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I’m OK, You’re OK?

I’m OK, You’re OK?

It was one of those very difficult moments. The organization I was studying for my Doctoral dissertation was holding an orientation dinner. At my table was the head of my doctoral committee. I discovered later that he was raised in a very fundamentalist home. After a couple of glasses of wine he announced that the purpose of religion was to make [...]

In The News

In The News

President Obama Wages War against the “enemy” of Islam. Following the barbaric videotaped beheadings of two Americans by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, U.S. President Barack Obama initiated air and sea-borne strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. In a televised statement in September, the President stated that ISIS [...]

Go Green?

Go Green?

If you feel unsettled at the prospect of large groups of privileged people from the developed world spending vast sums of money and fossil fuel to listen to pep talks on climate change activism, then prepare to be dismayed. The Episcopal Church just spent a whopping $500,000 flying its House of Bishops to Taipei, for their fall meeting. To what [...]

What Next?

What Next?

St. Benedict of Nursia Ut Unum Sint Pope Saint John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter Ut Unum Sint was and remains a landmark document in ecumenical relations. It opined and offered opportunities for effective bridge-building that, for the first time since Vatican II, presented some highly practical suggestions for visible and viable unity. This [...]

Annual Assembly, 2014

Annual Assembly, 2014

117 traditional Anglicans from across America converged on the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, in Belleville, Illinois, for Forward in Faith North America’s (FIFNA) annual Assembly in July. Reflecting FIFNA’s shift away from church politics, the event was themed around prayer and featured three speakers, Bishop Donald Parsons, the retired 6th [...]