Day: February 9, 2009

How we spend our time

Episcopalians sometimes complain that all anybody ever learns about our Church is that it is conflicted over the issue of homosexuality. It is almost impossible, this line of argument goes, to get the mainstream media interested in other facets of our life. But every once in a while, a hometown newspaper simply shows up and offers some fairly straightforward coverage of Episcopalians being Episcopalian, and it is a welcome relief.

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Amnesty in the hereafter

In recent months, Roman Catholic dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the church’s clout in mitigating the wages of sin.

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The man who might be Virginia’s next attorney general

William Mims was a member of one of the breakaway Episcopal Churches when he introduced a bill in the Virginia legislature that would have made it easier for such churches to maintain their property when they left the church. The Washington Post suggested that Mims’ intervention was exactly the sort of thing that the separation of church and state was meant to prevent.

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Bakare being pushed out in Harare?

Anglican Information reports: there is a now distinct danger that Nolbert Kunonga could promote a candidate of his choice. His own election (overseen by Bernard Malango) was shrouded in mystery and intrigue.

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TEC and CANA go to court in Colorado Springs

The Gazette from Colorado Springs brings us a preview of the six-week trial that begins tomorrow to determine ownership of Grace Church and St. Stephen’s. The clergy and most of the laity voted to leave the Episcopal Church and join Archbishop Peter Akinola’s Anglican Church of Nigeria. They also decided to take the property with them, which the canons of the Episcopal Church do not permit.

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Praying for healing

If your approach to this kind of healing is less ideological and more empirical, you can always give it a try. Pray for it. If it’s somebody else’s healing you’re praying for, you can try at the same time laying your hands on her as Jesus sometimes did. If her sickness involves her body as well as her soul, then God may be able to use your inept hands as well as your inept faith to heal her.

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Rendering unto God and Caesar at the wedding altar

It was 2007. We could get married in nearby Massachusetts, where gay marriage was already legal, but New York would not recognize same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts, so we’d still be partaking in a discriminatory system. The legal steeplechase occasioned discussion with friends and family about our marital status.An email exchange on the subject left an old high-school friend bewildered. “Is Suzanne a man?”

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