The May 30 edition of newSpin includes the
following items: 1. The Rev. Margaret Merrell, June 2 Memorial Service. 2. New dean at the Cathedral. 3. Priest-in-chage in Tunkhannock, 4. Corpus Christ regional celebration at Holy Cross, W-B. 5. First vows of Sister Patricia Michael Hauze. 6. June 27
Bishop's Day with Kids. 7. Summer hours at Diocesan house. 8. To bypass the initial voicemail at Diocesan House. 9. Social Ministries Committee. 10. The reception of Donald Schaible. 11. Post-Pentecost poster for our parish. 12. Info Tech Roundup. 13. An Invitation from Mt. Pocono. 14. SouthSide Film Festival. 15. Review of Amazing Grace. 16. Living in slavery in Sudan. 17.On the ordination of young adults. 18. Episcopal Life August edition will focus on Millennium Development Goals. 19. The spiritual cost of poverty. 20. June Diocesan Life. 21.
Calendar and prayer cycles for June. 22. Parish Newsletters. 23. Are all your parishioners, including newcomers, receiving
Diocesan Life. 24. In the News. 25. Yard Sale at Grace,
Allentown. 26. Golf with Brigid. 27. Who are your delegates? 28. Become a world-renowned artist. 29. Back issues of
By the Grace of God, Bishop Paul will receive the First
Vows of Sister Patricia Michael Hauze on Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
Your prayers and presence are requested. RSVP: call 610-253-0792 or email email@example.com.
Jenifer Gamber has created a poster for the season after
Pentecost for the Cathedral. She has offered to customize it for any parish in the Diocese of Bethlehem. E-mail
Jenifer if you would like a customized poster. You will receive a pdf file
in return that you can send to your local printer. The poster is 12" X
The May 24 edition of newSpin includes the
following items: 1. The Rev. Margaret Merrell, June 2 Memorial Service, 2. Corpus Christ regional celebration at Holy Cross, W-B, 3. June 27 Bishop's Day with Kids, 4. Theres no such thing as doing prayer badly, 5. Bishop Anthony Poggo of Kajo Keji, 6. June Diocesan Life, 7. Calendar and prayyer cycle for June, 8. Parish Newsletters, 9. Give'til it hurts, 10. Are all your parishioners, including newcomers, receiving Diocesan Life, 11. Jubilate, 12. They walked miles for abused children, 13. In the News, 14. Making a difference, 15. Yard Sale at Grace, Allentown, 16. Who are your delegates, 17. Bulletin Insert for Pentecost, 18. Become a world-renowned artist, 19. A Guide to Religion and Politics, 20. Lambeth Conference 2008, 21. Decision on Lambeth invitations, 22. No reactive communications, please, 23. Conversations between people who disagree, 24. Images for your use, 25. Diocese to offer Worship leader Training, 26. Golf with Brigid. 27. Back issues of newSpin.
Narnia: The Lion, The Bishop & The Wardrobe. Open to grades K-6. June 27 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, 10:15 to 3:30. (A Narnia Bus leaves Viewmont Mall, Scranton, at 8:30 a.m.) Register by June 8 to receive a free Narnia T-shirt. Absolute deadline for registrations (probably no T-shirt) is June 13. No walk-ins. Registration and Medical Forms are available here.
Pages 2-3: (1) "People who show up experience the body of Christ" is Bishop Paul's column. (2) Bishop's Day for Kids, June 27. (3) Where there is no vision, the people perish. [Our New Hope Capital Campaign, by Charlie
Barebo]. (4) Providing generously for mission, by Dan Charney
Pages 4-5: (1) ECW annual meeting. (2) Bishop's School in the fall. (3) Safeguarding Policies. (4) Cathedral gives it all away. (5) Mediator sends bikes to Kajo Keji. (6) St. Anne's, Trexlertown, seeks administrative assistant. (7) Jubilate: Hymnody for Pentecost 2007, May 27 to Nov. 25. (8) How $43,000 became $2 million in one year. (9) Golf with Brigid. (10) 250 show up for Health Fair. (11) Resignation of rector. (12) W-B to host Winchester Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. (13) Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear, Scott Bader-Saye's new book. (14) Episcopal Church Caps. (15) Healing Mission in Hamlin. (16) Tears of humanity mingle with the blood of the Savior, A report to Bishop Paul by Chaplain Major Ira Houck.
Cover: (1)NYTimes ad notes Episcopal Church history and mission. (2) Margaret merrell was first woman to serve as rector in Diocese of Bethlehem. Memorial Service, June 2, Christ Church, Susquehanna, 11:00 a.m.
The op-ed pages of May 12 editions of The New York Times carried the display ad reproduced on the second page of the pdf file that may be downloaded below. The narrative in the ad marked the beginnings, 400 years ago, of the Jamestown Colony and the Episcopal Church's heritage an mission in North America.
You may use the ad locally in parish newsletters and bulletins, on websites and in other creative ways.
Thanks to Episcopal Life Online for the ad and the artwork. Both may be downloaded for your use at www.episcopalchurch.org/ens.
