The newSpin Newsletter, November 26, 2012
By Bill Lewellis
Published weekly, on Monday
• Humanity at its best ... Occupy Sandy in Brooklyn. Check out this new video from the Episcopal Church Office of Communication chronicling relief efforts from Superstorm Sandy. The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Diocese of Long Island) is the operational base for Occupy Sandy. They are training and sending out volunteers into the still affected areas of Brooklyn, such as Red Hook and Coney Island, where tens of thousands of people still have no power. The rector opened the sanctuary for use as a staging point to move goods and supplies. More than 20,000 volunteers have assisted, with 10,000 meals a day cooked and delivered. Donations can be made through the church’s Amazon.com registry. Share this video showing our church at work.
• Room at the Inn: Emergency Shelter at Bethlehem churches ... The emergency shelter for the homeless in Bethlehem churches will start up on Thursday, December 16. We need volunteers to sign in guests, prepare and serve dinner, stay overnight (two people required), and launder the linens. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Jeremy Joiner at Avalonjj@ptd.net, 484-515-8380 or Rodney Conn at firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-865-0727. You can also sign up immediately using the Sign-Up Genius site. Go to www.SignUpGenius.com. Click on "Find a Sign Up" and enter the email address AvalonJJ@ptd.net. Click on the Emergency Shelter link and choose which date and activity you wish to help with.
• Thanks for your incredible response ... [Diane Elliott, New Bethany Ministries] There is no way to adequately thank you for your incredible response to our request for assistance. Because of you we were able to distribute over 425 turkeys and all the fixings to local families allowing them to enjoy a holiday dinner with family and friends. We are also able to prepare dinner for the 100 or more people we expect today. Already volunteers are here preparing the dining room and the dinner for our guests. AND for the first time in weeks there are almost no bare spots on our shelves. We could not have done any of this without you. I know that there were many more of you who were unable to help out on such short notice. Please know that the need continues as we look for alternative suppliers. We are truly blessed to have such incredible partners and friends. Your generosity is humbling. Visit the New Bethany Ministries website here.
• 12 Days of Christmas for Kajo Keji ... [Charlie Barebo] The New Hope campaign has been a great success and has given new hope to our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Kajo Keji.Very shortly, we will be running around buying Christmas presents for our loved ones. As we do so, let us consider gifts to the children of Kajo Keji. Even a small donation will make a remarkable difference to these wonderful children. You can read the full description and download a .pdf form to fill out to sponsor the schools and purchase books, desks or tuition on our web site here.
• 30 Years for Kajo Keji ... Canon Andrew Gerns will celebrate 30 years of priestly ministry on December 18. He hopes people will join him in helping provide desks and books to our New Hope schools in Kajo Keji. For more information, please see this note.
• 'This is the church at its best' ... [John Major and Janine Ungvarsky] Episcopal News Service recently published a story about how local churches in New York and New Jersey have responded to the devastation faced by their neighbors in the aftermath of the superstorm. The tremendous effort gave people a new perspective on churches and prompted one rector to say, “This is the church at its best.” More here.
• Double the impact of your gift to ERD ... [John Major] Donors making end-of-year gifts to Episcopal Relief & Development will be able to double the impact of their contributions, thanks to a group of very generous supporters who have pledged $300,000 in matching funds toward the 2012 Matching Gift Challenge. Between November 1 and December 31, gifts of any size – online, via mail or by phone – will be matched dollar-for-dollar as long as matching funds are available.
• Weathering the Storm, at General Seminary ... [Patrick Malloy, associate dean, General Seminary] During the 11:00 Eucharist at St. Bart’s on Park Avenue on Sunday, October 28, every iPhone in the church made a sound I had never heard a phone make before. It was a siren, and when I and half of the congregation looked at our screens, we saw a black triangle with a warning that we were in danger. Read on.
• Exploring the Jewish roots of the new Archbishop of Canterbury ... [Episcopal Café] Here.
