List of Articles
OPEN Summer 2000
- Farewell ASB, welcome Common Worship
November 2000 sees the demise of the Alternative Service Book (ASB) in the Church of England.
- Worship in Jubilee 2000
As a longtime member of AP and reader of OPEN, I remember critical reviews of worship at General Conventions, although a quick search did not uncover such reviews for 1997 or 1994.
- General Convention 2000
Two major pieces of liturgical legislation were passed at General Convention. The first was a response to the 1997 General Convention’s request that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) develop a plan for the enrichment, renewal, and revision of the common worship of the Church.
- Baptism and eucharist: challenges
Our church is currently engaged in a rapid movement toward open eucharist, meaning open access to communion regardless of one’s baptismal status.
OPEN Fall 2000
OPEN Winter 2000
- Worship with young adults
Last summer, while working on the staff of a leadership conference for young adults, I decided to post signs around the camp welcoming people to join me in the chapel for compline every night.
- The changing context of music and liturgy
The Changing Context of Music and Liturgy” was the theme for the annual conference of the Association of Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commissions November 15-19, 1999, hosted by the Diocese of Fond du Lac in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
- Benedicite Canadensis
Glorify your Maker, you works of our God, Wonder at God who endures for ever. You sun and moon and clouds and winds, Constellations, curtains of shimmering light, Winter and summer, autumn and spring Proclaim to our God your thanks and praise.
- Considerations for amending the burial rite
1. Some Anglican principles for burial practices In my ministry as a parish priest, there is no liturgy that more frequently collides with cultural and social expectations than The Burial of the Dead.
- A new prayer for the Church of England
The General Synod of the Church of England has now authorized eight eucharistic prayers to be published in Common Worship later this year.
- Lutheran liturgical practice
It is impossible to imagine a discussion of the Episcopal Church that did not include some important role for The Book of Common Prayer.
- Called to Common Mission: Are We?
The “we” of the title refers, of course, to the Episcopal Church. When our 73rd General Convention meets in Denver this July it will have two resolutions of major ecumenical significance to consider.
OPEN Summer 2001
- Where we have been
Before Confederation and up through the first half of the twentieth century, the policy of the government of Canada towards the First Nations was assimilation.
- My hope is that we will journey together
I would like to begin by telling you about my personal history. I was raised in the small northwestern Ontario community of Bearskin Lake.
- The system was wrong
David Ashdown was nineteen years old, an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, when the study Beyond Traplines was published in 1969.
- Steps on a healing path
Our hope as church, society and Aboriginal peoples rests in establishing new relationships of trust and promise and working together for a better future.
- The way forward
There are moments in history which are significant turning points. Often, their arrival appears sudden and unforeseen, although in hindsight we might wonder why we hadn’t anticipated them.
- Excerpts from the presidential address
I greet you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Greetings first of all to you who have come from every part of this wonderful land–chosen by your diocese as delegates to this Synod.
- Episcopal Church encourages
compromise on public funding
of ‘faith-based’ social services
The Episcopal Church has called upon Congress and the Bush administration to seek out compromise in the current debate over faithbased initiatives.
- Native bishop forgives church and Primate
Bishop Gordon Beardy of Keewatin formally forgave the church for its past dealings with indigenous peoples at a native healing ceremony during the recent meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
- A renewed mission?
The Santa Fé Statement on mission is very significant in its own right. Placed alongside recent events at the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod meeting, it is part of a fundamental shift in the church’s self-understanding and, further, its mission.
OPEN Winter 2001
- 20/20 vision?
The Denver General Convention called on the Episcopal Church to commit itself to double in size by 2020.
- A change of direction for ADLMC?
Last year’s conference of the Association of Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commissions (ADLMC), in Bloomington, Minnesota, close to the Minneapolis/St.
- What meaning has infant baptism
in a post-Christian world?
Conformity or intentionality In the New Testament, baptism was something that happened for converts, for example, people who heard Peter on the day of Pentecost, the Ethiopian befriended by Philip, the household of Cornelius visited by Peter.
