Day: October 31, 2007

The Episcopal Church enters the home building business

“By the end of the first year of operations, Unity Homes expects to have produced 250 houses and employ 70 people,” Vallette said. “Within three years, we plan to be building at least 500 houses per year, with a production and field staff of over 125 people.” Unity Homes is a nonprofit business that partners with Episcopal Relief and Development, the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and Enterprise Corporation of the Delta.

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Executive Council responds to the draft covenant

Our study process has led us to the conclusion that The Episcopal Church, as with the Executive Council, is not of one mind as to the efficacy of this particular Draft Covenant in either form or content. Furthermore, some parts of the Covenant have received broad endorsement within The Episcopal Church, whereas other parts have engendered vigorous debate and opposition.

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Where is the Christian in Halloween?

We borrowed Samhain from the Celts and kept it the night before All Saints’ Day. A number of our feast days, like Christmas and Easter, have their origins in pagan worship. For that matter, we borrowed Good Friday from Yom Kippur, and Advent from Rosh Hosannah. The early Christians had to choose what to do with the faiths that preceded them wherever they were. Most wound up grafting new traditions upon the old.

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Proposed property protocol

Bishop Howe of Central Florida: “The Diocese is bound to work within the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church which state that a Parish holds in trust all real and personal property for the benefit of the Diocese and The Episcopal Church. … We cannot and will not abandon those who wish to remain as members of The Episcopal Church and we will work diligently to determine whether in fact there is a sufficient number of Episcopalians in a given congregation to constitute a viable continuing congregation able to meet and worship in its own current facilities.”

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Everyone talks about the weather

I do not remember when I first heard the old saying that everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. It is just one of those truisms that seems to have always been there. Until now. Now we are not just talking about the weather. We are, in fact, doing a great deal about it. We are changing it. And not in a good way

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Toward practical resurrection

Three weeks after Celusim’ne’s death her mother turned up at our nutrition office. She placed before me two bulging baskets of large, ripe Haitian grapefruits. She had walked six hours from Bouly in the hot sun just to offer me this gift.

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