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April 23, 2014
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• What about the more than 200 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria? ... [Posted on Bakery by Mother Jane Arrington Bender, All Saints, Lehighton] Dear Friends, There have been several "high-profile" tragic, accidental deaths recently including the Malaysian jet disappearance and the South Korean ferry disaster. I am incredulous that the story of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by the radical Islamic group called Boko Haram, from a school in Nigeria is not getting "high-profile" coverage. Where is the outcry of this unspeakable atrocity. Jimmy Carter's new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, is a powerful "outcry and call to action" against what he calls systematic genocide against women. A compelling interview of Carter with Charlie Rose may be found here. How can we, as individuals, as parishes, and as a diocese, give voice to this?
• Pope Francis: A reform more important than style ... [Bill] The Second Vatican Council mandated that every country have a national bishops’ conference. Not long afterwards, with the election of Pope John Paul II and his successor Benedict XVI, these popes have worked to disempower national conferences of bishops. They pressed the old idea that a bishop in his own diocese relates to the pope and owes no allegiance to national conferences of bishops in his own country. The old divide-and-conquer strategy.
As Tom Fox has written in the National Catholic Reporter, "The bishops at the Second Vatican Council attempted to decentralize church governance both to make it more effective and to return to more traditional models of preaching the Good News. The re-introduction of episcopal shared authority, called "collegiality," was one of the crowning achievements of Vatican II. In this understanding, the local church is primary, the bishops join together, as the apostles once did, to share authority. The bishop of Rome remains as the sign of unity among them, not the absolute monarch of recent centuries past."
Despite resistance within the Roman Curia, it seems to me that Pope Francis, in his attempt to find a new way of being church and governing church, is attempting to reverse the disempowerment of national conferences of bishops. That won't put him on magazine covers and the front pages of newspapers because it is generally not so well and easily understood as reforms in style, but it would be thus far his most important reform.
• Bishop of VA and Truro rector build bridge ... [Episcopal Café] For Bishop Shannon Johnston of the Diocese of Virginia and the Rev. Tory Baucum, rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, building a relationship was not easy in the wake of lawsuits over ownership of the Truro parish property. But in the spring of 2011, Johnston and Baucum began a friendship across a deep fracture in Anglicanism. Read on. "How they have managed to form and maintain a friendship across theological divides and a lot of rancor," Amy Spagna of Trinity Bethlehem wrote on Bakery, "serves as a reminder to us all that being in relationship, deliberately, makes it that much harder to vilify someone labeled as 'other.' "
• What suffering does ... [David Brooks, NYTimes] Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself in a bunch of conversations in which the unspoken assumption was that the main goal of life is to maximize happiness. That’s normal. When people plan for the future, they often talk about all the good times and good experiences they hope to have. We live in a culture awash in talk about happiness. In one three-month period last year, more than 1,000 books were released on Amazon on that subject.But notice this phenomenon. When people remember the past, they don’t only talk about happiness. It is often the ordeals that seem most significant. People shoot for happiness but feel formed through suffering.
Now, of course, it should be said that there is nothing intrinsically ennobling about suffering. Just as failure is sometimes just failure (and not your path to becoming the next Steve Jobs) suffering is sometimes just destructive, to be exited as quickly as possible. But some people are clearly ennobled by it. Read on.
• A Prayer Before Starting Work ... [The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, Editor/Reporter, NCR] Heavenly God, as I enter this work place, I bring your presence with me. I speak your peace, your grace, your mercy and your perfect order into this office. I acknowledge your power over all that will be spoken, thought, decided and done within these walls.
Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have blessed me with. I commit to using them responsibly in your honor. Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job. Anoint my projects, ides and energy; so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring you glory.
Lord, when I am confused, guide me. When I am weary, energize me. When I am burned out, infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit. May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy and a smile to all that I come in contact with today.
And, O Lord, as I leave this place, give me traveling mercy. Bless my family and home to be in order as I left it. Lord, I thank you for everything you’re doing, and everything you’re going to do. In the name of Jesus, I pray with much love and thanksgiving. Amen.
