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The Magazine: See and be seen – a photo essay

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). The antique vestments and gestures appear incongruous or even […]

The Magazine: One Body

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, […]

Hand over the bullhorn

Hand over the bullhorn

sfgate.com, has an article up looking at the issue of how to be an ally “There are people who would like to participate, but they feel co-opted and don’t want to be aligned with the vandalism and with people throwing things at the police,” said Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, a black community leader who […]

The Magazine: What is the job description of the Church Center?

The Magazine: What is the job description of the Church Center?

by The Rev Nathaniel Pierce The perceived high cost of the Church Center at 815 Second Avenue in New York City generates many comments. Why? Let’s begin with a basic job description. The purpose and function of the Church Center is to: 1) Carry out the basic functions of any international organization: support the Presiding […]

The Magazine: Why the church can’t or won’t get real

The Magazine: Why the church can’t or won’t get real

By Emily Rowell Brown A dear friend from college sighed as she told me about how she was struggling to find a church after her recent move to DC. She had a church in New Haven, where she had lived previously, but she confessed to me that it never really felt like home. “I never […]

Berlin grants humanist pupils own holiday

Berlin grants humanist pupils own holiday

BERLIN (AP) — Schools in Berlin have recognized World Humanist Day as a holiday on a par with All Saints’ Day, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr. The decision means Berlin pupils who subscribe to humanism — a philosophy that rejects the existence of deities — can apply for a day off to celebrate their belief […]

The Magazine: Wherever two or three are gathered…

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 […]

Church of England to push BP & Shell towards a low-carbon economy.

Church of England to push BP & Shell towards a low-carbon economy.

The Church of England will submit shareholder resolutions to BP and Shell, two of the world’s biggest oil companies, to take responsibility for their carbon footprints, limit their contribution to global warming and to take action to “adapt their businesses over the long term for a low carbon economy”. The companies are two of the top five investments in […]

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

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

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 […]

The toll of police violence and the moral cost

The toll of police violence and the moral cost

Who are the most likely to be killed in an encounter with police and what is the moral cost of police violence? These are questions being asked in light of law enforcement related deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. Last August, Eric Males, at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, looked […]