This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 27

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 26

Fund raising at Texas Roadhouse

Good food, warm fellowship, tasty baked goods made a fun and profitable Wednesday, June 20th. All told, the evening raised $405 for the parish. The home-made cookies were a great success, as was the raffle, and we look forward to partnering with Texas Roadhouse again.

Betsy, our retired Red Cross rep and now public relations . . . → Read More: Fund raising at Texas Roadhouse

Falling literacy and the sad state of political discourse

The ugly tone of current political discourse is more than a little depressing. Indeed, to characterize today’s political exchanges as “debate” would be a travesty. Rarely does either side attempt to argue contrary points of view in a civilized manner. Rather, listeners are simply treated to a torrent of abuse, increasingly much of it scatological.

. . . → Read More: Falling literacy and the sad state of political discourse

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 25

The history behind our sundial

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The refurbished church tower now has an angled roof (instead of the former flat roof), surmounted by an old-fashioned weathercock. Behind it, you can see the new Celtic cross at the west end of the nave.

Our English forebears were practical people and their church buildings traditionally served secular ends as well as spiritual . . . → Read More: The history behind our sundial

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 24

I am the very model of a modern Vicar General

Not so long ago a parishioner asked me: “What exactly do you do as Vicar General of the diocese?” The answer: Officially, I administer the diocese’s affairs in the absence of the bishop.

And, indeed I had the opportunity to flex my quasi-episcopal muscle quite recently when Bishop Vaughan was on vacation in Ireland. However, . . . → Read More: I am the very model of a modern Vicar General

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 23

Down home truths about learning to read and write

My father—aka the Sage of Dedham Vale—maintained that the only way to be genuinely progressive was to be implacably opposed to progress. And the proof of this philosophical pudding is evident to all in the epidemic of functional illiteracy that afflicts our nation.

In 1900, some 90 percent of the American population were able to . . . → Read More: Down home truths about learning to read and write