Comments: opinion for Refreshment Sunday

I hadn't realized that this coming Sunday had become "Mother's Day" across the pond. Here in the States, Mother's Day and Father's Day are wholly owned subsidiaries of the greeting card and florist industries.

The day is noted by some churches, even some Episcopal ones, but it's nowhere an "official" part of TEC's worship.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 1:26pm BST

"“Ephesians 5:23 doesn’t say the husband is the head of the house; it says the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the Church, His body. We’ve morphed ‘head’ into a definition that means ‘authority over,’ but it’s not a definition. It’s a picture. The husband is the head and the wife is the body, and the head plus the body equals one flesh." Brett McCracken

What a repulsive image from a feeble insiders' article.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 1:51pm BST

The pub might be the best place to be, or sat at home watching the march on the telly, but writing to your MP is also self-righteous. If you don't show the politicians what you think, how will they know?

Capitalism isn't working, but with it, to try and maintain some growth helps pay the bills: to ram the economy into the wall will make paying the debt more difficult, to cut more and more to pay. The great failure now is that, at this level of the economic cycle, tax cuts or income redistributions are not needed (and we are in reverse of both), but direct government spending on projects that generate income with real benefits to economic efficiency. For example, bring all the railways back under one organisation and let's get on with a variety of projects including north-south and east-west new lines. Reconnect Wales on the west side and do some urban tramways. It creates work, demands services and supplies, and circulates income, and gets things going to pay the bills.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 2:08pm BST

An interesting proposal has emerged in Inspires Online - the online publication from the Scottish Episcopal Church regarding the reordering of the Scottish Dioceses and alternative oversight to be offered to disaffected CofE parishes in the north of England if the CofE General Synod subscribes to the Anglican Covenant in June.


"This proposal would appear to have a limited shelf life" says a local correspondent H.T. Gowk.

Posted by Kennedy at Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 5:37pm BST

Oh, Kennedy!

Read the dateline. April Fool!

Posted by cryptogram at Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 4:50pm BST

Well, in memory of _my_ mother (who insisted it be called Mothering Sunday and not Mother's Day) and as we all know it well behoves to do as his Mother tells him, today in the UK is Mothering Sunday. Nowadays it is increasingly referred to by the godless heathen (joke; /i/ irony on /i/) as Mother's Day as the card sellers try to muscle in. But Mothering Sunday predates Mother's Day so it is not a recent 'had become'... =:-)

Posted by Dion at Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 8:26pm BST

Oh Cryptogram!

Read the attribution. Hunt the Gowk[1]

[1] Scots for April Fool.

for the hard of Scots.

Posted by kennedy fraser at Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 9:31pm BST

Many thanks for the articles by Christopher Howse. They are thoughtful and encouraging.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Thursday, 7 April 2011 at 7:30pm BST
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