The Washington National Cathedral represents many things to many people. A Christian cathedral, a house of worship, a dignified place for prayer, solemn choirs, and, apparently now, pay-as-you-go tai-chi, yoga, and football practice in the nave? The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the Cathedral dean, says “why not?”. In a move shocking to even veteran TEC watchers, The Episcopal Church’s most famous national monument transforms itself from a reverent house of prayer to a Neo-Gothic shell in which all manner of non-Christian activities are permitted for those willing to pay for the privilege.
In the wake of an emerging consensus among journalists that Matthew Shepard was not murdered in a hate crime due to his sexual identity, The Episcopal Church’s determination to continue their uncritical support for the false narrative that portrays him as a gay martyr serves only to politicize a horrific tragedy.
The quiet majesty and dignified reverence of the National Cathedral’s Choral Evensong service stands as a moving reminder of all that is most holy and laudable in the Anglican tradition, and all within this tradition that the Episcopal Church has now lost.
Fogged in? Recent comments in a Washington Post profile of National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall indicated that visibility of area churches might be limited from atop Mount Saint Alban’s. (Photo Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images) If you haven’t read it yet, Mark Tooley has a good read on Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and […]
Liberal Episcopal Church elites often seem determined to fulfill caricatures of themselves. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, new dean of Washington’s prominent National Cathedral, does so fulsomely, gregariously, wonderfully in a recent Washington Post profile by Sally Quinn. They met in his favorite French restaurant near the magnificent Gothic edifice, which hosts so many solemn pageants of American civil religion.
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court “essentially gutted” the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and recalls the infamous Fugitive Slave Act of the 1850s, according to the dean of the Washington National Cathedral. In a Sunday sermon celebrating recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and lamenting a ruling on […]
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Washington National Cathedral officials hosted a special service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons the day of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and effectively overturned California’s voter-approved Proposition 8. Advertised as “a service of thanksgiving celebrating an increase in compassion and equality,” […]
By Mark Tooley America’s churches react to yesterday’s same-sex rulings, as those with the emptiest pews cheer loudest. Traditional minded Catholics, Southern Baptists and evangelicals were understandably nonplussed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings. And declining liberal Protestants were excited but hoping for more, more, more. The LGBTQ friendly National Cathedral even rang […]
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Immigration reform legislation will pass Congress by the August recess, predicted Sojourners CEO and President Jim Wallis in an April 28 interview. Wallis sat down with Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall to discuss immigration, gun control, the direction of young evangelical Christians and Wallis’ new book “On God’s Side.” Part […]
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Salvation is a cosmic act about all creation “not simply a few human beings,” according to the Episcopal Church’s top bishop. Speaking April 21 at the Washington National Cathedral, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori gave an Earth Day sermon on becoming “effective shepherds and pasture tenders for the whole creation” but […]