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Marriage Is Not An Evil Thing

(15) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 11:20 AM

A friend recently told me about a wedding she attended that began with the bride and groom issuing a lengthy apology for entering an institution that continues to be so unjust for gays and women (the bride was a prominent feminist). It didn't exactly make for a very upbeat wedding,...

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Memo to Rome: Some of Us Like the Reformation

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM

NB: I've disabled comments on this piece because of some of the truly vicious ad hominem attacks it garnered after I first published it Tuesday afternoon. Still, I hope it will encourage perhaps more productive conversation elsewhere about the impact of Rome's sexism and homophobia. In the name of Christ,...

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The $36,000 Christmas Pageant

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2008 | 8:52 AM

Ever wonder to lengths to which churches will go to put on the perfect Christmas pageant? When I decided to write a piece on it for Slate magazine, I had no idea just how insane it could get. Hopefully this piece will do some bedraggled pageant leaders and parents some...

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Bishops Discuss More Than Sex -- Imagine That!

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 11:48 AM

As I read the news about the Lambeth Conference, the much-anticipated once-a-decade meeting of bishops from around the Anglican Communion, I'm surprised by how calmly -- even amicably -- events there seem to be unfolding.

Now, mind you, that could be because reports coming out of the conference are somewhat...

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The Crisis in the Anglican Communion: Bring it On

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 11:30 AM

My first day back from my blessedly news-free (and clergy collar-free) vacation, I fired up my computer and discovered that -- surprise surprise -- things don't appear to be getting any better in the Anglican Communion.

Church conservatives are outraged over a gay wedding in England and the Church...

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Students of Christianity, Yes. Virginity, No.

(71) Comments | Posted April 1, 2008 | 4:43 PM

Sunday's piece in the New York Times Magazine, "Students of Virginity," was interesting to me both professionally and personally -- professionally, because I'm a Christian priest who sometimes deals with such issues in my parishioners' lives, and personally, because I used to be a student of virginity myself.

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Bad Company Corrupts Character

(10) Comments | Posted September 27, 2007 | 1:39 PM

I don't recall where I heard this, but someone once advised -- I believe in connection with the theologian Paul Tillich -- that if you want to know what a theologian really thinks, read his (or her) sermons.

Though it sounded good at the time, that hasn't always been true...

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Mother Teresa's Doubts

(59) Comments | Posted August 30, 2007 | 6:06 PM

At a recent dinner with friends, someone at the table recalled a conversation she had with an Episcopal priest who told her that he didn't really believe in God -- and that, in fact, few priests he knows do. My devout dinner companions all solemnly shook their heads, but I...

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A Reason for Pride

(10) Comments | Posted June 20, 2007 | 10:06 PM

I didn't miss the significance of having to walk past the Stonewall Inn en route to a talk at the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields by the founder of Nigeria's first GLBT organization, Changing Attitudes Nigeria. The talk was the first of several Gay Pride events sponsored by this lovely little...

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A Split Episcopal Church

(46) Comments | Posted May 1, 2007 | 12:05 PM

Last December, when several churches in Virginia announced their break from the U.S. Episcopal Church to accept the authority of the vehemently anti-gay Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola, leader of the 77 million member province of Nigeria, I wrote a piece for Slate arguing that such a split would make the...

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