January 2010


Episcopal Cafe has an update on the move towards woman bishop’s in the UK.  The artile begins:

While the movement towards women bishops is stalled in England because the revision committee missed their deadline, The Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards the election of a new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway for which one of the three finalists is a woman.

If you want the full update, you can find it here.

Brother Adam also has a couple of nice pieces on simplicity.  In the first he says:

The new year is now launched. The Three Kings have visited the Child, observant Christians are packing away the Christmas decorations, and most new year’s resolutions are facing reality.

So I want to put in a word for a monastic value I want to last beyond its new year’s resolution shelf life for me: Simplicity

Then in the second he says:

Monastic spiritual writers all agree that this is a foundational principle for our life with God. The more you have, the more there will be between you and God.

Got the following from Brother Adam’s blog (why reinvent the wheel?):

And once again, from Roshi Doshi, something on the Magnificat (and the reality of suffering):

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

[This post was inspired by a question from Pastor Nadia this morning]

“He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.”

We sang the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) last night as part of Holden Evening Vespers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. (more…)

This morning’s reading from the Hebrew Scriptures was I Kings 19:1f.  Elijah has just had the greatest triumph of his prophetic career.  Ahab let his wife Jezebel pick the religion of his country, the northern kingdom of the divided Isreal.  She was a follower of Baal.  Worship of Yahweh went largely underground.  In protest, Elijah called a drought upon the land.  Then he went off and hid.  First he hid accross the Jordan from his country.  But when the drought dried up his source of water there, he went and hid in Zerepath, a coastal town in Sidon, the stronghold of Baal.  Talk about irony! (more…)

We have reached the point in Christmas where energy is running pretty low.

We’ve had enough parties.  We’ve even celebrated the ringing in of a new calendar year, which for most people really marks the end of the celebration (recovering from it all over football and parades as the new year begins).  The church, however, celebrates that day as Holy Name Day.  (Jesus would, by custom, have received his name on his seventh day of life.)  Ok.  I have to admit I watched football. (more…)

So here is something else from my clergy writer’s group.  Remember, these are timed writes, one quick draft only that ends when time is out.  This happened back before Christmast during Advent:

Expectations.  Pleasing other people.  We all have them.  We all do it.  Face it:  if we didn’t meet some expectations and please some people, we wouldn’t have jobs.  We wouldn’t have families.  We couldn’t function. (more…)

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