Eastertide Facebook Conversations

Easter Greetings! In an effort to promote dialogue and fellowship, while also helping us get in the spirit of our 2016 Conference, the Board Members of the Society of Scholar Priests will be hosting a series of Facebook conversations on the theme of Right Action during Eastertide. Please come join us! Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/scholarpriests Each Tuesday a Board Member will …

A Young Scholar Priest Reflects on the 78th General Convention

A Reflection by Molly James  One of my favorite moments at General Convention was when the President of the House of Deputies invited all the deputies who were born in the 1990’s to come forward. I stayed in my seat, being a child of the 80s, and smiled. I was at a church meeting, and I was not the youngest …

“Gossip is My Fault”

View image | gettyimages.com   I became rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Waco, TX a little over a year ago. I believe that the biggest part of my work is empowering the ministry of the people in my congregation. I have stressed this point repeatedly with the congregation, always asking people to come to me …

Why the Trinity?

View image | gettyimages.com A Reflection by Matthew Kemp The church is out of touch with contemporary culture.  We know this from a very recent study released by the Pew Research Center titled, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.”  It surveyed people across the nation on their religious affiliation, and then compared these numbers with a similar survey taken in 2007. Most …

Fight Like Family: A Hope for General Convention

A Reflection by The Rev. Jason Ingalls General Convention is almost upon us, and it’s the first since the Scholar-Priest Initiative and the Society of Scholar-Priests started up. What might we want from General Convention this year? While I can’t speak for everyone involved in SPI/SSP, I can answer for myself:I hope we’ll fight like family. We all remember the run-up to …

General Convention: More Than Technical Change?

  A reflection by The Rev. Molly F. James, PhD I am often asked why I am priest. The short answer is that I had an incredibly inspiring parish priest when I was a child. The longer answer is that I had bone cancer when I was thirteen. That experience made me profoundly aware of my own mortality at an …

Of What Partisanship are We Post?: Reflections on the Beer Principle

View image | gettyimages.com A Reflection by The Rev. Jason Ingalls We want to be the party that votes against itself. The Scholar-Priest Initiative has three core values. We are rooted in Scripture and Tradition, post-partisan, and oriented to wise action. Post-partisanship, our second value, raises some eyebrows. This post is to answer a few questions around the partisanship of which …

Trinity Sunday

View image | gettyimages.com A reflection by Jonathan Stepp. Consider the following statements:  There is no God but Allah God Bless You May the Force be with You Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Depending on one’s definition of “Allah” or “the Force” or “God,” each of these statements might be referring to the same divine being and simply …