See with New Eyes – Perhaps

As Sophia Petrillo of Golden Girls tv-fame often said as she was about to tell a story … “Picture this!” Picture this … it’s Sunday morning. You’re in an unfamiliar city. You see an Episcopal Church. Going to Church on Sundays usually gives you “something to hold on to” – strength for the coming week and you…
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First Email from the 2009 Episcopal Convention

Dear Family and Friends, The General Convention is a window into the Episcopal Church. The exhibit hall is one example.  We see the foolish expenditure of lavish booths — some with piles of silver and gold chalices costing thousands and thousands of dollars — displayed in architecturally marvelous booths.  There are also booths of indigenous…
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The Poem Challenges Torture

Katrina’s Dream published a new poem today by Malcolm Boyd about torture in American prisons.  The poem connects torture in our American jails and prisons with Jesus’ suffering.  The publication is timed to encourage the Episcopal Convention in Anaheim this July to pass a resolution asking Congress to outlaw torture in American jails and prisons. …
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A Resolution for General Convention on Indigenous Peoples

Title: Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery Resolved, the House of _____________ concurring, That the 76th General Convention direct The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to write to the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II, urging her majesty to disavow and to repudiate publicly the claimed validity of the doctrine…
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Books to Rock the Church

Books by Maggie Ross Or Recommended by Her Available from George Swanson at: george@katrinasdream.org Free shipping Maggie Ross – Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood, and Spiritual Maturity   $20 “A passionate and searching book which unsparingly sets the Gospel in judgment over the popular Christian idolatries of our time.” – Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury “There…
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Bob Coolidge Remembers July 29, 1974

[The Rev. Robert Coolidge was a friend of Katrina and George Swanson at Harvard/Radcliffe in the early 1950’s, graduating with George in 1955. I’m grateful for his sharing these recollections with Katrina’s Dream. Until we got married Katrina was known by her nickname, Keppy. – George] I don’t clearly recall how Ellen and I got…
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Four Years Ago Bishop Katharine Wrote

The larger church seems to be in a time of some anxiety, but then we seem to live in especially anxious times. I spent a day in mid-June with a roomful of bishops who are enormously concerned about the election of Gene Robinson as bishop coadjutor in New Hampshire, and about the possibility that General…
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Come Light Our Fire

Pentecost 2007 By Tom Ehrich  Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are…
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Curse the Preacher

Dean’s Atonement Talk Resulted in Abuse and Obscenity By Ekklesia Staff Writers 18 Apr 2007 The Anglican Dean of St Albans, Jeffrey John, received many “abusive and obscene” letters from people who objected to his Holy Week talk saying that the cross of Christ was about God bearing suffering, not inflicting it – even though…
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We ARE Different

Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes NY Times article by NICHOLAS WADE April 10, 2007 When it comes to the matter of desire, evolution leaves little to chance. Human sexual behavior is not a free-form performance, biologists are finding, but is guided at every turn by genetic programs. Desire between the…
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In the Name of Jesus

Street Theater at Memorial Spreads Pain, not Morality Mourners approach a demonstrator who stood outside the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center at Norfolk State University, where a memorial service for Sean Williams was held Wednesday. The sign that he and another demonstrator held denounced homosexuality. CHRIS TYREE/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT The Virginian-Pilot © April 6, 2007…
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Alleluia is our Battle Cry

Archbishop of Wales: Easter Fights Racism, Militarism, Nationalism, Sexism and Poverty By Ekklesia staff writers 8 Apr 2007 To believe in the resurrection of Jesus is to be incorporated in a spiritual and political struggle for life against death, empowered by God’s love rather than by the forces of oppression and division, says the Anglican…
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Yea Church!

Lesbian Couple in Wyoming Denied Communion By KATHLEEN MILLER The Associated Press Thursday, April 5, 2007; 2:22 PM GILLETTE, Wyo. — Leah Vader and Lynne Huskinson, a lesbian couple who got married in Canada last August, sent a letter recently to their state legislator decrying a Wyoming bill that would deny recognition of same-sex marriages….
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Prediction: No Break Up!

In spite of what Peter Akinola tells Rowan Williams the Anglican Communion will not break up. What is the future of the Anglican Communion? I was asked this recently by a thoughtful observer of our laundry yard. Two things convince me that the Anglican world will not break up. After all it was founded in…
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Homophobic Bill

Progress Halted on Same-Sex Bill in Nigeria By Ekklesia Staff Writers 30 Mar 2007 The progress of a bill in Nigeria that that would impose brutal penalties on shows of affection between lesbian and gay people has been halted in the face of national elections in the country. It has been suggested that the Same…
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38 Points of View

Reports from the Provinces The Facilitator of the Listening Process has collated relevant research studies, statements, resolutions and other material on human sexuality from the various Provinces. Summaries of the responses are here available for study, discussion and reflection across the Communion. For the summaries click on: http://www.aco.org/listening/reports/provinces.cfm This was called for by ACC 13…
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The Bishop of Botswana

The Anglican Communion: Crisis and Opportunity BISHOP MUSONDA TREVOR SELWYN MWAMBA MAR. 26, 2007 — The following is the text of a speech by Bishop Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba of Botswana, delivered at a recent meeting of the Ecclesiastical Law Society. Far too many preachers and speakers find themselves in the position of having too…
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It Might Help

Email the Most Rev. Peter Akinola Ask Him to Stop Persecuting Gays See the Ekklesia Article Below His web site gives the following email address: The Rev. Canon Akintunde A. Popoola 24 Douala Street, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, Nigeria. Tel:+234 9 5236950, 5230987, 5230989 Fax: +234 9 5231527 E-mail: communicator1@anglican-nig.org Tell us what you think…
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USA Bishops

Bishops Comment on Invitation To Archbishop of Canterbury, Other Actions News conference held at close of House of Bishops’ spring meeting By Jerry Hames and Nan Cobbey, March 22, 2007 [Episcopal News Service] In a news conference on March 21 that immediately followed the semi-annual meeting of the Episcopal House of Bishops near Houston, Texas,…
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New Hampshire Reports

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Gene A Letter to the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire from your Bishop March 21, 2007 I write to you on the last day of the week-long meeting of the House of Bishops, in Navasota, Texas. While an official “word to the church” will come from the House as a…
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