Archive for ‘June, 2009

Of Prayer and Polity

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In a few days Katharine and I leave for Anaheim California where we will attend the seventy sixth General Convention of the Episcopal Church. I am one of four clerical deputies representing the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in the House of Deputies. Even though the Episcopal Church is relatively small compared to other […] Read more »

Of the Sacred Feminine

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In the beginning was the mother God. So writes Jane Harrison anthropologist, linguist and scholar on ancient religions, pacifist and suffragette born in England in the 1870’s. She found in her work in the early twentieth century that the origins of Greek religion came from fertility cults which worshiped the Goddess, the sacred Mother. Religious […] Read more »

Of Small Things

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When I arrived at the office this morning there was an older African American woman in the lobby in conversation with Mary R. and the volunteer. I assumed like so many of poor Blacks in our neighborhood, folks we see on a daily basis, she was another who was here seeking financial assistance. The volunteer […] Read more »

Of Liturgy and Transformation

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Liturgy, derived from the Latin Leitourgas, means literally “the people working.” But working for what? I was once at a wedding rehearsal and the mother of the bride didn’t like the way we were doing a certain thing in the marriage rite and was vocal about it. My response was that my job and every […] Read more »

Of Spirit and Advocacy

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We are now in the season after Pentecost, the season of the Spirit, that enigmatic third person of the Trinity. In Luke the Spirit shows up fifty days after the Resurrection. In John the Spirit shows up Easter evening. But in truth the Spirit is forever on the move. For Israel in the first century […] Read more »