Category Archives: Episcopalians, Anglicanism

Called to, part 5

One of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal order, had a dream at the time of the first vows, or maybe life profession, of another man. He wrote about his dream in Cowley, the … Continue reading

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Called to, part 3

If, in your bones, you believe in God — always have because it’s wired into you, always will for the same reason — then you’re in relationship with God, whether you want to be or not. If you and God … Continue reading

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Called to, part 1

I spent a week with the sisters at what they called a live-in. That used to be a popular style of naming: back in the day we had sit-ins, teach-ins, live-ins, and even die-ins. I spent the entire week at … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 4

I’ve given Matthew 14:22-33 my best shot! Here’s a round-up of sermons, where you can hear what actual preachers have to say. Sermons are food. These are from all of the Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches on the towns along … Continue reading

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Um, What Should I Call You?

tl;dr: If you have trouble knowing how to address a member of the clergy, “Reverend” will do in a pinch. Also, Episcopalians have status issues. You know how design is information? What do the visual aspects of the following two … Continue reading

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Reopening Church; Old Guys

Imagine: No singing. No Eucharist. No shaking of hands. No hugging. No sharing a BCP or leaflet with a neighbor. No leaning toward each other in coffee hour chat. No sitting together for adult education. No hanging out in the … Continue reading

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COVID-19, Mental Health, the Churches, and God

Friends, I first published a version of this article on April 17. I checked the original recently, and some aspects of the websites I mention have changed. This update should be useful a bit longer than my original post. Maybe … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 4

A few days ago, I attended an online anti-racism conference of church people in a denomination not my own. It was open to the world at large and I was curious. In the zoom tic-tac-toe window I saw the same … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 3

In the antiracism trainings of the 80s and 90s, we talked not only about our family circumstances, but also structural inequalities. We talked about redlining and about the shutting out of African Americans from desirable union jobs, for example, and … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 2

I am trying to remember what anti-racism training was like in the 80s. We did use the same term, anti-racism training. But in those days we (white Episcopalians) did not talk about dismantling anything, but we all set to to … Continue reading

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