The newSpin newsletter, Sept. 23, 2010
Spinning ... [Bill Lewellis, firstname.lastname@example.org] (1) T. Scott Allen serves as weekly host on WDIY 88.1, NPR in the Lehigh Valley, ...... DIY stands for "Do it yourself." Scott does. Look here. Scott is rector of St. Andrew's Allentown/Bethlehem and serves on several diocesan committees. (2) There's a new slang word for wanted emails, not spam, which clutter inboxes: bacn. (3) "He has the courage of his ignorance." –From the 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd. (4) Read about the quiet death of English here.
News from the recent House of Bishops meeting ... (1) House of Bishops issues 'theological resource,' pastoral letter on immigration, here. (2) House of Bishops speaks on immigration, Haiti, MDGs, here. (3) House of Bishops calls on Bennison to resign, here. (4) Bennison declines request to resign, here.
Hymn-a-thon at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre ... Saturday, September 25. More here.
Diocesan Life ... Download the October 2010 issue here.
Hellertown welcomes new rector ... Read it here.
God doesn't resolve ... [By Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call] Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) never liked jazz because it doesn't resolve. One night he listened for 15 minutes to a man on the street play the saxophone without opening his eyes. "Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve." God doesn't resolve. Intransitive. It's not about resolving problems, also problematic. Godself isn't resolvable. Throughout our lives, God remains a question rather than an answer. Some say mystery. As we pursue the mystery, however, our questions about God do resolve into questions about ourselves, more embraceable questions. Read more.
Calendar of Events for the Diocese of Bethlehem here. Including Diocesan Convention and Pre-Convention meetings.Creating a Culture of Peace (Training) ... Gather with others from the Diocese November 5 – 7, 2010, for this spiritually-based, interactive and experiential training for teens and adults that will prepare you to make a difference in your life, your family, and in the world. Event to take place at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre. More here.
PB calls for prayers for Sudan ... Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls on the Episcopal Church to dedicate a "season of prayer" our brothers and sisters in Sudan. More here.
The muse of church revival in Sudan ... [Jason Byassee] Mary Alueel Garang’s songs power a revival in the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS), helping to bring in millions of members during that country’s brutal two-decade long civil war. “I just found myself singing,” she explained when asked how she wrote so much and so movingly. If songs come to her, she writes them down, “if they are meaningful.” She herself describes their themes this way: “During the war there was suffering, we ran from place to place, but we encouraged people not to give up and to come to church. You can’t save your life on your own.” More here. [H/T to Leadership Education at Duke Divinity]
Sister Michael-Patricia Hauze will make solemn profession at Trinity Bethlehem. More here.
Congregational Development Grants for 2011 ... Applications are available for Congregational Development Grants for 2011. Those currently receiving grants (and those who have asked for an application) will receive the application in the mail. If you would like to receive an application or have questions about the grants, please be in touch with Canon Jane Teter. The absolute deadline for the application is November 15.
In Montrose ... St. Paul’s Crafters Corner is back for another season with a move to the first Saturday of October, November and December. The event offers unique shopping opportunities through the original creations of area crafters and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., commencing on October 2nd and returning on November 6th and December 4th. New crafters will be joining some of the long standing favorites to further expand the variety of merchandise, with the list of participants growing each month. More here.
Brian McLaren ... An interview with Brian at Busted Halo, the Internet outreach of the Paulist Fathers. [H/T to Leadership Education at Duke Divinity]
Prayer expands the heart and inspires action ... [Camille D'Arienzo, a Sister of Mercy for 59 years, National Catholic Reporter] The invitation to offer an essay on prayer came as a surprise. I am not a contemplative. My personal history recalls prayer styles that failed to increase my faith or stir my spirit. As a young sister, litanies bored me. As an older one, labyrinths hold no appeal. I explored the charismatic movement, and I profited from its emphasis on shared prayer and scripture, cherishing forever the injunction of the prophet Micah: To act justly, to live tenderly and to walk humbly with God. I walked away from the rest of it because it felt artificial. But each of the three I discarded is a wellspring of grace for others and I am happy for them. ... My sacred space embraces my computer ... My favorite prayer is the one attributed to St. Francis of Assisi... It pleases me that this universally appealing peace prayer is also the favorite of my godson, David Hammer, who recites it in his cell on death row in Indiana. More here.
How to keep your cool in angry times ... [Wall Street Journal] Anger management tips from customer service representatives. More here. [H/T to Leadership Education at Duke Divinity]
Register here for all diocesan events.
ENS Weekly Bulletin Inserts ... [Episcopal News Service] Sunday, Sept. 26: The Southern Province of the Moravian Church voted Sept. 10 to enter into full communion with the Episcopal Church, echoing a similar vote in June by the Northern Province. ENS Weekly bulletin inserts for Sept. 26 outline the agreement between the two churches and how, as Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said, "we will be better able to serve Christ our chief Elder and all God's people." Download inserts here.
The parting of the waters ... Computer simulation and Moses.
Pray for ... [From Kat Lehman] The Diocese of Bethlehem started a prayer ministry a few years ago. Weekly, we have been posting the names of fallen service members in Iraq and Afghanistan –– those officially released publicly by the Department of Defense after notification to families -- to several of our email lists to be added to parish prayer lists. Since we have been getting more and more requests for the list from outside our diocese, I have set up an electronic newsletter for this under our ChurchPost account. I heard just yesterday from a woman in North Carolina. She says she sends our "Pray for" list to some 50 email addresses, including her parish. Her parish incorporates the list in their weekly Prayers of the People. If you or any of your parishes would like to subscribe, the name is "Pray For." You can subscribe on our web site.Enter your name and email address in the "Get Connected" box on the right hand side. You will find quite a few public newsletters listed there and you are welcome to subscribe to any or all of them. We will continue to upload the list weekly on our newSpin blog.
Catholics to get DVDs opposing gay marriage ... [By Mary Jane Smetanka - Minneapolis Star Tribune] More than 400,000 DVDs are being mailed to the homes of Minnesota Catholics on Wednesday, courtesy of Catholic bishops in the state who want to stop the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in its tracks. More here.
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