• The Book of Common Prayer is still a big deal ... [Christianity Today] Why the nearly 500-year-old Anglican prayer book retains its influence, and why it should appeal even to (non-Anglican) evangelicals. Read on.
• God of the Dark Places ... [Episcopal Café, Andrew Gerns] In her new book "Learning to Walk in the Dark," Barbara Brown Taylor nudges Christians to remember that God did not only create the light, but the dark. And she reminds us that often the most serious encounters with the divine happen in the dark. Take Good Friday, for example. Read on.
• The geography of evil ... [Episcopal Café, Andrew Gerns] The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Ferlo, president of the Bexley Seabury Federation and professor of biblical interpretation and the practice of ministry, preached this sermon at Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, Chicago.
• The ultimate self-help book: Dante's 'Divine Comedy' ... [Rod Dreher, WSJournal] Everybody knows that "The Divine Comedy" is one of the greatest literary works of all time, Rod Dreher writes in The Wall Street Journal. What everybody does not know is that it is also the most astonishing self-help book ever written.
When we say “Jesus died for our sins,” what does that mean?
... [Brian Zahnd] The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive. The cross is what God endures in Christ as [God] forgives. Once we understand this, we know what we are seeing when we look at the cross: We are seeing the lengths to which a God of love will go in forgiving sin." Read on.
• Forgiveness: not something you feel, but something you do ... [Giles Fraser, The Guardian, London] I suspect there is so much sentimentalising of forgiveness that it blocks out much of our understanding of the real thing. And by sentimentalising, I mean the idea that forgiveness involves person A coming to have warm and kindly feelings towards person B when person B has done them some enormous harm. One of the things I have always liked about the stories of the Bible is that they are mostly uninterested in a person's inner life. They don't say much about how Jesus feels. But they say a great deal about what he does. Likewise with forgiveness: it is not fundamentally something that you feel, but something that you do.
Specifically, it is the refusal to respond in kind, the refusal to answer violence with violence, the refusal of an eye for an eye. This, importantly, means that you can do it even if you don't feel it – which cuts directly against our modern commitment to authenticity (an overrated value, in my book). For the problem with forgiveness, as a kindly feeling towards a wrongdoer, is that it is impossible for most of us, maybe even for all of us. This I know: if you harmed my children, there is no way I am going to think kindly of you. Not ever. A more realistic, and indeed a more politically useful understanding of forgiveness is, I think, that it is a refusal of getting even, a refusal of revenge. Read on.
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• When did dependence become a dirty word ... [Bishop Gene Robinson, The Daily Beast] The establishment of a social safety net is the most profoundly religious action a government can take. An underlying principle of the Judeo-Christian faith—indeed of most faith communities—is that God will judge humankind by the way we care for the most vulnerable in our midst. Think of all the people in the world we generally revere: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Clara Barton, Nelson Mandela, Dorothy Day, Albert Schweitzer, Dag Hammarskjold, Mother Teresa. All of them, in one way or another, reached out to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the marginalized, seeking to ease their pain and help bear their burdens. When a government sets out to seek the common good, it realizes that there will be some among us who are less able to meet all their needs, chief among them housing, food and safety. And it’s not just a few of us who find ourselves in need at some point: as Mark Rank wrote on the New York Times’ Opinionator, “nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 25 and 60 will experience at least one year below the official poverty line during that period ($23,492 for a family of four), and 54 percent will spend a year in poverty or near poverty (below 150 percent of the poverty line).” Read on.
• Statue of a homeless Jesus startles a wealthy community ... [NPR] A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church. The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes. Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away. The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn't. Read on. [h/t Stephen Lewellis]
• Does Christianity really prefer charity to government welfare? ... [The Week] Therole of private charity versus that of state-sponsored social programs remains a hotly contested issue in Right vs. Left politics, with the Right typically favoring a heavy or total reliance upon private charity, and the Left typically calling for a more robust emphasis on state-provided programs. What is often presumed, however, in this political discourse is that Christianity, like conservatism, requires a total reliance on private charity to deliver services to the needy. This could not be more wrong. Read on.
