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War Is Never Less Than Evil

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin

The first Biblical war story is recounted in Genesis 14. It tells of when five Canaanite kings, including the king of Sodom, rebelled against Chedorlaomer of Elam. Chedorlaomer defeated the five and took away their goods, together with Abram’s nephew Lot, who was then living in Sodom, and his goods. Abram in turn pursued and…

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La guerra nunca es menos que el mal

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin

La primera historia bíblica de guerra se relata en Génesis 14. Cuenta cuando cinco reyes cananeos, incluido el rey de Sodoma, se rebelaron contra Quedorlaomer de Elam. Quedorlaomer derrotó a los cinco y les quitó sus bienes, junto con Lot, el sobrino de Abram, quien para aquel entonces vivía en Sodoma. Abram, a su vez,…

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Getting to Yes

The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool

It’s the title of a book that was first published in 1981 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin) and is still useful today: Getting to Yes. The authors—Roger Fisher and William Ury—were leaders of the Harvard Negotiation Project and were called upon internationally to advise and coach people negotiating disagreements in every sort of conflict, from the personal…

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Obtenga el Sí

The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool

Es el título de un libro que se publicó por vez primera en 1981 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin) y sigue siendo útil hoy en día: Obtenga el Sí (Getting to Yes). Los autores, Roger Fisher y William Ury, fueron líderes del Proyecto de Negociación de Harvard y fueron llamados internacionalmente para asesorar y entrenar a personas…

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Reaching Across Difference

The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche

I am writing this from the Lambeth Conference of bishops from across the Anglican Communion, in Canterbury, England, where questions of conflict have been very much on our minds. Some of that deliberation has centered on differences and conflicts within the Anglican Communion itself. This has mostly to do with conflicting convictions regarding human sexuality, particularly the…

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Bishop Andrew ML Dietsche

Superar las diferencias

The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche

Escribo esto desde la Conferencia de Lambeth de obispos de toda la Comunión Anglicana, en Canterbury, Inglaterra, donde las cuestiones de conflicto han estado muy presentes en nuestras mentes. Parte de esa deliberación sobre el conflicto se ha centrado en las diferencias y los conflictos dentro de la Comunión Anglicana misma. Esto tiene que ver…

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Bishop Andrew ML Dietsche

Conflict and Christian Nationalism: How to Talk across the American Divide

The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD

As recent congressional hearings on the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol have reminded us in vivid detail, we are a nation deeply divided. Conflict due to political and cultural differences has penetrated every corner of American life, including our relationships with family and friends, and caused painful rifts among members of our congregations….

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A Prayer for Our Enemies

Judith Mason

Because I find it the most difficult to pray spontaneously for my enemies at those very times when I need the most to do so, I “assembled” the prayer below from bits and pieces on the Internet. This way I only have to say the words. God seems to take care of the rest. Lord Jesus, following…

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Speak Out, Don’t Hide

Rick Hamlin

Christ never flinched from addressing a conflict head-on, at the cost of his own life. Why, then, do we, his followers, seem so conflict averse? Or is it just us ultra-polite Episcopalians? As a former warden and vestryperson, I hesitate to put any of this down on paper—fearful of hurting someone, more fearful of the…

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Christianity vs. “Churchianity”

The Rev. Dr. Edwin H. Cromey

Christianity: The time of our Lord. “Churchianity”: Our time. I believe I was an Episcopalian before I was even born. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was my birthplace. My dad was a priest; my mother was a choir member in his first parish. I was ordained to the priesthood in…

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