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December
2005
The British are coming!
In some churches and cathedrals in the United States, Episcopalians have enjoyed a respectable approximation of that sound. But is it the “real thing”? Can America’s best church musicians duplicate the experience for their congregations, with the training and resources available here? Should Episcopal congregations even try? These are some of the questions raised by the recent arrival of several English musicians in high-profile positions in the United States.
Maintaining a partnership
Bishops of the three Gulf Coast dioceses most affected by the damage wrote Nov. 9 to all members of the U.S. House and Senate stating the values the 109th Congress should consider as it addresses more than 150 bills related to hurricane damage.
Reconciling mission in Asia
Praying at Hiroshima’s Peace Park and along Korea’s Demilitarized Zone, at Nanjing’s massacre memorial in China and in Taiwan’s Episcopal cathedral, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold joined in the reconciling mission of those who welcomed him to Asia during his two-week visit in late October.
Report warns against arctic drilling
A new report co-sponsored by the Episcopal Church says President George Bush’s plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would endanger the human rights of the Gwich’in native people, who are overwhelmingly Episcopalians. The report said the drilling plan Congress is considering would threaten a herd of porcupine caribou that are considered sacred by the Gwich’in and are a main source of their food.
Historically significant visit
Two senior executives who accompanied Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold on his visit to Asian nations said the occasion was historically significant for the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Brian Grieves, director of Peace and Justice Ministries, and Margaret Larom, director of Anglican and Global Mission, said Anglicans in Asia treasure the historic connections with the U.S. Episcopal Church.
This old church
Trinity’s Gothic revival structure has been a New Rochelle landmark since 1864. Tiffany windows, named for local founding families, grace the walls.  But the once-thriving downtown declined, and the building suffered as the parish focused its ministry on neighbors in need. “Hundreds of dollars in upkeep became thousands,” said the Rev. Kris Lee, priest associate at Trinity.
Making quality education affordable
An outreach ministry of Grace Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Bethlehem, Grace invites families from all economic, ethnic, religious and social backgrounds to be part of the school community. A major partner in the downtown City Centre Redevelopment Project, the school offers scholarships for families who usually can’t afford a quality Montessori experience for their children.
Shelter after the storm
Days after hurricane Katrina devastated Mississippi and New Orleans in late August, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold met with the director of Episcopal Migration Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York and asked the church’s refugee resettlement arm to respond.
Hurricane haven
Exiled by two hurricanes, Betty Harris journeyed from New Orleans East to Seattle. There, she has begun to put her life back together thanks to the sponsorship of Episcopal Migration Ministries and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.
National nativities
Sixteen years ago, as Lori Amos helped former cathedral docent and private collector Beulah Sommers assemble the first exhibit in the cathedral’s Rare Book Library, she began to realize how many ways there are to tell one story.
A questioning time
The world, we understand now, waited for the birth of Christ. It did not know it was waiting, nor could it have dreamed what it was waiting for. No one of that time could have imagined the massive reshaping of human thought, human history, human spirit what was coming with the birth of a single child -- a reshaping that continues to this day, a reshaping some still see as a threat.
In Review
A selection Advent and Christmas books you’ll not want to miss. Great for gifts, too.
World Christianity under new management?
It's no secret, of course, that Christianity is an international movement. But it is an international movement that has been dominated by Christians in the developed West. Christians from Asia, Africa and Latin America (the region known as the Global South) have taken their cues from the settled churches of Europe and North America.
Reflections from Asia
Having recently returned from a two-week visit to churches in Asia that was a time of discovery and a blessing, I am still in the process of sorting and sifting all that I experienced.  There are reports of the trip elsewhere in this issue.  Here I offer just a few reflections.
Letters to the Editor
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