• Canon Calvin Adams, RIP ... Canon Adams died on Friday, November 16. The Funeral Liturgy will take place at Christ Church Reading at 11:00 a.m. on December 1. Obituary here. Retired a few years ago, Cal served as rector of St. Gabriel's Douglassville for 22 years. A few years ago, he served as president of The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Bethlehem. He inspired many with his administrative and pastoral ministry in Douglassville and throughout the diocese. Among recent comments on Bakery were these: •May God bless Calvin and receive him into the arms of mercy and take care of Pam. So many mourn our loss of him, but are grateful that his suffering is ended. We have lost a lovely man. •Father Cal was an original, honest and loving person. He inspired kids on Diocesan activities and was a great friend to them in New Orleans on the Mission Trip. I had the great fortune of meeting him at one of these activities and learned from him and was inspired by him. I have been praying that he have a peaceful transitioning. He is now free of pain and in God's glory. May he rest in peace. •I so often marveled at Cal's good natured kindness and wit and, above all, his generosity in ministry. He struck me as one always ready to share his gifts without ever claiming them. •I adored Cal. I am glad he is no longer suffering, but he will be missed.
• Bishop's Day with Youth ... February 1-2, Night Watch in Philadelphia. Registration opens December 1.
• Free websites for parishes, new or redesigned ... [Kat Lehman] If you want to take advantage of the diocesan offer to have your web site redesigned onto a WordPress CMS platform or to have a web site created for you at no cost to you, you need sign up with Post Companies by Dec. 31. This offer is only good until then and we will cover the cost of hosting through December 1, 2013. No time like the present to give your parish a wonderful present of a new web site (especially as it won't cost you a dime for the design or hosting for the first year). Check it out here.
• DioBeth Website ... newSpin Blog ... Re:Create blog for youth and young adults ... Twitter.DioBeth ... Twitter.Kat Lehman ... Facebook.DioBeth ... Flickr, search under dio_beth
• Public news and info lists ... At the Diobeth website, enter your name and email in the "Get Connected" box. You are welcome to subscribe to any or all of these. "Bakery" is our diocesan interactive list.
• Redeemer Sayre ... The Rev. Glenn Mahaffey has been appointed priest-in-charge.
• Grace Honesdale ... More than 200 meals were served in-house or provided to area shut-ins during the 29th Annual Thanksgiving Together dinner. More here.
• Used men's clothes, especially coats and warm pants ... [Cathedral Church of the Nativity. Bethlehem] Our Thrift Shop needs more men's clothes especially coats and warm pants. You can bring them to us three ways: (1) directly to the Thrift Shop, Tuesday through Fridays from 10 to 3, (2) if the Thrift Shop isn't open, come to the lower lot, ring the bell at the double doors and place them in the cardboard bin under the steps, or (3) bring them to the church office Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.
• Annual Yuletide Revels at Trinity Bethlehem ... Saturday, December 1, beginning at 5:00 pm. Trinity Bethlehem co-sponsors this evening of traditional and early music with Moravian College's Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies. This year, the featured performers will be My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort from New York City. My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort greets the warmth, beauty, and fellowship of the midwinter season with four centuries of seasonal music from England and the Continent, arranged for lute, harp, voices, Renaissance flute, cittern, and viol. Included are William Byrd’s “Lute Book Lullabye,” King Henry VIII’s “Green Groweth the Holly,” Michael Praetorius’ “Lo how a rose,” 16th-century French noels “Noel nouvelet” and “Il est ne, le divin enfant,” and “The Lord Chamberlain’s Delight” and other tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master. The festivities continue at a wildly extravagant reception with traditional Yuletide tomfoolery: a Boar's Head in Procession, flaming Christmas pudding, wassail, nog, ginger cake, and other traditional Yule treats. Suggested donation is $15.00; children under 12 free. Tickets available at the door. For more information contact email@example.com, 610-867-4741.
• Join the Dean and the Cathedral Choir on a Sunday Dec. 9 journey to the historic parish of St. Mark’s and St. John’s in Old Mauch Chunk. Celebrate Advent Lessons and music sung by the Cathedral Choir in support of Jim Thorpe’s Old Time Christmas weekend. More here.
