Touring the Glebe House

This Thursday is the 235th anniversary of the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Seabury as the first American Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and the wider Episcopal Church.  The decision to elect Samuel Seabury is a classic tale of not showing up for the meeting and then being signed up for the very…

Anglicans in hiding: Studying the Tories as community

Studying history, particularly studying history as a community, will allow that community to foster deep relationships, and help identify steps to move forward, together. That is exactly what the community at the newly formed Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is doing. Good Shepherd was recently merged at the 235th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Before…

Stories from the past: 45th anniversary of women’s ordination

oday is the 45th anniversary of the first ordination of a woman to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, and the 40th anniversary of the first woman ordained in ECCT – The Reverend Joan Horwitt. To celebrate and reflect upon the past 45 years, I met with our Archivist, Greg, to see if he had any fun and interesting finds around women’s ordination. I not only acquired a new online folder of scanned images of newspaper clippings and whole booklets from the 1970s arguing for and against women’s ordination, but Greg and I dove deep into one theological question: symbolism associated with the clergy person.

Stories from the past: WWII Episcopal Chaplains

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from our Archivist at The Commons, Greg Farr. He had found a small box filled with pictures and correspondents between Episcopalian Connecticut natives serving as chaplains in World War II.
These letters and photographs were sent upon the request of the Rt. Rev. Walter Henry Gray, the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.