Category: TEC

Restructuring the canons

There has been loads of conversation lately about restructuring the Episcopal Church. I’ve followed much of it, though I’m still getting my thoughts in order to post here on 7WD. Short version: we need...

The Conversion of St. Paul

Back in 2004, Forward Movement published “Calendar of Saints” by David Veal. It’s a set of meditations on the lives of saints — a hagiography that doesn’t require a theology degree to enjoy. Alas,...

The lost art of preaching

Today the church remembers Phillips Brooks, famously rector of Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston and late bishop of Massachusetts. More than these things, he is remembered as a phenomenal preacher. Here’s a bit...

Practicing our slogan

“The Episcopal Church welcomes you!” That’s our deal, right? We’re welcoming. Or not so much. Now that I’m not serving in a parish, I have been visiting lots of Episcopal congregations. It’s been illuminating,...

Change is the point

It always amazes me — but never surprises me — when people object to the need for change within the church. Most often you encounter comments along the lines of, “We are already making...

A dashboard for your congregation?

No, I’m not talking about dashboard Jesus. In fact, we’re talking about virtual dashboards. It seems that the Methodists have been experimenting with the idea of “dashboards” to provide up-to-date indicators on congregational health....

A place for questions and faith

Chris Yaw asked me to write a few words for a Facebook group (3,000 members and growing!) called “People Who Are Rather Fond of the Episcopal Church“. If you are on Facebook, go join...

Of the General Ordination Exam

This week, all across the country, people who hope to be ordained in the Episcopal Church are taking the General Ordination Exam. It’s a week of writing essays on areas of knowledge thought to...