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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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The Magazine: What Cathedral?

by The Rev. Anne Largent Smith

The Episcopalians of the Diocese of San Joaquin in California don’t have the use of a cathedral. There’s one within our borders—it’s in Fresno. But it is currently in the hands of former Episcopalians who now identify as Anglicans of a different stripe.

The absence of a cathedral is one of the differences our bishop, the Rt. Rev. David Rice, has experienced between this diocese and his previous diocese in New Zealand. When he became a […]

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The Magazine: The church is a hospital for sinners

by Maria Evans

“The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” —attributed to Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom, and Abigail Van Buren, among others; take your pick.

 

We don’t really know who actually said this phrase, and a few quick searches on my behalf never really gave me a definitive answer—but in this case, it’s what was said that matters, not particularly who said it.
Sometimes, it seems, when we most want to BE the church, we get too […]

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from John, David, Liz, Jennifer, Jon, Rosalind, Martin, Ann, Andrew, Kate, Anne & Weston to all of

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The Magazine: I Sing My Songs

By Teri Van Huss

How does a developmentally disabled person deal with a concept? It’s something they can’t see or feel or interact with. In my experiences with my 19-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, I’ve discovered life is much simpler for her than the rest of us, and that she truly struggles with anything that’s not in her physical sphere. I would like to introduce you to Miss M.E. Van Huss (short for Maria Elizabeth) and give you a glimpse of […]

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