• The problematic rise of 'voluntourism' ... [Episcopal Café] Rafia Zakaria takes on the rise of "voluntourism" vacations, or vacations which combine foreign travel with a helping of charity work, in a column on Al-Jazeera English. She points out that these vacations fuel the white-savior complex that already runs rampant in much of the West, while doing little permanent good for those who actually need help. Read on.
• A saint he ain't ... [NYTimes Op-Ed, Maureen Dowd] “This is a political balancing act,” said Kenneth Briggs, the noted religion writer. [i.e., canonizations on the same day of John XXIII and John Paul II] “Unfortunately, the comparisons are invidious. John opened up the church to the world and J.P. II began to close it down again, make it into a more restricted community, putting boundaries up.” John XXIII, whose reign lasted from 1958 to 1963, comes out “free and clear,” Briggs noted, while John Paul has a “cloud hanging over his papacy.” One of John Paul’s great shames was giving Vatican sanctuary to Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, a horrendous enabler of child abuse who resigned in disgrace in 2002 as archbishop of Boston. Another unforgivable breach was the pope’s stubborn defense of the dastardly Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, a pedophile, womanizer, embezzler and drug addict. As Jason Berry wrote last year in Newsweek, Father Maciel “was the greatest fund-raiser for the postwar Catholic Church and equally its greatest criminal.” Read on.
• The politics of saint making ... [NYTimes Op-Ed, Paul Vallely] In coupling the two papal canonizations, Pope Francis is signaling to conservatives and liberals alike that no one should be excluded from the church’s embrace. Even so, his actions have demonstrated very publicly how politicized saint-making has become, a process that risks devaluing the idea that saints are above all role models for how ordinary people should live a holy life. For the first 1,000 years of church history, saints were created by the popular acclamation of ordinary folk making pilgrimages to their tombs. From the 11th century onward, Rome took control of the process to ensure the orthodoxy as well as the sanctity of individual saints. That politicization has become even more evident in recent times, and the whole system of edification has become distinctly unedifying. Read on.
• New papal saints have flaws as well as greatness ... [NCR Editorial Staff] The two popes elevated to sainthood April 27, John XXIII and John Paul II, embodied some of the ancient forces that have shaped the Christian community since its earliest days. Each, in different measure, represented the tensions that play out perennially between charism and authority, between the rule of law and pastoral sensibilities, between maintaining order at the risk of rigidity and giving free rein to the Spirit at the risk of chaos. Read on.
• College Scholarships ... Gressle Scholarship, for male children of clergy resident in Pennsylvania.Leonard Hall Scholarship, for diocesan youth active in youth ministries.Shannon Fund, annual grants for daughters of Episcopal clergy who are canonically resident in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These grants are for undergraduate study only and are awarded in mid-June of each year. The application deadline is April 30. Contact Fr. Jim Rinehart or Ms. Edna Rauco at Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville for an application. Phone: 570-622-8720 Email: [email protected]
• New Hope is The Ask ... [New Hope in Pictures, Archdeacon Stringfellow] When we visit a school, The Welcome is quickly followed by The Ask. Together they form the most memorable set pieces of a visit. Above one of the head teachers reads his memorandum to us of the things he needs. It is The Ask. It seems to last forever and to be a surprise when it begins. I manage to blot them from my mind between journeys to Kajo-Keji.
To begin to understand the Ask, we need to remember that the South Sudanese have almost nothing. Their needs, from our perspective, are immense. Our list of their needs is much larger than their list. But The Ask never seems modest at the time. It's during the Ask that I feel the heat, that I imagine the bumpy ride back to Romogi, that I begin to yearn for the cramped quarters of the economy section of the airplane, and that I know that all we've done, all the money donors have generously entrusted to us, and all that we hope to do will but scratch the surface of their needs.
The Ask gives me a chance to mature a bit and to contemplate something other than my discomfort. Read on.
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• Christophany ... April 25-27 at Bear Creek Camp, Wilkes-Barre. Registration closed. "Im so excited about the response to Christophany so far," says missioner for youth and young adults Ellyn Siftar. "We have had quite a number of youth and chaperones register. See you on the mountain."
