Thursday, April 09, 2015

Once Again, General Convention Is Coming: Pray Hard!

Those who have been reading with me for a while will recall that one of the ongoing topics for this blog has been General Convention. That has included both reports and legislation before the Convention, and considerations and consequences during and after.

Well, this is another General Convention summer. With that in mind, I wanted to point to the information that is already available on line. There has been a concerted effort to make more information available through the General Convention web site before the Convention itself. So, if you'd like to look ahead here are some suggestions.

First, from the General Convention web page you can link directly to the two reports that have been getting the most attention: the Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) and the Task Force on the Study of Marriage. With an additional click, you can link to the Blue Book reports (formally, the Reports to Convention of Committees, Commission, Agencies, and Boards). Instead of waiting for a printed version, these are being loaded to the web site. And, instead of waiting for one complete publication, reports are being added as they are submitted. So, if there's a report you're interested in and don't see yet, keep checking back.

The same thing is happening with resolutions to General Convention. If you link to the Legislative Resources page, you can link through to all the resolutions that have been submitted. Once again, these are being added as they are submitted, so keep checking to see if your particular interest is addressed.

With the Reports from the Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church and the Task Force on the Study of Marriage, and also the election of the next Presiding Bishop, this should be an interesting General Convention. You can go ahead and start your review, and so be better able to keep informed about all that happens in and around this year's General Convention.

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Mighty Acts of God

I preached at this year's Easter Vigil at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. For once I chose to preach at the end of the Vigil rather than in the Eucharist of the Resurrection. Knowing that will help make sense of the sermon. 

The Vigil and Eucharist were glorious. I like to think that the sermon contributed.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On Loss and Grief and Dreams - and God

My newest piece is up at the Episcopal Café. It's about the relationship between loss and grief - and between grief and the holy. I've addressed this before, but this is the result of further reflection.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On the Word and on Words: Sermon for Christmas 1, Year B

I'm a little slow in keeping up, but I'm still out there. I preached for the First Sunday of Christmas at St. Mary Magdalene Church. It was my reflection on how the Word became flesh, and we became heirs. You can link to the sermon here

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Renewal at the Episcopal Café

I wanted to invite my readers to take a look again at the Episcopal Café. The Café has been moved to a new host and server, with new leadership. The look is very different.

At the same time, the intent is the same: to reflect important news for and some of the best thinking in the Episcopal Church today. The format looks different, and some of the categories have been combined. To get a better feel, you might look at a couple of articles talking about transition to the new site.

I have had one realization. Some of my earlier links to articles at the Café work and some don't. It may take some time to sort those out. At this point, too, it isn't possible to search the new site. There is hope that it will come.

One way or another, it is still worth reading and reviewing. Take a look at the Café, and at some of the interesting - and, yes, exciting - things that people want to showcase about and for the Episcopal Church. It certainly looks new, but it remains worth our time and attention.