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September 01 2017 By dvirtue Hurricane Harvey brings out the best and worst in people

Even though I come from northern Wisconsin, I have lived through hurricanes in five states: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Maine. This is my third in Texas -- Rita, Ike and now Harvey. I rode out Hurricane Andrew in the Courthouse of New Iberia Parish for USA Today. I know how strong a hurricane can be. During the height of Andrew's fury, the courthouse shook!

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August 30 2017 By dvirtue Seminaries Reflect Struggles of Mainline Churches

"We're going to see a bunch of seminaries close in the next 50 years," said Gary Hall, the chair of EDS's board of trustees. "The church is shrinking. The need for clergy is shrinking. And the institutional support is shrinking."

Mainline Protestant seminaries are facing an existential crisis after a decade of mounting red ink.

Enrollment has fallen by nearly 25% over the past decade, according to the Association of Theological Schools, an accrediting agency.

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August 29 2017 By dvirtue Episcopal Camp Allen flooded, 30 people trapped with three days of food

On Thursday (Aug. 24) two things happened. Cursillo started at Camp Allen and a weakened and disorganized Harvey decided to intensify in the bath-warm water of the Gulf of Mexico and zero in on the south Texas coast with 130 mph winds. By Thursday evening, feeder band clouds were starting to swirl and the first few drops of rain fell. That was just a hint of what was to come.

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August 28 2017 By dvirtue Support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare: "Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please join me in praying for the people of south Texas and Louisiana. Please pray for all those in distress, those who are being called to extraordinary acts of courage, and those who are obediently engaging in small acts of faithfulness.

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August 22 2017 By dvirtue Our Lady of the Atonement's new rector installed amidst bittersweet ceremony

For more than three decades, August 15 has had a very special significance for Fr. Phillips and Our Lady of the Atonement. For it was on August 15, 1983, that Christopher Phillips, a former Episcopal priest, led 18 Episcopalian souls into the Catholic Church and was himself ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. On that day, in addition to Fr.

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August 18 2017 By dvirtue ACNA Archbishop Calls for Prayer. Condemns Racism

I want to draw your attention to two statements from the Anglican Church in North America over the weekend. These were shared on social media, but deserve as wide a distribution as possible. The first is a Call to Prayer from Bishop John Guernsey, Dean of Provincial Affairs, whose diocese includes Charlottesville, Virginia. I encourage you to pray this prayer with me this week. The second statement comes from the Anglican Church in North America's Anglican Multiethnic Network.

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August 18 2017 By dvirtue Virginia Seminary Labyrinth to Commemorate 1880s Black Chapel

"There was really strong sentiment in favor of commemorating the St. Cyprian's Chapel," said organizer Serina Sides in an article about the installation featured in the summer 2017 edition of the VTS journal News from the Hill. "Race relations, racial justice, racial reconciliation -- all have been a point of discussion ever since we arrived on campus."

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August 15 2017 By dvirtue St. James, Newport Beach will lose their church

On July 31, the Most Rev Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, wrote to Dr. Nyback and me that he had concluded that Bishop J. Jon Bruno "is not in a position to exercise pastoral oversight of St. James." He said he wished to give us episcopal jurisdiction over St. James-related matters. He continued:

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August 15 2017 By dvirtue Spiritualizing Charlottesville?

"Our purpose will be to bear visible witness to the entirety of the beloved community in which people of all races are equal," the Virginia Episcopal bishops continued. "To make the most visible witness, clergy have been asked to wear clerical street clothes or a cassock (a stole is optional)."

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August 10 2017 By dvirtue DELAFIELD, WISCONSIN: St. Michael's Anglican Church to get its own home

"We're fortunate to have some properties to look at. It's very, very difficult to find space suitable for a church, particularly one of our size," said Dick Schwaab, the chairman of the church's vestry, or board. "This one came into the picture later in the game of looking around, and because it had been a church, and used as a church, it really was a great opportunity for us, which we took advantage of as quick as we possibly could."

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