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Diocese of Virginia settles with second church

The Diocese will retain $1.95 million from a payment by the Virginia Department of Transportation for loss of value to the property as a result of the construction. In exchange, Church of the Word will retain the church building and personal property, and will be responsible for the mortgage on the property. COTW will voluntarily disaffiliate from CANA.

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The Bible is dead; long live the Bible

Attachment to the cultural icon of the Bible is similarly debilitating. It’s a false image, an idol. If you see it, kill it. The Bible is dead; long live the Bible. Not as the book of answers but as a library of questions, not as a wellspring of truth but as a pool of imagination, a place that hosts our explorations, rich in ambiguity, contradiction, and argument.

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Diocese of CA weighs in on Covenant

A wide majority of our members believe that [on-going] Communion processes and direct relationships are far more life-giving in the Gospel and Spirit-filled than pursuing the formal structures offered by the proposed Anglican Covenant.

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Updating: Court rules for Diocese of Ohio in case v. schismatic churches

For the reasons discussed below, the Court finds and concludes that Plaintiffs are entitled to partial summary judgment and that Defendants must therefore “surrender the church keys.” The church property is question is held in trust for the benefit of Plaintiffs Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

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A new model for Christian education

Judy Valente of the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, profiles Holy Family School in Chicago. Founded in 1985 as a small Lutheran school, it flourishes today as Holy Family Ministries, a nonprofit social services center and an Episcopal charity, as well as a Christian school.

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Local woman makes good!

Cafe blogger Ann Fontaine’s essay about Christian seders is featured in Cathy Grossman’s article on the same topic in USA Today.

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Waging war unjustly

Bishop George Bell was such an impressive and persistent voice against the “carpet bombing” of German towns — think Dresden — that I wish he were alive today to question America’s use of unmanned drones, piloted from thousands of miles away, to attack targets that are by nature uncertain and sometimes involve targeted assassination from the air.

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Omaha, an interfaith mecca (you should pardon the pun)

Don’t look now, but Omaha, Nebraska is blazing a trail in interfaith relationships. The Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, Temple Israel and the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, have launched the Tri-Faith Initiative, and are planning to build a religious neighborhood which will house a mosque, a temple and a church.

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