Day: February 26, 2009

A Lenten e-fast

Greg Garrett, Episcopal lay preacher and Baylor University professor, admits he has an addiction that threatens his walk with his God: Facebook. The ubiquitous social networking site “is the biggest distraction to my observance of a holy Lent,” he said. So as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, he’s reclaiming his low-tech spiritual life by going on an “e-fast” for the 40-day penitential season of Lent.

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Connecticut reaches out to Kenya

One hesitates to call attention to the work Episcopal congregations do in certain countries, for fear that those who oppose the church’s position on same-sex relationships will attempt to undermine it. But this particular cat has jumped out of the bag and into the pages of the Amity (CT) Observer. Let’s pray it lives a long life.

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An afternoon blessing

Props to Sam Hodges of the Dallas Morning News, who offered this yesterday as the Afternoon blessing at the paper’s religion blog: “May you remember, in writing for publication about Episcopalians, not to use “Episcopalian” as an adjective. (The adjective is “Episcopal.”)” We commend it to headline writers everywhere.

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Giving when it hurts

We’ve outsourced compassion. The United States has deliberately and steadily shifted the burden of meeting social needs from the government onto a loosely organized, haphazardly regulated patchwork of nonprofits. Many groups are closely aligned with business interests through their funding or their boards, and many rely heavily on foundation funding, which ties them even more closely to Wall Street’s fortunes.

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The Presenting Issue 50 Years Ago

Some of us feel desegregation was a step forward, others that it was a step backward. Still others feel that the change was made in a way that evoked deep and serious misunderstandings that have injured the unity of the Diocese. In the solidarity of Christian brotherhood, therefore, and with real suffering on all sides, we recommend that both segregated and desegregated Camps and Conferences be provided at this time.

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Known by God

For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.

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