"This book is in some way a continuation of what I had started in [The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb]. It is an expansion of the last chapter, `Liturgy as Spiritual Discipline for Leadership in a Multicultural Community.' .... In this book, I attempt to provide a theological justification for developing multicultural communities". -- Preface, p. ix.
Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgements -- A Fire that Consumed: The 1992 Los Angeles Riots -- The Bush Was Blazing, But Not Consumed: In Search of God in the Fire -- Fire as Divine Judgment and Purification -- Obsession over the Unholy Fire -- The Golden Calf Syndrome -- Up and Down the Tower Babel: Another Vision of a Multicultural Community -- Coming Down from Our Tower of Babel: Examining Our Ethnocentrism -- Tending the Burning Bush on Level Ground: Maintaining Ethnorelativism -- Today I Set Before You Life and Death .. Choose Life ! -- Lighting, Sanctifying, and Maintaining the Holy Fire Through Dialogue -- Differences in Communication Styles and the Dialogue Process -- Dialogue as Liturgy -- Appendix A; An Intercultural Dialogue/Worship Service -- Appendix B: A Five-Session Intercultural Dialogue Program -- Appendix C: A Dialogue Process: Focusing on Differences in Communication Styles -- Appendix D: Techniques for Managing a Bilingual Gathering -- Appendix E: Teaching a Congregation to Sing a New Song.
The author is an ordained Episcopal priest currently licensed to the diocese of New Westminster.
An interview with Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American to hold the position of Presiding Bishop, conducted during July 2016 when Bishop Curry attended General Synod as a guest. Asked if he sees a role for the church in building bridges between people at this time in America, he responded: "The church -- followers of Jesus -- are in the bridge-building business. God built a bridge between divinity and humanity in Jesus. Reconciliation isn't just singing 'Kumbaya' and everyone being nice. [It is about' working through our differences honestly and with integrity, and sometimes repenting of where our differences or my differences or yours [have] actually hurt relationships and not helped the human family". Asked about the ongoing race violence in America he said: "There's a deep sadness for such pain and horror to be inflicted on the children of God. Everybody is somebody's child .. When violence takes life, no matter who they are, there is somebody at home weeping". Asked "How should the Canadian church work through the aftermath of the marriage canon vote ?" he replied: "Whatever you do, do it in the name of love .. In his last discourse at the Last Supper [John 13-17], Jesus talked about love, over and over again. 'By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another'. He didn't say that you agree with one another .. [that] you like one another, but that you love one another".
"The Decade of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation that has been undertaken by the Native Peoples of the Episcopal Church in America is a marvelous effort. It has opened up an opportunity for us to move into a new time and place where we can free our spirits from the great burden of anger that being the oppressed of a colonial expansion has afflicted upon us. We have come to a place of choice, a place of spiritual freedom where we have a choice to no longer be encumbered by the tremendous spiritual and psychological burden that the human rights crimes heaped upon us in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries" (p. 38). "So bring your good heart and let us set off on a journey of reconciliation. It will be a journey we will never forget or regret. The livability of the world depends on all of us together, beginning now. We need to make this journey together to parent a better world for all who will follow after. We need to make this journey together to remind ourselves that it was forgiveness and persistent nonviolent confronting of the issues that made India free. We need to remember and that it was the wholesale forgiveness on a cross by a dying Messiah that gifted us with the beautiful possibility of an eternity together with our God. So get up from your comfortable chair, it is time to begin. This paper is an invitation into a reconciled, loving and peaceful world. It is an invitation to take all the wisdom we have gathered as we come to this point in our lives and use it to recreate, with God's help, a loving kingdom here on earth. This paper is prayerfully written to honor and add energy to the Decade of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation as declared by the Episcopal Council of Indian Ministries. It is time now that native prophecies of a peaceful world are voiced and heard by all (p. 47)."
Author "is an Ojibwe priest from the Diocese of Minnesota".
