November 2009

On Episcopal Cafe, there is an interesting article on “rethinking the religious box score.”  It talks about how in baseball the on base percentage may be more important than the hits and RBIs listed in the box score (and a pitchers ratio of ground balls to fly balls may be more important than ERA).  In applying it to the Roman Catholic Church, John Allen says (in the National Catholic Reporter) that

If you want a measure of how over-emphasis on a limited set of categories distorts perceptions, consider this: Barrels of ink have been spilled dissecting the Vatican’s outreach to disgruntled Anglicans, which, realistically, might bring a few thousand new members into the church worldwide. Here you have an effort to integrate 1.3 million folks more thoroughly into the church, and it flies below radar — because, of course, ministry to the deaf doesn’t open a new front in the culture wars, which is a category we in the West take very seriously indeed.

To which the folks at Episcopal Cafe add

So the question to we Episcopalians is this: what things do we value and how does this distort or enhance our picture of the church, the world, and the people we are called to minister to? What would “Sabermetrics” for the Episcopal Church look like?

If you want to see the whole article, you can find it here.

This comes from Episcopal Cafe.  It’s a follow up on my earlier posting on the same legislation:

A special session of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church has been called to discuss the church's position on the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” currently before the Ugandan Parliament. The meeting will be conducted via conference call on the afternoon of December 7, according to numerous sources.

Special sessions of Executive Council can be called by the Presiding Bishop or, as in this instance, by a petition signed by at least nine members of the council. (more…)

Roshi Doshi posted this on open windows & unlocked doors:

In Memory of Daido Roshi (1931-2009)


Ian Mosby showed the way to this link from Heather Cracknell on Driftwood:

what we believe doesn’t change us

Yesterday I was discussing life and the universe with some friends and one of them jokingly said “I’d hoped I’d be a nicer person by now!” and I retorted “I’d hoped I’d be skinnier by now!”

We know that I’m not going to get skinnier or fitter until I eat less and exercise more, regardless of what I’m hoping. Yet somehow we don’t seem to apply the same logic to our spiritual health and fitness – we assume that holding a set of beliefs and mentally assenting to some propositions is going to change us. We’re changed by doing stuff – spiritual disciplines and practices, like meditation, may not sound attractive to us (in the same way that the idea of a circuit training session fills me with utter dread) but it is the reality of how change happens.

Now its just doing it…!

Indigo Girls home page news says to get the dvd here.

This, again, is from the writers group.  We listened to a poem by Mary Oliver called “Wild Geese” (found in Dream Works) three times.  And then we ran with what we heard.  This is my write:

This is the invitation I hear.

Sometimes we make our spirituality so hard, walking on our knees for a hundred miles.  Sometimes we make our spirituality something that seems disconnected with the life we live and know. (more…)

David Mullen wrote the second piece on “descended from the dead.  It follows:

Christ going down into the bowels of the earth–a metaphor for going deeper than we ever want to go–into the human condition, into the extremity of hopeless, far from God, supposedly, and lost.  But tradition has it that he preached to them.  Ah, so then the dead were undead, that is, not full of life, but able to hear, and receive the gospel.  Hope and Life! (more…)

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