Magazine article The Christian Century

Clerical Acts

Magazine article The Christian Century

Clerical Acts

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Clergy in action across America, as described in church

bulletins, newsletters and the press: "Dr. Joanna Seibert, the Rev.

Patrick N. Murray and the Rev. Lowell Grisham gave

medications after the first, second and fourth ballots were taken"

during the election of an Episcopal bishop for Arkansas. Balm in

Gilead for faithhealing Anglicans. And an Englewood, New

Jersey, Presbyterian church seeking a "director of activities," lay or clerical,

described itself as an "ethically diverse

congregation." Proof that relativism has

triumphed.

In Norfolk, Virginia, a Presbyterian

church welcomed to its pulpit David B.

Jenkins, who, we learn, "has severed

pastorates" in three cities. Stop him,

before he splits more!

In our nation's capital, Michael J.

Dudick was advertised as offering a

"Pontifical Diving Liturgy." For Pope

John Paul II to make dramatic entrances

from the skies?

Lutherans in Java, South Dakota,

heard Ruth Ann Alexandra lecture. The

newspaper announcement said that she

had recently given a lecture at "the

Episcopal Diversity School in

Cambridge, Mass." We've been there.

Here's a cleric who worked ahead of

time: "Our sympathies are extended to

the family of A. G., who died on

Saturday, October 26. Funeral services

were Monday, October 18. A. E. Lacy,

officiating."

In its advertisement for a "Weekend

of Encouragement," Calvary

Evangelical Church in Concord (no

state mentioned) included this notice:

"No Registration Fee (Lover Offering)."

Good riddance. …

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