Day: January 31, 2008

Where everyone knows your name

Theology on Tap is a Catholic program that’s been around for over a quarter century, and in Boston, the lecture series is becoming increasingly popular. Several churches take turns sponsoring the event at various bars around town; most recently, Church of the Advent, an Episcopal church on Beacon Hill, sponsored the event at Cheers as part of its “Portraits of Jesus” series.

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Sand Mandala at the Philadelphia Cathedral

For the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Cathedral has been hosting Losang Samten, a Buddhist monk from Tibet, who spent his days there creating a Mandala–an 8′-diameter sand painting/sculpture. Mandalas are a form of iconography in which millions of grains of sand are laid down into patterns that represent the cosmos and everything in it; but they are, being nonpermanent installations (except as photographed), ephemeral.

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The ups and downs of New Monasticism

Given the interest in emergent movements and how they might apply to Anglicans, The LA Times’ article on New Monasticism gives an unromanticized take on a movement that piques peoples’ imaginations over how to live more Christlike. Following two couples who spend a year together in a Billings, Mont. home, the article shows the highs and lows of aiming for simplicity and not knowing what to give up or how to reach out.

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Akinola on GAFCON

Archbishop Peter Akinola has clarified the purpose of GAFCON, stating unequivocally that the conference is an alternative to Lambeth, and that they believe their purpose

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From tennis star to nun

Remember tennis wonderkid Andrea Jaeger? She’s been a Dominican nun in the Episcopal Church since 2006. The Denver Post reports Last week, Sister Andrea jetted

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“By grace we become
what God is by nature”

Wisdom commends that without our own effort at discipleship – our own effort to become mature disciples – our faith is almost certainly dead. In other words, disciples are called to unite our will, thought and action with God’s for the sake of our own growing up — for the sake of the world’s good — for the sake of the lost, oppressed, poor, hungry, sick and alone.

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The monastery at Kildare

“And who can describe in words the supreme beauty of this church, and the countless wonders of that minster—of that city as we may say, if it can rightly be called a city when it is surrounded by no circuit of walls? But because countless people come together in it, it earns the name ‘city’ from the gathering of crowds there.

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