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Speaking to the Soul: Questions

We believe that study and debate and the use of reason can help us know God better. When we wrestle with language and ideas, when we are challenged by others, we believe it can lead us to truth. We believe it may help us know how to behave ethically, solve complex problems, and discern how to make our own good laws.

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My problem with the Bible

Brian Zahnd notes that many of us in church are more like the Pharaohs, Romans, religious leaders and royal elite than “the poor, the oppressed, the enslaved,

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Speaking to the Soul: Living Into the Possibilities

I wonder if we completely misunderstand the stories we hear during the seasons of Advent and Christmas if we set our focus on them as telling us anything about the “how” of God. A far more interesting question to me is the one my kids favored so much growing up: “Why?”

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Our problem with authority

by George Clifford We Episcopalians frequently have problems with ecclesiastical authority. Here’s some anecdotal evidence: • Clergy and laity do not want bishops (or, for

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Singing the Lord’s song: justice and the church

The focus of the reign of God is primarily on public, communal, political, economic, and historical life rather than on private interior life. The traditional emphasis in Christian ascetical theology on interiority has led the Church in its mission to focus primarily on private, emotional, and family life to the exclusion of public, work, and political life. ~Owen Thomas

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Fred Phelps is dead

by Linda Ryan Fred Phelps is dead. The founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) died in Topeka, Kansas, Wednesday, March 19th, of

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Was the liturgy of the first five centuries in the East and the first eleven centuries in the West defective for not having its moment of reciting the answer? What does it tell us that the liturgical use of the creed began when Monophysites in the East introduced it as a protest against the Council of Chalcedon? Why did the West resist using it liturgically for half a millennium?

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