The Road Not Taken: My Letter to the Editor at Episcopal Cafe

Recently, Amy Haynie, the editor of Episcopal Cafe, promised in a post that if readers provide feedback, they will get a response. That is simply not true, as I have written Amy privately with my concerns about the publication, and have sent both comments and an op-ed to her, only to be met with passive-aggressive silence. So, below… Read More »

Episcopal Cafe Faces Calls to Close over Moderation Issues

Some time ago, I wrote about the possibility that Episcopal Cafe, the independent news and commentary blog that serves the Episcopal church, is dying. The post can be found here. Recent events suggest that may indeed be the case, with some commenters even calling for the platform to close. The recent uproar involved the Daily Sip, a meditative piece by Charles LaFond.… Read More »

Anglican Bishop Discovers Abuse Hotline Doesn’t Work

Imagine you’re a police officer in a small town. Crime’s far from rampant, but most nights you get dispatched on several calls. Depending on the weather or local events, you might have times when you don’t get a lot of calls. Maybe you even go a day or two sometimes with no calls. But if you didn’t get… Read More »

ACNA Draws Criticism from Former Diocese Over LGBTQ Inclusion

Schism begets schism. That’s the reality that now faces dissident “Anglicans” in North America, following a Pastoral Letter from American Convocation of Anglicans in North America (ACNA) bishops that suggested tolerance, if not acceptance, of LGBTQ members. (ACNA comprises groups that have left the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church, and is not part of the… Read More »

Ft. Worth Supreme Court Decision Should Be a Governance Wakeup Call to TEC

Earlier today, the US Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to loyalist factions seeking to maintain Episcopal control over church assets in the Ft. Worth area. As a result, dissident factions how have unquestioned control of formerly Episcopal assets, thanks to a Texas Supreme Court decision that grants property to the dissidents. While the outcome is painful for… Read More »

Further Reflections on the Max Debacle

Earlier today, I was a participant in the Zoom meeting with +Budde and Randy Hollerith over the Max Lucado debacle. Here are my thoughts: Bishop Budde was far more convincing than Randy Hollerith. Specifically, +Budde opens up and becomes vulnerable as she discusses this mess. Randy seems very much the narcissist who has learned responses by rote, and… Read More »

What if Churches Took Lent Seriously?

From the earliest days of Christianity, the church has treated Lent as a time of prayer, penance, and preparation for the Paschal feast of Easter. But in recent years, it seems like Lent has become much like making New Years’ resolutions: A sort of whimsical exercise where, for example, we give up chocolate for a few weeks, safe… Read More »

Online Services will Be Suicide for Many Episcopal Churches

One of the moves many churches, in all denominations, have made in response to the pandemic is the move to virtual services, either streamed live or pre-recorded. But there is reason to be wary, for some, myself included, believe that streaming services will, in the not-distant future, prove fatal for many parishes. Origin of the Parish Before we… Read More »