Day: April 7, 2009

Diocese of Virginia makes its appeal to the state Supreme Court

57-9 imposes a principle of congregational polity on hierarchical churches. However salutary majority rule may be for civil governance or secular institutions, the state cannot impose it on churches. The First Amendment protects the rights of individuals to worship as they choose. That right includes, and indeed it depends upon, the ability to join a hierarchical denomination and know that local majorities will not subvert denominational rules.

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March Gladness winners!!

Episcopal Cafe´editor, Jim Naughton, shoots and scores, placing 5th in the March Gladness bracketology. His son, Ben, placed 4th beating Jim by picking a better

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Breaking: Vermont overrides governor’s veto

The Vermont Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.

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Lent. What is it for?

This year, I have tried to really consider the question of the reason that we observe Lent at all. What is the reason to “give up” or “take on.” For me, as someone with a busy house of three children under 6, and a busy ministry of serving as a chaplain to a large and complex school, the main reason to observe Lent at all has been to give some time to remember God.

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Tuesday in Holy Week

There is a phrase which the Greek Liturgy constantly applies to God in Christ: “O Lord and Lover of Men!” The whole meaning and drama of the Passion is gathered up in that. The Evangelists’ accounts—all the curt notes crowded together—reveal, when we take them separately and dwell upon them, the deep entrance into human suffering in all its phases,

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