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Letters to AO

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Letters received during the week of 25 January 2004

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Lost: An Episcopal-branded Monopoly game, somewhere on Baltic Avenue

PREVIOUSLY I HAD DISCOVERED an Episcopalian monopoly game. I have since lost the link to it. Can anyone help me? I want to purchase it for a family member.

Abby Bishop
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
Stockton, California, USA
26 January 2004

If you once read something in Anglicans Online and would like to find it again, you can use our search engine. We typed the word 'monopoly' into it, and got this answer.

The Presiding Bishop on praying for the church

REGARDING MR. GREVILLE'S QUESTION in last week's Letters, as to how Presiding Bishop Griswold's prayer that 'God is leading us more deeply into who we are called to be as a community of faith' relates to the Spirit of Jesus Christ: In the order for Confirmation, the confirming bishop lays hands on the confirmand's head and may pray that s/he "daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until he comes to your everlasting Kingdom.' (BCP 1979) This prayer reflects the Church's recognition that those who faithfully follow Christ are called to continue to grow in the faith and in spiritual discernment throughout their lives.

By extension, the Church, as the Body of Christ, is called to become a more and more Christlike community until the coming of the fullness of Christ's kingdom. As in this Sunday's gospel (3 Epiphany), we are to follow Christ's example in proclaiming 'Good News to the poor, proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.' (Luke 4:18-19) So long as there are people who are poor, captive, blind and oppressed, we still have room to grow and Good News to proclaim, along with the Lord's favor, which is not limited. Presiding Bishop Griswold, a deeply faithful and spiritually wise man, is praying a prayer for the Church that I pray is fulfilled.

The Reverend Peggy Blanchard
St Elizabeth Episcopal Church, Knoxville
Kingston, Tennessee, USA
28 January 2004

Post-Tod AO

I JUST HAD TO WRITE and tell you that Anglicans Online just gets better and better!

There was a time, many years ago, (when Tod left, in fact) that I thought it would never be the same. And it isn't the same. But you have built on what Tod gave birth to and nurtured it and made it grow. And now it has a voice of its own -- often a quiet voice of reason that rises above the cacophony of dissension or the reassurance of God's presence and His love even amid the anguish of tragedy.

Congratulations! Keep up the good work. And should you be in touch with Tod, please give him my very best regards!

Gail Miller
Grace Episcopal
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
31 January 2004

Thank you. You can find Tod Maffin by typing his name into Google.

Ornaments and excuses?

WITH NO DOCTRINE OR EVEN MORALITY, you now rely on ornaments and excuse for any behavior to fill your empty churches and to keep alive an organization without confidence or utility.

Mary H. Raitt
Washington, DC, USA
1 February 2004

You might be right.

Faith is not static

THE LOVE OF GOD, as revealed through Jesus Christ, has never been divisive or exclusive. The Holy Spirit has through the ages called the Church to be more inclusive. Parochialism has always been the enemy of the Holy Spirit because it fosters a static understanding of the Christian faith which makes the Church resistent to hearing a new Word of truth.

Someone commented at a recent vestry meeting that in the midst of all the turmoil over the election and consecration of Bishop Robinson, our parish is as strong as it has ever been. Our pledges are up. Our membership is growing. And none of our wide variety of ministries is in danger of being cut due to lack of funding. We give thanks that we are an inclusive, loving, and welcoming community that understands that the catholic faith is not static.

Randolph H Moore
Church of the Holy Comforter
Richmond Virginia, USA
1 February 2004

Earlier letters

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