• EYE: The 2014 Episcopal Youth Event ... will take place at Villanova University, July 9-13. Read on.
• The EYE 2014 Team ... Here.
• Cynthia Caddoo, a 50-mile round trip at 92 for Meals on Wheels ... [The Morning Call, Sunday April 20] Every Friday, St. Anne's Trexlertown parishioner Cynthia Caddoo loads a cooler full of food in the back seat of her gray Chevrolet Prizm and sets out on a 50-mile round trip on the back roads of northwestern Lehigh County. Along the way, she stops to visit with homebound people, who would go hungry if not for her weekly deliveries. Spry and chipper, Caddoo defies her 92 years. And while she is older than most of those who rely on her help, she's not the oldest volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County. About 15 percent of the organization's nearly 1,000 volunteers are older than 80. Read on.
• Chancel Opera replaces sermon at Mediator Allentown ... Sunday, May 4, at 8:00 and 10:15. More info here. Also, Jo Trepanier at The Episcopal Church of the Mediator (610-434-0156) or Susan Bingham (610-573-4141), or through Mediator’s website.
• The opportunity of a lifetime ... [John Wimberly] Occasionally, congregations are presented astounding opportunities to grow. One of those opportunities is upon us. The opportunity is called the Millennial Generation. The number of Millennials in the United States differs depending on whose statistics you trust. However, 80 million individuals seems to be a consensus on the size of the millennial population. In 2014, they range in age from 18 to 33. ... As a consultant, some of my work is with congregations who need to re-imagine why they exist. Read on.
• Great Organ Recital at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre ...On Sunday April 27 at 4:00 p.m., St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral will celebrate the Eleventh Anniversary of the dedication of the Berghaus pipe organ with a recital by renowned organist Canon Mark Laubach. Read on.
• Calendar of events in our parishes ... Here.
• What's your elevator pitch ... [Episcopal Café and Acts 8] The Acts 8 Movement threw a challenge into the Episcopal blogosphere: explain why you are an Episcopalian in 250 words or less, in a way that makes us sound attractive. The results trickled out, one by one--some talking about our historical roots, some speaking of personal experiences of Christ, all moving in their own way. Read the elevator pitches here. What about you? What's your 'elevator pitch?'
• United Methodist website ... Here.
• The Moravian Church in North America website ... Here.
• The Moravian Church Northern Province website ... Here.
• The Presbyterian Church USA website ... Here.
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website ... Here.
• Vatican website ... Here.
• The Episcopal Church website ... Here.
Rest in Peace
• Jack Docker, 76 ... [From his family] It is with much sadness that we write to inform you of the passing away of the Rev. Dr. Canon John T. Docker (Jack to many of us). Jack passed on from his earthly duties on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton Ontario. He had been battling cancer for much of the past year. He died peacefully with his beloved wife of 45 years, Georgie and his sons at his side. His smile and laughter are greatly missed around this home. The Requiem Mass will be held at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton on Maundy Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to Christ's Church Cathedral or to local food banks. Thank you all for your prayers for Jack and for the entire Docker family in this difficult time. With love, Georgie, Sean, and Robert Docker; Glasserton. Dunnville, Ontario Canada.
He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood by the late Bishop Frederick Warnecke. He served at St. Mary's, Wind Gap; St. Joseph's West Bangor; Church of the Nativity, Newport; Christ Church, Rochester; on the staff of the Diocese of Bethlehem and the National Episcopal Church; and at St. Paul's on the Hill, Ossining.
• Muriel Parlin, 87 ... April 7, in her apartment at Kirkland Village. She was the wife of Stewart D. Parlin. They celebrated their 63rd anniversary in July. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church Bethlehem, Muriel was one of the founders of Trinity's Soup Kitchen, It began by delivering soup to the hungry from the back of her station wagon. Many knew her as Mickey. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Obituary.
