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November
2006
A fiery tragedy
Fire destroyed the inside of St. Aidan’s, the Diocese of Milwaukee’s newest church building, in the early morning of Sept. 30. A parishioner alerted the Rev. Michael Tess, who arrived to find the church in flames and the windows of his car, parked nearby, smashed.
Watch it
The investiture of Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori at Washington National Cathedral at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 will be webcast by the Episcopal Church's communication office in collaboration with Washington National Cathedral.
First churchwide gathering
During the first churchwide gathering in the 32 years since women were admitted to the orders of priest and bishop, ordained women were urged to become strong and compassionate leaders and to imagine transforming the Episcopal Church.
Griswold reflects on term
In his first words at his investiture as the 25th presiding bishop, Griswold looked beyond these issues to the larger challenge of living out mission -- rebuilding relationships with each other and with God.
She found her call
Griswold spearheaded the creation of a global Anglican women’s network and of Anglican Women’s Empowerment, an organization that enables women from throughout the Anglican Communion to attend the annual meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Following genocide’s trail
She says she has no nightmares about stepping over human bones strewn on the ground.  She says she wasn’t traumatized by her trip to Rwanda to learn why one group of people killed another. But 16-year-old Mallika Kandelwhal is not your average American high school student.
Since you asked...
The Rev. Louis Weil of Church Divinity School of the Pacific responds:
Testament in tapestry
An art project launched in a small South African town is giving North Americans an appreciation for the scope of the AIDS epidemic and the resilience of Africans who cope daily with the loss of family members and the resulting turmoil in their communities.
A ‘short’ project
The Saint Helena Breviary: Personal Edition provides the complete text of the Order of St. Helena’s revised breviary -- or monastic prayer book -- with the Daily Office set up as it is in The Book of Common Prayer and the 150 psalms and lectionary printed in order in the back of the book.
Literary waiting
Perhaps it’s that desire to create the channel that sends people to devotional books each Advent. We set aside a little time for sacred reading during the days of one of the church’s holy seasons in hopes that Christ will come into our hearts and that we’ll recognize him.
Preferring the crucifix
I have been shopping for a new crucifix but have not found one to my liking. I saw many crosses -- silver, gold, filigreed, laurel-leafed and even plain wood. But somehow I was never satisfied and noted that I preferred a crucifix.
Twelve steps ascending
Recovery is far more than simply abstinence. Indeed, if persons do not get beyond abstinence to that awakening, they are not likely to maintain abstinence.
Encountered by the Word
May we indeed be people of prayer, and may Christ the Word speak to the depths of our hearts.  And may we as a church continue to grow into the full maturity of the one in whom all has been reconciled and made whole.
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