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"People do not live in the present always, at one with it. They live at all kinds of and manners of distance from it, as difficult to measure as the course of planets. Fears and traumas make their journeys slanted, peripheral, uneven, evasive."

- Anais Nin (1903-1977), American writer

I'm not convinced

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I just don't think our President understands what a Conservative is all about. He may proclaim himself a "compassionate conservative," but I am not convinced he understands conservatism.

He can chart his own course, but we need to understand that his course is not philosophical conservatism.

Baring False Witness

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In my e-mail today, I received the daily news update from Focus-on-the-Family known as Citizenlink. One of the news blurbs focused on the Bishop of Recife in Brazil being deposed from his position.

This story is yet another, and in my opinion one of the most egregious, example of the failure of Christians to be Christian in the ideological "wars!" We simply must stop this kind of blatant mischaracterization, intentional misinformation, and forthright lying. Neither theological liberals nor conservatives are innocent. I have heard as many theological liberals as conservatives castigate and defame their opponents.

As followers of the Way of Christ, we are told: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, NIV) What are the weapons we are to use: prayer, humility, mercy, grace, peace, truth telling, care for those unable to care for themselves, selflessness, and many others. Yet, to listen to the forces theologically aligned against one another in the Church is to hear the worst of the ideological and political battles going on between Republicans and Democrats. Our way should be profoundly counter-cultural, but only if we dare to live out the call of the Gospel of Christ.

I want to say that Focus-on-the-Family just doesn't understand Anglican structures and polity, but these people are not stupid - plus, the American Anglican Council played a large part in this news piece.

It is an example of propaganda and the intentional practice of baring false witness against the American Church, its parishioners, and its leaders. Whether we agree or not with the approval and consecration of Bishop Robinson in the Diocese of New Hampshire, or on the gay question generally, to knowingly misinform, twist the truth, and lie about people and events is completely unjustifiable and unchristian. The end does not justify the means, even if you consider this whole affair war.


If you do not recall, this bishop traveled to the U.S. to participate in illegal and irregular confirmations in the Diocese of Ohio. The four or so reactionary parishes in Ohio conducted a protest confirmation service with retired American bishops and the Bishop of Recife (and perhaps others?), without informing and receiving the permission of the Bishop of Ohio. These confirmations were done in secret in an Orthodox Church building and only later made public. The Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Brazil responded by disciplining the Bishop of Recife over his illegal actions.

The news story:

Brazilian Bishop Defrocked for Standing Up for Truth
by Pete Winn, associate editor

SUMMARY: The ordination of a gay bishop in the U.S. is having repercussions worldwide.

A major Anglican bishop in Brazil has been defrocked because he opposed the installation of American homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson -- and said so publicly.

This is absolutely a distortion of the truth. The bishop would not have been removed if he protested against the inclusion of homosexuals in the Church, but he illegally transgressed not only diocesan boundaries but also provincial boundaries by coming to the Diocese of Ohio to participate in secret and irregular confirmations without the knowledge of his own Archbishop or the Bishop of Ohio. I am sure there are priests and bishops in Brazil who publicly disagree with the American and Canadian Churches' positions on homosexuals and have not been removed from office. This statement is a lie, and these people know it!


The archbishop of Brazil, Orlando Santos de Oliveira, has ousted the Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti.

Cavalcanti is a solid evangelical and opposes the recognition of homosexual clergy, according to the Rev. Canon Ellis Brust of the American Anglican Council, who has been following the situation.

Troubled

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From what I know, which I admit is limited, most all of the business ventures our current President was involved with throughout his adult life either failed or did very poorly. I will not speculate why, but that is the information I have.

Now, we have a war with no end in sight, a natural disaster, a probable additional nation disaster with hurricane Rita, an incredibly high and ever increasing fiscal deficit, and there is nothing about raising taxes to pay for the billions needed to take care of the Katrina tragedy or for the war, and a continued push for continued tax cuts.

A budget surplus was squandered. I just don't know what goes on inside our President's head, and the heads' of his advisors, as they continue down a path that suggests fiscal ruin. I don't understand how a Republican, as the party that supposedly champions fiscal responsibility, continues down this path. It makes no sense.

