By Terry Mattingly,
senior fellow for Media and Religion at
The King’s College in New York City.
from On Religion
The same thing happens to Father Kendall Harmon every year during the 12 days after the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
It happens with newcomers at his home parish, Christ-St. Paul’s in Yonges Island, S.C., near Charleston. It often happens when, as canon theologian, he visits other parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.
“I greet people and say ‘Merry Christmas!’ all the way through the 12 days” of the season, he said, laughing. “They look at me like I’m a Martian or I’m someone who is lost. … So many people just don’t know there’s more Christmas after Christmas Day.”
Continue reading about the end of the 12 Days of Christmas: On Religion
“George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father of our nation, was a devout Christian baptized shortly after his birth by his parents, who were members of the Church of England.
“The book, ‘George Washington the Christian,’ by William J. Johnson highlights Washington’s religious foundation, his prayers, his religious habits, and his actions taken as a Christian soldier. One of the stories that Johnson recounts of a 13-year-old Washington includes some verses that he copied on Christmas Day.
“Assist me, Muse divine, to sing the Morn, on Which the Saviour of Mankind was born,” Washington said. (Read more at CNSNews.com)
A Message From Father Tom Hiter of Christ Chapel and The Lighthouse, who is also Vicar of the UECNA Missions in far Western Kentucky:
I think everyone has heard (or read) my mention of my “Linked In” associate, Fr. Martin Olando Wesonga, in Kenya. Fr. Martin is an ordained Anglican minister of the Church of Kenya, and also serves as Principal of the Bishop Harrington Institute of Theology and Development, an Anglican Seminary in Mombasa.
Fr. Martin’s congregation is in a very poor part of Kenya, but they have great faith and an enormous willingness to work. The photos are of the recent graduation of the Harrington Institute.
Fr. Martin has asked for our prayers, and I have assured him that they will be forthcoming. Indeed, we at Christ Chapel pray for him and them every time we meet.
I offer the photos as clear, personal, human evidence that the Church in Africa, as we have been told elsewhere, is well and growing daily.
Tom Hiter +