In Flanders Fields the poppies blow ... between the crosses row on row. YouTube video here.
The self-trivializing Anglican Communion ... [By Jim Naughton, writing on Episcopal Cafe] In attempting to ram through a covenant that marginalizes the laity and centralizes authority in fewer hands, Rowan Williams has unwittingly made it clear that the governance of the Communion is as nothing compared to the relationships within the Communion, and the relationships are beyond his control. More here.
Housing allowance for clergy challenged in court ... A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the long-standing federal and state tax exemptions for housing allowances provided by churches and religious institutions to members of the clergy has been allowed to proceed in federal court. Read more here. [H/T to Andrew Gerns]
The trial of Pope Benedict XVI ... [Time Magazine, May 27, 2010] A 42-year-old Catholic theologian in 1969, amid the turmoil of that year of radicalism and barricades, envisioned a post-imperial papacy, shorn of wealth and pretenses of earthly power. "From today's crisis, a church will emerge tomorrow that will have lost a great deal. She will be small and, to a large extent, will have to start from the beginning. She will no longer be able to fill many of the buildings created in her period of great splendor. Because of the smaller number of her followers, she will lose many of her privileges in society. Contrary to what has happened until now, she will present herself much more as a community of volunteers ... As a small community, she will demand much more from the initiative of each of her members and she will certainly also acknowledge new forms of ministry and will raise up to the priesthood proven Christians who have other jobs ... It will make her poor and a church of the little people ... All this will require time. The process will be slow and painful." The theologian was Joseph Ratzinger. And his vision from 40 years ago may now unfold in ways he could never have imagined. Read Time Magazine cover story here.
Concert Video features New York's Grace Episcopal Church choirs ... [Episcopal Church Office of Communication] The Men and Boys Choir and the Girls' Choir of Grace Episcopal Church in New York City is featured in a new video produced by the Office of Communication, available here. The hour-long program, a blend of the classical and the modern, with selections ranging from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Carly Simon, was taped at a live April 23 performance of the choirs' 10th Annual Spring Concert.
Under the direction of Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, the music presented by the combined choirs was: Ave verum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Missa brevis Sti. Joannis de Deo by Franz Joseph Haydn; Love's endeavor, Love's expense by Barry Rose; Insanae et vanae curae by Franz Joseph Haydn; Sheep may safely graze by Johann Sebastian Bach; Ego sum panis vivus, Sicut cervus and Super flumina by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; There shall a star from Jacob come forth by Felix Mendelssohn; Let it be by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; The Rose by Amanda McBroom; The Wall Street Hymn by Carly Simon; When I survey the wondrous cross by Isaac Watts.
June Diocesan Life ... Download it here.
Summer Diocesan Events ... Something for everyone. Share Save Spend on June 12 in Whitehall, Communication Workshop, June 26 in Bethlehem, The Gospel according to Dr. Seuss (Bishop's Day for Kids) July 10 in Scranton, and Middle School Mission Trip, August 5-8 in Bethlehem. More info here and on page 8 of the June Diocesan Life.
Corpus Christi celebration ... June 3, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre. Bishop Paul will preside.
Share Save Spend Stewardship Workshop ... June 12, 9:00 to 4:00 at St. Stephen's Whitehall. Registration will close June 1.
A Communication Workshop will be held June 26 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, 8:30 to 3:00. Cost is $10.00 and includes lunch. Open to anyone interested in communication as ministry. Topics include: eNewsletters on ChurchPost, print publications, social networking using Facebook and Twitter, blogging, and communication as ministry. Registration is open online here. Download a brochure here. Register online here.
Brian Pavlac will be ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 7:00 p.m., at St Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. A reception will follow.
Middle School Mission Trip ... Bethlehem. Contact Kim Rowles for more info. Online registration will open June 10.
The dogmatic mind ... [By Marilynne Robinson, On Faith, Washington Post] It is naive, and it is not at all humane, to treat the great questions as if they were, or could be, closed. Read more here.
What is good theology? .. As good theologians know, the word "God" does not refer to anything that
the human mind can comprehend, so theological language has at its heart
an all-pervasive mystery which haunts human consciousness. The task of
theology is like Penelope weaving her shroud – what we weave during the
day we must unravel by night. That is why theology is derided by those
who insist that all claims to knowledge must be rooted in rationality
and factual evidence. Read more here.
In Episcopal Life Weekly bulletin insert for June 6 ... Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies of General Convention, describes the Episcopal Church's "circle of ministries." Inserts available in English and Spanish here.
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