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Forum: the Rev. Joseph Wood, “Banish from It every unclean spirit”

Even as movies like The Conjuring, The Rite, and (most of all) The Exorcist continue to haunt our popular imagination, the Episcopal Church only dedicates one page to the practice of exorcism in its official resources, and even that mention offers scant details. Our Associate Rector will examine what is discussed in the Book of Occasional Services, explore where we can still find other traces of exorcism in broader Christian tradition, and perhaps begin to answer why the ritual has maintained such an indelible presence in modern culture. What do we mean when we talk about exorcism? And why -- when topics like angels and demons have largely become the subject of derision -- do we keep waiting for an old priest and a young priest to come knocking?