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January
2005
Getting the words out
Under the auspices of the Washington National Cathedral the literacy program was founded in 1986 to provide instruction in basic literacy skills -- reading, writing and mathematics -- to children and adults. The program has about 200 tutors on its books and is still growing.
Better literacy leads to better life
While the benefits of literacy are clear, about half of the U.S. population could use significant improvement. Recognizing this need, various ministries of the Episcopal Church began building literacy skills in their communities.
Post-aloha interrogation
Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold sat amidst 24 sophomores from the Basic Christianity class at St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls in Honolulu as they peppered him with questions. The visit to the 504-student, kindergarten through 12th grade diocesan school, founded in 1867 by Queen Emma of Hawaii, launched the presiding bishop’s six-day pastoral visit to the island Diocese of Hawaii in early December.
Rosemari Sullivan returning home
“Wrapped around her deep spirituality and Benedictine discipline are gifts of brilliance, vision, courage, leadership and a delicious sense of humor, a much-valued colleague and source of wisdom over the years that she has served."
Strengthening U.S.-African ties
"We want to see a communion of people from different backgrounds but focusing on Christ and seeking the Kingdom of God, and a community which is characterized by Christian love: a community that is not -- shall we say -- judging each other, a community which is committed to praying for each other and to minding the needs of one another.”
Easing the tension
The center is run by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and are designed to keep children from being exposed to anger and ugliness when their parents’ relationships end while enabling them to maintain contact with both parents.
A growing friendship
The mission trip marked a new chapter in a cross-continental relationship. For 13 years, Trinity Church has supported the mission and ministry of  Kaduna Archbishop Josiah Fearon.
Transfiguring its worship
The church and its community have been enriched by the rapid influx of growth -- from average Sunday attendance of 48 in 1995 to 108 in 2003 -- Harrelson says. “By pooling our time, talent and treasure, we were able to do more service and ministry with and to the community.”
Humble recipe for detailed artwork
“I ‘steal’ ideas from nature,” she explains. “I incorporate photographs and images, and I design around fabric remnants using yarn left over from my weaving.” The result, however, is like trifle: A humble recipe for leftover cake became a chi-chi dessert.
A game of 'I believe'
When did we begin to believe that we could define ourselves not by what we stand for but by what we stand against? When did our faith become so uncertain that it requires agreement by everyone else? When did it become appropriate to apply any vile term we could think of to others of God’s children -- and all in the name of righteousness? We are standing bewildered in a barren and grotesque landscape, captives self-delivered to a place we never thought to be.
A taste for story telling
Essays and poems produced in these postprandial sessions have been gathered into a volume aptly titled Food for the Soul. The well-reviewed book was excerpted in The New York Times and featured on NBC’s Today show.
A Pilgrim's progress
What a privilege it was to have that time to be fully in the present moment, whether it was struggling up a hill, thrilling at the sight of spring wildflowers and snow-covered mountains, tending to a blister or even doing laundry. The journey was a prayer, undistracted by e-mail, the phone or worries about deadlines, a time of gentle nearness to God.
Please forgive me
Please forgive me, gay members of the Episcopal Church, for my default setting of apathy about heterosexual sins. I know, from conversations with you, that you feel like scapegoats when conservatives bemoan crumbling commitments to the demands of Christian marriage. I’ve rarely had anything to say about no-fault divorce, serial monogamy, Internet porn or fornication.
All needed at the table
In recent months, it has come as a surprise to many to realize that the Anglican Communion’s official  instruments of unity ( i.e., the decision-making bodies -- the archbishop of Canterbury, the primates, the bishops, members of the Anglican Consultative Council) include only 30 women among a membership of 800. There are, of course, many reasons for this.
Some New Year's thoughts
From Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold
So often in our prayer we ask for answers. When answers don’t drop out of the sky, we are afraid our prayer has gone unheeded.  However, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel reminds us that the purpose of prayer is not information but communion. The fruit of our prayer is often not what we expect, nor does it come in the form we asked for.  We might pray earnestly for quiet confidence and find ourselves continuing to feel anxious. 
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