Introducing a digital panorama of the 91 Dancing Saints icon that grace the rotunda of Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church. Now you can view the Saints' photographs and biographies with the hope that you will add your own comments to help keep their memories and stories alive! Read more about The Dancing Saints Icon Project
From our very first Lent in 1979 when St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco only had about a dozen members we poured heroic, unreasonable effort into producing a liturgically rich, inviting Easter Vigil. And then we put word out to friends. Read more about In praise of excessive effort for Easter and Christmas visitors
Our oldest grandchild is three, or more accurately three and a third. Many readers won’t be surprised to learn that his word of the day (and week and month) is
When our own youngest was this age, I discovered that if I didn’t try to respond his questions with answers, but paused
and then asked,
- What do you think? Read more about Why?
Quite early this morning I boarded the train at Stonehaven (near Aberdeen) crossing Scotland East to West to Glasgow. In Glasgow I’ll catch another train to travel up the coast to Oban. From Oban, I’ll take the ferry to Mull, then board a bus for Fionnphort where the day’s last ferry to Iona will be waiting for us. Tonight it will be dinner, prayers, and sleep in Iona Abbey. Read more about Part 1: Traveling across my life to Iona
After forty years of asking people to try and reflect on new ways of practicing church, I’m still loving helping our gathered communities discover fresh ways to do this, to be church, to gather openly in Jesus’ presence inviting all in, but this visit to Scotland, seeing how my daughter is making her life without church community, sensing how common that is among her friends and colleagues, seeing Britain’s empty or repurposed churches (a bar, a warehouse, an urban club, subdivided into housing), I sense an inkling of a future of loss; so much that we love and hope to hold on to is dying. Read more about Part 2: Iona, martyrs on the beach and falling in love
“My Eros is crucified.”
Still now, forty-five years later, I remember how startled I was when I first read that use of “Eros” in Ignatius of Antioch’s early Second Century letters. I was just beginning seminary and was searching hard for something to replace the Atonement-by-Vicarious-Suffering-Evangelicalism that I’d grown up with. Would Ignatius’s use of THAT word “Eros” for a loving God point to another way of understanding Jesus’ cross and resurrection? Read more about Passion, Eros, and Resurrection
Why is most Christian worship still so far from the talk of Jesus, whose Aramaic tongue said 'rejoice' by using the verb 'to dance?' Once dance and worship were married; now they go to church together rarely and keep separate friends. Read more about Jesus Wants to Dance with You at Church
My Uncle Ted was a Presbyterian lay missionary in Cameroon. He wasn’t actually my uncle. He’d been married to my great aunt and she died in Cameroon. He was one of those “uncles” who redefine family, an old, old friend of my living grandmother and the grandfather I never knew, an avuncular teacher and inspiration to all of us. I was proud to claim him for a relative. Read more about Stories #2: Who calls us to the table?
The Spring 2012 Anglican Theological Review (Volume 94 - Number 2) has several articles which are of interest for preparation for the General Convention. Particularly the three articles by Ruth Meyers, Donald Schell and Thomas Breidenthal, which share reflections based on three presentations made at a special forum on the open table (or open communion) at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio, on October 29, 2011. This program is part of the work of the Faith in Life Commission of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, intended to foster theological and ethical reflection among Episcopalians and their ecumenical and interfaith partners. Read more about Spring Edition of the Anglican Theological Review Available
What happened? Why did so many in the church suddenly and swiftly move from limiting the eucharist to only those who are baptized Christians to making it available to all who choose to receive? And what are we saying, to ourselves and non-Christians, in these differing invitations? Read more about New Book from Leader Resources "Water, Bread and Wine"
We’ve titled our new All Saints Company book of liturgical music and hymns, “One Heart and One Song,” a line from the 19th Century English hymn, “From glory to glory advancing we praise Thee, O God,” which in turn translates a prayer from the ancient Liturgy of St. James. Read more about Part 3: Common Mind and the Mind of Christ
My older daughter and I were exiting the Imperial War Museum in Manchester (U.K.) where she lives. It was bright outside from the late afternoon sun playing on the network of deepwater canals that surround the museum. Read more about Part 2: Thinking together