Day: May 2, 2008

Lighting to Unite

We don’t typically promote local events, but this one seems particularly cool. For three nights beginning on May 9 the south and west faces of

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People pedal along for the MDG’s

A group of Episcopalians and their friends have banded together to raise money for the Millennium Development Goals. A core of a dozen bikers riding across Iowa, joined by friends along the way, will be collecting money from their sponsors for each mile peddled.

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A statement from the Province of West Africa

Anglican Communion News has the text of a statement released by the Anglican “Church of the Province of West Africa on the state of the Anglican Communion”. The statement reiterates the Province’s objections to the actions being taken by other Anglican Provinces in ordaining partnered gays and lesbians and in allowing the blessing of the unions. But the statement is notable for what it does not say.

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Food prices expected to increase, how is the Church to respond?

The CNS reports on calls by Roman Catholic bishops that the Church must respond to expected continued rise in the price of basic food commodities. Without the Church advocating for long term changes in public policy, it’s feared that more and more people around the world will be pushed into a state of chronic hunger.

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Pastoral care for veterans and their families

Helping returning veterans reenter civilian life has always been a challenge. It’s particularly so for veterans (and their families) these days, who might see might see multiple deployments and repeated cycles of immersion into battle and then return home for training and re-equipping. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s involvement in the B.O.O.T.S. program is example of ways that this transition is being facilitated.

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The plank in Michael Gerson’s eye

In today’s Washington Post, columnist Michael Gerson once again takes Sen. Barack Obama to task for his relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In breaking with Wright, Gerson writes, Obama has woken from a theological slumber. But contrast Wright’s words and actions with those of Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, the leader of Gerson’s church, and ask yourself who has been sleeping.

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Alan Jones on Wright and Obama

The Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, in an op-ed piece, writes that the underlying cause of the confusion and controversy surrounding Wright’s remarks is that they are being dealt with as a sound-bite rather than being seen within the context of the african-american experience and American history.

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What happened at Seabury

The men and women of the Seabury Board, faculty and staff are facing the harsh truths of trying to sustain our seminaries as “mini-colleges” in an era when the rules of the theological training game have completely changed. This is not a “failure” on their part, but recognition of the future. The truth is, we are in an adapt-or-die evolutionary moment for theological education.

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Philip the Realist

The last time we see Philip is in that great passage at the Last Supper, when Jesus was preparing his disciples for what was about to come. . . . In spite of all that Jesus had taught them, Philip asked for more: “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

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