January 2009


I had some very mixed feelings when I heard that Rick Warren had been invited to deliver the invocation at the inauguration.  I am appalled at the way we are split into “sides” that can’t seem to even talk civily to one another.  So reaching out to someone who disagrees with you on important issues makes a kind of sense, and is consistant with what Obama said during the campaign.  But I am also appalled that we would  take away certain fundamental human/civil rights from some of our citizens.  Prop 8 did that.  And Rick Warren was a prominant proponant.  I was very happy to read (at www.boston.com) the following about Gene Robinson being invited to give the invocation at the first inaugural event:

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The following prayers come from the Online Aurora, which is our bishop’s newsletter to diocesan clergy.  It was put together by The Rev’d Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Chaplain to the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and Canon Pastor for the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem.  By the way, if you want to help relief efforts in Gaza, you can go to the website for Episcopal Relief and Development at  www.er-d.org .  The prayer follows: 

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I lost a long term parishioner this morning.  I joined his family around his body and we said prayers together.  I attended services for another long term parishioner in another congregation this afternoon.  Then I had coffee with a parishioner who is grieving various deaths in his own life.  He was trying to make sense of death and loss in his life.  So we got to talking.  Why do people die?  What could God possibly have been thinking?

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It’s embarrassing that this had to go to court.  But, given that it did, it looks like a definitive opinion was issued in favor of the Episcopal Church.  Here’s how the Episcopal New Service reported the event:

[Episcopal News Service, Los Angeles] In a landmark ruling that could have national implications, the California Supreme Court on January 5 upheld an earlier court decision that buildings and property do not belong to dissident congregations but to the Diocese of Los Angeles and the general Episcopal Church.

Associate Justice Ming W. Chin, writing for the court, said the diocese held the property and buildings in trust for the wider mission and ministry of the church.

The ruling affects St. James Church in Newport Beach, All Saints Church in Long Beach and St. David’s Church in North Hollywood.

Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_104046_ENG_HTM.htm

Most people don’t know this, but technically, in the Episcopal Church Calendar (and, I’m pretty sure, other liturgical calendars),  Christmas Day is not as major a festival as the Day of Epiphany — which many people have probably never heard of.  I might never have heard of it, if it weren’t for my father, who grew up in the Philippines.  At least, not before I became a priest.

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