• Cathedral Church of the Nativity ... December 16, at 4:00 p.m. The 49th annual performance of Handel's Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Choral Society; Russell Jackson, Organist. Donation $10
• Trinity West Pittston ... Toy Swap. Here's how it works.
• Holiday Gift Shoppe at St. Brigid's Nazareth ... [Trula Mosher, parish administrator] Come to St. Brigid's Holiday Gift Shoppe where you can find great holiday gifts provided by crafters and vendors, a gift basket auction, a 50/50 drawing, a gold elephant table, a used book sale, children's toys, yummy baked goods, soups, breads, chili and hot dogs, and much more. This event will be held at St. Brigid's Episcopal Church, 310 Madison Avenue, Nazareth, on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 610-746-3910 with any questions or visit www.stbrigidspa.org.
• Note to parishes ... Post news summaries and links on Bakery or send them to Bill.
• Calendar of Events ... Here and Here.
Episcopal/Anglican (beyond DioBeth)
• Episcopal Church Website ... ENS blog ... Episcopal Church on Facebook ... Episcopal Church on YouTube ... Anglican Communion website ... Anglican Communion News Service. ... Anglican Communion News Service on Facebook.
• Episcopal Church positions available ... Applications are now being accepted for four full-time positions: Africa Partnership Officer, Domestic Policy Analyst (based in the Washington DC office), Domestic Poverty Missioner, UTO Coordinator. Information available here. Previously posted positions still open are: Director of Development, Development Research Analyst, Digital Front-end Designer/Drupal Themer, Legal Counsel. For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at HRM@episcopalchurch.org.
• Sexton at the Lutheran Center ... The position of sexton at the Lutheran Center will become available in December. The job entails vacuuming and dusting the offices, meeting rooms and worship area, cleaning bathrooms, removing trash, and other maintenance as time permits. Hours (approximately eight hours per week) are flexible, and applicants must be able to work independently. An application is available here. The Lutheran Center is at 2354 Grove Road, Allentown.
• Organs and sermons ... [The Writer's Almanac] Over the course of his life, Andrew Carnegie endowed 2,811 libraries and many charitable foundations as well as the internationally famous Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He also bought 7,689 organs for churches. The purpose of the latter gift was, in Carnegie's words, "To lessen the pain of the sermons." More here.
• Baby Boomers and the Search for Meaning ... [Aging Today, James Ellor] Finding meaning can be a challenge for anyone at any passage of life, but particularly for older adults as they reach the end of life and have more time for reflection. Just as people are unique in how they find meaning, so are the different generations. Previous generations found that just to reach old age was a challenge, but newer generations are discovering that they have the luxury of time and choices in how to be active in retirement. The challenge for baby boomers as they age is to find a way to foster their search for meaning. Read on. [h/t Trula Hollywood]
• Spielberg's Lincoln ... [David Brooks, NYTimes Op-Ed] We live in an anti-political moment, when many people — young people especially — think politics is a low, nasty, corrupt and usually fruitless business. It’s much nobler to do community service or just avoid all that putrid noise. I hope everybody who shares this anti-political mood will go out to see “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner. The movie portrays the nobility of politics in exactly the right way. It shows that you can do more good in politics than in any other sphere. You can end slavery, open opportunity and fight poverty. But you can achieve these things only if you are willing to stain your own character in order to serve others — if you are willing to bamboozle, trim, compromise and be slippery and hypocritical. The challenge of politics lies precisely in the marriage of high vision and low cunning. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” gets this point. The hero has a high moral vision, but he also has the courage to take morally hazardous action in order to make that vision a reality. ... Politicians who can navigate such challenges really do emerge with the sort of impressive weight expressed in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. It’s a speech that acknowledges that there is moral ambiguity on both sides. It’s a speech in which Lincoln, in the midst of the fray, is able to take a vantage point above it, embodying a tragic and biblical perspective on human affairs. Lincoln’s wisdom emerges precisely from the fact that he’s damaged goods. Politics doesn’t produce many Lincolns, but it does produce some impressive people, and sometimes, great results. Take a few hours from the mall. See the movie. Read on.
