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A Litany of Penance for Ash Wednesday

Editor’s note:  Today we begin a Lenten series of reflections, essays, and meditations on sexual harassment and exploitation in the church. These articles may contain explicit or graphic descriptions of abuse and harassment and language that might upset or trigger some readers. +++ Most holy and merciful God:  We confess to you and to one…
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Ash Wednesday Litany of Penitence

The Diocese of San Diego’s Task Force for the Compassionate Care of Survivors of Sexual Misconduct in the Church has provided this Ash Wednesday Litany of Penitence which speaks to sexual misconduct in the church. The additional prayers beyond the BCP litany were written by the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, California. Download…
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A New Biography of Absalom Jones

As we again approach the celebration of Absalom Jones Day, let me ask us all to review the biography of Blessed Absalom which we print in our bulletins and to which we refer in our teaching and preaching. The most popularly printed version seems to be the short account printed in “Lesser Feasts and Fasts”…
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Finding Common Ground: 2017 Christmas Message

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18 As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we are reminded that this is a time of peace and reconciliation. The angels that announced the birth of baby Jesus said: “Glory to God in the highest…
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“Ring them bells”: 2016 Christmas Message

Each morning as the Eternal City is waking up, the carillon of St. Paul’s Within the Walls sounds, ringing its varied tunes far and wide. The bells join forces to sing a song that blankets the busy thoroughfare of Via Nazionale with seasonal blessings, covering the hurried and huddled alike. A kind young Italian man…
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Deputy Mauai Goes to Washington

Deputy Brandon Mauai of North Dakota spent months helping to lead the Diocese of North Dakota’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, but now that the immediate threat to water sources and sacred land on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has lifted, he has a new mission. “This is not just happening at Standing Rock,”…
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Giving Thanks for the Philadelphia Eleven and the Washington Four

On the fortieth anniversary of General Convention’s official opening of ordination as priests and bishops to women, I give thanks for those women who were faithful to their call from God and were ordained “irregularly” in Philadelphia and Washington over two years before General Convention’s action. Without their faithfulness and courage, and the faithfulness and…
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Called As Women, Not In Spite of It

I strategized resourcefully when I was an unusually young aspirant for ordination thirty years ago. My son was born during seminary so he’d be ready for kindergarten after my part-time MDiv. I took unconventional ministry paths (cathedral clergy, diocesan staff, seminary professor) because my spouse also had a career to tend. I have been richly…
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The Movement Towards Equality is Not Inevitable

Winnie Varghese

The ordination of women in the Episcopal Church is a story of huge successes. It is a big deal and a good thing that women can be deacons, priests, and bishops. It is important and hard fought, still. I’ve just come from four weeks in India visiting seminaries and churches and participating in what is…
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Incarnating Hope

Preaching at my ordination, Gene Robinson was proposing that people need clergy “to be the God person in their lives” when my young daughter, exhausted and hungry, interrupted. Wailing. Gene was unfazed. He assured me that it was fine, to take my time. I took Alice and began digging through the layers of my alb….
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