"The 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A. (ECUSA), met in Minneapolis from 30 July - 8 August . The focus for the 10-day gathering was Engaging God's Mission and the Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, explained how the Prayer Book makes it quite clear that the mission of the church is `to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ'." One of the primary media focuses for the Convention was the confirmation of the election of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as diocesan bishop of New Hampshire. "At the opening news conference, Bishop Griswold emphasised the importance of listening to the church's `diverse center'. `One thing I am deeply aware of in our churches is what I like to call the `diverse center' in which different perspectives say, like it or not, we are members of one body and that is our larger value,' he said. `It is unfortunate that most of the air time is claimed by those on either extreme'." The Convention had a strong emphasis on mission and particularly on the 20/20 movement in the Episcopal Church. On 31 July 2003 the Presiding Bishop held a forum on Global Reconciliation at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral which was attended by nearly 1,000 people. "As the Convention drew to a close, ECUSA decided that it is not ready to authorise creating liturgies to bless same-sex unions but recognised that local blessings already take place". "The General Convention illustrated a church that is dedicated to unity, prayer and reflection, peace and love." "[A]s a first time attendee of the General Convention, I found ECUSA to be a listening church, but more importantly one that is genuine and sincere in its commitment to Engaging God's Mission".
Contents: Contributors -- Preface / Barbara Braver, Editor -- The Magnanimity of Reconciliation / Desmond Tutu -- Taste and See / Ellen F. Davis -- Emmaus: Christ between / Rowan Williams -- God's Life with Us: Reconciling the Irreconcilable / Kathryn Tanner -- A Fresh Look at the Synod of Whitby: A Mark of Unity and Reconciliation / Esther de Waal -- Trinitarian Life: The Source of Reconciliation / Mark McIntosh -- A Letter from a Friend / Jenny Te Paa -- A Challenge for Seminaries: Preparing Leaders for a Ministry of Reconciliation / Martha Horne -- The Church as an Agent of Reconciliation: A Practical View / Brian J. Grieves -- A Small, Good Thing / Peter S. Hawkins -- Sacramental Aspects of Reconciliation: Impaired Communion and Eschatological Hope / Louis Weil -- A Friend for the Journey: A Guide along the Way / Luci Shaw -- The Concept of Paradox: A Paradigm of Reconciliation / J. Robert Wright -- Truth and Unity: Justice and Reconciliation / Njongonkulu Ndungane -- Called to Reconciliation: The Challenge of Globalization and the Anglican Communion / Ian T. Douglas -- Making Way for the Image of God: A Spirituality of Reconciliation / Denise M. Ackermann -- Love in a Culture of Fear / Margaret R. Miles -- Praying in Community: Becoming Our Truest Selves / Michael Battle -- Engaging Friendship as a Christian Value in Philippians / Cynthia Briggs Kittredge -- God's Conditional Love: The Inner Work of Reconciliation / Curtis G. Almquist -- The Scribe Instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven / John Haughey -- Reconciling Generations / M. Thomas Shaw -- A Letter from Africa / Esther Mombo -- Laces Just Right: Frank Griswold and the Ethics of Reconciliation -- Afterword / George Werner -- Afterword / Peter Lee.
An address given at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, 30 January 2000. "That's what Jubilee reminds us of -- that we are called to be free of our inhospitable past and are given the chance to start all over again ... because we have experienced forgiveness. It doesn't just happen every twenty-five years ... but it doesn't hurt to be reminded of it at each Jubilee. It doesn't hurt to be reminded at each Jubilee that whatever it was, God's hospitality -- God's act of drawing near to us in forgiveness -- is more powerful than the very worst that was back there."
