In these last few days before the delegates of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina choose their eighth Bishop, the tension is palpable. Little knots of people gather around coffee urns or in parking lots whispering, worrying, wondering. The Episcopal Church, as its name implies, takes on the personalities of its Bishops. So Diocesan … Continue reading Handicapping the Bishop’s Candidates
I knew this was going to happen. I told my staff this was going to happen. I told our grants officer this was going to happen. I hate it when I'm right.When my organization received a recovery grant last spring to expand AmeriCorps programs in the Upstate, the staff groused about the duplicative and confusing … Continue reading Why Recovery.gov Sucks So Badly
Proper 28B/Ordinary 33B/Pentecost 24November 15, 2009From Certainty to FaithDaniel 12:1-3 Hebrews 10:11-25Mark 13:1-8I used to run my fingers over its embossed cover. Like a secret cipher, the raised relief contained a hidden universe: where days were years and beasts were kings and numbers didn't add up the way they do on an adding machine tape. … Continue reading The 24th Sunday After Pentecost Year B
The Lambeth Conference, that diennial display of purple that purportedly defines who is Anglican and who is not, made a promise at its 1988 gathering: to “listen pastorally to the experience of homosexual persons and ... to assure them that they are loved by God...” and to “minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of … Continue reading The Bishops Candidates: Will They Speak Out Against Uganda?
This morning the United States Army said that the suspect in the mass murder at Fort Hood shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before shooting. Of course, yesterday the Army said that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was dead, but now says he's not quite, so perhaps the Army's grasp of the facts is not yet firm. Still, let's say that it's … Continue reading Allahu Akbar!
Father Burwell has responded to my post in two emails sent last night. Rather than take any of what he said out of context, I will print them in their entirety below. Dear Tim,Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit better today and I appreciated your kind report … Continue reading Father Burwell Responds
The Very Reverend John B. Burwell,wrote to me after one of my posts and told me that I had misunderstood him. Some of our email exchange was posted here. We agreed to meet for lunch today to sit down in person and try to understand each other.We met at Queen Anne's Revenge, a pirate-themed restaurant … Continue reading The Bishop Candidate: The Very Reverend John B. Burwell Part 5 Lunch at Queen Anne’s Revenge
Both of my non-Episcopalian readers are now gone, bored by two solid weeks of all Bishop's race all the time. So now for something completely different: Boeing comes to South Carolina. Like everybody else with a Twitter account my inbox quickly filled up Wednesday with dozens of messages from politicos taking credit for bringing "3800 … Continue reading Is the Boeing 787 an Edsel or a BMW?