Day: January 29, 2009

PB nominates Gulick as provisional bishop in Fort Worth

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori has recommended the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. “Ted” Gulick Jr., bishop of Kentucky, to be the provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. If elected by the special meeting of the convention of the diocese, Bp. Gulick will be installed during the meeting. Bishop Gulick will serve part time as he continues to serve as bishop of Diocese of Kentucky.

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Separation of church and state with President Obama

In 1943, Robert Jackson writing for the Supreme Court, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” That is the American creed. We don’t yet know how hard the new administration will work to make it a reality.

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Southeast is most religious region of US

An analysis of more than 350,000 interviews conducted by Gallup in 2008 finds Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arkansas to be the most religious states in the nation. Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts are the least religious states.

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Primates to meet, bicker

The Primates of the Anglican Communion are meeting Feb 1-3 in Alexandria, Egypt. We have been relatively quiet in advance of this meeting, because a)

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Presiding bishop laments latest atrocities in Sudan

It is with great sorrow that I have received, in recent days, reports from brother bishops and other Episcopalians in the Sudan of the latest round of humanitarian atrocities committed by the so-called Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Since the beginning of this year, several parishes and villages in the Dioceses of Mundri and Ezo have fallen victim to LRA attacks that have included killings, child abductions, executions by decapitation and other unspeakable crimes.

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Mr. President, have we got a church for you

If there were Emmy awards for playing along with an interviewer who needs you to act silly, the Rev. Randolph Charles of Church of the Epiphany in Washington D. C. would win it for his performance in this segment from The Daily Show about President Barack Obama’s search for a new church.

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Should we pray for things?

As Maximus Valerius tells us, “Socrates thought we should ask nothing more from the immortal gods except that they would grant us good things, because they know what is good for each individual, whereas we often ask for things it would be better for us not to obtain.”

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Another look at Narnia

I recently watched the first Chronicles of Narnia movie again in preparation for a talk and was struck by its own interpretation of a book I enjoyed as a child, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. For many, the appeal of the movie will be because it is Christian. But for me its appeal is in a Christian author taking seriously another reality, another world created by God, and asking what redemption might look like in that other context.

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