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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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Asking too little

by Ann Fontaine In the course of my interim ministry and training work I have been observing churches and their lives. I am coming to

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Christmas is Easter

by Sara Miles I used to really love Christmas as a kid, and couldn’t understand how anyone could possibly be surly about it: sparkly stuff

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A Pastoral Paradox

In a more provocative moment, I recently posted on Facebook that when confronted with the word “pastoral” I am increasingly tempted to wonder — if not ask out loud — if “co-dependent” is what is often really meant. It seems that “pastoral” can be code for mere coddling bad behavior, or simply leaving things dangerously alone.

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Across the Church, From Ghost to Ghost

Whatever the reason, tales of hauntings abound in The Episcopal Church. Predictably enough, many of these tales come from the east coast, where the church dates back hundreds of years. At the same time, tales of ghostly activity exist all across the church, at churches both great and small, old and new, rural and urban.

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