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Feast of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr, 1489-1556. Thomas Cranmer is something of an icon for the crazy-quilt nature of Anglicanism. The collect we prayed gives thanks for the beauty of his liturgical language and notes that his death was revelatory of God’s power in human weakness. His history is a striking mix of deep theological wrestling and expedient action, both personal and political. One writer describes his journey as a move “from a champion of the faith to a compromising sycophant and vows-breaker.”[1]

A review of "Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case for Near-death Experiences" (by John W. Price) Since the publication of books by Raymond Moody and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, there has been a great deal of literature on the phenomenon of near-death experiences. There are battle lines drawn. On the one hand are mainstream scientists and other skeptics, who categorically reject these experiences as anything more than hallucinations created by a dying brain. On the other are authors like John Price, who as a chaplain has heard hundreds of these reports, and is convinced that they are authentic insights into the afterlife.

The Institution of the Rev. John Perris as Rector of Christ-the-King Church, Frankfurt, Germany. We have today a new beginning. And also another chapter in the ongoing story of Christ-the-King. It is appropriate, in a way, to institute your Rector on the first Sunday of Lent. Now I am not saying that after today Fr. John will be shoved out into the desert to be tempted of Satan! Of course, there will be moments… but we can say that the Holy Spirit has moved in the usual mysterious way to shove John and Cat and Alex into Germany.

Ash Wednesday 2014, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Today is no feast, for sure. It is a Fast, one of two obligatory fast days for Episcopalians, the other being Good Friday, of course. How you observe your fast is up to you. Many people choose to “give something up” for Lent, beginning today. That is abstinence, not fasting. Fasting is the reduction of food consumed. The point is, either way, to mark a difference in our usual routine. This difference is...

The Rev. Jana Johnsen will serve as a member of the Presbyterian Church USA delegation to the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The priority theme for this year’s session is challenges and achievements relating to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Last Epiphany 2014: Transfiguration. On this Sunday before Lent starts, the Church repeats the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus, as it is known. Big word, “transfiguration.” It is, as Paul would write in a different context, “the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” The connection between God’s action in Israel’s past, shown by the great prophet of the Law, Moses, and the great wonderworker, Elijah, and the future that God is bringing about, comes through clearly.

Can Children Understand Worship?

The answer came to me a decade ago. I was sitting in a circle of very young Episcopalians, listening to them explore a dark patch of felt in the parable of the Good Shepherd. They were so interested in the “places of danger” on the story-telling fabric. They kept looking at it, some carefully, out of the corners of their eyes...Many circles later, I came to hold a deep respect for the spiritual lives of children, and long to hand-over to them the language of the church.

In South Sudan, we do not lose heart

An Episcopal priest who worked as a volunteer in Sudan says that recent fighting, while tragic, does not cause him to lose hope in the church’s peace ministry there. "When I hear news reports of an alleged coup attempt that sparked weeks of fighting in South Sudan, " says Ross Kane, "I think back to when I was a young volunteer with the Episcopal Church working with the New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC). an ecumenical body representing Southern Sudanese churches -- responded by initiating grass-roots peace dialogues. These dialogues brought together Dinka and Nuer chiefs, politicians and religious leaders in order to name past atrocities and to seek..."

Traditionally the church has talked about two kinds of martyrs – white martyrs and red ones. Red martyrs shed blood for claiming their faith, like Perpetua and Paul, or because of the challenge that they’ve offered to the principalities and powers of this world – like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Oscar Romero. White martyrs are remarkable witnesses to the way of Jesus, who give their lives sacrificially, but more often die in their beds – people like Dorothy Day...

TEHRAN – Concluding a full three-day visit to Tehran, The Elders offered their support to the people of Iran during this period of renewed openness and dialogue. Among the issues discussed during the visit were: easing of regional tensions; the spread of extremist violence internationally; human rights; and the Syrian crisis. The Elders including Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, believe Iran should be part of the solution to the Syrian crisis.The Elders welcomed and supported the progress being made in the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme.

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