Daily archives: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

#GC79 Podcast: Why General Convention Matters

Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the first of his nightly #GC79 podcasts. Guests: The Rev. Megan Castellan is the new rector of St.John’s in Ithaca, NY, and an alternate deputy in the diocese of West Missouri. Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a deputy, and serves as canon to the ordinary for administration and evangelism in…
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Video: Meet the #GC79 Deputies

Meet a few of the deputies gathered for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.

Better translations, please

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). This one verse in the Gospel of John reminds us, as we gathered in Austin for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, that we are invited to continue God’s movement toward people by all means possible.  What Resolution A070 proposes represents this…
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To Revise or Not to Revise: A Prayer Book Primer

Since January, when the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) released its Blue Book Report, the subject of Prayer Book revision has been a hot topic on Facebook, in clergy groups, and at gatherings of liturgy aficionados, For the last three years, the commission has been addressing Resolution A169 of the 2015 convention, which…
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The Case for Inclusive Language

I remember it like it was yesterday. A friend and I were walking from our high school, through a white working-class neighborhood to catch a bus home. This was often a perilous walk, as it was on this particular day. Within a few blocks of our journey a couple of young neighborhood boys began throwing…
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The Case Against Inclusive Language

It hadn’t occurred to me that the political methodology of Donald Trump would see daylight at the 79th General Convention! But, then, I hadn’t looked at a proposal for reconstructing how the church speaks of God and man. And of woman. Woman in particular. The Trump methodology: First you blow it up; then, with whatever…
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The Case for Prayer Book Revision

I am an eager proponent of prayer book revision, but we’re not ready. We’re not ready because we haven’t had the conversation well. There have been many forums for conversation about liturgy and liturgical change in the past few years. In my experience of sampling such forums, I’ve found them to be prickly at best…
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The Case Against Revision

As a parish priest, I see a need for Common Prayer revision, but I am strongly opposed to Book of Common Prayer revision. Lest you imagine I am preparing to found the 1979 BCP Society, let me explain. Certainly, parts of the Book of Common Prayer need to be revised and refreshed. From marriage liturgies…
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