From Archbishop Beach: On the “Marriage Pledge”

Grace and peace to you in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord!!! I hope this email finds you well and walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.  I am writing from Sydney where I just arrived after an incredible time of ministry in South East Asia (Singapore, Kuching, and Yangon).  More on that another time.

 

A foundation for financial health and wellness

[Seminary of the Southwest] Stephanie Knott will testify that staying debt-free while attending a private graduate school is almost as challenging as the coursework.
During her first year at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, Knott commuted from her home in San Marcos to Austin for classes, then to New Braunfels for her day job and back again to Austin for her overnight job. Sometimes she would be awake for 24 hours straight.

 

Jon Stratton to serve Trinity, St. Louis

The Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church (St. Louis/Diocese of Missouri) is very happy to announce that The Rev. Jon Stratton has accepted the call to be the next Rector at Trinity. The Rev. Stratton will be starting at Trinity in January 2015. He is currently the Executive Director of The Episcopal Service Corps STL (The Deaconess Anne House) and a priest associate at Christ Church Cathedral.

 

A NYT profile piece on Sister Lisa Maurer—Living an Upright Life, as a Nun and a Coach

The celebration after the College of St. Scholastica won its fourth consecutive conference football championship resembled an extended family gathering this month. Oblivious to the numbing cold, players, coaches, family members and students lingered on the field, exchanging hugs and posing with the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship banner.

In the midst of it, Mike Lehmann, a beefy reserve offensive lineman, approached an assistant coach with a request. “Coach, my mom wants a picture,” he said.

 

General Seminary Mediation Process Underway with Formation of Logistics Committee

A further step in the Organizational Mediation Process by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at the General Theological Seminary took place on Thursday, November 20, with the first meeting of the Logistics Committee via conference call facilitated by Bill Blank, the LMPC Associate Director.

The 14 members of the Logistics Committee represent all stakeholders in the GTS community: current students, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees members, spouses and partners, and alumni. Each member of the committee was appointed by their respective group.

 

John Partridge—Six Degrees of Social Media Separation

In the last few decades, there has been much talk about “Six Degrees of Separation,” which is the idea that any person in the world can be introduced to any other person in the world, by being introduced through our networks of friends. Statisticians have demonstrated that anyone in the US can be introduced to almost anyone else in the US by going through only two or three friends. But as often as we hear such things, it is still amazing when it happens “in real life.”

 

ACNA Primate: Don’t sign marriage pledge for now

An email circulating.  Received via an ACNA friend.

Grace and peace to you in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord!!! I hope this email finds you well and walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.  I am writing from Sydney where I just arrived after an incredible time of ministry in South East Asia (Singapore, Kuching, and Yangon).  More on that another time.

 

Presiding Bishop applauds Obama immigration amnesty

However, the President's plans may not go far enough

 

Sorry, President Obama: Scripture Doesn’t Support Amnesty

So President Obama is quoting Scripture to make his case for amnesty. I just knew the separation-of-church-and-state crowd would be up in arms today with shouts of protest—wait, there aren’t any. No scathing posts. No statement from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Oh, right, this is a Democratic president, so it’s okay. His reference to Exodus 22:1 and 23:9 is perfectly acceptable.

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