Sunday, Nov. 1 is All Saints Day ... and early Sunday morning (or Saturday night) is the time to turn clocks back one hour. Enjoy.
Duruflé Requiem in Wilkes-Barre and Bethlehem ... An All Souls’ Day Requiem Mass with Bishop Paul as celebrant, Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, will feature the music of Maurice Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem, Op. 9. The combined choirs of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre will be conducted by Canon Russell Jackson and accompanied by Canon Mark Laubach at the organ. This will be an extraordinarily beautiful liturgy, and a unique opportunity to hear the music of this profoundly moving musical setting of the Requiem in its true, liturgical context. The Duruflé will also be performed by the combined choirs, this time in a concert setting, at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Sunday, November 8, at 4 p.m.
Meet Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori ... Plan
to come to Evensong (6:00 p.m.) at which Bishop Katharine will
preach and, immediately afterwards, to a reception and open forum at which you may dialogue with
her ... at the Cathedral Bethlehem on Monday, Nov. 9, at St
Luke's Lebanon on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre
on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Diocesan youth are invited to meet with her during the late afternoon on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. More info on this from Kimberly Rowles. Clergy Day with the Presiding Bishop will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Good Shepherd Scranton.
Diocesan Life, November ... Find it here. Diocesan Convention photos and news on pages 1 to 5. The second annual 12 Days of Christmas for Kajo Keji project is on page 8.
Fall Retreat for Youth, grades 9-12 ... Nov. 13-16 at Kirby House. Doors open at 6 pm and a Family eucharist will be held on Sunday at 12 noon.A chance to spend time in fellowship, worship and discussion about God and the world we live in in the 21st century. Teens will be engaged in spiritual and social activities orchestrated by youth for youth and with youth. Youth are eligible to attend even if they have "happened" previously. Registration is now open on the Diocesan website; space is limited. This event costs $100.00 per participant. If you have any questions, please contact Diocesan Youth Missioner Kimberly Rowles at 610-751-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identity and Diversity at Grace Montessori ... Libby House, Grace Montessori School director, has written a piece on how Grace Montessori School in Allentown embraces and celebrates diversity and promotes tolerance and inclusion. "This year 39 percent of our students identify themselves as Non-Hispanic Whites; 31 percent Asians; 18 percent Hispanic Whites; 10 percent Black; and 2 percent Pacific Islanders. They are Jewish, Christian, Hare Krishna, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist. They speak Arabic, Spanish, Tamil, Kutchi, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Korean, Mandarin, and Gujarati. Our faculty and administration are similarly diverse in cultural ethnicity and religion." Read more here.
Out in the Silence at Stroudsburg High School ... The Stroudsburg High School Student Diversity Council’s Gay-Straight Alliance will screen the PBS documentary Out in the Silence on Thursday, November 12, in the high school auditorium. Out in the Silence (57 minutes) chronicles the controversy that began after the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignited a firestorm of controversy and a quest for change in the small Pennsylvania hometown he had left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson takes viewers on an exhilarating journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America. The documentary explores the struggle of being a gay teen in a small Pennsylvania town and the bullying, controversy and challenges that he experienced. It challenges viewers to rethink their values and helps close the gaps that divide communities. Read more here.
A healthy model for a Christian community? ... Often, without realizing it, clergy in a small congregation will work long hard hours, feeling that since they consume so much of the pledge income, they need to earn it. They will not only offer the sacraments and visit the sick, but will also offer three classes, make a schedule to visit every member, attend every meeting, get involved in ecumenical events, do the newsletter, change the lightbulbs and mow the lawn. There's nothing wrong with staying busy. But, much of what many clergy do on a day to day basis can just as easily be done by someone else. And by doing it all, the clergy person is actually taking away ministry opportunities from the rest of the members of the community. Now, it may be the case that in some places the expectation is that the clergy should indeed do everything. Keep in mind that one of the three shifts we are witnessing is the move to a more "consumer society" orientation. When we begin to see the clergy as the ministers, then the members become simply passive consumers of ministry. That is not a healthy model for a Christian community. [Read at Episcopal Cafe Church 3.0? - Empowering the Whole Body of Christ]
Treat kids to a safe Halloween ... Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. [H/T to Diana Marshall]
The coat drive for the needy in center city Allentown is on. Coats in good condition and not entirely outmoded will be collected at Grace Allentown (5th and Linden) before and after 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday, November 1. Coats for school age kids are most urgently needed.
