Bill Ellis

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Rev. Bill Ellis is dean of St. John’s Cathedral. He has a bachelor’s degree in history, a Master of Divinity and holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

The three go together

The three go together, so I would prefer to think about this question not so much as which is most important, but which in healthy and organically growing human associations comes first.  In the best and healthiest organizations belonging comes first. We are born citizens of the United States, then …

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Paying off our nation’s debt is a spiritual issue

And so now, as often happens, we meet at the intersection of religion and politics streets. Representative Paul Ryan’s budget committee of the U.S. House has produced a budget that cuts 5.3 trillion dollars from projected deficits over the next decade, a formidable number that does not erase the whole …

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The threat of ideological purity in politics

A big part of the battle for this year's Republican nomination has been couched in terms of which of the four remaining candidates is the most conservative. I cannot help but be suspicious of this. My reasons have nothing to do with conservatism itself, but rather with what seems to …

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In new book Spong attacks worshippers, misunderstands scripture

Bishop John Shelby Spong has spent most of his life struggling against biblical literalism and modern fundamentalism which sprang from it. He continues that fight in his most recent work “Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World.” In this book he repeats a number of things that are, well, worth …

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Faith came first

There is an old and trite joke — with many variations — which goes something like: “There are two types of people in the world, those who divide the world into two types of people, and those who don't.” Just for now I am with the former; I am going …

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