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Highlights for January

Faith traditions lack support for female leaders, experts say By Linda Brooks Women have made great progress in business and politics, but in the world of male-dominated religious faiths, acceptance in leadership roles is still difficult to achieve, although slow change is happening. That was one of the conclusions drawn at a Dec. 9 panel …

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Highlights for December

Books for Christmas Mr. Nicholas: A magical Christmas taleBy Christopher de Vinck, Paraclete Press, 157 pp Review by Kristine MorrisIn Christopher de Vinck’s novel “Mr. Nicholas,” a hardened newspaperman’s life is rocked by a small boy’s love and an encounter with a mysterious old man. On his way to interview a beekeeper, Jim sees Anna’s …

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Highlights for November

The Gospel according to a sitcom writer By James Cary If you can’t see the jokes in the Bible, maybe you’re not taking it seriously. “The Gospel According to a Sitcom Writer” by James Cary (who has written for several British TV shows) is a riotous but reverent examination of the Gospels. What’s the first …

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Highlights for October

Finding comfort in the Prayer Book during the pandemic By David C. McDuffie Since COVID-19 has forever changed life as we knew it, we have become accustomed to hearing a constant refrain recognizing our anxiety, fears, and loss. “I hope you are doing well in these strange times” became a staple of email messages I …

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Highlights for September

Author uses imagination in researching family history Review by Mel Schlachter Some years ago, a prominent American cathedral with lots of visitor traffic reflected on its purpose in opening to tour groups and tourists. Was it just tolerating tourists, or was it in fact welcoming pilgrims who might be in those very groups but find …

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Highlights for July and August

Who owns a gift to the church? By Solange De Santis The May issue of Episcopal Journal contained an Episcopal News Service story about St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore, which was auctioning some extremely valuable items in order to endow a scholarship for African-American students to attend St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, Md. The story prompted …

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Highlights for June

Indiana Episcopalians open state’s first LGBTQ youth shelter Diocese of Indianapolis Even before the ribbon was cut to officially open Trinity Haven, Indiana’s first residential facility for LGBTQ youth and young adults who are at risk of homelessness, two people were living in the house. “As soon as we announced our opening date, young people …

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Highlights for May

New York cathedral’s art exhibit is a meditation on ‘sanctuary’ By Episcopal Journal An art exhibit at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York examines ideas of welcome and refuge. On billboards facing the street, artists Eric Gottesman, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratelo, and Paola Mendoza and Kisha Bari comment upon …

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Highlights for April

The Good Friday Resurrection starts inside us By Sam Candler Editor’s note: this sermon was delivered on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In years past, I have preached on Good Friday in the glorious springtime, when the weather was so beautiful, in the fullness of azalea and dogwood …

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Highlights for March

In this time, we stand on the Plain of Waiting By Richard LeSueur Beneath the towering umber faces of Mount Sinai lies a broad, empty valley called the Plain of Waiting. Bounded by peaks that rise sharply out of the south Sinai, the Plain of Waiting is where tradition says the people of Israel waited …

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