Fitness fades fast after 45, but healthy habits can stave off the inevitable declines. More here. [H/T to Diana Marshall]
Hopeful Preaching in Hard Times is the title of a retreat for clergy at Kirkidge, Nov. 10-12, led by by Barbara
Lundblad, Lutheran pastor and professor of preaching at Union
Theological Seminary, New York, and Charles Rice, professor emeritus of
preaching, Drew University, and interim rector, Trinity, Mt. Pocono. Go to www.kirkridge.org for more info.
What's the attraction? ... "Why would I want to join a bunch of people who seem bummed out about the church?" a twenty-something Roman Catholic asked. "What's the attraction in that?" Read more here.
Food Bank Clients ... Grace Allentown parish administrator Bob House announced last Sunday that Grace Food Bank clients have increased by 42% over last year. By the end of this year, 12,000 people will have been served. Could you let me know how your food banks are faring?
Depression often goes untreated in working moms ... More here. [H/T to Diana Marshall]
Transformational ambitions saddled with an incremental system ... Anna Quindlen begins her Newsweek (Nov. 2) essay as follows: From time to time the American people participate in a mass delusion about how their government works. Such a delusion took place exactly a year ago, when a 47-year-old African-American who had once been accorded little chance of prevailing was elected president of the United States. History will judge Barack Obama over the long haul. But we've learned something in the short term that is simple, obvious, and has less to do with him than with the Founding Fathers. This is a country that often has transformational ambitions but is saddled with an incremental system, a nation built on revolution, then engineered so the revolutionary can rarely take hold. Does the last sentence bring to mind any other institution dear to us? :-) Read it all here.
Rick Warren exports bigotry to Africa ... In March 2008, U.S. evangelical leader Rick Warren told Ugandans that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right. One year later, U.S. conservative evangelical and Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively (a resident of Massachusetts) addressed the Family Life Network and Ugandan members of Parliament in March 2009, saying legalizing homosexuality is akin to legalizing "the molestation of children or having sex with animals." That March meeting launched a campaign that has led directly to today, when the Ugandan legislature is debating an anti-gay bill that would lead to life imprisonment for gay sex, and death for those having same sex relations if they are HIV positive or having sex with someone under 18. Heterosexuals would have no such restrictions. This law, which would also criminalize any human rights organizing for LGBT rights, could be passed any day. Read more at Episcopal Cafe.
Health Care Reform ... To judge the content of a nation's character, look no further than its health-care system. Universal health care is a moral choice. Read the Newsweek, Sept. 21 issue, article here. During the national debate on health care reform, has the left got religion –– and right lost it? View dueling videos here.
Not ready for prime time? ... The publication of an Apostolic Constitution outlining a process for welcoming Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church is delayed because of controversy in the Vatican over the specifics, in particular priestly celibacy. Was all the drama-over-not-very-much worth the damage to ecumenical relations this document caused? For more, see Andrew Gerns' report at Episcopal Cafe. For background on the Vatican Initiative, see Fishing, Rustling or Just Welcoming and More on Fishing in the 091027 issue of newSpin.
The Annual Vows in Religious Life of Sister Patricia-Michael Hauze were received by Bishop Paul on October 22 durig Eucharist at Diocesan House. More, including a photo, here.
Women to be ordained priests in Fort Worth ... Thirty-three years after the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, the first woman will be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on November 15. A second will be ordained on December 5. Read more here.
12 Days of Christmas for Kajo Keji ... [From Jo Trepagnier] I’m sending along a potential bulletin insert for the 12 Days of Christmas for Kajo Keji. Your support was so critical last year. Please feel free to call me, 610-434-0155, if you have any questions. Similar info appears on the back cover of the Noember issue of Diocesan Life.
UTO grant applications for 2010 are due in the Bishop's office by December 31, 2009. The application form and guidelines are available from Canon Jane Teter. Contact her if you are interested in submitting a grant.
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Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]