PB & J

We’ll be getting the names of the people nominated for Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in a few hours and people have already named the demands of the task.But I have a sinking feeling that – just as with the election of other national leaders – some of us will fall into the trap of thinking that this election will change everything. There will be conversations about the particular camps into which the candidates fall; their capacity for leadership; and the likely shape of their time … [Read more...]

Dear “Rev”

We sit there Sunday after Sunday.We do our own faith-work, coming to conclusions about what matters and doesn’t, about what we believe and about what we don’t believe.Help us to understand you and help yourself to communicate the Gospel.Please consider the following advice:One: Lose the stained glass language.It’s important to connect our faith to the historical language of the church and we know that much of the vocabulary that you use is a form of shorthand. Clergy, just lik … [Read more...]

Reimagining the Church

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The phrase, “think globally, act locally” is attributed to Patrick Geddes, a Scottish philanthropist, town planner, biologist, and sociologist. The idea, though not the exact phrase, appears in his book, Cities in Evolution, which was published in 1915. Well ahead of his time, Geddes was at pains to argue for an approach to urban planning that took the surrounding environs into account.The concept has been appropriated and broadened in its application to a number of endeavors, but it’s time t … [Read more...]

The Lenten Life: Falling and Getting Back Up Again

A Catholic parish near our home features this on their home page, front and center: Lenten and Triduum regulations 2015These are the 2015 Lenten and Triduum regulations:FAST AND ABSTINENCEThe holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015.Masses on Ash Wednesday will be offered at 8 am 12:10 pm and 7 pm.Both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, April 03, are days of abstinence from meat for all who are 14 years and older. They are also days of fast (one full meal … [Read more...]

Taking to the Street

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My friend and colleague, Kevin Martin, achieves "Onion-esque" success at his blogspot with a satire that raises a serious question.  What happens when we transplant liturgical acts and sacraments from sacred space to the public domain? Baptismal Font Goes on the MoveEven though heavily endowed, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Kelso, Ohio, a town just outside of Columbus is facing hard times.  The Rector, an Assisting Priest, and a Deacon have only three remaining Church members.  That is … [Read more...]

The Evolving Future of Theological Education

I have been on The Episcopal Church’s Board of Examining Chaplains now for twelve years. I’ve finished my last batch of ordination examinations and as of General Convention next summer, I will have completed my responsibilities.The examination has evolved over the last twelve years, as has the mechanism for evaluating it. I’ve been an observer and participant in the process.  I’ve heard the debates around the character and value of the examination. I’ve participated in the attendant debates a … [Read more...]

Seminaries and the Unthinking Future

I've thought a lot about the future of theological education this semester. Some of that thinking was inevitably a product of engaging the task itself. Some of it was associated with my responsibilities as a member of The Episcopal Church's Board of Examining Chaplains, and some of it emerged from watching the situation at General Theological Seminary. Here is what has crystallized for me: One: While the situation at every seminary is different and many seminaries (my own included) are secure … [Read more...]

“Done” with the wrong kind of Church

Mark Sandlin recently wrote a telling article on the rise of the “Dones,” people who have been active in the church and their departure.  The article hit a deep nerve and a number of people declared themselves among this new, disaffected tribe.  Sandlin lays the blame at the church’s doorstep, noting that the church has “killed spiritual community.”On one level, I agree, but reading the church’s failure against the backdrop of over two thousand years of history I could have hoped for a bit mo … [Read more...]


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