- Baptism and communion
Christendom is dead–I mean, the way of things when the western world identified itself with the Christian religion, and Christian churches claimed whole societies and peoples for their own.
OPEN All Saints 2002
- What does blessing bless?
If agitation for and against liturgies for same-gender couples brings no other benefit, it will have served to stimulate serious theological reinvestigation of liturgical rites such as matrimony–what they are, what they mean, and what they do.
- By water and by fire
The night I got pregnant someone was tortured and murdered nearby. I was a reporter living in El Salvador, and the road past my house ended in an overgrown ravine.
- The changing face of confirmation
Since the 1979 Book of Common Prayer’s emphasis on baptism as full inclusion in the church, confirmation has become a sacramental rite without any significant justification.
- Breaking barriers: Rethinking our theology of baptism
Breaking barriers frees the transforming power of our sacraments. I discovered this to my shame one Saturday in 1981.
- Standing at the threshold of the years
A great debate raged among participants in the Associated Parishes Council e-list (as distinct from the members e-list) just prior to our annual meeting this spring at the Sorrento Centre in British Columbia.
OPEN OT 2002
OPEN Fall 2003
- A Coat of Many Colors
Behold, I am doing a new thing…before it springs up, I tell you of it. It was a joy to see in the Blue Book for General Convention proposed liturgies for church planting offered in side-by-side English and Spanish versions.
- Direct Ordination Blocked in House of Bishops
A year ago the Standing Commission on Ministry Development took a vote to decide among direct ordination, sequential ordination, or local option, as part of the package of new Title III canons on ministry.
- Observations after a survey of parish bulletins
A Danny Shanahan cartoon, published in the June 27, 1994, issue of the New Yorker, depicts a disheveled fi gure walking down a busy, urban street.
- Holy Baptism: A Rite for the Reconstituting of Sacred Community
The church is darkened and the congregation hushed, as if holding a collective breath. A lone voice begins to sing.
- The revaluing of the diaconate for the renewal of the church
Catholic tradition has developed a leadership structure consisting of three orders, deacon, priest, and bishop, each serving the baptized and enabling their ministry in the world.
- Preaching Faith in an Urban World
Believing Urbanization can be of God Aristotle is quoted as saying: “Men came together in cities to live, but remained there to live the good life” 1.
- Lutherans and Anglicans together: On to mission at last
Despite twenty years of offi cially sanctioned joint eucharistic gatherings by Lutherans and Episcopalians, little of a practical nature has been written to aid those charged with liturgical planning to understand the historical background and theological implications of their work, in addition to the practical mechanics involved.
OPEN Pentecost Edition
OPEN Fall 2001
- No doxology
The following sermon was preached on the Commemoration of Lancelot Andrewes at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, September 26, 2001.
- Gray pointed arches and flat disks of pure white bread
Frequently I am startled athowlittle context and history we offer ourselves for the continuing work of renewing the church, re-examining its mission and liturgy, responding to new opportunities, and perhaps most of all, facing conflict.
- International Anglican Liturgical Consultation
discusses ministry and ordination
More than 70 Anglican liturgists representing 30 provinces of the Anglican Communion gathered in Berkeley, California, as the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation in August 2001.
- Episcopal ecumenical commission addresses
Lutheran ordination by-law
The Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, meeting at the Lutheran Church Center in Chicago, Oct.
- A new baby sister
As an unrepentant female I hesitate to note here that some men do indeed give birth. This particular incident has not been the happy nine months within the pampered heart of nubile fecundity, but rather an extended gestation stretching into years marked by false labor and peculiar urgings amid great huffings and puffings which sometimes came to naught.
- From discord to discernment
The coordinated attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States by militant Islamic extremists and the multi-leveled retaliation by the U.
- Practical postmodernism for parishes
In Seattle, hundreds of young people gather once a week for a traditional choral compline service by candlelight.