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February 14, 2013
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• Diocesan Training Day ... Saturday, March 9, at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. More info here. Register online here.
• Diocese seeks Missioner for Communication and Congregational Renewal ... Are you a digital native, passionate about new ways of communicating ancient traditions and furthering our diocesan mission to "Live God's love. Tell what you have seen and heard"? Are you a superb volunteer coordinator? Can you think strategically? Do you have excellent communication skills? If so, we want you to become a part of our team. The Diocese of Bethlehem is currently accepting applications for the position of Missioner for Communication and Congregational Renewal. This is a full-time, salaried position working out of Diocesan House. Deadline for submission of letter of interest and resumes is March 5, 2013. Download job description and details on subission info here.
• The resignation of B16
... • Eleven Roman Catholic cardinals from the United States will convene in
the Sistine Chapel in mid-March to elect the next pope. Here are their bios. • Three cardinals who could cst a shadow over transition ... [NCR, John Allen] • Cardinal says scandals may have influenced resignation ... Here. • Discreet papal campaign began two years ago ... [Reuters, Tom Heneghan] Here. • New Pope? I've given up hope ... [Garry Wills, NYTimes] Here. • The last time a pope resigned ... [The Atlantic] Here. • B16's missing mea culpa ... [WaPo, Tom Ehrich] Here. • Q&A on Benedict's bombshell ... [John Allen, NCR] Here.
• From Monday's newSpin on the resignation ... [NYTimes] Pope Benedict XVI, 85, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005, said on Monday that he will retire Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries, citing deteriorating health."I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry." Read on. More at National Catholic Reporter. Also, Legacy full of ups and downs by John Allen. And at Episcopal Café. Reactions at Episcopal Café. According to The Guardian, UK, "the end of a sad and storm-tossed eight-year papacy." Also at The Guardian, pressing matters awaiting his successor. And, resources for journalists, for covering the historic event. Making book on who will be the next pope. Finally, Andrew Brown, writing in The Guardian: "In Benedict's resignation statement can be seen an implied rebuke to his predecessor, who argued that clinging to life and power for as long as possible was itself a form of witness to Christ's suffering.
• The Early Church's transformation into something like a welfare state ... [ArtsBeat blog, NYTies] In “Through the Eye of a Needle,” whose subtitle is “Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 A.D,” Peter Brown traces how the church transformed itself into something like a welfare state by abandoning the notion that wealth was inherently sinful. “Rather than denouncing the evil origins of wealth and insisting on its total renunciation,” he writes, the church’s “outreach to the poor, which had taken the form of care only for the destitute, slowly but surely changed its function so as to embrace the care of average citizens in times of stress.” Read on.
• Wilderness Yearning: Canon Anne Kitch's daily Lenten reflections ... You can read them here or subscribe to receive them as daily emails through the Diocese of Bethlehem using the Get Connected box. Enter your name and email address, click on "my groups," and select Wilderness Yearning.
• Knowing better ... [Day1, Anne Howard] Here.
• Mockingbird ... Exploring the faith through a pop culture lens. Mockingbird is an innovative spiritual community of Christians mostly in their 20s and 30s that is online, virtual, and thriving. Here and Here.
• For Lent ... • The website LentMadness.org invites people to play along with a tournament of saints and learn their stories, virtues and foibles. USA Today story here. • Busted Halo for Lent ... Each day throughout Lent, the Busted Halo's calendar’s link for that day is active, revealing a Daily Jolt for spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Fast, pray and give on. • Feeding and Fasting ... Reflections for the Lenten season from CREDO. Here. Four different authors drawn from the diverse CREDO faculty write in prose and poetry about the season of Lent. Through their unique voices and reflection styles, Joe Chambers, Bud Holland, Molly O'Dell, and Winnie Varghese explore Feeding and Fasting. Available in both text and audio; some reflections will end with questions to ponder and some will conclude with a suggested practice. • A beautiful Lenten meditation from the Rev. Callie Swanlund and the choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia. This three-minute podcast is part of a series that the church will present each Wednesday during Lent. Sign up to receive St. Martin's weekly meditations via e-mail here. • Online Lenten retreats ... [NCR] Here. • Lenten resources at DioBeth sites ... Here and Here. • Episcopal Church offers Lenten resources, meditations ... [ENS] Here.
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• Prayers and Thanksgivings from the BCP. Here.
• The Daily Office ... can be read online in Rite I, Rite II or the New Zealand Prayer Book versions. At Mission St. Clare.
• Holy Women, Holy Men ... Download Holy Women, Holy Men as a .pdf file.
• Renewal Assembly VII ... February 16 at multiple locations across the Diocese. Online registration and more info here. N.B. We are beyond the registration deadline ... but you can try.
• Diocesan Training Day ... March 9 at St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre. Here. Register online.
• Chrism Mass ... March 21 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, 11 a.m.
• Christophany ... April 19-21 at Pocono Plateau Retreat Center in Cresco. Online registration opens March 1.
• Diocesan Evangelism and Stewardship Conference ... May 18 at St. Stephen's W-B.
• 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.
• James Caskey, 91 ... [Morning Call] Here. Jim died on December 21. Obituary here. Memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2:00 p.m., at Trinity Bethlehem. Calling hours, 1:00 to 2:00.
Episcopal/Anglican (beyond DioBeth)
• Episcopal Church officials testify on immigration reform ... [Episcopal Café] Here.
• Human Trafficking ... Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will host an hour-long exploration into the church’s work in Human Trafficking on Wednesday, March 6. Human Trafficking: A Churchwide Conversation will originate from the Chapel of Christ the Lord in the Church Center in New York City beginning at 2 pm Eastern. It will be presented via WebEx. Participation is limited; advance registration is mandatory. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit a question, email@example.com, More info here.
• Task Force on the Study of Marriage ... Here.
• Episcopal Church Website ... ENS blog ... Episcopal Web Radio ... Episcopal Church on Facebook ... YouTube ... Twitter ... foursquare ... and Linked-In ...
• Anglican Communion Website ... News Service. ... and News Service on Facebook.
• How do I love thee? Let me count the ways ... [The Writer's Almanac] Robert and Elizabeth. Read on.
• Earth from Space ... [PBS] "Earth From Space" is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a
spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive
consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing
satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one
exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life
on earth. Read on.
• Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg ... Here. • Free Audiobooks from LibriVox ... Here. • Free Audiobooks and eBooks ... Here and Here.
• Google Books ... Millions of books you can preview or read free. Here. • The Online Books Page ... from UPenn. Here.
• More free eBooks and Audiobooks ... [Techlicious] Here.
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