surgeon, I am an expert at witnessing, almost daily, […]

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The Magazine: Together in Sorrow

by Julie Morris

A Service of Communion and Community in the Wake of Violence in Isla Vista, California


Seven young adults violently lost their lives in the college town of Isla Vista, California, on May 23, 2014. George Chen (19), Katherine Breann Cooper (22), Cheng Yuan “James” Hong (20), Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez (20), Weihan “David” Wang (20), and Veronika Elizabeth Weiss (19) were killed by Elliott Rodger (22), who then took his own life.


The Rev. Nicole Janelle, Vicar of St. Michael’s University […]

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The Magazine: Being with – the gift of attention

by Sheryll Shepard

“To listen another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being performs for another.”

            —Douglas Van Steere


Ciara Marcia, a dark-haired beautiful 10-year-old, sat on the footstool in the Hospice House family room. Her eyes stared blankly at the floor. I knelt down next to her. “You look very sad,” I said.  She replied, “I am, my grandma isn’t talking anymore.” Big tears rolled down her cheeks. I invited […]

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2014 at the Episcopal Café

2014 is about to retire and welcome its replacement. Though perhaps not an especially momentous year in Episco-world, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at what stories generated the most interest in the past year here at the Episcopal Café.

Undoubtedly, the biggest story this year has been the unfolding drama at General Seminary. To recap, eight faculty members delivered a letter to the Board saying that the relationship between the faculty and Dean/President had irrevocably broken down, levelling […]

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