Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My thoughts today on hearing that the Board of Alderman of the City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi voted last night to fly the current state flag of Mississippi over city hall

Symbols are powerful.  And, symbols are particularly important to the life and practice of people of faith.  Symbols are important to us, because we know the power of symbols.

The Baptismal Covenant of the Book of Common Prayer calls Episcopalians to “respect the dignity of every human being.”  Further, we Episcopalians have been called to “transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.”

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi considers "the continued inclusion of the Confederate Battle Flag in the state flag of Mississippi to be at odds with a faithful witness to the reconciling love of Jesus Christ." 

In 2016, the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi called upon the legislature of the state of Mississippi to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the state flag.

I will be sad to see such a divisive emblem flying over the City Hall of Ocean Springs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

On the General Ordination Exams 2017

This week postulates for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church are taking the General Ordination Exams.  This year, however, some will be taking particular exams on different days of the week.  So, that means I will not be able to post the questions each day.

When all have taken the exams, I'll be able to post the questions for your perusal, reflection, (amusement, entertainment), and commentary.