• Never too late? ... [The Writer's Almanac] Helen Hooven Santmyer became a best-selling novelist and literary celebrity at the age of 88. More here.
• Better in the morning ... [The Writer's Almanac] Lewis Thomas said: "The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning." He became president of the Sloan-Kettering in 1973. More here.
• Evolution of the Word ... [United Methodist Reporter] Marcus Borg, canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore., and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. In Evolution of the Word, Dr. Borg does scholars, preachers and Bible students a great service by reordering the New Testament [NRSV], employing the consensus of modern scholarship to determine the chronological order of the 27 New Testament documents. ... Reading the New Testament in the order suggested by Dr. Borg—who relies on scholarship of the last two centuries—gives us a new perspective on biblical faith. Reading Paul’s epistles first, and then Mark’s Gospel, and then James, and then Colossians, etc., tests and challenges our programmed ways of reading Scripture. More here.
• Solzhenitsyn's One Day ... [BBC] In November 1962, one story shook the Soviet Union. Alexander Solzhenitsyn described a day in the life of a prison camp inmate, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. The character was fictional. But there were millions like him - innocent citizens who, like Solzhenitsyn himself, had been sent to the Gulag in Joseph Stalin's wave of terror. Censorship and fear had prevented the truth about the camps from being published, but this story made it into print. The USSR would never be the same again. Read on. [h/t Bishop Paul, who wrote on Bakery that few books in that day got as much comment or opened as many eyes.]
• Campaign "On the Cheap" ... [Scott Allen] Some of you know that Rick Daugherty of St. Andrew's Allentown was the Democratic Candidate against Republican incumbent Charlie Dent. He lost, but there was a somewhat "silver lining" in Rick's campaign for those of you who (like me) are concerned about the cost of running for political office this year....a humorous but factual account of Rick's campaign appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.
• What Money Can't Buy – the Moral Limits of Markets ... [NCR] Arthur Jones reviews this book by Harvard professor Michael Sandel. Here.
• Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from Maryknoll ... [National Catholic Reporter] Father Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and RC priest who had come under scrutiny for his support of women's ordination, has been dismissed from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, which he served for 45 years, 39 years as a priest. Bourgeois is known for his work with SOA Watch, a group he founded in 1990 to protest the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a U.S. Army training school at Fort Benning, Ga., formerly known as the School of the Americas. If I'm not mistaken, he may have keynoted an LEPOCO event at the Cathedral. Read on. Bourgeois: "The Vatican and Maryknoll can dismiss me, but they cannot dismiss the issue of gender equality in the Catholic Church." More.
• Would God approve of football? ... [Jeffrey Weiss, Real Clear Religion] My discomfort is hardly new to football-watchers. In 1905, 19 college players died due to game-related injuries. And masculinity promoter President Teddy Roosevelt said: "I would a hundred-fold rather keep the game as it is now, with the brutality, than give it up." But Teddy changed his mind, helping lead rule and equipment changes that made the game a lot safer. But these days, players are twice as big and twice as fast as they were a century and more ago. So the collisions are twice as hard. And the injuries? Maybe not twice as frequent, but commonplace. Read on.
• Separate Communion services in the same room ... [Virginia Pilot] This story about the nation's only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish may make your head spin. You may read on.
