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  • Same-sex couples can marry at National Cathedral

    01/10/2013 7:30:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/10/2013 | Brett Zongker
    WASHINGTON ó The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin hosting same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials say the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. The church announced its new policy Wednesday. As the nationís most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last...
  • The Light That Failed (Episcopal Church)

    07/16/2012 5:43:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    American Interest ^ | 7/16/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    New numbers reveal that the collapse of the Episcopal Church dramatically accelerated in the last ten years. The denomination is literally falling apart, with attendance down 25% between 2000 and 2010. For a link to the PDF file with the numbers, and for Rod Dreherís comments on them, look here; but itís important to note that the effect of these numbers on the life and the well being of local churches is even greater than the raw figures might suggest. Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to...
  • Gregorian Chant Back in Style at Local Churches

    03/07/2005 5:42:13 AM PST · by NYer · 63 replies · 1,560+ views
    Northwest Arkansas Times ^ | March 6, 2005 | Kirk Kramer
    Ralph Stanley singing "Angel Band," the strains of "Amazing Grace" and "Just as I am," often sung at the altar call, are the sort of sacred music most often heard in Northwest Arkansas, given the regionís deep associations with evangelical Protestantism. But for some people in the area, the ancient form of music known as Gregorian chant has a unique power and appeal. "The chant has proven itself over the centuries to be a powerful way to bring oneself into a spiritual state," said Roger Gross, a drama professor at the University of Arkansas. "Nothing has ever been so conducive...
  • Pets Real And Imaginary Receive Blessing At Rite (NOT from the Onion)

    10/04/2004 8:17:36 AM PDT · by F16Fighter · 210 replies · 1,977+ views
    Asbury Park Press (New Jersey) | October 4, 2004 | Margaret F. Bonafide
    Lakewood, N.J. -- Nine dogs, four cats, a stuffed unicorn and a pink stuffed pony all received the blessing of St, Francis during a rite yesterday at All Saints Espiscopal Church marking the feast day of the patron saint of animals.The Rev. Richard C. Wrede administered the blessing to the menagerie assembled at the Route 9 church, where he is pastor.Some owner sought a little extra help with the healing of pets. Others brought their animals, real and imaginary, to keep them in good spirits.Lorna Drexler, 5, and her 9-year old brother Maxwell, came to the parish to bless their...