Archive for June, 2016

For Once

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

For once, the church was on the right side. For once, we Episcopalians were ahead of the times.

We have for decades been taking heat for our support of gay relationships. We have long been in favor of gun control. After the Orlando massacre, we can be glad that none of our social and political positions would have encouraged the shooter.

But, of course, this is very small comfort as we pray for so many victims and their families and friends. And blameless as we may be as a church, this was a dark night for religion. —J. Douglas Ousley


The Dones

Monday, June 6th, 2016

A new book by Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope discusses Church Refugees. It has the intriguing subtitle, Sociologists Reveal Why People Are Done with Church but Not Their Faith.

The authors focus on a subset of the increasing category of persons who respond to opinion polls by saying they have no religious belief–the subset of people who were once extremely active church members and who now no longer attend church. One reason these folks left was that they felt “judged” by fellow parishioners. They also felt weighed down by the endless meetings and other bureaucratic baggage of the modern church.

Whatever their reasons, these Nones are now Done with church. And the church is poorer without their energy and leadership. —J. Douglas Ousley