• Pam Adams ... [St. Gabriel's Douglassville, Sally Heist, parish administrator] I have some sad but not unexpected news to share. Pam Adams passed from this life around 9:30 this morning [April 7]. We can take comfort knowing her battle with cancer is over and she’s now at peace and resting in the arms of our Lord and with Fr. Cal. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Pam's urn will rest with Cal’s in the columbarium there. We also plan to hold a memorial service here at St. Gabriel’s on a future date to allow our parish family and friends to celebrate Pam’s life and say goodbye. I know you’ll all join me in holding Pam’s family, who she loved so and who took such wonderful and loving care of her these past few months, in your prayers. Expressions of sympathy can be mailed to Pam's family care of her sister, Rita Sewell, at 1031 76 Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.
Episcopal/Anglican (beyond DioBeth)
• Free weekly bulletin inserts ... provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Find the inserts here.
• In-depth interview with ABC
... [Episcopal Café] Over the Easter weekend, the UK paper The Telegraph ran a multipart interview with Justin Welby which covers a lot of ground. Read on.
• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC) ... Here.
• iPads when necessary ... [A tweet from Amy Sullivan] Wasn't it St. Francis who said: "Preach the gospel at all times; use iPads when necessary"?
• An engaged laity demands answers on finance, abuse ... [Editorial, NCR] Out of weariness, one is tempted to look at news about sex abuse and church finances and conclude that the system is broken. In reality, what is broken in this 2,000-year-old church that has weathered many crises is the clerical system that has dominated it in the last few hundred years. ... The times have changed. An educated and engaged laity is demanding answers and accountability. There can be no going back. Read on.
• Past members of sex abuse commissions tell of struggles with bishops ... [Jason Berry, NCR] Commissions set up by church officials to advise church officials on clergy sexual abuse have a checkered history. No one knows this better than Catholics who answered their bishops' call to serve but found themselves and their advice rejected or ignored.The U.S. bishops named a 12-member blue-ribbon panel of lay advisers amid the firestorm of media coverage in 2002.
"A lot of American bishops would not want to see any of us of the original review board named to this [pontifical] commission," said Nicholas Cafardi, who served on the National Review Board from 2002 to 2004."The report we wrote in 2004 was pretty rough on the bishops," said Cafardi, a Duquesne University law professor, dean emeritus and canon lawyer. "If [the pope and the Vatican] want a credible board, they should have at least one American who has dealt with the realities. This is hardly something to claim credit for, but we had the largest crisis in terms of victims and perpetrators -- more than Ireland, Belgium and Australia -- because our country has the biggest church." Read on.
• National Catholic Reporter ... Here.
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here.
• Catholic News Service ... Here.
• Francis: Be courageous, brother bishops. Listen to your people and take their needs to Rome ... [Editorial, NCR] Many Catholics will find hope in the conversation between Brazilian Bishop Erwin Kräutler and Pope Francis in which they discussed the ordination of married men as a serious and positive possibility. For the first time in a very long time, the idea of a Roman Catholic married priesthood is a topic that can be discussed and is being discussed inside the Francis administration. Pietro Parolin, recently made a cardinal, was clear about this in media interviews shortly after the pope named him secretary of state last summer. Celibacy "is not a church dogma and it can be discussed because it is a church tradition," Parolin said. Even as archbishop in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was open to the idea, saying celibacy for priests "is a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change." Read on.
• From Beacon Hill to 'Bishop Bling,' clergy housing faces new scrutiny ... [RNS, David Gibson] The so-called “Francis effect” may be real, at least when it comes to clerical housing, and could be coming to a church near you. Read on.
• Will Francis condemn homophobia in Uganda? ... [The Atlantic] The country's leaders – Catholic, Anglican and Muslim – are invoking Africa's most prominent saints in their campaign against homosexuality. Sooner or later, the pope may have to confront growing homophobia in Uganda, whether or not he travels there. The country's religious and political leaders—including its high-ranking Catholic clergy—have used Martyrs Day to campaign against LGBT rights, and frequently invoke the Uganda Martyrs in their warnings about homosexuality. Pope Francis, meanwhile, has softened the Vatican's stance on homosexuality in words if not deeds, recently suggesting that the Church might support civil unions even as he reaffirmed its opposition to same-sex marriage. The pontiff's famous reply to a reporter’s question about gay and lesbian Catholic priests—“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”—prompted a fierce debate about the Catholic Church's approach to LGBT rights. Read on.
