Advent 3: Listen and Look – Hear and See

My sermon from this past Sunday, Advent 3 (Yr. A). The audio can be heard on St. B’s site, where you can subscribe to all our sermons. Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2016) Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 What are you expecting for Christmas? The season of Advent is a time of expectation. Our lectionary and liturgy […]

Latterday Latitudinarians Lumbering over the Limen 2

George F. Will has an excellent and fair summary of where the Episcopal church finds itself. You can find the article in the Washington Post: A Faith’s Dwindling Following. The summary is fairly straightforward: As the church’s doctrines have become more elastic, the church has contracted. It celebrates an “inclusiveness” that includes fewer and fewer members. […]

“If bishops were no more, would we miss them?”

That is the headline of a Times story. And it is a good question and a good little piece. Some highlights are below, but be sure to read it all. Of course this goes straight to the earlier conversation with Kevin Wilson of Blue Cord about polity. The episcopal extravaganza at Lambeth illustrates how outdated […]

The Presiding Bishop Responds to GAFCON (boy does she!) 2

The Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori has responded as well. Her entire response is as follows: Much of the Anglican world must be lamenting the latest emission from GAFCON.  Anglicanism has always been broader than some find comfortable. This statement does not represent the end of Anglicanism, merely another chapter […]

The Archbishop Responds to GAFCON

You can read it all here, but I have included his opening and concluding paragraphs below. The bulk is his raising reasonable concerns about GAFCON’s proposal. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has responded to the final declaration of the Global Anglican Future Conference with the following statement: The Final Statement from the GAFCON […]

New “church within a church” within the Anglican Communion 2

The new Jerusalem council (not to be confused with the New Jerusalem Council which has yet to be scheduled) has apparently resulted in a new organization of orthodox Anglican churches within the Communion. From the Daily Telegraph: Orthodox Anglicans who are creating a new movement at a breakaway summit in Jerusalem have said they feel […]

BBC on Growing Anglican Rift

I am watching BBC America news right now (and why on earth do we not simply have BBC international news?!) and they just ran a story on the conservative Anglican leaders meeting in Jerusalem this week prior to the Lambeth Conference and some have some rather dramatic comments.One story is here and video clip is […]

Where is the Anglican Communion Going?

No one is sure yet. But this week the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) is meeting in Jerusalem prior to the Lambeth Conference which is meeting in mid-July. The Pew Forum just ran an informative and helpful piece setting the issues into a demographic context. One of the major flashpoints in the ongoing conflict in […]