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Year in Review: Telling Secrets

Year in Review: Telling Secrets

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton who blogs at Telling Secrets has an Episcopal Year in Review. Kaeton asked her readers to tell her what stories they thought stood out:

It’s the eve of the new year of 2012. Already, 2012 is distinguished by an optimism that is probably mostly due to the fact that it’s not 2011.

As editors of magazines and newspapers are compiling lists of the “Top Ten” stories, I wondered what might be the stories in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion that have caught our attention.

I asked readers here and on FaceBook what those stories might be for them. What follows is a highly unscientific and patently unreliable poll of what we might remember from 2011. They are in no particular order of priority. I hope you’ll chime in if you think something got left out.

1. “Papa don’t preach”: The Anglican Covenant.

2. “Much ado about nothing”: The Rt. Rev’d V. Gene Robinson plans retirement in 2013.

3. “Its mine. No, it’s mine.”: The on-going Property Disputes

4. “Jesus meets the money changers. Again”: Trinity Wall Street and Occupy Wall Street

5. “Arrested theology”: Bishop George Packard arrested for civil disobedience

6. “Restructuring for mission – er, dollars”: The Sauls Plan

7. “Be a blessing – give a blessing”: SCLM proposes Rites of Blessing

8. “On the road again”: The Travels of the Presiding Bishop

9. “One strike and yer out?”: The Case of Bede Parry

10. “I wanna be you”: The ABC meets The Pope

I’m delighted that the election and consecration of Mariann Budde as the first woman to be bishop of the Diocese of Washington, DC is not headline news. That’s the best news, I think, of 2011.

As I consider it, 2012 has to be better. Overall, 2011 couldn’t have been much worse.

Then again, 2012 will bring us General Convention AND the Church of England Synod which will consider both the “appointment” of women to the episcopacy and the ratification/approval/acceptance of The Anglican Covenant Contract.

Fasten your seat belts, dearies. Looks like may well be a bumpy ride after all

Read it all and Elizabeth’s pithy comments here.


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Katie Sherrod

On the property litigation, it’s not a case of “It’s mine. No, it’s mine.” That’s cute, but it reduces serious matters to a childish quarrel.

The litigation issues are more a case of “It’s the church’s property, built by generations of Episcopalians for use by Episcopalians for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. It’s not the property of those who happen to be using it at this moment, and they cannot divert it to the use of some other church.”

No, it’s not fun, and yes, we’d rather not have had to go to court. But it doesn’t help to see our pain — and those of our estranged sisters and brothers — reduced to a schoolyard taunt.

Katie Sherrod

Fort Worth


I echo Ellen’s sentiments. It’s a blessing to have the editors and the readers/commenters at Episcopal Cafe, even when we disagree. (And even/especially for this Lutheran.)

Ellen Lincourt

I just wanted to say as we enter this new year, how grateful I am for the EpiscopalCafe website. Having the cafe around to read has been a real blessing.

Leonardo Ricardo



IT´S TRUE, I´VE BEEN READING AND READING AT THE CAFE AND HAVE BEEN SPEECH/COMMENTLESS FOR MONTHS! (and a special thank you to Ann Fontaine who told me secrets on how to sign in–it worked!) Happy 2012 everyone!

Leonardo Ricardo/Len Clark

Elizabeth Kaeton

Thanks, Ann. This was fun. (Sorry for the extra “e” on Bishop Mariann’s name. I hope we’ll be hearing more from her in 2012.)

fixed ~ed.

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