• Vatican website ... Here.
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
• Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.
• The Joy of the Gospel ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.
• Resources for caregivers ... Here.
• Medline Plus ... Here.
• WebMD ... Here.
• Alzheimers.gov ... For people helping people with Alzheimers. Here.
• Three Free Apps for getting qualified medical advice... [Techlicious] Urgent Care, HealthTap and First Aid. Info and links.
• Project Gutenberg: More than just free books ... [MakeUseOf] The Internet has brought the world many things, but one of the things that really stands out, is making the world’s culture more accessible to the population. Projects that would have seemed impossible 20 years ago are now being accomplished in the blink of an eye. Google Books is legally scanning every book they can get their hands on and the Internet Archive is digitizing every public domain movie, song, book, and webpage. But when it comes to books, one of the major players is Project Gutenberg. With an army of volunteers scanning, proofreading, and editing public domain works, being able to discover obscure works of literature is now easier than ever. Sites like Project Gutenberg, which has over 45,000 books on offer (at the time of writing), will ensure that no book will ever truly disappear. Whoever out there in the world who wants a copy of something will always be able to find it. Read on.
• Heaven Is for Real ... produced by megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes, took in an estimated $21.5 million over Easter weekend, Hollywood’s fourth overtly faith-based hit of the year. For conservative Christians, however, the film is “the theological equivalent of feasting on marshmallow Peeps and calling it Easter,” writes Cathy Grossman. Other films like “Noah,” “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead” have already performed quite well in the box office, and even more religious-themed movies on the way. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is scheduled for December.
• Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg ... Here. • Free Audiobooks from LibriVox ... Here. • Free Audiobooks and eBooks ... Here and Here.
• Google Books ... Millions of books you can preview or read free. Here. • The Online Books Page ... from UPenn. Here.
• More free eBooks and Audiobooks ... [Techlicious] Here.
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Many Congregational Resources ... The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of capital funds, consultants, architects, contractors, books, congregation management software, and more.
• Church locators ... Here.
• Insights into Religion ... Here.
• Forward Movement ... Here.
• The Alban Institute ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... Here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• The Chalice, a publication created by Joan DeAcetis for older adults and caretakers. Download issues here.
• Weekly Bulletin Inserts from the Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Episcopal Web Radio ... Here.
• Updated Episcopal Church canons and constitution ... Here.
Additional sources for news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• Religious Freedom Blog ... a weekly look back at the top stories and developments on religious liberty around the world. Here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
(1) The Episcopal Church website, news service, news service blog,
(2) Episcopal Café
(3) AngicansOnline website and news centre.
(4) The Living Church
(5) The Anglican Communion website and news service.
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• Prayers and Thanksgivings from the BCP ... Here.
• The (Online) Book of Common Prayer ... Here.
• The Daily Office ... can be read online in Rite I, Rite II or the New Zealand Prayer Book versions. At Mission St. Clare.
• The Daily Office ... from the Diocese of Indianapolis. Here.
• Daily Prayer ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• Holy Women, Holy Men ... Download Holy Women, Holy Men as a .pdf file.
• Speaking to the Soul ... An Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.
• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.
• The Lectionary ... A collection of Lectionary resources for the Episcopal Church, updated Sunday night. Here.
• Lectionary Page ... A liturgical calendar for upcoming weeks, with links to readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), as adapted for use in Episcopal worship. Here.
• Jubilate ... [Diocese of Bethlehem] Hymnody for Lent and Easter is published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for our diocesan community and for free distribution to the world. It is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 30 years. Find it here.
• Revised Common Lectionary ... Here.
• The Liturgical Calendar ... BCP, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, HWHM ... Here.
• Oremus Bible Browser ... Here.
• Enriching our Worship and Same-Sex Blessings ... Free download here.
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