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
“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
Headwaters are places of beginning and ongoing generation. Headwaters can be huge like the Blue Nile Falls, where the Blue Nile begins in a wild rush of falling water a rising cloud of spray that make a lush riverbank in the arid Ethiopia of our first human ancestors. Read more about Part 1: Journeying to the Song and Gesture
All Saints Company Con-spirator Marilyn Haskel leads the congregation every Sunday at St. Paul’s Chapel, made up of regularly attending parishioners and one-time visitors from all over the world, through the music in the Sunday liturgy. Here's her 7 reasons to sing! Read more about 7 Reasons to Sing
Yesterday’s interpretation of the Passion Gospel by the Trinity Choir was the most arresting interpretation I have ever experienced, an instant indelible memory.
The technical aspects of what the choir did were impressive: the solos, duets, and full-choir parts were all completely improvised – the choir had no music, only text (the way the early monastics used to sing) - and one rehearsal to gel. This meant that they had to listen to one another intensely, in the moment, and they had to listen to what the text, and the moment itself, was telling them to do. Read more about When Performance Becomes Listening
In the church where I grew up, Sunday worship was a few hymns, a brief Bible reading, a long sermon and a long pastoral prayer. By age thirteen, I felt I was a spectator in a sea of spectators, desperately wishing we could sing more and pray out loud together. I loved the Lord's Prayer, but we didn't always say it. I wanted us to be a whole congregation sharing worship. Read more about People's Work