Pork barrel spending by Congress is no better. There is no restraint. They are raiding the treasury for their own benefit and not for the benefit of the nation as a whole or for future generations. Where are the responsible leaders?

I am troubled by the greed, the self-serving, and the short-sighted fiscal policies. Will this administration be just another example of our President's string of failures? And, just so we are clear, I am not a liberal nor a socialist.

Really Bad

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Okay, this is a really bad joke, but I had to laugh.

Subject: Roe vs Wade

The mayor of New Orleans was asked about his position on Roe Vs Wade.
He said he didn't really care how people got out of the city.

I told you!

How hard is it?

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This is nothing new, I know, but I'm just thinking...

The "real" Church (the one God recognizes), simply is. The One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, as we might put it, simply is. God has His criteria for who is part of that Church and who is not, for whatever reason. That is God's prerogative regardless of what we may think about it. That is what makes God's Church - it simply is.

We like to attempt that determination ourselves - what the "real" Church really is and who belongs to it. We have nice imaginations and go off on flights of fancy, but what we want to think makes no difference to God in establishing what the Church simply is or who simply belongs to it. Western Protestantism has excelled at this and made it into a true art form. All of Christendom participates, however.

How hard is it to recognized that all our machinations of what is and who belongs are nothing more that our attempts to place ourselves in God's place and our attempts to create the Church in our own image?

We say all kinds of things and establish all kinds of criteria and create all kinds of policies to define who and what we are, and we mistake these policies and criteria for God's. Pride and arrogance are very hard things to recognize in ourselves and at times even harder things to repent of.

I am not a religious relativist or a Universalist, and I recognize the inconsistency in what I just wrote above and my own attempt to make the claim that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. At least I think I can say that I may be absolutely wrong!

Life is so much easier when I leave all those judgments to God. I am called to evaluate, to discern, and will have to make judgments, but ultimately the Spirit of God is the only one who knows the heart of any wo/man and whether s/he is a member of the "real" Church or not.

I think I am called to encourage and challenge anyone and everyone to have a relationship or closer relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the enabling of the Holy Spirit. I don't have to do anything more by way of judging who is in or who is out or what is real and what is not, thank God! Thank God that I can leave that to the "real" Judge - the one who saves us from ourselves.

"We" or "I"

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There has been some discussion on the House of Bishops/House of Deputies listserv lately on the change in the beginning of the Nicene Creed from the pronoun "I" to "We" in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

I thought this post below was good, not because I necessarily know enough to agree with his statements or not, but because of his differentiation between "assent" to belief and "a cry of the heart":


Fr. _____'s response to the issue of the pronoun in the Nicene Creed points so clearly to one of my major problems with Western Christianity.

The common explanation is that, while the original form was for the purpose of defining "our" beliefs, participants in the Divine Liturgy must personally assent to the truths of the Gospel.

For him, as for so many of us, belief is "assent" not worship. Of course the Eastern Church can say "I," because in the Divine Liturgy, the Nicene Creed is not a gate to the mysteries, a place through which one must successfully pass in order to enter and inner sanctum, it is worship. The Creed is a cry of the heart, not a statement of the brain.

Until we regain the sense of mystery and wonder Bill hinted at in his original post, we can continue to expect to be thus divided over issues of right "assent."

Peace,
Jeff _____

Good Movie to see

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Go see The Constant Gardener.

It is a very good movie.

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Jon, who responded to my last post, included the following quote:

Brennan Manning: Too many of us in this culture are enslaved by things. The only way for a Christian to live in an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that their very existence is an act of rebellion. There is nothing more maddening than a free person.

I like it!! :-)

To be "catholic"

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Growing up as an American Evangelical I was acculturated into the belief that ultimately it is all about me and Jesus. There is an element of truth in that idea that I still believe. If I am stranded on a deserted island, I can still have a vital Christian experience in my relationship with God through Jesus - just Jesus and me. But, as I have written previously, I am coming into an understanding of what it means to be a "catholic" Christian. I am beginning to understand how that idea challenges my American Evangelical, lone-ranger mentality.

