The newSpin newsletter, May 30, 2011
By Bill Lewellis
Published Mondays and Thursdays
• Memorial Day. Forgetting why we remember ... [NYTimes] Where did it begin, who created it, and why? Here.
• Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan ... [Associated Press] Here.
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that we, following the good examples of those who have served you here and are now at rest, may at the last enter with them into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [BCP, p.44]
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [BCP, p.49]
• Renewal Assembly II ... June 11 (9:00 to 1:30) at eight locations across the Diocese. More here and on pages A1 & 8 of the June Diocesan Life. Register here. Registration will close on June 1. A new video will feature Bishop Paul in conversation with three lay people: Lucy Kitch-Peck on the Gifts of the Spirit in her life; Liza Holzinger of St. Andrew's Allentown on a Congregation detecting the gifts and opportunities the Spirit gives parishes; Warren Shotto of Good Shepherd Scranton on how parish leadership detects the gifts in individuals and calls them forth.
• Caveat ... [Bill] This morning I received notes to upgrade Acrobat Reader and Skype, in fact three notes. They look suspicious. Be careful out there.
• Diocesan Life, June ... Read or download it here.
• Easter and Fenway Park ... [Bishop Paul] I don’t have the patience or devotion to be a good baseball fan, but for the last 15 years I have worked in an office where baseball is taken very seriously, religiously perhaps. I have observed two things about baseball fans that I admire very much. First, they believe in miracles. In fact they have seen them and wait for the next one regularly. Second – so important for our troubled culture – they believe in next year. Read it all on page A2 of the June Diocesan Life.
• Diane Zanetti, a priest of the Diocese of Bethlehem, is the new executive director of Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. More here.
• Let us pray ... [Raymond Harbort] There was a time when, as you entered an Episcopal Church (anywhere, of any stripe of churchmanship), you would find quiet. As people gathered for worship they knelt and prayed or they sat in silence. If people found it necessary to speak, they did so in whispers. This silence told you that you were in a holy place, a place set apart for prayer and worship, a place in which God’s Presence could be known. The silence spoke of the congregation’s awareness of the holiness of what they were about to do. And it created a space and time that enabled and encouraged prayer and worship. There still are parishes where silence before worship is still observed. But, what you find on entering most Episcopal churches today is a “din of robbers”, people chatting----robbing others and themselves of the quiet most of us need to pray. More here.
• Pottsville's Trinity Center for Children to close June 3 ... [Republican Herald] Due to declining enrollment and a lack of funding, the preschool at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pottsville will close June 3.More here. [Bill Lewellis] Many thank you all. It took a village to raise 20 years of precious children. Here.
• Nativity Week Notes ... [Cathedral Church of the Nativity, May 27] Here.
• Renewal Assembly II, Saturday June 11 ... Above, under TopSpin.
• First Saturday Giant Neighborhood Yard Sales at Trinity West Pittston ... June 4, 8 to 2. The Every First Saturday sales run from May-October with at least 30-40+ vendors and hundreds of the regions neighbors stopping to browse, shop and enjoy our "famous" chili dogs.
• Episcopal News Weekly bulletin inserts ... Download inserts here.
• DioBeth Website and newSpin Blog
• Public news and info lists ... At the Diobeth website, enter your name and email in the "Get Connected" box on the right hand side. You are welcome to subscribe to any or all of these. "Bakery" is our diocesan interactive list.
• Liking is for cowards. Go for what hurts ... [Jonathan Franzen, NYTimes Op-Ed] Liking, in general, is commercial culture’s substitute for loving. Here. [H/T Bishop Paul]
• What's up with the Jews? ... [NYTimes, online commentary by Stanley Fish] Here.
• Coming Out ... [NYTimes Interactive] Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teenagers talk about their lives in a weeklong video series and are profiled in an accompanying article. Read stories submitted by users that have been inspired to share their experience or submit your own. Here.
• Making the case for church with a fully functioning institutional spine ... Survival of the church is not our task. Shaping the church to better be able to serve our communities in the name (that is, according to the character of) Jesus Christ is the challenge. It isn’t an easy one, but it is more interesting and exciting than simply trying to keep an institution afloat. More here. [H/T Jim Naughton, Episcopal Café]
• Baseball Joy of Fan's Desiring ... [YouTube] Here. Find more on the Bottle Band of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Chicago Synod) here. [H/T Andrew Gerns]
• The Slee Memo ... [Andrew Gerns] My take on the Slee Memo. Here.
• Improv Everywhere ... Watch Gotta Share for three minutes of fun.
• Worst ever carbon emissions ... [The Guardian, UK] Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency. Here.
• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Twitter ... http://twitter.com/#!/Diobeth
• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Facebook ... https://www.facebook.com/DioceseOfBethlehem
• Kat Lehman on Twitter ... http://twitter.com/#!/KatLehman
• Episcopal News Service on Twitter ... http://twitter.com/#!/episcopal_news
• June 11, to Renewal Assembly II ... At many locations. See above, under TopSpin.
• July 9, to Called to be Heroes ... Bishop's Day for Kids, grades 1-5, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton. Children in grades 1-5 are invited to spend the day with Bishop Paul, 9:30 to 2:30, and meet some no-so-well-known heroes in the Bible. Discover your own super powers, and enjoy being together. Storytelling, games, Eucharist and more. Also here.
• Before worship ... Read Raymond Harbort's reflection, Let Us Pray, above under DioBethSpin.
• The Daily Office ... with the Mission St. Clare.
• 20+1+1 = Renewal ... Challenge yourself to pray for 20 minutes daily, to worship for one hour weekly, and to serve others for one day a month. Find Mother Laura Howell's blog here.
• For our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families. Here.
• ELCA website ... Here.
• ELCA News Service ... Here.
• ELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."
• NEPA Synod website ... Here.
• Synod E-News ... May 20. Sign up to receive the weekly newsletter by email here.
• May Communication newsletter ... Here. • UMC website ... Here. • UMC News Service ... Here. UMC Communication ... The United Methodist Church has long been a leader in providing useful resources for church communicators. Start here. • Eastern PA Conference of the UMC website ... Here. • Facebook ... Here. • Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog ... Here.
• Head of liberal Catholic weekly has died ... [Religion News Service and National Catholic Reporter] Joe Feuerherd, the editor-in-chief of National Catholic Reporter, who embodied the weekly newspaper’s fierce independence and liberal tilt, died on Wednesday (May 25) after an 18-month bout with cancer, NCR has announced. Here and Here.
• Complex questions of papal infallibility ... [NCR] Here.
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here. • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website ... Here. • Catholic News Service ... Here. • Diocese of Allentown website ... Here. • Diocese of Scranton website ... Here.
Additional sources of news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• Diocese of Bethlehem
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