Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Top 10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained
borrowed from Christian Feminism

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, change the oil in the church vans, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Episcopal Church is "home"
How sweet it is to come home

It is so refreshing to read of someone's love for The Episcopal Church. Just read a wonderful blog post from Molly. Here's a part of what she has to say:
So I opened some mail I’d left on the counter yesterday and one of the envelopes had a birthday card in it from the Episcopal church we’ve been attending. It’s been six months now, give or take a few weeks, since we first visited that little building on a search to find a place to gather. It’s become “home.” I am not exactly sure why I love it so much, but I do. I definitely enjoy the liturgy, and so do all of my reading-aged children. Having grown up feeling sorry for people who had liturgical services, it’s kind of funny, really. There was a sweet note inside the card and I hung it on the fridge.
I also enjoy the people there. Mostly elderly, it’s a small group that very much feels like family, and they opened their arms wide to this mother of five children, even though her children are, well, totally children. That was what I really wanted in a church, more than anything. That sense of close community, of family—along with a service order that wasn’t going to set off my post-evangelical-traumatic stress syndrome.
Read more here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Diocese of Bethlehem Tries TV
Ads to air on WNEP in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Good Things Are Happening in The Episcopal Church in Northeast Pennsylvania is a new television ad campaign that hopes to promote awareness of and gain membership for The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. The project involves the production of three 30-second spots to be utilized on WNEP TV.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Extreme Shepherding

[With apologies to animal lovers everywhere. No sheep were harmed in the making of this video. Several were undoubtedly embarrassed, however.]

A member of a Commission on Ministry in an Episcopal diocese passed this along to Episcopopcorn. In the church, it appears, shepherding the flock is often quite like this video. Our Episcopopcorner COM member writes, "It seems that COM Shepherds are not the only shepherds who do not hide their lights under bushels." Just picture your Vergers at work at the last candle-light vigil.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Brian McLaren: The Episcopal Moment
Must-See TV for Episcopalians

Episcopal Cafe reports on The Episcopal Moment, Brian McLaren's outstanding keynote presentation to the annual convention of the Diocese of Washington, delivered on Saturday, January 31, 2009. This truly is must-see TV for all Episcopalians.

Episcopal Cafe is correct in declaring, "If you have any interest in helping our Church find a way forward in its effort to improve its evangelism, please make the time to watch." Brian McLaren's offering, in its entirety, may be found here. Please watch it all.

Click here to view in Windows Media Player format

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Brian also gave a plenary presentation at the Lambeth Conference, on July 21 , 2008. Although there is no transcript of the session, his notes and powerpoint slides are available.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Five Marks of Mission
The Mission of the Church is the Mission of Christ

It is good from time to time for Episcopopcorners to remember what we are to be about as a Church. The "Five Marks of Mission" as developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990 is a good place to start. These marks are as follows:
  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, and
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
(Bonds of Affection-1984 ACC-6 p49, Mission in a Broken World-1990 ACC-8 p101)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why Should I Be an Episcopalian?
Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori

Bishop Gene Robinson's prayer
at the Inauguration Ceremonies of President Barack H. Obama

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bishop Gene Robinson on The Daily Show with John Stewart
following the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack H. Obama