There is a growing conflict within me about the Episcopal/Anglican controversies over gay relationships. Now that I am ordained, I am not in the same state as I was when I was a lay person. I am now under a different standard and a different obligation to God and to Christ's Church universal.

I am a transitional deacon and soon-to-be-priest in Christ's one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and my "rights" or my "individual" anything are no longer a primary consideration. I have put myself under a different set of parameters for living. It makes no difference what my personal beliefs may be in the grand scheme of things. They are simply my beliefs - right or wrong. As a clergyman, my responsibility is to God and to the Church and not to my own fulfillment or desires.

So, I am very conflicted right now about what I should be doing - how I should be conducting my life. I believe the decisions of GC2003 are justifiable according to Scripture and theological perspective. Yet, as a clergyman in a Church that as of yet has not come to a common understanding of all this stuff does not mean I can just act as I would like. I am one under authority.

The Church defines marriage as being between the two opposite genders. The Church proclaims that sex outside of marriage is not within God's will, and is ultimately harmful to us. Therefore, since the Church does not yet conclude that "marriage" between individuals of the same gender is right or proper, then I should not be engaged in a relationship that includes sexual expression. Maybe, maybe not. At the same time, the Church is often wrong and does not realize its wrongness without pioneers pushing for change, without conflict, without being pushed to the edge by those label heretics. How then shall I live? As an advocate that nevertheless abides by current Church teaching? As a pioneer who stands by and acts upon my strongly held personal beliefs and advocates for change? As someone who ultimately knows that I stand before God alone as my judge and that as long as I can honestly say that I believe this to be proper before God, then I will do or be such a thing regardless what the institutions of men say?

It is very hard for me to sublimate my own feelings, beliefs, and desires for the sake of a teaching I think is wrong. It goes against my individualistic American nature. This is what I think, and I am therefore going to act upon my belief, and no one has the right to keep me from it.

I am coming to believe that the Episcopal Church acted prematurely, even if the actions taken I consider proper. I am coming to think that The Rev. Jeffrey John in England was right when he said he and his partner refrained from sexual expression in their long-term relationship when the Church of England reasserted its call for the clergy who are outside the bonds of marriage to be celibate and chaste.

I am a deacon and a priest-to-be. I vowed to obey the teachings of the Episcopal Church, and as of now the teachings are still such that marriage is between a man and a woman. I believe Scriptures calls us to express ourselves sexually within marriage. As of yet, I do not have the option of marriage either by the State or the Church, even though we are in the midst of change. As a clergyman, I am really feeling the conflict of believing I should obey the teachings of the Church as they stand, even if I think they are wrong. I am not alone, however, and must consider the well being of another.

This, for me, is the conflict of being an evangelical and a catholic Christian.

World Conquest

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Go to my friend Andy Lang's weblog for another's commentary on the recent War of the Worlds movie and our current endeavors as a nation.

Blue in a Red State

Religion of Self

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Most of American Christianity has become a "religion of self." It may apply to "cafeteria Catholics" or Episcopalians. It certainly applies to Unitarian Universalists (remember their commercials from several years ago that depicted people cobbling together their own belief systems). It applies to American Evangelicalism/Fundamentalism in the "me and Jesus" mentality and the incessant splitting of congregations and denominations as if we can say to one another, "you are not needed any longer," as we yell heresy.

It is grounded in self, the defining of faith by individual religious feelings, rather than seeking Truth. The individual is paramount.

As I have come to understand the notion of the "catholic" nature of the Church, I have moved further and further away from "religion of self." I am not the final arbiter of what is Truth, even my "personal truth." I can reject anything and blindly believe anything, but Truth is something that is beyond the mere self.

So, what does this all mean?

From Sojourners, this quote:


"To be poor in America was to be invisible, but not after this week, not after those images of the bedraggled masses at the Superdome, convention center and airport. No one can claim that the post-Reagan orthodoxy of low taxes and small government, which does wonders for the extremely rich, also inevitably does wonders for the extremely poor. What was that about a rising tide lifting all boats? What if you don't have a boat?"

- Eugene Robinson, columnist.
Source: The Washington Post

I don't know whether it is post-Reagan orthodoxy or not, but I will always say that the best route for the prosperity of people is to help them be self-sufficient, not dependent on the government. Katrina shows us that it is dangerous to depend on government. If Mr. Robinson advocates a return to the Great Society programs that lead to 1970's style welfare system, then I will say he is absolutely wrong.

