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June
2004
A perilous crossing
IN A DIMLY LIT shack in Northern Mexico, a group of Mexican migrants huddles silently around the Rev. M. Lucie Thomas.
Seeking dialogue for change
ACROSS THE STREET from the Burger King, the scene changes quickly. On the Arizona side, American prosperity reigns.  In just a short walk, however, a far different world and way of life emerge.
Weathering necessary storms
“Life is like that, I think: a series of storms and calms and never twice the same.”  A reflection of Spirituality in life by The Rev. Anne McConney.
The Peace of Christ
ON MAY 30 we mark the end of the Great 50 Days of Easter with the Feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the infant church. The ending takes us back to the beginning, as one of the gospel readings for the day relates the risen Christ’s encounter on the first Easter Day with his apostles in the upper room.
An interfaith mission
Gospel calls for solidarity with poor
WHEN TOM BUECHELE, vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bisbee, Ariz., and my church home, asked me to accompany a group of 48 clergy and laity headed for Altar in Mexico’s Sonora state to witness migrants preparing to enter the United States, my first instinct was to say “no.” 
Aiding campus ministries
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY students, often living away from home for the first time, face a multitude of new challenges. Even those who were active in church life before arriving on campus are apt to drift away from the habits of regular worship and fellowship.
An unusual harvest
IN THE FALL of 2002 in suburban St. Louis, Hank Johnson prayed in St. David’s Chapel. Its simple sanctuary comprised a white altar, 10 white pews, red carpet, clear windows -- all trimmed in cherry wood. “There was such a special peace, a special reverence to that chapel,” Johnson remembered. But in the background, he could almost hear the whoosh-bam! of the wrecking ball that would raze the buildings of Thompson Retreat Center, on whose campus St. David’s had sat since 1962.
Ugandan children flee nightly for safety
The night was black and silent. The dark clouds were hiding the glow of the stars and moon, which would have penetrated the night of ebony. I could not see my hand in front of my face. A candle dimly lit the building we were approaching, and I could begin to faintly see the shadows of children on the verandah. They were sitting quietly in the dark. The rain had chased them from the grass where they normally slept.
Affirms call for sovereign Israel and Palestine
CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIANS, religious leaders and peace activists issued a stinging rebuke of “the heretical teachings of Christian Zionism” following the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center’s conference “Challenging Christian Zionism: Theology, Politics, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict,” held in Jerusalem April 14-18.
Judged 'Best in Class''
EPISCOPAL LIFE WON 12 awards, including the award of excellence for “Best in Class” among national and international newspapers, at the 2004 Associated Church Press convention in Toronto April 18-21.
Political attitudes changing
A SHIFT IN political attitudes toward criminal justice reform marked the Eighth National Prison Ministry Conference, held in the Diocese of Texas.
Delighting in whimsy
“… it was as if God was talking to me … asking me what it was that I wanted. ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘it would be nice to have a $2 million commission … but not at the expense of making sterile art.’”  Haas said that when he looked again at the piece on his workbench, it had transmogrified itself into a crucifix.
Church finds a PLSE
Such reactions, which have dissuaded many young people from entering the priesthood in recent decades, have caused a critical absence of young clergy for many mainline denominations, including the Episcopal Church. As a result, these churches have developed a new collaborative partnership with the Fund for Theological Education in an effort to reverse the trend and encourage younger people to consider the ordained ministry.
Making Muslim-Christian connections
SIX YEARS AGO, the Rev. Ellen Francis Poisson, OSH, joined the Episcopal-Muslim Relations Committee in the Diocese of New York. Part of the diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, it was a small committee with no budget, she recalled.
Letters to Editor
Episcopal Life welcomes letters and will give preference to those in response to stories. Letters should be no longer than 250 words and must include the writer’s name, address, phone number for verification.
Letter to a patient
The orthopedic surgeon saw you today and said he is worried that your foot infection may have gone to the bone. You will need an MRI and probably surgery.  You will be with us quite a long time.  It makes me angry -- all of this was so totally preventable.
Wake up, Square Johns
"The men I did time with were the men who helped me get my life back. Jerry, Gibby, Skip, Dookie, Albert, Greg, Rodney and Charlie were the men through whom I met God."
Dads bless children for Father's Day
The dads were given three weeks’ notice: “Prepare a blessing for each of your children.”