Day: June 4, 2009

Kevin Thew Forrester’s election reportedly fails

The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester cannot receive enough votes from standing committees in the Episcopal Church to be consecrated as bishop of Northern Michigan, according to a tally kept by an Arkansas reporter who has been in contact with all 110 dioceses as well as the Convocation in Europe.

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A conversation with the great Marilynne Robinson

There are two remarkable things about Marilynne Robinson, who won the Orange Prize for fiction: she’s a very good writer, and she’s a very serious Christian. Her two most recent novels. Gilead and Home, have retold the story of the Prodigal Son from different viewpoints, set in a small town on the Iowa prairie in 1956.

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Morals schmorals

Dan Gilgoff of US News reports on a Pew Survey in which the percentage of respondents who listed “moral values” as their top concern plummeted

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Bishops of Ohio speak out on state budget

The real questions underlying our state budget deliberations are: How will we make possible for every Ohioan the opportunity to engage in work that makes a contribution to society and provides income sufficient to support family and household? How will we take care that no child will go to bed hungry or go to school without the preschool preparation necessary to learn and grow?

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Just War Theory and the House of Bishops’ Theology Committee

The platitudes of the Report’s Pedagogy for Christian Citizenship fail to address the hard work necessary to keep Just War Theory abreast of changes in the way that wars and violence occur in the twenty-first century. Many military ethicists, for example, would strongly argue that Just War Theory is not helpful in thinking about terrorism; instead, Christians need to develop a new model.

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Formation of Christian society

There are suggestions that Cranmer was engaged in drafting services in the late 1530s, but nothing was published. As early as 1536 Hugh Latimer, in a sermon to Convocation, had called for the services of baptism and matrimony to be conducted in English. In 1538 it was stipulated that a Bible should be placed in every church, that the creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Ten Commandments should be recited in English, and that no one should be admitted to communion without having learnt them.

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