Day: October 13, 2009

Bishop Andrus in and out of hospital

During a 15-hour stay in the emergency department at UCSF it was determined that a blood clot had broken away from veins in my lower left calf and made its way into my lungs – I had an extensive pulmonary embolism, with one large clot in the pulmonary artery, and smaller ones branching out through the lungs.

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Proof texting for the death penalty

One juror had read aloud from the Bible to a group of fellow jurors, including the passage, “And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.”

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Question of the day: Hold your nose and sign?

Could you live with some of the suspect ecclesiological assertions in the covenant if signing on meant that the Communion Partner Bishops and Rectors, the Duncanites, the Minnsians, the Jensenites, et al. could no longer claim that the Episcopal Church’s membership in the Anglican Communion was in jeopardy?

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Inclusive Church, WATCH respond as C of E backs off female bishops

Inclusive Church is deeply disturbed by the recent announcement of the Revision Committee. It has moved away from the expressed will of General Synod in July 2008 – that there should be legislation to consecrate women as bishops on the same terms as men with an additional code of practice containing arrangements for those who do not accept the authority of bishops who are women.

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Life, in some superlative form

The last time I saw my grandmother, she was confined to her bed in the nursing home, a sterile facility a few miles inland from the rock beaches of the northern Massachusetts coastline. In my memory, she was always a small woman, shrunken by age. But during that final visit, I was shocked by her deterioration: the sheets and blankets seemed to double her body mass.

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A moral and theological crisis

In recent years, I have come to believe that anyone who wishes to understand Israel’s Scripture deeply would do well to learn more about the ecological crisis, and especially about its agricultural dimensions. At the same time, Jews and Christians who wish to understand the depth of the crisis would do well to ponder it in light of Israel’s Scripture.

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