Message to LGBTQ Methodists: The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

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In late February 2019, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) voted, once again, to “maintain the Church’s position on homosexuality, gay clergy and gay marriage as stated in the Book of Discipline” – that is, to ban gay marriage and gay clergy. The UMC at its General Conference in April 2008 had […]

Giving Thanks

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On this Thanksgiving weekend in the US, let us try to find things (and people, of course!) for which we are thankful. Living a life of gratitude is good for our health! Prayer for Thanksgiving Day (Book of Common Prayer, modified) Almighty and gracious God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth […]

Welcoming Lent

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In the Western Christian tradition, we are about to enter the season of Lent. This year, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, takes place on March 1. Traditionally, Lent is the period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter, when Christians fast, contemplate their sins, repent and ask for forgiveness. Lent (a […]

As We Begin a New Year – and Era

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As we in the US begin not only a New Year but also a new era in our political and national life, I offer again this Prayer for Our Country from the Book of Common Prayer: O God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may […]

Prayers for a Hurting World

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 I invite you to pray! Whether you believe in a supreme being or not, whether or not you are part of a religious group or congregation, you may feel the need to do something in these trying times. I’m prejudiced, but I believe that my Episcopal tradition offers a rich array of prayers for almost […]

The Place of the Religious Life in the 21st Century

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Nuns and monks – perhaps not the first people who come to mind when you think of our modern culture. But quietly and steadfastly, many of these folks daily contribute to society from a standpoint of faith, spirituality and commitment. Here I want to highlight the lives of “my” sisters, the Episcopal order of the Society […]