Day: March 17, 2009

Pop goes the sermon

In one example of how clergy are attempting to use technology and popular culture to reach out to the young, Gardner is constructing a monthly sermon using songs from the iPods of her students, rather than biblical excerpts from a lectionary, as her texts. In her first three efforts, she has attempted to extract moral lessons from the lyrics of Kanye West, Nickelback, and India.Arie.

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The politics of St. Patrick’s Day

The speaker of the New York City Council is about as Irish as they come. But she’s openly gay, which means she can’t march in New York’s annual March 17 Eire-extravaganza up Fifth Avenue and past Cardinal Edward Egan standing on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Divorced, pro-choice, pro gay rights and Italian-American Rudy Giuliani was welcome. But not Christine Quinn.

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Violence in Sudan: the LRA strikes

This morning Tom Bair got a call frmo Ezo saying that on Friday the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked a village nine miles from Ezo, killing nine people and taking six hostages. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began late last year and have continued sporadically since then.

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Sorting through The Big Sort

The bishops of the Episcopal Church spent some time last week with Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort: Why the clustering of like-minded Americans is tearing us apart. Bishop’s thesis is summarized cogently in his sub-title. What are the implications of the Big Sort for the Episcopal Church’s efforts to reach out to new people?

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March Gladness reminder

Episcopal Cafe is supporting March Gladness, a clever initiative by Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation that has caught the eye of the mainstream media. The deadline

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Pope: distributing condoms helps to spread AIDS

In his first public comments on condom use, the pontiff told reporters en route to Cameroon that Aids “is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, and that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”.

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Is celibacy the preferred Christian option?

Humans are inherently sexual beings, both from a biological and a biblical perspective. Humans, like most other animals, have a sexualized reproductive drive. The urge to reproduce, evolutionary biologists contend, drives all other behavior in a living organism. Freud correctly saw sex permeating every nook and cranny of human existence. From a biological perspective, intercourse, not celibacy, characterizes life.

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