A little book at my local favorite indie bookstore caught my eye and I bought it. (That's a good example of our need for actual, as opposed to virtual, bookstores.) It's called Ninety-nine Stories of God, by the much-acclaimed writer Joy Williams. Many of the mini-stories in this book are no more than a third of a page; others are a page and a half […]
From Peter Robinson, UECNA bishop and old on-line friend: I really do not want to be prescriptive about ceremonial, but I do think we need to keep two ideas before us. Firstly, we are Anglicans, not wannabe anything elses. Secondly, the function of worship is to offer glory and praise to God, so every time we approach the altar or the reading desk we need to […]
In a Facebook post a week ago, a friend asked, “What happens after a “mountain top” spiritual experience?” The question got me thinking, because most of us are find ourselves in that position from time to time, however we might define that “mountain top.” Understandably, one of his friends simply replied, “Reality,” and I think [Read More...]
Hey, friends in the Church of England: it's Crusty here in the USA. Normally, COD tries not to get involved in the internal workings of other member churches of the Anglican Communion, in part because he's spent most of his adult life listening to people who know little to nothing about how The Episcopal Church actually functions and works lectur […]
In 522, another great Roman aristocrat was showered with honors. Theoderic in Ravenna selected one of his sons to be the consul of Rome representing the West while Justin in Constantinople selected his other...
Saint Augustine’s, the former Church of Ireland parish church in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, is now a local library (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2017) Patrick Comerford I am beginning to realise how large my parish is, and how expansive and extensive it is.On Saturday afternoon [19 February 2017], after a work party had finished a heavy day’s work on repairing […]