Tradition

Ordination of women

An early deaconess of the church The Episcopal Church first authorized the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate at the 1976 General Convention, but the women’s ordination movement in the Epi...

Tradition, yes. But is it effective?

There is one question I ask myself in relation to tradition: Is it effective? Is it effective for the rector/vicar to run a vestry meeting? It is certainly our tradition. It is canonical. But is it effective? ...

Episcopal vestments and symbols

Mitre A mitre is probably the piece of clothing most often associated with bishops. If you have seen a chess set, you'll know that even the chess pieces called bishops are topped off with mitres. Although ther...

A memoir: Being black in the Episcopal Church

My first exposure to the Episcopal Church was in 1954 when I first moved to Lincoln Heights outside Cincinnati, along with my dad and two brothers. The city prided itself as being one of the few all black citie...

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is unquestionably a central part of our Anglican tradition. But why? It is worth looking at the three parts of the title of the book itself for some illumination: book, common, a...

Emblems of the Episcopal Church

On Oct. 16, 1940, the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies adopted an official flag for the Episcopal Church. This was the 251st anniversary of the day the General Convention ratified the Constitution and...