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April
2005
Recalling its birth
Fifteen years ago this month, a vision for a new national publication to strengthen the faith of Episcopalians and offer encouragement to those who wanted to know more about this church became a reality.
Behind the scenes
The stories behind the stories, told and untold.
Monitor and advocate
The Board of Governors, with one representative from each of the church’s nine provinces, was established by Executive Council in 1990 to: "monitor Episcopal Life in regard to editorial and advertising policy for compliance and fairness in usage"
Creating space, preserving unity
The five-page communiqué requested that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada “voluntarily withdraw” their representatives from the Anglican Consultative Council, the communion’s main legislative body, until the next Lambeth Conference in 2008.
Bishops’ consecrations on hold
The bishops’ covenant encourages all dioceses now in that process to delay elections of bishops until at least 120 days before General Convention, even though that may mean hardship. They state, “[W]e believe that Christian community requires us to share the burdens of such forbearance; thus it must pertain to all elections of bishops in the Episcopal Church.”
Stop religious divisions
The people of the world no longer can afford to let religion and religious leaders divide them, former Secretary of State and U.N. Representative Madeleine Korbel Albright told the annual gathering of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes in New York.
Antiracism through relationship
The Racial Reconciliation group marks a five-year relationship between the congregations of St. Andrew’s and St. Augustine’s -- two very different Episcopal churches in Kansas City.
Our forgotten companion
From the beginning, this mission had a new impetus: There was opportunity to know firsthand what the tsunami damage had been in Myanmar and perhaps to help the church aid its people.
Recalling Civil Rights struggle
Now, 50 years later, times have changed. On a Sunday afternoon in January, the couple could scarcely find a place to sit in their Pontiac, Mich., church. Fortunately, seats down front were reserved for the Craigs and three other longtime African American members: Malissa Brice, Reatha Williams, and David Williams. In fact, it was their stories that 450 people came to hear.
Burying the past
The Children of Abraham Project began as an invitation to listen to one another’s personal stories -- stories of being misunderstood and of experiencing prejudice and the religious persecution that often accompanies minorities within a majority culture.
Voices of Jerusalem
A black foster child from a broken and dysfunctional home in New York who spent little time in one neighborhood or one school, Grimes spent hours reading children’s books in the local library. “Books were my soul’s delight,” she says.
Work hard to be read easily
Could we write the history of our church in terms of its distractions? I wonder. Is it arguable that over the last century we have devoted more energy to reflecting on the nature of the church than to doing its work? Do our actions across the years suggest that we are more in love with God or with what we say about God?
Ode to Spot
I still believe in heaven and hell and in God’s grace as expressed through Jesus’ death on the cross. But with Spot’s death, for whatever reason, I’m finding those beliefs challenged and stretched. I agree with those Christians who have argued that our redemption rubs off, in essence, on our entire household.
Healing from guilt
The first time I entered the abbey, I began to have terrible visions of my last conversation with Billy. At worship services, I couldn’t stop the sobs that wracked me and the tears that flowed down my cheeks. I hadn’t healed at all. I had only painted over the scarring that was on my soul. I held myself responsible for Billy’s death. I was responsible for Billy’s death.
Living the mystery of resurrection
Light is a constant symbol throughout Scripture of God’s presence.  In the Gospel of John, the incarnation of the Word is described in terms of light: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Later on in the same Gospel, Jesus proclaims himself “the light of the world?”
Letters to the 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. Pictures are welcome. Send to Letters, Episcopal Life , 815 Second Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017; or e-mail to letters@episcopal-life.org. All letters will be edited for brevity and clarity.