Price of peace: When Kathleen Lee Turner witnessed a friend’s daughter being baptized, she was stunned at how quickly the baptism was over and how easily the service segued into announcements. But that was not as shocking as when, later in the service, following the singing of a patriotic hymn, the senior pastor prayed, “O Lord, be with our country, our president, our military.
Progressive Episcopalians have begun test-marketing a revamped version of the popular Alpha course that organizers say can harness publicity over an openly gay bishop to bring people into the church. Some 15 Episcopal congregations across the country were the first to use the “via media” (middle way) eight-week curriculum in February.
Members of the United Methodist Church have given 1,326 prepaid phone cards to members of the military stationed around the world. The cards, worth 133,375 minutes, were donated by local congregations as part of a churchwide appeal to help service members keep in touch with their families. “We’ve got cookies and Gatorade.