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Ethical Musings · 4d ago

Why we cannot return to our Western heritage

Occasionally, I will hear or read a call for the US to return to the Western values upon which it was founded, values that generally include democratic governance, human dignity, civil right...
Ethical Musings · 6d ago

Comments and suggestions

Through comments, suggestions, and subscriptions, Ethical Musings has created a small, online community of persons interested in reflecting about ethics in general and military ethics in par...
Ethical Musings · 1W ago

Lost causes

By nature, I am an optimist. For example, I sometimes characterize the role of the clergy as that of a professional hoper.However, being an optimist and a professional hoper does not mean ne...
Ethical Musings · 1W ago

Time to simplify and expedite clergy searches

The search processes for diocesan bishops, rectors, and vicars are broken. Little evidence exists, beyond anecdotes, to demonstrate that the current processes efficaciously select clerics wh...
Ethical Musings · 2W ago

The value of freedom

When Abraham Lincoln was brought the Emancipation Proclamation to sign, he started several times to sign the document but stopped each time and dropped the pen. In answer to Secretary Seward...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

E Komo Mai – All Are Welcome

A new altar guild member couldn’t open the combination lock for the safe in which the parish stored its altar silver. So, she asked the rector for help. The rector started turning the dial o...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

Why go to church?

Someone recently suggested to me that the key question for understanding what is happening in a congregation is to ask attendees this simple question: “Why do you go to church?”Some answers ...
Ethical Musings · 4W ago

Further thoughts on a digital BCP

My Ethical Musings’ blog post, For such a time as this … an electronic prayer book, had previously appeared as a contributionto the Episcopal Café. That article received twenty-five comments...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

Some ideas on how to improve biblical literacy

In a previous Ethical Musings postI lamented the increase of biblical illiteracy. I was therefore encouraged to read an article in the most recent edition of the Hawaiian Chronicle by the Bi...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

For such a time as this ... an electronic prayer book

The 1979 Book of Common Prayer badly needs revision:It is sexist, e.g., in its presumption that clergy and God are male;It is exclusionary, e.g., the marriage rite is only for heterosexual c...