Teach a person to fish, rather than simply giving them fish. Big government will get us no where and give us nothing much more than dependence, corruption, waste, and graft. Smaller government that focuses on the constitutionally given responsibility of protecting the people will encompass helping the poor to have equal opportunity to be as self-sufficient as anyone else. (Self-sufficiency, I believe, incorporates community. Self-sufficiency is not about not needing anyone else.)

Politics and Preaching

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I preached at St. Paul's again this past Sunday. There was a search committee from a church that is considering me for their open vicar position at St. Paul's evaluating me as I did my "stuff."

Afterwards, two St. Paul's members, two of our more mature members whom I love, came up to me individually and said that they really liked the sermon, but could certainly discern my politics from the sermon. One said they really don't like politics in the pulpit, but the sermon was great anyway. So, I said, "I bet you really don't know my politics from that sermon!" Both of them said something like, "Oh, yes, it came through loud and clear."

I asked one of them, "So, what do you think my political persuasion really is?" He said, "On the far left of the Democratic party." Oh my gosh! A far left-Democrat! Me! Well, I said, "Oh my no!"

Isn't it funny the perceptions people form about us from our words? Of course that is how they form opinions, but it drives home the need to be very careful with our words. I try very hard to be neutral concerning politics when I preach. It is not so important to me whether someone is a stanch conservative or a socialist, but that they are informed and reasonable. Yet, I think when some people hear what sounds unconventional (which the way of Jesus will always be!), it sounds liberal.

The search committee really liked the sermon, too!

For those who do not believe

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Those who wish to discount the Bible as being anything other than the writings of simple people trying to understand their world in an unscientific and irrational time, here is a report of a rediscovery that substantiates biblical history and geography.

It is perfectly legitimate, in my opinion, to suggest that John or any of the biblical writers use allegory and story telling to convey religious truths, but many demand that that is what the Bible is all about - and as proof they often discount historical and geographic accounts as untrue. This was the case with the Hebrew Testament cities of Sodom and Gomorra, which many scholars used to prove the unreliability of biblical accounts because they did not believe the cities ever actually existed. Until they were found, that is. There are many such examples. Now, the Pool of Siloam has been found. I love it when this happens.


A Gospel of John Passage Is Proven True

It turns out that a specific passage from the Gospel of John wasn't a religious conceit, that is a kind of poetic license John took to prove a point. It's true. Now there is proof. When the sewer line in the Old City of Jerusalem needed repairs in the fall of 2004, the workmen made a historic discovery: the biblical Pool of Siloam. The Gospel of John cites this as the place where Jesus cured the blind man. Theologians have long thought the setting of the pool was a "religious conceit" used by John to illustrate a point. Turns out, the place is real. And it's exactly where John said it is, reports The Los Angeles Times of a new study published in the Biblical Archaeology Review.

Stories

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From The Living Church

Personal Stories after the Hurricane
9/8/2005

As thousands of displaced persons left New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, others were moving into the ravaged area as caregivers. The stories are intriguing:

The Rev. Jerry Kramer, rector of Church of the Annunciation, New
Orleans, provided a valuable service by posting frequent updates on the internet. Fr. Kramer was writing from St. Luke's Church, Baton Rouge, where he and his family fled for safety following the arrival of Katrina.

"As of this evening I have 28 parish families remaining on our missing list," he wrote on Sept. 4. "Found two more earlier in the day and I wanted to cry with joy. One family with two children made it to Tennessee, another to this area. The search goes on; we are working the phones and internet sites feverishly."

On Sept. 7 he told of returning to New Orleans and traveling by boat to visit his church: "I could never have been prepared to view the state of our beautiful old church. The waters peaked at five to six feet, now resting at about four. Pews turned over, Bibles, prayer books and hymnals all floating. The water had reached one foot up the high main altar where someone had put out a cigarette.

