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Needed: Another Christmas Truce

Bishop James Magness | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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.

A Call to Self-Examination and Prayer

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I struggle to find the words to express myself that go beyond a rant at a gross injustice. I struggle to find something spiritually helpful in his senseless loss of life. I feel even sadder now than I did ten days ago. I am also more horrified.

Episcopal, ELCA Presiding Bishops: World AIDS Day 2014

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Ensuring that all people living with HIV have access to prevention, care and treatment services must continue to be the focus of our HIV and AIDS ministries both here at home and abroad. We encourage Lutherans and Episcopalians everywhere to support efforts to provide resources towards treatment.

The Truth That Was Told and Will Be Told

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Like a large family gathered around a bounteous autumn table keeping the peace by not telling the truth, many of us heard more truth from St. Louis County this week two nights ago than we were quite prepared to deal with.

On the Way Forward From Ferguson

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Episcopal Church joins many others in deep lament over the tragic reality that continues to be revealed in Ferguson, Missouri. The racism in this nation is part of our foundation, and is not unique to one city or state or part of the country.

While Remembrance Is Important, the Act of Remembering Is Insufficient

Bishop James Magness | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

While remembrance is important, the act of remembering is insufficient. We have among us a significant number of combat veterans, many of whom have invisible though enduring wounds, which must be recognized and healed.

A Pastoral Message on Climate Change

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbors and of God's good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God's creatures.

Communities of Equality

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Viagra is a covered drug under most insurance plans, yet we don't see the same move to limit its availability based on religious principles. No one is asking for a conscience clause so corporations don't have to pay for it.

Reduced to Tears

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

At the moment hundreds of children from Central America are risking a long, dangerous trip without adults to come to the United States to escape oppressive poverty, violence, and exploitation. They are receiving a mixed welcome, sometimes with compassion and sometimes with hostility. St. Paul's words seem relevant to me.

We Must Respond Compassionately to Children at the Border

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The influx of vulnerable people from Central America, including unaccompanied minors as well as mothers with children, continues to challenge the United States to respond compassionately.

A Pause for a Prayer On Memorial Day

Bishop James Magness | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

Moina Michael read John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" and was so moved by his British devotion that she was inspired to write "We Shall Keep the Faith," a poem about the American war dead.

Easter Message 2014

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The tomb is empty, and nobody knows where the body is. Mary Magdalene tells the others about the mysterious disappearance, but they give up and go home.

Back in the Box

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Every year, Christmas disrupts our lives and shatters our routines. It breaks into our normal patterns and turns them upside down. It is not too different, I suppose, than the first Christmas.

My 2013 Christmas Message

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world's notice. May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.

At Last a Welcome Home: The Long Journey Back

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

On Veterans Day this year we are commemorating a very significant anniversary, in fact two anniversaries. We are marking the fact that 50 years ago the United States entered into combat operations in Vietnam, and 40 years ago those combat operations came to an official conclusion.

The Victory Of Light Over Darkness

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

As the Lenten season ends in Easter rejoicing, note what has been wrought in you this year: There is a deep hunger in our collective psyche to re-orient our lives toward life and light, healing and peace.

Episcopal Church Makes Landmark Decision For Transgender Inclusion

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

It is not just a good day for transgender Episcopalians and their allies. It is a good day for all of us who are part of a church willing to the risk to continue to draw the circle wider as we work to live out our call to make God's inclusive love known to the whole human family.

My Top Ten List of 2012 Predictions on Sexuality, Religion, and Public Life

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I think it's safe to predict that sexuality, religion, and public life will continue to dominate the headlines during 2012.

Addressing Phi Theta Kappa on Social Responsibility

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

One person can make a difference. You can make a difference.