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April 23, 2009

Editor's note: With this column, Anne McConney retires from writing for Episcopal Life. We thank her for her wisdom and dedication. Back in the days before I was born, my family went through some bad times. They weren't alone...

May 1, 2006

In about A month and a half, the Episcopal Church will send its deputies to Columbus, Ohio, and there it will deal with many issues. It will continue a process that currently involves -- and will involve for some years to come -- not only...

March 1, 2006

There was a time when I considered the season of Lent to be a very great annoyance, an interminable 40 days of earnest soul-searching, deprivation of favorite treats and, at least for the implacably Anglo-Catholic, an adherence to the...

February 1, 2006

Remember the funny e-mails we used to send to each other? You know the ones I mean -- the goofy headlines: “Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Investigators Say”, or the lines from earnest student papers: “People drive through on the...

December 1, 2005

Advent, we say, is a time of waiting. What we don't always say is that it's also a time of questioning, a time of standing on the brink and wondering what will come and deciding how we will deal with it. From the very beginning,...

November 1, 2005

There is always a sadness about the end of summer, as if summer were not so much a season as a country, a long landscape of days through which we travel and, with a small sigh, from which we return. When I was teaching, I always tried to...

October 1, 2005

It has been some days now since Hurricane Katrina barreled and bawled its way across the Gulf Coast, some days since a steady stream of human misery filled our TV screens. By now, no doubt, most of us have gone on to other things, the...

July 1, 2005

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine, almost exactly 230 years ago, watching the birth struggles of a new nation. Perhaps because the village smithy is no longer a common part of our lives, we may miss part of...

May 1, 2005

One of the great beauties of the Christian year is that every 12 months (give or take a bit for the moveable feasts) it brings us, with whatever joy or sorrow we may be carrying, to a place that is known to us with great familiarity and is...

March 1, 2005

“Time,” says the old joke, “is God’s invention to keep everything from happening at once.” Like many such jokes, however, it carries a deep truth. We are creatures of time, so immersed in the tides of before and after, of yesterday, today...

January 1, 2005

If I did not leap from my chair upon reading Jennifer Phillips’ “Mugging by Speech” (Episcopal Life, December), if I did not utter great shouts of joy and approval, it was only because at the time there was no one in my...

November 1, 2004

There are some things you cannot throw away. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they are useful or not, troublesome or not, or even if you bother to look at them very often. They remain with you, mute and haunted by the past, perhaps a...

June 1, 2004

THE SNOWS OF winter are gone and the long rains of spring, and we have come to the time when lightning cracks the sky from horizon to horizon. I love storms, love snow carried on a blast of cold, love sliding into sleep under warm...

January 1, 2004

January. Epiphany. A new year and a new beginning. Why does it seem so old? Why does the world rock on in all the same sad ways? The only comfort we can take, and a cold comfort it seems to be, is that we have seen it all before. We...

December 1, 2003

We have arrived again at the gateway of the Christian year. Advent is a time of frost and waning light, the time when we enter the desert and find it a place of darkness and cold, and in these few months we feel it more deeply and with...

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