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November
2004
Praying with children
When participants in a Christian education conference wanted their children included in the daily Eucharist, Chaplain Robyn Szoke sat with some of the youngsters to discern their role. Led by the children’s stories, the conversation turned to healing and, soon, to planning a healing service.
Small accommodations make big difference
Not every church invites a Scripture-explaining superhero to entice children to worship. But from cathedrals to neighborhood churches to schools, religious and educational leaders are finding ways to make corporate worship comfortable for children.
Calls for ‘regret’ on all sides
The 17-member commission that produced the report, led by the primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames, was asked specifically to examine and report on ways in which the 38 Anglican and Episcopal provinces can “relate to one another in situations where the ecclesiastical authorities of one province feel unable to maintain the fullness of communion with another part of the Anglican Communion.”
Hitting the Hill
“Now is the time to move from dialogue to the next level,” he said. “An important part of that transition is to have groups outside of Congress come together around a core set of principles for health-care reform. The religious community is a vital part of that effort."
Durbin said he urged Persell to reach out to other faith communities to work toward a common solution.
No longer a stick-in-the-mud
Today, St. Bart’s serves 4,000 active members and is one of the fastest growing Episcopal churches in the country. According to its leaders, growth happened because the parish affirmed and maintained its own deep Anglican tradition. This included a commitment to radical welcome; a conscious outreach to the unchurched to “meet people where they are;” strengthened and diversified worship; excellence in church music and education; and re-establishment of its connection with the city.
Hope behind bars
In a country named for the savior and marked by the stigmata of suffering, the Anglican Church is trying to make an indelible mark on the poor and marginalized.
Confronting Honduran hopelessness
Organized crime, gang violence, hunger and unemployment are serious threats to any neighborhood, but in the capital city of Honduras, these are mere symptoms of a deeper, more deadly malady: hopelessness.  And it’s hopelessness that Suzy McCall has been confronting for 14 years.
Since you asked...
The Rev. Canon Francis C. Zanger, D.Min, priest associate and pastoral counselor of the Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston, S.C., responds.
A holy clutter
I repacked the books gently in a new, clean box -- and of course I looked through them first. And I began to understand, as I hadn’t before, that the reason such things can’t be thrown away is not because of their sentimental value but because of their stories.
Stitching up God's love
Lance Moody and others who knit prayer shawls give them to people who need and want the prayers of others, she said. “You want them to feel surrounded by prayer. And this is such a physical way for them to be surrounded by prayer."
Do we really need a hurricane?
In spite of the external appearance of returning order, the internal scars of trauma and loss will take a very long time to heal. Endurance in the days ahead will be required, in full measure and then some.
Jesus likes our coffee hour
He likes to come to our coffee hour.  I’ve seen him there quite a bit.  Ordinarily, one or two of us stop to say hello – introduce ourselves, welcome him, offer him coffee before we move on to another table.  When all the tables are full, we join him.  We look his way after someone makes a comment, wondering if he has any input. He usually doesn’t.
London Calling
No report can quite capture the precarious state of the Anglican Communion today. If you think this conflict simply represents a déjà vu moment of what greeted women’s ordination, I’m not sure you’re counting Anglican primates’ miters adequately.
A Department of Peace?
In this dangerous world, where the strength of the United States is needed to keep the peace, we need a visible manifestation of our intention to play that role, without the arrogance that cost us friends and allies among the nations and peoples of the world.
Letters
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