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Posts from retired blogs, including Bishop Mark Beckwith's blog "Signs of God's Grace," Canon Greg Jacobs' blog "Out of the Ordinary," and blogs by General Convention deputies in 2012 and 2015.

The Beloved Community
Posted by Mark Beckwith on September 19, 2018

Martin Luther King first made a reference to the Beloved Community in a 1956 speech celebrating the Supreme Court decision that desegregated the bu

Posted by Mark Beckwith on September 5, 2018

Like many of us, I watched the entire funeral service for Senator John McCain on Saturday.

Posted by Mark Beckwith on August 15, 2018

Whoever eats this bread receives eternal life. Whoever. He is not limiting the offer of bread to men or Jews or people of influence. He is offering it to everybody – women, slaves, prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers.

Phil Schentrup speaks at the Bishops United Against Gun Violence witness. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on July 18, 2018

The just-concluded General Convention did a lot of creative work inside during its 10-day gathering, which in some ways was a good thing, given the

In-between time
Posted by Mark Beckwith on June 20, 2018

For the past year and a half, I have been living in a state of in-between. Since the announcement of my retirement in February of last year and the consecration of Caryle Hughes on September 22, I have been on a journey that has been both wonderful and weird.

Before the bishop election, take time to "empty the cup"
Posted by Mark Beckwith on May 16, 2018

Four decades after my two-year sojourn in Japan, where I lived after college, I still draw wisdom from Zen koans.

Bishop Beckwith meeting with diocesan youth on April 27, 2018. CHRIS WHITAKER PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on May 2, 2018

“The last time I wasn’t afraid I didn’t understand.”

Posted by Mark Beckwith on April 18, 2018

The "now what?" is the perhaps the most important of the three questions, because the impact and power of the Resurrection depends, in large measure, on how we carry it forward.

The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, now part of the National Civil Rights Museum complex. A wreath marks the spot where King died.
Posted by Mark Beckwith on April 4, 2018

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was murdered with a high-powered rifle.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."
Posted by Greg Jacobs on April 4, 2018

Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, a man who spoke to the conscience of a nation through his words of nonviolence.