• Anglicans blind but not dead ... [Reuters, Allessandra Prentice] The Archbishop of Canterbury accused his Church of England of being willfully blind to the attitudes of modern British society on Wednesday after it voted 'no' to women bishops, a triumph for its traditionalist minority. After more than 10 years of divisive debate, the General Synod, the Church legislature, failed to pass the measure on Tuesday evening by just six votes despite the fact that 42 of the Church's 44 dioceses had earlier approved it."It seems as if we are willfully blind to some of the trends and priorities of ... wider society," Archbishop Rowan Williams said in a speech to the Synod still meeting after the vote. "We have some explaining to do. We have as a result of yesterday undoubtedly lost a measure of credibility in our society." Read on. • Making sense of the Synod vote ... [Episcopal Café, Andrew Gerns] The conventional wisdom was that the General Synod would authorize the ordination of women to the episcopate. Maybe not a slam dunk but after 42 of 44 diocesan synods said "yes," it seemed like a sure thing. Since the vote failed by a mere six vote in the lay order, the implications are still being sorted out. Read on.• Parliament pushes back ... [Episcopal Café] Frank Field MP, a former member of the Synod, today proposed for consideration a Presentation Bill in Parliament which seeks to remove from the statute book the exemptions from the Equality legislation that the Church of England enjoys. If passed, the Bill would make it illegal for the Church of England to discriminate against women when appointing bishops, as they currently do. ... The House of Bishops meets on 10th and 11th December. Papers are being prepared for that meeting scoping possible ways forward. These will include the possibility of bringing something back within the lifetime of this Synod though all sides acknowledge that fresh thinking is needed. Read on. • Women against women bishops ... [The Guardian UK] Almost half the Church of England lay members who voted against a measure that would have paved the way for female bishops were women, new data shows. According to voting records released on Monday [Nov. 26], 33 of the 74 General Synod lay members who caused the long-awaited legislation to fail were women – most of them affiliated with the conservative evangelical group Reform or the traditional Anglo-Catholic movement Forward in Faith. Read on. • A Constitutional Crisis? ... [Episcopal Café] Newspaper in England are full of stories about whether the Church of England faces a possible constitutional crisis resulting from General Synod's failure to pass legislation last week that would have permitted women to become bishops. Here.
• From scratch ... [Carl Sagan] "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
• The science and art of listening ... [NYTimes] The difference between the sense of hearing and the skill of listening is attention. Read on.
• At Central Moravian in Bethlehem, the new face of an old church ... [The Morning Call] The next senior pastor of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem has a handsome name and title — the Right Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon — and a lilting Jamaican accent so sweet to the ear he could probably hold his audience rapt through a sermon on the stock market. Most of this audience already knows that, because Clennon has been a familiar presence around the church and the city for several years, as a member of the congregation and as chaplain at Moravian College and Theological Seminary. Read on.
• Moravian Church in North America website. Moravian Church Northern Province website. Moravian Theological Seminary website.
• UMC website Here. News Service Here. Communication Resources Start here. Communication newsletter (tips and tools) Here. Eastern PA Conference website Here. Facebook Here. Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here. Diocese of Scranton ... Here. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here. Catholic News Service ... Here. Vatican website ... Here. Vatican Information Service blog ... Here. Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.
Calendar of Events/The Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Speaking Faithfully ... [Episcopal Cafe] A new book on Communication as Evangelism in a Noisy World by Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson of Canticle Communications. An attempt to persuade the church to bring the techniques and insights of mass communications to bear on the challenge of evangelism. The acknowledgements mentions of those who have worked with the Episcopal Cafe since it's inception including Bishop-elect Nick Knisely and Canon Andrew Gerns.
• In-Formation in Bethlehem ... November issue of Canon Kitch's newsletter of lifelong Christian formation resources.
• Forward Movement ... News and Notes, November.
• Holy Women, Holy Men ... Download Holy Women, Holy Men as a .pdf file.
• Congregational Resource Guide ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... Here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• The Daily Office ... can be read online in Rite I, Rite II or the New Zealand Prayer Book versions. At Mission St. Clare.
• The Chalice, a publication of DioBeth's Lifelong Christian Formation Committee created by Joan DeAcetis for older adults and caretakers. Download issues here.
Additional sources for news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
(1) The Episcopal Church
(2) Episcopal News Service
(3) Episcopal Café
(5) AnglicansOnline News Centre.
• Religion&Politics fit for polite company ... Religion & Politics is an online news journal, dedicated to the two topics thought unfit for polite company. It is a project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. Here.
• Daily Office ... Lectionary Page ... Lectionary ... Oremus Bible Browser ... Revised Common Lectionary
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