Virginia Episcopalians Delve into Gnostic Gospel, Historical Jesus

by (@JeffreyHWalton) March 21, 2014

The Historical Jesus is an enigma, according to a Princeton University professor and author who spoke on the Gnostic gospel of Thomas to an audience of Virginia Episcopalians March 13-14.

Early Warning Signs of Diminished Support at Virginia Seminary?

by (@JeffreyHWalton) February 19, 2014

Long considered safe from decline that diminished many of its peers, the largest of the Episcopal Church’s seminaries may be showing warning signs that its funding is drying up.

Virginia Episcopal Bishop Conducts Same-Sex Blessing

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 4, 2013

One year after Shannon Johnston authorized the blessing of same-sex unions in the Diocese of Virginia, the Episcopal Church Bishop has presided over a ceremony for a clergywoman in the diocese.

Properties in Hand, Episcopalians Turn Over Sanctuaries to… Evangelicals?

by (@JeffreyHWalton) September 10, 2013

In two instances, properties disputed in Episcopal Church litigation are now being used by Evangelical churches that hold a high view of scripture and teach a traditionalist interpretation of the Bible.

Bishop Spong’s “Non-Literal” Good Friday

by (@JeffreyHWalton) April 2, 2013

Follow Jeff Walton on Twitter. Less than a month after sponsoring an event for Virginia Episcopal clergy featuring a speaker who denies both the afterlife and unique divinity of Christ, Bishop Shannon Johnston of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has presided over a service featuring a similarly controversial figure. In a Good Friday service at […]

Virginia Episcopalians Spotlight Jesus Seminar’s Dominic Crossan

by (@JeffreyHWalton) March 12, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Just in time for Easter, Virginia Episcopalians hosted a Jesus Seminar radical who denies that Jesus was uniquely divine or physically rose from the dead. Instead, the historic person of Jesus was a non-violent revolutionary who was distinct only for the time and place in which he lived, according to an […]

Episcopal Church: I’ve Got 99 Problems but a Priest Shortage Ain’t One

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 27, 2012

On a Saturday morning earlier this month a gathering of 900 supporters from across the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia crowded into the main sanctuary of the Falls Church Episcopal (won from departing Anglicans in May through a court verdict). The special service celebrated nine transitional deacons ordained to the Episcopal priesthood by Bishop Shannon Johnston. […]

Historic Virginia Congregation to Begin Same-Sex Blessings

by (@JeffreyHWalton) November 8, 2012

A historic Episcopal parish that counts President George Washington and Confederate General Robert E. Lee among its past congregants will soon begin performing same-gender blessings. Rector Pierce Klemmt of Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia revealed in an October 26 e-mail that Bishop Shannon Johnston has granted the parish’s request to begin using the […]

Priest Recalled from Sudan to Lead Worship at Falls Church Episcopal

by (@JeffreyHWalton) June 25, 2012

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post identified Stanley as “openly lesbian”. Rev. Stanley has written to clarify that she is heterosexual (see comments section below). The continuing Episcopal congregation of the Falls Church (TFCE) has invited an Episcopal priest who was famously recalled from the Sudan in a controversy over same-sex blessings to lead […]

When the Pastor Says It’s ‘A Time to Sow’

by (@TheIRD) March 23, 2009

Fred Barnes March 23, 2009 The following article originally appeared on the Wall Street Journal website, and is reproduced with permission. In 2007, my wife Barbara and I left The Falls Church, which we had happily attended from the time we became Christians a quarter-century ago. It’s a 277-year-old church in northern Virginia well-known for its popular […]