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  • When a Bishop Becomes a Media Sensation

    Ann Mellow
    May 22, 2018

    PBCommonsWhen Saturday Night Live impersonates you for “World News Tonight,” you know you’re a media sensation. Such was the case for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry this past weekend.

    Episcopal folks were already excited that the Presiding Bishop was slated to offer the address at the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel. But I don’t think anyone was prepared for its impact.

    For many royal watchers his message (and its delivery!) turned out to be a revelation. Anticipating mere royal pageantry, viewers actually found themselves in church, moved by an impassioned articulation of an expansive Christian love that included ample quoting of scripture, multiple references to Jesus, forthright acknowledgement of the sin of injustice past and present, and the possibility of a healed and reconciled human family.  If reactions of the press and social media are any gauge, it is a message that is too rarely heard and yet very much yearned for. In these times of religious extremism and secular skepticism, it is an image of Christianity too rarely seen or understood.

    As Episcopal schools, we have an enormous opportunity to live out Bishop Curry’s message every day, however imperfect our efforts, however hard it can sometimes be. And if we ever wonder whether our mission as Episcopal schools remains needed and relevant—well, the message of an Episcopal bishop just became more fascinating than the fascinators at a royal wedding.

    Related Article:
    The Presiding Bishop's Sermon at the Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

    Bishop Curry in the Media


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  • The Little Way

    Andrew Armond
    May 08, 2018
    These last few weeks in most of our communities will stretch us in two directions: we will be weary, worn, and tired, but simultaneously inspired, energized, and touched by the multitude of recognitions, ceremonies, and closings to our academic year. We will remember that the places we inhabit daily are both exceptional and quotidian, and that this balance is at the heart of our dynamic approach to education in the Episcopal tradition. But it’s easy to privilege the exceptional, especially at this time of the year, and to overlook the quotidian, the ordinary, the unsung in our communities. I recently shared ... ยป Read More
  • Sacred Flames

    Stephen Hebert
    April 24, 2018
    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 19.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 19.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} A few nights ago, I entered Belmont Chapel at St. Mark's School in Southborough to light candles for an evening chapel service. A group of theater students were in the chapel rehearsing a performance that they were going to be giving that night. One of the theater students — a tall, wiry kid with the energy of a thousand suns — immediately dropped character and ... ยป Read More