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Scottish Synod wraps up

The Episcopal Church of Scotland has been meeting in general synod these past three days. Most of their work would be familiar to anyone who’s attended a General Convention meeting: passing of budgets, statements of concern on various topics and decisions about the nuts and bolts of national church life. But one topic discussed is of particular interest to Episcopalians on this side of the pond, their coming decision about the Anglican

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The scene in Joplin MO

Volunteer workers have been making their way to the devastated region around Joplin Missouri for weeks. One volunteer worker, who blogs under the name of “Kirkepiscatoid” describes what her morning was like at a relief center just outside of the most damaged area of the

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Bishop Scruton to retire in 2012

On Friday Bishop Gordon Scruton announced his intention to retire as the bishop of Western Massachusetts in 2012. Bishop Scruton has served 15 years in the diocese, having been elected in

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A pilgrimage of repentance

The Greenbelt festival, the Student Christian Movement, Changing Attitude and Inclusive Church are among the groups in the UK have endorsed a pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia to take place this summer.

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The ABC attacks “Big Society”

The news sites in Britain and the church blogs are lighting up with the news of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s newest essay in which he attacks the cuts being made to the social welfare nets in England.

As the Economist puts

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Episcopalians respond to Arizona fires

Arizona is on fire. Fires in the southeastern and eastern parts of the state, and as of last night in the north very near Flagstaff, are spreading almost unchecked. The largest, the Wallow fire is not contained and is rapidly spreading because of the dry windy conditions. Episcopalians around the state are organizing a response in concert with other church organizations.

From an news report on The Diocese of Arizona’s

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Congratulations Deputy Byron Rushing

On Monday morning, The Honorable Byron Rushing, state legislator in Massachusetts, will be receiving the “Mass History Commendation” award for his work as a historian of slavery. Many of us know Byron, an active Episcopal lay person through his long tenure as a deputy to General Convention.

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Is Kenya on the verge of a Gene Robinson moment?

If 80% of the public believe that a supporter of gay rights is qualified to hold the highest judicial office in the land, then which other roles in society can gay people be excluded from? Needless to say, Protestant church leaders on the basis of their “Christian values and beliefs” opposed the nomination.

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The chaplains of Joplin

As Joplin Missouri continues its rescue and recovery work, some of the busiest people in town have been the volunteer chaplains. The New York Times details what their ministry has been over the past week, focusing particularly on the chaplains work of sharing bad news with families desperate to find their loved

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Why marry after all these years?

There’s a growing trend in Great Britain (and in the States) of people not feeling the need to be married before they have children together. So why do people then get married after the children arrive?

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