Monday Madness -- Discerning the Bracket!

April 17, 2012
Scott Gunn

After an Easter hiatus, Tim and Scott are back to reveal how the Supreme Executive Committee discerns the bracket for Lent Madness. For a limited time, your nominations are welcomed for the bracket of Lent Madness 2013.

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21 comments on “Monday Madness -- Discerning the Bracket!”

  1. And there I was, thinking it must be just some arbitrary non-sensical "luck of the draw" that brought us the bracket! (Like the process that produces that other late winter/early spring time bracket seems to be sometimes.) I am so relieved to know that there is actually a careful, thorough, well planned and concentrated discernment process! Now I can sleep peacefully until next Lent! (Of course, with intermittent periods of wakefulness to watch the intermittent Monday Madnesses that will undoubtedly continue intermittently until next Lent.) All Hail, SEC!

  2. Here are two more match ups- How about MLK vs. his namesake Martin Luther? and How about Dorothy Day vs. Cesar Chavez? (both worked for worker rights in the peace and justice ,movement).
    PS I'd be willing to help research and create bios for next year's bracket.

  3. Now that you have revealed the bracket building process I am amazed at the logic and thought that goes into Lent Madness.

    Perhaps you both should consider seeking higher office, congress perhaps, where you could spread your keen insights to other leaders. Who knows what might happen then.

  4. Gosh! I thought this was going to be more joking, but I saw a serious process, openly and clearly delineated. Many thanks to the SEC.

    Also, I've begun reading C.J. Sansom's Reformation Period mysteries which I learned about during Lent Madness (Cranmer's kitsch - still bitter about THAT contest) and they are most excellent.

  5. I would like to nominate pope John xxiii. I'm not r.c. But have many friends who are and believe that he was about as saintly as a pope can be and did wonders for the church , much of which is being undone by the current regime.

  6. I nominate St. Mother Theodore Guerin. She was canonized in the Roman Catholic Church in 2006. She is the 8th Saint of the US. She came over from France in 1840 and founded the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana - a group of fabulous women and very brilliant women. St. MTG is very versed in interfaith relations - including her 2nd miracle (the one that got her canonized) was healing a Baptist man who was almost blind - and now is completely healed. She is also responsible for at least 3 women priests of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Chicago. I say "Go Mama Teddy!!!"

  7. An amazing discernment process---beyond reproach---and belief.
    Two nominations for the next brackets: St. Clement, a Bishop of Rome, whom St. Paul mentioned as one of those whose names are written in the book of life. Banished under the persecution of Trajan, he continued to minister to his fellow Christians, for which he was condemned, bound to an anchor and cast into the sea. -- Emily Dickinson, who practiced an art of belief that made her among the greatest of American poets and most brilliantly enigmatic religious thinkers.

  8. I'd like to nominate saintly social workers: Sts. Vincent De Paul, Louise De Marillac, John Bosco, Frances Xavier Cabrini, Damian of Molokai.

  9. I would like to nominate St. Patrick of Ireland. No finer saint ever there was. He endured slavery as a youth, returned to the people who enslaved him. He was a reconciler. He spoke truth to power in taking on the kings. Saw the best in the ancient religions. And he is buried on Anglican soil at the Church of Ireland Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. The thing about his driving the snakes out of Ireland is no more than old myth. But perhaps he could drive the rest of next year's bracket away and win the Golden Halo!

  10. This video was a profound revelation to me. Administrative process has never been more clearly delineated: "The ferrets have spoken!"

  11. In this time of greater need for the world and in the spirit of this year’s winner,
    I would like to nominate Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997). She has shown
    what one person can do even in our modern world with Christ at their side!

  12. I am going out on a limb here and would like to nominate Pelagius. True he is seen as heretical to some, but what better saint for an Anglican church which was described by Karl Barth as "incurably Pelagian"? In addition, to lift a phrase from one of the Supreme Executive Committee members, the "archnemesian rivalry" between Pelagius and Augustine is somewhat legendary. With the Diocese of Atlanta voting on rehabilitating Pelagius last November, I think he's worth a look.

  13. nominate Agnes of Assisi 1197-1253, David Lewis, martyr,1616-1679,Elizabeth Seaton, founder of American sisters of charity 1823, Thomas Aquinas

  14. Here are two saints found in many Anglican calendars though not ours:
    Edward the Confessor (a favorite of mine as he brought my eponymous ancestor from Normandy to England), and King Charles the Martyr who may not have been a great success as a king but did give his life for episcopacy and the BCP.

  15. Having watched breathlessly as you fired up a wonky, uncovered thurible (hey -- I hoped you'd finesse that process) upon an oriental rug (now, that's stylish), I nominate St. Catherine of Sienna, Patron Saint of Fire Prevention (and Doctor of the Church -- which could come in handy). At this ung-dly hour I'm not up to checking past brackets to see if she's been in prior contests, though even if she has, she deserves another chance, particularly with you two in charge!