The 20th Century

Are we Anglican or Episcopalian? The Labels We Wear

What’s the difference between the terms  “Anglican” and “Episcopal?” Isn’t it a bit of “overshoes” versus “galoshes?”  Don’t they identify the same thing? History and current usage show that why and when we use these labels is complicated. The origins of the word “Anglican” are simple enough.  The word “Anglican” can be traced back to …

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A Portrait of Heresy

It’s an imaginary scene. It’s the late 4th or early 5th century. It’s the south coast of England,  the Thames-side city of Londinium.  A monk has boarded a Roman ponto. Grasping the spar of its large square sail to balance himself,  he looked back on the Roman settlement. It gave him an odd feeling of …

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The Courage of Manche Masemola

If you’re in London England and visiting  Westminster Abby, go to the Great West Door and look up. You’ll see them. Ten statues. They form a façade, a gallery really, of ten martyrs of the Christian Faith, each murdered in the 20th century.  Some you will no doubt recognize. There stand Martin Luther King, Oscar …

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“Saint Monday” and Monday Weddings

It was Monday, August 6, 1838.  John Harrison stopped in at work at 7 a.m.  then continued down the road two miles to a friend’s wedding.  After the wedding, Harrison had a pint of ale, went to a meeting of the Birmingham Political Union and went back to work.  To his astonishment,  his employer had …

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Christian Collaborator, Edith Cavell

Long shadows fell across the rifle range that morning  on October 12th, 1915. The place was Schaerbeek, Belgium.  The time was World War I.  The  German prison chaplain spoke quietly to the woman in front of him, blessed her in the name of the Trinity,  and squeezed her delicate hand  affectionately.  The woman who faced …

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The Defiant Biretta

It is black, usually made from worsted wool with a black lining.  Three prominent blades run across the crown of the hat like three weather veins, publicly symbolic of the Trinity, met at the centre with a black pom-pom. The biretta is the Anglo-Catholic priest’s working cap.  During worship a series of rituals were developed …

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