Articles from the Commentary category

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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Even Our Compassion Has Been Colonized

The Anglican Communion will break your heart if you let it. And it seems these days that you have to let it or leave it, and I choose the former. I love belonging to a global communion of faithful people whose perspectives broaden and deepen my own, whose faith inspires and challenges me, and with…
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I believe

If you haven’t been introduced to the musical “Book of Mormon”, then might I strongly suggest it? The language is exactly on par with what you’d expect from the creators of the television show South Park, who also wrote this show, but at its heart, the story has a theology of grace that is very…
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Podcast: Alabando al Señor

Sandra Montes de la Iglesia Episcopal de San Mateo en Huston nos habla sobre su amor a la música, su grupo músical y su deseo para el ministerio latino en la Iglesia Episcopal.

Fruitfulness of Exhaustion

Judging by the longer lines at the coffee stands and the growing number of blank looks upon the faces of deputies and bishops, I would guess that General Convention is taking its toll on all of us—an assessment that should not surprise anyone. Today is the eighth legislative day of the convention. Add to that…
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Podcast: Race at General Convention

Deputy Anita George, a veteran civil rights activist from the Diocese of Mississippi and Kevin Smallwood, an Episcopal Service Corps intern in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts talk with Emily Mellott about how issues of race have played out at and around General Convention.

Getting ready to revise the Prayer Book

Getting ready to revise the Prayer Book. There is something slightly surreal about sitting in the Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music Committee, bleary eyed but looking cheerful, at 7:30 every morning talking about the church’s worship. When I became an Episcopalian in 1986, I assumed that the forms of worship contained in that red book had…
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Resolutions: from start to finish

For the last triennium, I have served as a member of the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education.  When it came time to indicate preferences for legislative committee assignments for General Convention, I figured that indicating Committee 12: Formation and Education for Ministry would be a good fit since the SCLCFE resolutions would…
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Podcast: Mujer Levántate

Araceli Ma, de la diócesis de Washington DC, Enedi na Vasquez de la diócesis de San Antonio, Texas y la Rev. Ema Rosero-Nordalm de la diócesis de Massachusetts nos hanlan del grupo gestor Talitha Cumi, “Mujer Levántate” una red de latinas episcopales y luteranas cuyo objetivo principal es empoderar a la mujer latina a ser…
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Podcast: Education and Formation

The Rev. Emily Mellott, alternate deputy from the Diocese of Chicago and rector of Calvary Church, Lombard, spoke to her guests about the structure debates taking place during General Convention. Guests:  Randall Curtis is president of FORMA and ministry developer for young adults and youth in the Diocese of Arkansas Andrea McKellar is a deputy…
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