Bad table manners: When Samuel Wells was the vicar of a small Anglican church in a marginal neighborhood, a gang of surly adolescents burst into the church one Sunday as the Eucharist was being celebrated.
End of discussion: A church youth group was discussing how 9/11 affected their prayer life. One young man said he’s not been able to pray since that event, since he assumes that many of the people in those planes and buildings were praying that God would spare them, and their prayers weren’t answered.
Quagmire? The Center for American Progress has a plan for getting the U.S. out of the quagmire of Iraq. For starters, the Bush administration should convene an international summit to develop a consensus on political, security and economic arrangements. An interim international group should provide oversight for Iraq until the elections scheduled for January 2005.
Moratorium on prayer: Anthony Bloom, longtime head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain, was a noted authority on prayer. In an article published posthumously (Theology Today, April), Bloom admits that his prayers were once driven by the thought that if he didn’t pray his world might collapse.