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'We Do!' -- Episcopalians OK Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The Episcopal Church took a giant step forward Wednesday by removing barriers for same-sex couples desiring to be married in the church.

Changing a Church

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

The opportunity now exists for the Episcopal Church to set a different example for how the future might unfold -- not just for itself, but for all the mainline churches. The way of doing that is not to focus on the top, but rather on the bottom, of the structure.

Episcopal Church Elects Its First Black Presiding Bishop

AP | BRADY MCCOMBS AND RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina duri...

Ecstasy And Despair On This Historic Day

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I am rejoicing today, and ecstatic that in the years to come, the love that I share with my husband and the love that millions of other LGBT Americans experience will be honored and that LGBT people will have gained dignity and justice at last.

Memo to the Next Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

Please be a passionate and committed communicator. People need to know the basics of who we are. First they need to actually learn our name; which I've come to understand is a challenge for many.

Washington Cathedral Dean On Confederate Flags: ‘It Is Time To Take Those Windows Out'

Religion News Service | ADELLE M. BANKS | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The dean of Washington National Cathedral has called for two stained-glass windows featuring Confederate flags to be taken down from ...

God, Jesus and the Bible: FAQs for Gay Pride Month

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all."

June, Weddings and Father's Day

Barbara Hammond | Posted 06.05.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

It's June, the month of Father's Day and weddings. With that in mind, I thought I would combine the two in one post about my favorite step-father and my wedding many years ago.

Healing Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

It's a free country, and you are absolutely entitled to be creeped out about whatever you choose to be creeped out about. You are not, however, entitled to use that aversion (a dictionary word for "creeped out") to keep other Americans from the equal protection guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

Greater Love: They Had to Join

Bishop James Magness | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

During my second trip to be with the Navajo veterans, they took me to one of their most esteemed locations: the veterans cemetery where the U.S. Marine Corps World War II veterans known as "Code Talkers" are buried.

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading.

Time for Constructive Divestment

Gary Commins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Commins

The hardening of the occupation, the inexorable expansion of the settlements, and the deepening violence seen in the assaults on Gaza in 2014 lead us to call for the Episcopal Church to take this next step for justice and a lasting peace.

Journalism Tackles 'The Problem With Good Friday,' and an Episcopal Priest Responds

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.

Baptism, Baby Jack and the Bishop of Central Florida

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

If you missed the memo, there's a very sad situation down in the Diocese of Central Florida wherein Baby Jack was denied the sacrament of baptism because Baby Jack happened to have two dads.

UPDATE: Son Of Gay Dads Will Be Baptized At Episcopal Church After Initial Denial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion

Baptism is usually a time to celebrate new life and spiritual community. But for Rich McCaffrey, a new father in central Florida, the ritual took on a...

Maryland Bishop Charged In DUI Death Defrocked By Episcopal Church

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) An Episcopal bishop in Maryland who’s facing manslaughter charges in the drunk-driving death of a bicyclist has been defrocked and ...

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

On the Steps of SCOTUS: 'Bless All Those Who Seek Marriage Equality in Our Nation'

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Gary Hall, the dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., spoke this morning at the Unite for Marriage rally on the steps of the Supreme Cour...

Learning From Faith and Lagniappe

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

Joan Driver was so special in one spectacular way. Have you ever known ANYONE who has never had an unkind thing to say about anyway....and not in a sanctimonious way at all...she was just that good.

Why Worship Matters

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

It's not that the goal is for people to not "get anything" from worship; the problem is, "getting something" seems to have insidiously become our criteria for what entails good worship, and we've lost our ability to even ask ourselves what it is that we are giving in worship.

Episcopal Bishops Join Catholics In Opposition To Death Penalty For Boston Bomber

Associated Press | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion

Massachusetts' Episcopal Church bishops, like their Roman Catholic counterparts, say they're opposed to the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber D...

Traditional Worship Is the Future

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

What Conservative Christians are really upset about, deep down, is not that one or a few or dozens or hundreds of their fold are being attracted by liturgical traditions and progressive theology. What they are really upset about is that their ways and their positions of privilege in the world are dying.

Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism.

A Subsistence Easter

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Easter is enough to survive. And it comes at absolutely no charge. When we try to take more than we need, that's when things get messed up.

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

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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.