"In July, 1997 the 72nd General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed Resolution 1997-035 in Philadelphia. The resolution designated the decade 1997-2007 as the 'Decade of Remembrance, Recognition, and Reconciliation'. It called for each diocese to 'take such steps as necessary to fully recognize and welcome Native Peoples into congregational life, which will include a special effort toward developing an outreach partnership among urban Native Peoples'. The resolution called for $30,000 in funding for the triennium for use in planning appropriate celebrations, events, and materials for the Decade of Remembrance, Recognition, and Reconciliation. Named 'The New Covenant at Jamestown', this decidedly bold move by the Episcopal Church was intended to reconcile relationships among all Episcopalians, including indigenous peoples. However, in the years that followed, little happened". "As the Decade of Remembrance, Recognition, and Reconciliation winds down, it is not easy to think about being reconciled with a church that seems to make promises it has difficulty keeping. What is the nature of reconciliation among peoples whose relationship for the last 400 years has been built on 'a trail of broken promises' ? The purpose of this article is to explore three questions: 1. What is reconciliation ? 2. What does reconciliation mean to Native people ? 3. What does reconciliation with the church mean ?" "The abuses of Native people committed in the name of Christ through the Anglican Communion are well documented, even predictable, given the pejorative language used by James I in the Jamestown Charter. Many English did not even recognize our people as human beings, never mind as peers in God's eyes. They acted accordingly. Nevertheless, on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 1997 at a shrine on the site of the first Anglican Eucharist in the colony 'A Covenant of Faith: the Episcopal Church's Apology for the Church's Treatment of Native Americans' was signed by Natives and non-Natives as a step toward healing. The event inaugurated the Decade of Remembrance, Recognition, and Reconciliation leading to the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in 1607. How are we supposed to move forward in this reconciliation when, as previously mentioned, it seems difficult to find funding for it ?"
The Christian ministry of reconciliation is rooted in the biblical accounts of Jesus. Baptism and eucharist, the paschal sacraments,a re the primary sacraments of reconciliation, and other rites must be seen in their light. The [Episcopal] Book of Common Prayer 1979 includes a service entitled "The Reconciliation of Penitents", for the first time in 400 years.
This book "is a companion, a work-book, meant to accompany the users through the process of coming to understand repentance and forgiveness, and through the process of self-examination until they are ready to make a confession covering their whole life and receive the gift of a new beginning in their relationship with God. Ministers will be able to use the book as a source of guidelines for helping others prepare for confession, but it has been designed to meet the needs of lay people who have no immediate access to personal guidance from someone with experience in this area". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface dated Cambridge, Mass., June 1985 / Martin L. Smith, SSJE -- The Power to Forgive -- The Sacrament of Reconciliation -- Understanding Conversion -- Preparing Your First Confession -- Making Your First Confession -- Appendix A: Some Guidelines for Meditation on Scripture Passages -- Appendix B: A Brief History of the Rite of Reconciliation.
Author is an Episcopal priest and member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.
"Published in association with the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute, Collegeville, Minnesota."
Includes bibliographic references but no index.
A collection of 14 chapters/papers by 12 authors, several of them Episcopalian including editor Nancy Myer Hopkins and contributor Chilton Knudsen.
"Experts in a variety of fields describe the nature of the damage to churches [when a pastor is guilty of sexual misconduct] and assess what can be done about it. This book is about crises and long-term healing strategies for damaged congregations that will restore them to being healthy communities of faith." -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Roman Paur, Executive Director, Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute -- Introduction -- Acknowledgements -- Part One: Primary Victims-Survivors and Offenders -- "that which is hidden will be revealed" (Luke 12:2) / Margo Maris -- Healing for Victims / Phyllis A. Willerscheidt -- The Unhealed Wounders / Richard Irons and Katherine Roberts -- Part Two: Secondary Victims -- Wounded Congregations / Nils Friberg -- Understanding Congregational Dynamics / Chilton Knudsen -- The Effects of the Misconduct Crisis on Non-offending Clergy / Kevin McDonough -- The Effects of Clergy Sexual Misconduct on the Wider Church / Harold Hopkins -- The Offender's Family / Ann Legg and Derek Legg -- Afterpastors in Troubled Congregations / Darlene K. Haskin -- Further Issues for Afterpastors / Nancy Myer Hopkins -- Communicating with the Wider Community / Mary Lou Lavallee -- One Reporter's Story / Roxanne Moore Saucier -- Part Three: Intervention and Long-Term Healing -- Living Through the Crisis / Nancy Myer Hopkins -- Long-Term Healing / Mark Laaser -- Conclusion -- Contributors.