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The Magazine: Home is where you go and they don’t kick you out

Like many adults in the Episcopal Church today, I am not a cradle Episcopalian. I grew up in the Methodist church in my Southern California hometown, though I was not happy there. I was glad when in high school my work schedule at the local supermarket had me in the store on Sunday mornings. That avoided any conflict about whether or not I would go to church.

I spent my years at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, in the early 1970s […]

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The Magazine: See and be seen – a photo essay

By Jim Friedrich

How does the world perceive the church? How do we perceive ourselves?   Using six photographs taken over the last ten years, the Rev. Jim Friedrich considers these persistent questions of image and identity.


Corpus Christi procession, Rue des Ecoles, Paris (2005)

Corpus Christi procession, Rue des Ecoles, Paris (2005). The antique vestments and gestures appear incongruous or even incomprehensible on a modern boulevard. Like this procession, the church itself appears to many as out of place, a relic of […]

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The Magazine: One Body

by The Rev. Dr. Donna L. McNiel

There is no doubt that the Church is changing. It’s not merely decline, but a shift along with the rest of our society in how we do everything. It’s the same shift that our larger society is experiencing. In our churches it’s reflected in lower attendance on Sundays, an older average age of those who are there, and less money to go around. This shift challenges the perception of most churches that they are […]

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The Magazine: Wherever two or three are gathered…

Watch a video of Street Church

Meet the members of Street Church . . .

 Mike is one of the funniest people around. He’s lived on the streets for years, addicted to alcohol, and to making people laugh.
 Sharon is mentally ill. Voices in her mind threaten and confuse her. She is on and off the streets.
 Sue is an attorney with a prominent law firm in town and lives in a comfortable suburban home.
 Grace and her boyfriend are heroin addicts. Grace supports their […]

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The Magazine: Not the Secret Gnosis – An interview with the leadership of St Gregory’s of Nyssa, San Francisco

Sara Miles, Paul Fromberg and Sylvia Millier-Mutia of St Gregory’s

Martin Elfert, Cafe Contributing Editor

Famous – at least within church circles – San Francisco’s St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church welcomes thousands of people a year who are drawn to its liturgical and musical experimentation and to its food pantry. I spoke with three of its leaders about what it’s like to serve a parish that challenges and inspires so many people. Paul Fromberg is St. Gregory’s Rector, Sylvia Millier-Mutia is […]

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