Outside the Locked Doors of the Cathedral, A Call for Justice


They came, hundreds strong, standing in the spring sunshine. They were young and old, working class and middle class, union and nonunion, white and black and brown. There were Muslims and Jews, Christians and nonbelievers, Unitarians and Baptists and Lutherans. There was a sprinkling of Episcopalians, the usual suspects: the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Ministry, … Continue reading Outside the Locked Doors of the Cathedral, A Call for Justice

The Bishop’s Election


It's December in Columbia, which means that it's either sunny and hot or cold and rainy or both. The rest of the world is caught up in the spirit of Retailmas Christmas, while Episcopalians in Upper South Carolina gather in an Advent gray hope. Hope that their beloved Church will overcome the forces of secession, … Continue reading The Bishop’s Election

Father Waldo Explains His Reference to Excommunication


(This post is slightly revised from the earlier edition, after a couple of editing errors were corrected. We are saved by Grace, not by works, thanks be to God!)In an effort to become as notorious a false prophet as Balaam and Simon Magus, I decided to predict the relative chances of the candidates for Bishop. In that … Continue reading Father Waldo Explains His Reference to Excommunication

Handicapping the Bishop’s Candidates


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

The Bishop Candidate: The Very Reverend John B. Burwell Part 5 Lunch at Queen Anne’s Revenge


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

The Bishop Candidates: The Very Reverend Dr. Philip C. Linder


The Search Committee produced a slate of five candidates from which the Diocesan delegates, it hoped, would select the eighth Bishop of Upper South Carolina. A group of those delegates (three clergy, three lay) submitted a petition to include a sixth, The Very Reverend Dr. Philip C. Linder, Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Columbia. (Another disclosure … Continue reading The Bishop Candidates: The Very Reverend Dr. Philip C. Linder

The Bishop Candidate: The Reverend Jerre Stockton Williams, Jr.


Thanks to Mark for noting that a combination of human imperfection, fatigue, single malt scotch and dyslexia had resulted in the deletion of Fr. William's last name in the original post. This is the corrected edition. The incarnation of the Word of God means God’s self-communication in Jesus Christ. There is a reflection of the … Continue reading The Bishop Candidate: The Reverend Jerre Stockton Williams, Jr.

The Bishop Candidates: The Reverend W. Andrew Waldo


Theological liberalism, is according The Encyclopedia Britannica, “a form of religious thought that establishes religious inquiry on the basis of a norm other than the authority of tradition.” The Catholic Encyclopedia describes it as “certain tendencies in the intellectual, religious, political, and economical life, which implied a partial or total emancipation of man from the … Continue reading The Bishop Candidates: The Reverend W. Andrew Waldo

The Bishop Candidates: The Reverend David. F. O. Thompson


The Reverend David F. O. Thompson is Rector of St. Bartholomew's, North Augusta, South Carolina. He has been part of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina since his arrival at St. Bartholomew's and during his long ministry there St. Bartholomew's has grown into a solid, mature Christian ministry. [Full disclosure: I have known Fr. Thompson … Continue reading The Bishop Candidates: The Reverend David. F. O. Thompson