"Praise God the sacristy was still locked. We filled a garbage bag full of vestments and the remaining silver, locked everything up, loaded the boat, and began paddling for my house about seven blocks north. There we discovered the water still about seven feet high. You can't even see the front door. Most of our things were on the first floor, completely submerged. Again we docked the boat, filled a few garbage bags with clothes for the kids from the intact third floor and then paddled back down Napoleon to where our journey began. Almost immediately I broke out in a rash and now have stomach issues. Taking antibiotics and threw away most of the clothes I was wearing."

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The Rev. Rob Dewey, founder of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy in Charleston, S.C., was deployed by FEMA as part of D MORT, the disaster mortuary response team, to the Mississippi coast. He found there "six blown-out churches, nothing but slabs."

Fr. Dewey and Bishop Duncan Gray III of Mississippi visited a makeshift morgue before it began to operate. "He blessed it, sprinkled it and all the people working, and the trailers on site already containing remains," Fr. Dewey said.

Fr. Dewey has been sleeping at the morgue in Gulfport. "It's a way to
reach out to people doing a tremendous job," he said. Asked how he was
able to do this, he answered, "It would be tough to do this and not be a Christian. There is grief, devastation, loss; nobody's at the acceptance stage yet."

He said a highlight was when he was on his way to meet Bishop Gray at St. Mark's Church, Gulfport. He saw an Episcopal flag and stopped. "All the walls were blown out but the roof was held up by the columns," he said. "There were about 20 people gathered outside. They asked me if I was their supply priest. When I said no, but that I was a priest, they asked me to do a service. So we had a service and the
laying-on-of-hands, around what used to be the altar. It was very moving. It was a God thing."

Fr. Dewey expressed frustration at the lack of coordination by the Episcopal Church for responding to disasters.

"We do not have a plan in place," he said. "The bishops and priests here are very frustrated that more is not being done to assist them. And they've had personal tragedies, too. They need help. I hope after this the national Church will have a plan ready for the next disaster."

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Daniel Muth, of Prince Frederick, Md., a member of TLC's board of directors, participated in the rescue of his 92-year-old grandmother from her home in Metairie, La. Mr. Muth, his father and brother, drove to Louisiana, arriving on the Saturday following the hurricane. They found Dorothy Muth safe but without water or power for a week and in need of evacuation.

"We convinced her to leave, got her packed and out in just over an hour," he said. "By this point she wasn't much into putting up resistance.

"Lacking a TV or newspaper, she...did not know the extent of the devastation ... She appears to be in good health and amazingly good spirits, all things considered." Mrs. Muth is now residing with relatives in St. Leonard, Md.

Mr. Muth described the scene in Metairie as "surreal." The buildings "were largely empty with the exception of the occasional stunned-looking resident cleaning up the odd bit of debris. My grandmother's street, normally shaded by oaks, was open to the sun because of so many limbs were torn off the trees. Her yard was a mass of leaves, branches, and limbs. The house appeared undamaged. The air was filled with a constant buzz of military helicopters coming and going from the airport a few miles west. The sun was hot and the mosquitos were incessant."


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Kimberly King, a member of Christ Church, Bay St. Louis, Miss., told of her visit to her church's site after the storm:

"... the church is gone except for part of the bell tower. The entire church, all buildings, the rectory, all gone. We did find a brass cross that was on the altar, and the processional cross, as well as several brass plaques, the Episcopal Church flag, and some stained glass parts. Two of the stained glass windows were intact, and laid on the ground. The rest was gone."

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Howard Castleberry, a member of St. John the Divine, Houston, assisted with relief efforts at the Astrodome, where many of the evacuees from New Orleans were taken by bus. He told of his experience on a private listserv:

As new survivors poured in, there were hundreds ... of single moms with children under the age of 2," he wrote. "Many had babies only weeks old. These babies hadn't eaten formula or milk in days. Mothers had lost the bottles while wading through floodwaters, or had reeking ones that were now useless.

There was powdered formula donated everywhere, but only a few new bottles at the Dome. There were jugs of water. So I began to mix
formula like mad. I distributed what I could, but realized there was an immediate need for 50 baby bottles, or some of these infants were going to fall into shock. I called friends on my cell and begged for them to immediately get in their cars, run to the store, and then meet me at the edge of the complex parking lot. I stood there and caught bags of bottles tossed to me from their cars. I ran back to the Astroarena, where we filled bottles as quickly as possible. The looks on the mothers' faces was a mix of tearful thanks and exhausted relief.


