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Grateful to be an Episcopalian

Grateful to be an Episcopalian

Ellen Painter Dollar writes eloquently this week about how grateful she is to be an Episcopalian. She loves the Book of Common Prayer, the sacraments, rich opportunities for learning and service and “the big tent” this church provides. At, she writes:

I am grateful that every week, the rector of my church finishes up the mid-service announcements by saying, “The most important thing I can tell you is that everyone is welcome to receive communion at this table,” as he points back toward the altar and the rail where we kneel to receive bread and wine. I am grateful that in the 13 years that I have been an Episcopalian (again), I have heard sermons and received pastoral council and worked alongside straight married clergy and gay married clergy and single clergy and male clergy and female clergy and clergy with kids and clergy without kids. I am grateful that being an Episcopalian means welcoming everyone, doing lots of outreach, making beautiful music, loving the words that say the right thing for the right occasion, and figuring out how to worship God and what God asks of us in the company of a beautiful variety of God’s children.

Read part 1, part 2 and part 3 of her essay, posted this week. And tell us, on this Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for about the Episcopal Church?


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W. R. Allen

For the Book of Common Prayer and the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict;

For utilizing the talents of my sister, the Rev. Claire Keene, and those of my own rector, the Rev. Stewart Tabb;

For showing my daughter that her gifts likewise are valued;

For the example of saints past and the company of saints present; and

For providing a welcoming place of common worship that fosters spiritual growth, while allowing me room to think and “not making a window into my soul.”

Ann Fontaine

For allowing me to have questions and not giving me answers.


For the Episcopal Church being, in the words of the song we used to sing in EYC, “apostolic and Catholic and free”; for Cranmerian English and Anglican chant (YMMV); for not having to hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer (or any other part of the liturgy); for the contributions of Lesbia Scott, Percy Dearmer, James Russell Lowell, and Dorothy Sayers (non-Episcopalians though they were) to the Church’s life); for Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Alexander Crummel, and the Martyrs of Memphis; for the Daily Office, for having a new bishop…you know, stuff.

Bill Dilworth

Ronald Caldwell

On this Thanksgiving Day I give thanks to God for the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. In the most difficult of circumstances she has guided our Church with charity, compassion, eloquence, courage, and stregnth. If ever an election of a presiding bishop was providential, hers was. And being the right person at the right time, she like Lincoln has had to suffer the vicious slings and arrows of the firece opposition in a highly contentious moment of history. She is right. They are wrong. May God bless her and may God bless the Episcopal Church.

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