The May 11 edition of newSpin includes the
following items: 1. Images for your use. 2. People who show up. 3. Tradition and history. 4. Nothin' like a Dame. 5. When the Morning Call calls ... ASermon by Pat Malloy, Easter5C. 6. Citizen McGinty. 7. There's a Virginia Tech tragedy in Iraq every day. 8. Mother's Day Bulletin Insert. 9. The Top 25 Web hoaxes and Pranks. 10. St. Anne's, Trexlertown, seeks administrative assistant. 11. Episcopal Migration Ministries Seeks Communications Program Specialist. 12. Action Alerts from the PA Council of Churches. 13. Jubilate. 14. Are these dates on your calendar? 15. Musicke's Silver Sound at Trinity, Bethlehem. 16. Dinner Dance and Auction. 17. Benedictine
Spirituality Retreat. 18. Stewardship/Evangelism Workshop. 19. Bishop's
Appreciation Reception. 20. Memorial Service for The Rev. Margaret
Merrell. 21. Safeguarding God;'s Children training.21. St. Brigid's
Golf Outing. 22. Bishop's Day with Children. 23. Prom and Graduation: Tips for Parents. 24. Back issues of newSpin.
The May 7 edition of newSpin includes the
following items: 1. My aunt heard it from a friend who know -- not! 2. St. Anne's, Trexlertown, seeks administrative assistant. 3. How $43,000 became $2 million in one year. 4. Who am I to hinder God? Sermon by Andrew Gerns. 5. Report of the House of Bishops' Task Force on Property Disputes. 6. Jubilate. 7. Bishop's School in the fall. 8. Are these dates on your calendar? 9. Bishop Paul will speak at ECW annual Meeting. 10. Musicke's Silver Sound at Trinity, Bethlehem. 11. Regional Evangelism Workshops. 12. Dinner Dance and Auction. 13. Benedictine Spirituality Retreat. 14. Stewardship/Evangelism Workshop. 15. Bishop's Apprecition Reception. 16. Memorial Service for The Rev. Margaret Merrell. 17. Safeguarding God;'s Children training. 18. St. Brigid's Golf Outing. 19. Bishop's Day with Children. 20. Everyone Will Know. 21. Safeguarding God's Children Policies. 22. Resignation of rector at Mountaintop. 23. Former NJ Governor at General Seminary. 24. Study Guide for Draft Anglican Covenant. 26. Sauce for the goose. 27. Unfair to Roman Catholics ... and others. 28. Two guys and lexa. 29. Religion in Latin America. 30. Lessons learned from longing. 31. A new bishop for Oklahoma. 32. Prom and Graduation: Tips for Parents. 33. Women's Health Week program. 34. St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre, to host Choir of Men and Boys of Winchester Cathedral, England. 35. Beynd The Secret. 36. Back issues of newSpin.
Hymnody for Pentecost 2007 (May 27 to November 25), published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for
our diocesan community and
for free distribution to the world, may be downloaded below as an
Acrobat or MSWord file. Jubilate is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 20 years.
The May 3 edition of newSpin includes the
following items: A collect for St. Matthew Sunday, Unfair to Roman Catholics, Stewardship/Evangelism Workshop, Regional Evangelism Workshops, Bishop's Day with Children, Musicke's Silver Sound, Bishop's
Appreciation Reception, Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear, Episcopal Church Caps, Bishop's School, The Bishop is Coming, Free scanner, Job descriptions sought, Choral Evensong for the 5th Sunday of Easter, 250 show up for Health Fair, epiScope, Is religious ignorance bliss, The end of Limbo, The influence of alcohol on college students, The Network of Biblical Storytellers, Hatha Yoga in Emmaus, Who's got the 'just war' chrism, Presentations on
Kajo Keji, Pennsylvania State Pastors' Conference, St. Brigid's Golf Outing, Episcopal
Life Online, Episcopal Cafe, Global Good, DioBeth Youth Mission Trip, Dinner Dance & Auction, Diocesan
Life.May, Pray for..., Parish Newsletters, Benedictine Spirituality
Retreat, Fast Facts, Back issues.
A heated debate on whether to build seminaries to educate
clergy took place at a nineteenth-century Methodist convention. A bishop rose
to oppose. Faith was strongest, he contended, apart from distillation by learning.
He would favor a preacher without education over a preacher without passion.
A critic rose to the challenge. He asked whether the bishop was
grateful to God for his own ignorance. The bishop proudly said yes. Whereupon, historian
Martin Marty says, “the critic moved that the convention sing a Te Deum [a hymn of praise to God] since
the good bishop had so much for which to be thankful.”
This story “encapsulates the nineteenth-century battle
inside American Christianity between piety and learning – a battle that
learning lost,” writes Stephen Prothero in Religious
Literacy (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007). Religious ignorance became “a sign of
Checking one’s intellect at the church door became apparent
in four long term shifts within the churches: from learning to feeling, from
doctrine to storytelling, from the Bible to Jesus, and from theology to
“I found myself discussing with my new son-in-law, a Roman
Catholic, how historians generally describe the successful mainstreaming of
Roman Catholicism in late twentieth-century American life and how the
anti-Roman hysteria of the late 1800s is mostly dead, seemingly buried with the
inauguration of Jack Kennedy. Hours later I read in the New York Times that one
Goeff Stone, who teaches at the University of Chicago Law School, blames the
recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision banning “partial-birth abortion” on the
adherence of five justices to the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity."
Download Bishop Paul’s May column for secular newspapers below.