Episcopal/Episcopalian

episcopal = adjective Episcopalian = noun Wrong: Tom and Betty go to the Episcopalian Church. Correct: Tom and Betty are Episcopalians. They attend an Episcopal Church. The word “episcopal” refers to go...

Being Episcopalian 101

I am a lifelong Episcopalian. I say lifelong, because between you and me, I detest the term “cradle” Episcopalian. First of all, I’m not aware of any other denomination that uses it. It sounds so pretentious, l...

Eighty years of Joy

"Cap” Laurence Hall, a captain in the Episcopal Church”s Anglican Church Army, founded Camp Joy for the children of St. BarnabasChurch in the West End.He and his wife, Sadie, were the first leaders of the chur...

The grace of repetition

I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for 21 years now. I got into him when I was 16, and didn’t look back. I had heard of Dylan as a protest singer – I knew he was famous for his connection to and empowerment of so...

The gift(s) of tradition

I have a college classmate who is a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Over the years, Fr. Michael has taught me many things in a calm, subtle and wise manner, not the least of which is the cen...

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...