Day: April 17, 2010

Assorted links

As a nun said to me this week, if a woman had been sitting beside a bishop transferring a priest with a history of abuse, she would have said: “Hey, wait a minute!”

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Many unchurched hurt by church

Barna’s study among unchurched adults shows that nearly four out of every ten non-churchgoing Americans (37%) said they avoid churches because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people.

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An update on the Virginia property hearing

There are seven justices on the Virginia Supreme Court. Only five heard the case. For the purposes of declaring 57-9 unconstitutional four of those would have to agree with the diocese. But the diocese also argues the statute does not apply. And the justices were most interested in probing the attorneys for both sides on the facts of the case, and whether the statute was even relevant.

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Saturday Collection 04/17/2010

The news on Episcopal parishes some weeks determines the theme: this week that theme is parish decline, transition, survival and recovery — transitions brought on

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NIH director disturbed by anti gay group’s distortions

“It is disturbing for me to see special interest groups distort my scientific observations to make a point against homosexuality. The American College of Pediatricians pulled language out of context from a book I wrote in 2006 to support an ideology that can cause unnecessary anguish and encourage prejudice. The information they present is misleading and incorrect, and it is particularly troubling that they are distributing it in a way that will confuse school children and their parents.”

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Practicing resurrection

I didn’t know where I was going, but I headed south and ended up at the Bosque del Apache. When I got out there, the light was turning to evening. I drove out to one of the dikes, and then pulled over and parked. None of the fancy birds were left: the sandhill cranes were gone as well as the snow geese. But there were red-winged blackbirds, Canada geese, and ducks, making their soft sounds.

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