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Among the casualties of Katrina was the venerable bell tower at Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi, Miss., erected in 1891. When Hurricane Camille struck in 1969, the church was destroyed but the bell tower remained. Katrina's power took down the red wooden tower, which had become somewhat of a landmark for residents along the Gulf Coast. Even though the bell lay in the rubble of the tower, it was rung for the Eucharist on Sunday, Sept. 4.

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On the website http://www.dioms.org/ of the Diocese of Mississippi, the Very Rev. Joe Robinson, dean of St. Andrew's Cathedral, Jackson, wrote of a trip to the Gulf Coast to deliver some relief supplies. He described the scene as "decimated for a 50-mile stretch. There is nothing but matchsticks up to 10 blocks deep from the beach in some places and banana containers tossed for miles like a deluxe-sized set of dominoes."

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The Rev. Jean Meade, rector of Mt. Olivet, New Orleans, told of her house catching fire from an ember of a fire two blocks away. Her husband, Louis, was home and asked firefighters from the other blaze to provide assistance. "They were from Alabama, Aspen, Colo., and New York City," she wrote. "They came into New Orleans even though they were told they were not needed." The fire was extinguished before there was major damage.

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Divorce

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From a Netscape article on the effects of divorce:


Kids of Divorced Parents: Unsettling News

Children whose parents are divorced may have the best intentions not to repeat the same painful mistakes in their own marriages, but the reality is that they face unfavorable odds. According to researchers from the University of Utah, if one spouse comes from divorced parents, the couple may be up to twice as likely to divorce. Spouses who are both children of divorced parents are three times more likely to divorce as couples who both come from intact families.

"Growing up in a divorced family greatly increases the chances of ending one's own marriage, a phenomenon called the divorce cycle or the intergenerational transmission of divorce," says Nicholas H. Wolfinger, assistant professor in the University of Utah's Department of Family and Consumer Studies and author of "Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in Their Own Marriages." Wolfinger's research is based on the National Survey of Families and Households, which included detailed information on family background for 13,000 people, and the General Social Survey, which surveyed 20,000 people over a 30-year period.

After a decade of study, Wolfinger has reached the following conclusions about the children of divorced parents. They are more likely to:
--marry as teenagers.
--cohabitate.
--marry someone who is also a child of divorced parents.
--They are one-third less likely to marry if they are over 20.

Help after Katrina

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The following was provided in an e-mail from the Diocese of Ohio concerning opportunities to help with Katrina relief through the Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Squirrels

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My friend John sent me a link to another weblog containing this joke. So true, but by the grace of God hopefully not for much longer!

Episcopal Squirrels

A joke I've seen several places on the internet . . .

Three churches in a small town found that their church buildings had become over-run with squirrels.

The Presbyterian church decided that it was pre-destined that the squirrels would be there and therefore left the squirrels to their own devices.

The Unitarian church decided the best measure was to humanely trap the squirrels and take them to a nice place in the woods. Naturally the squirrels returned three days later.

The Episcopal church decided to have the squirrels baptized and confirmed. Now the squirrels only come to church on Christmas and Easter.

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I suspect that a certain segment of Pentecostals/Charismatics would rebuke the demon of squrrel infestation and cast them out into utter darkness.

Katrina's Aftermath

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There is not much I can say. We have all seen the devastation. My cousin, Sonja, and I grew up together and she and her family live in New Orleans - actually Coventry on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. She breeds horses. The sustained winds were 130 mph during the hurricane. They all traveled 40 miles inland to my uncle's place, her father's.

After the hurricane passed, she was able to get to her house and found that all the horses had made it through, which seems remarkable to me. My uncle's house sustained no primary damage, although a huge oak tree fell across the swimming pool. Actually, and the huge oaks in his yard fell. He was told not to expect electricity for another month, and while they have generators they have to travel 40 miles to get gasoline at this point.

If anyone is considering donations for victim relief, please consider giving to Episcopal Relief and Development. They are a very effective organization that works with local people and groups. Your money will be wisely spent.

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