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Veterans Day 2015: A Meditation Upon the Uneasy Relationship

Bishop James Magness | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

On this Veterans Day 2015, unlike some of my friends in the faith community, I am not all that interested in what we can do for service members and veterans. I am, however, very interested in what these persons can do for the faith communities of America.

Atoning for Tony: In Praise of Mainline Clergy

Ken Wilson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Ken Wilson

To be an Evangelical is to have at least a dash of contempt for the Mainline traditions (Episcopal, PCUSA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and company). My Mainline friends tell me the reverse is also true.

New Presiding Episcopal Bishop Envisions A World Transformed By God's Love

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the son of an Episcopal priest and grandson of a Baptist preacher, will be installed as presiding bishop of the ...

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 4: Bishop Nicholas Knisely on Quantum Physics and Eternity

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Nicholas's sermon focuses on Job 38 and Mark 10:35-45, and reveals some fascinating, mind-stretching insights regarding the way the Scriptures use time and how it's different from the way we experience it.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Katharine Jefferts Schori on Creation and Evolution

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"How can people of faith best approach scientific endeavors for the good of all?" That was my question to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jeffert...

Two Crucial Quandaries for the Mainstream Churches

Mark Osler | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Mark Osler

Traditional and Contemporary are not the only options. If Protestant Christianity is to thrive in mainline churches, we must create things that are new and worthwhile and fully worthy of the God we worship. The only guaranteed outcome is what results when we refuse to engage these questions.

Rethinking How We Teach About Slavery

Alan Singer | Posted 09.21.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In New York City, Trinity Church is organizing a theological conference scheduled for January 2016 that will examine "racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change." In preparation for the conference, Trinity is producing a video examining its relationship with slavery and the slave trade during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

What Real Estate Battles Say About Church

Richard Flory | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Richard Flory

In fighting for its building, St. James the Great has shown that a church is more than just a building. It is also its members, however and wherever they manage to gather to create community--even in a park.

Wake Up Calls

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

60 million people displaced throughout the world. This is an overwhelmingly massive problem. The U.S. has sent more than 4 billion dollars in aid, the largest amount of any nation. Yet we have taken in very few refugees, mostly because we are terrified that in admitting one of these people we may bring in a terrorist.

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2016 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

Rhode Island's Episcopal Church Confronts Historical Ties To Slave Trade

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700...

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2016 | College
Wayne Meisel

Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.

Atticus Finch Meets Black Lives Matter

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

It is my religious faith, and the practices of the traditions I inherit and claim as an Asian-American, Anglican Christian, by which I mean a faith rooted in historical realities, which compels me to confront my complacency.

Apathy: A National (and Religious) Crisis

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

We are in the midst of a national crisis, and it's not random mass shootings or the killing of unarmed citizens. The crisis is that we have accepted these things as normal. This crisis is in our hearts.

Episcopal Bishops Did Not Reject Divestment from Israel

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In the last three years our bishops, as well as lay and clergy leaders, have been targeted (or wooed) by advocacy groups that have offered Episcopalians trips to Israel to show us that we should not comment on the political or economic situation in the Occupied Territories.

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

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer 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 06.29.2016 | 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.

Ecstasy And Despair On This Historic Day

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.26.2016 | 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 06.26.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | Queer 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 06.05.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | Queer 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 05.19.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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.