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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Easter Message 2015: 'The Only Place We Will Not Find Him Is in the Tomb'

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

It's still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb. The graveyards around Jerusalem don't have much greenery today. The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body.

Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It's 'Sinful' To Ignore Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church had strong words this week for people who deny climate change based on "political interests" or "willful ...

Rachel Held Evans Defends Leaving Evangelicals For Episcopalians

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with ...

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd died last week at the age of 91. Accolades began popping up, but many do not know how Boyd shaped a generation of seekers in the 1960s to understand that unless Christianity was about justice and inclusion, it was just blowing smoke.

Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how ...

Lent Is a Journey That Is About Enlightenment if We're Willing to Think About It That Way

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Lent is about to begin. That word in English comes from an Old English word that means "to lengthen," and it's a reminder of the days getting longer as we move toward summer out of the dark of winter.

Episcopal Church Takes A Hard Look At Alcohol After Bishop's Drunken Driving

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Hundreds of American bicyclists die in collisions with cars each year, but a fatal December crash in Baltimore has triggered some ser...

Happy Valentine's Day

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I may be a bishop in The Episcopal Church, but I grew up as a Methodist. My Methodist background notwithstanding, it was only many years later that I became acquainted with Wesleyans.

As a Child of the South

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I see my own freedom is very much at issue, too. These last months have reminded me of some things that there are some things a child of the South is in a particularly advantageous position to remind us all of.

On the Fifth Anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Resurrection and hope abound, and not in Haiti alone. That continued hope and movement toward the reign of God are the result of the co-creative partnership of people and nations.

"Let Jesus Show!" A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The beloved author Frederick Buechner tells the story about a Christmas pageant a friend of his took part in as the rector of an Episcopal church. Buechner writes:

Is Dementia the Grinch Who Stole Christmas?

Mary Novaria | Posted 02.21.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

I began to think of dementia as a Grinch -- descending upon our family, dimming the lights, stealing our baked goods, and taking away my mother's ability to give, which is really all she ever wanted to do.

Needed: Another Christmas Truce

Bishop James Magness | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI -- or the Great War -- in Europe. In the midst of this commemoration, we will do well to remember the remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914.

The Tyranny of Orthodoxy

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

As an openly gay Jesuit I sought ordination to the priesthood publicly acknowledging that I could not serve with integrity and not be allowed to bless same-sex unions through sacramental marriage.

Christmas Message 2014: May Christ Be Born Anew in You This Christmastide

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Advent leads us into darkness and decreasing light. Our bodies slow imperceptibly with shorter days and longer nights, and the merriness and frantic activity around us are often merely signs of eager hunger for light and healing and wholeness.

The Stones Cry Out

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

We believe quite simply that Black Lives Matter. We say Black, not All, because the sacredness of all life isn't on the line right now in the United States of America. Some of us are extremely vulnerable to the police, and if we are found dead, we will be criminalized in retrospect, not mourned.

Finding Sanctuary

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In the world of Christians there is a difference of opinion as to where salvation happens. Salvation is understood as reconciliation to our true state in God. For some that's all about social justice. For some that's all about personal holiness.

Episcopal Diocese Plans Slave Trade Museum In Closed Church

AP | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to open a slave trade museum and a national center for reconciliation in its now-c...

Former 'Angry Atheist' Steps In As Rector Of Houston Episcopal Church

Houston Chronicle | ALLAN TURNER | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

HOUSTON (AP) — As an electrical engineer and a self-professed "angry atheist," Clay Lein had no truck with religion. God, he was convinced, was fool...

A House of Prayer for All (as in 'All') People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Due to the marvels of modern technology, this morning I was able to sit in my living room in Southern California and watch the livestream of the service of Muslim Friday Prayers (Jumu'ah) from that very National Cathedral in a service that emphasized the "all" in "all people."

The Sounds Of Muslim Prayers Filled The Washington National Cathedral On Friday

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion

On Friday, the the Washington National Cathedral was filled with the sounds of Muslim prayers. Muslims and people of other religious traditions hav...

General Theological Seminary Resolves Faculty Dispute... Kind Of

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The future of the Episcopal Church’s flagship General Theological Seminary remains unclear, even as trustees agreed this week to reinstate mos...

Christians Can Vote, and More!

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

Jesus was killed as an enemy of the state. If that is not political, then the word has no meaning. One cannot be properly religious, or at least, religious the way Jesus was religious, and be ignorant of or irrelevant to the ruling powers.

An All Saints Ode to the Outrageous Expectations of an Extravagant God

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

My house is appropriately decked with jack-o-lanterns in the window, a bowl of candy is on the counter ready for any goblins who stop by this evening and the "Happy Halloween" yard flag is flying off the porch.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In churches like mine, we are usually wary of the word reconciliation (ironic, see 2 Corinthians 5). We are wary because it has often been used by those in power to quiet dissent, thinking that reconciliation equals civility.