Of Gift and Choice

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Among the leadership we talk a lot here at All Saints about “growing the church.” (Not that numbers necessarily reflect growth) We are aware about how mainstream denominations have declined systematically in numbers of members over the past several decades. The Episcopal Church is no exception, so our task is made all the more daunting [...] Read more »

Black as Hell

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One of our members at All Saints who is African-American got told at school this week by a fellow student that she was, “black as hell.” She said she was afraid of this boy. One of the insidious realities of white privilege is that we, the privileged, simply don’t have to worry about such things. [...] Read more »

Come on, Father

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Judge Ginny Granade’s ruling striking down Alabama’s gay marriage ban seemed to come out of nowhere. Truth has a way of doing that. Perhaps it’s because we don’t get a regular newspaper anymore. Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention, but it seemed the media outlets gave the impending ruling little thought. But what a seismic [...] Read more »

Of the Dying Light

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My mother is eighty-two years old. Her health is slipping a bit, but she still has her wits about her. She can still cuss a blue streak if need be. Once one of her friends said to her, “Sam, you are one of the most opinionated people I know!” to which my mother replied, “Honey, [...] Read more »

Salvation 6.0

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Proper 21 Year A 2014   “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him…”   With the internet and social media there are more and more blogs written by clergy these days….some, though few, are pretty good… but most for me fall into the category of “what [...] Read more »