April 29, 2013
Published on Monday
Occasionally, abbreviated, also on Thursday
• Allentown's Church of the Mediator's 150th ... [Jo Trepagnier] The Episcopal Church of the Mediator, at 1620 Turner Street in Allentown, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2013. Certain anniversary events are taking place already, but the most festive celebrations will happen on May 5. Please click on the links here to church history, a May 5th calendar of events, and also our anniversary campaign, called “Widening our Welcome.”
• When religious beliefs become evil: four signs ... [CNN Belief Blog, John Blade] 1. I know the truth, and you don't. 2. Beware the charismatic leader. 3. The end is near. 4. The end justifies the means. Read on.
• Rhode Island on track to be 10th state to approve gay marriage ... [USA Today] While the other five New England states already allow gay marriage,
heavily Catholic Rhode Island has been a hold-out. Supporters this year
mounted an aggressive and coordinated campaign that included organized
labor, religious leaders, business owners and leaders including Chafee
and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. ... Delaware could be next. Read on. Then, perhaps, Illinois, Nevada, and Minnesota.
• Gay marriage around the world ... [Pew Forum] Here.
• Trinity Church split on how to manage $2 billion legacy of a Queen ... [NYTimes] There has never been any doubt that Trinity Church is wealthy. But the extent of its wealth has long been a mystery; guessed at by many, known by few. Now, however, after a lawsuit filed by a disenchanted parishioner, the church has offered an estimate of the value of its assets: more than $2 billion. The Episcopal parish, known as Trinity Wall Street, traces its holdings to a gift of 215 acres of prime Manhattan farmland donated in 1705 by Queen Anne of England. Since then, the church has parlayed that gift into a rich portfolio of office buildings, stock investments and, soon, mixed-use residential development. The parish’s good fortune has become an issue in the historic congregation, which has been racked by infighting in recent years over whether the church should be spending more money to help the poor and spread the faith, in New York and around the world. Differences over the parish’s mission and direction last year led nearly half the 22-member vestry — an august collection of corporate executives and philanthropists — to resign or be pushed out, after at least seven of them asked, unsuccessfully, that the rector himself step down. Read on. Also, at RNS by Mark Silk, Serving God and Mammon at Trinity Church.
• Pope Francis
[RNS] Pope Francis is sending an important signal about his priorities by clearing the way for the long-stalled canonization of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Romero was a vocal champion of the poor and for human rights in El Salvador; during the country’s bloody civil war, he was gunned down by a right-wing death squad in 1980 while celebrating Mass. He was immediately hailed as a martyr, becoming an icon of the church’s struggle for social justice and against oppression. But that support also raised red flags at the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II and his top doctrinal cop, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – the future Benedict XVI – thought the devotion to Romero was too closely tied to left-leaning causes like liberation theology. As a result, Romero’s cause for canonization never gained momentum.
[NCR, John Allen] The risk of overheated expectations
• 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.
• Speaking to the Soul ... An Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.
• Good News ... [Bill Lewellis, a homily given at Diocesan House] I want to suggest how, in a way unheard of for popes, that the new Pope Francis has been doing this. Every morning at 7:00, he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the hotel-style guesthouse he has chosen to call home. There, he delivers brief, colorful homilies to small groups of Vatican workers, from policemen, gardeners and garbage men to doctors and bank employees. His homilies offer brief spiritual reflections, without prepared text, in an accessible, down-to-earth style. A far cry, did I say, from the papal tradition? Read on.
• DioLight ... is to be treated as a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop, which must, by canon, be shared with the parish after biweekly electronic publication. While Pastoral Letters are usually read at all Sunday services, Bishop Paul asks that DioLight be: (1) printed and put into the Sunday bulletins as an insert, (2) distributed through email lists, (3) delivered to the sick and shut in on pastoral visits. Each edition of DioLight will be sent electronically to arrive by Wednesday. It will contain a word of encouragement from the Bishop, a note about ministry in the diocese, and brief news. DioLight will contain plenty of Good News. Please share it intentionally and abundantly. Read the first issue here, the second here the third here.
• ECW Luncheon ... Sisters in Faith: The Power in Partnership, with Canon Elizabeth Geiz. May 8 at Kirby House. More here.
• Stewardship and Evangelism Conference ... May 18, St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. Here.
• St. Matthew's Society Annual Reception ... May 19, Lehigh Country Club, Allentown
• Vocare #3 ... May 31 to June 2, Kirby House. Blog post here. Facebook event here. Registration 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.
• Craig Sweeney's last Sunday at Epiphany Clarks Summit ... [Excerpt from Craig's post on Facebook] April 28. "Lots of hugs with people I love. Hard to explain ending dozens of relationships at once. The grief has only begun. What a privilege and an honor to be priest to these good people... God bless them as they face the changing of the church that is coming and finding a new priest that can guide them through it ...The pain of exit is real...
• Ascension Day celebration ... [Daniel Gunn and Mark Laubach] Many of the churches in the "North" are joining together to participate in an Ascension Day mass at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre, followed by a time of fellowship. Following the service we will gather for our first Pot-Luke Contest. The church that puts on the best spread gets bragging rights for one full year. Your choir is welcome to participate as well. "It's not too late for other choir folks to get involved, said Canon Mark Laubach. "I've chosen music that's very accessible in order to encourage as much participation as possible." For more information contact Mark at email@example.com or Fr. Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The music will be primarily hymns (216, 214, 481, 221, 215, and 494) and service music (S-266, Psalm 47 sung to the single Anglican chant found at S-47 in The Hymnal 1982, S-125, and S-151). As an anthem, we will sing a very simple arrangement of Hymn 218. The call for choir singers will be at 5:15 PM at St. Stephen's on Ascension Day, May 9th. Any interested participants should either email me (email@example.com) or call me at (570)704-7055.
• Trinity Soup Kitchen in Bethlehem ... [Mission Statement] Trinity Soup Kitchen is pleased to serve the homeless, the temporarily unemployed, MH/MR clients, and the economically disadvantaged. [From a brochure] Since 1981, five days a week, 52 weeks a year, Trinity Soup Kitchen serves wholesome, hot lunches to our guests. It's not just about food. Our guests receive more than hot meals. Hospitality volunteers are here to help guests with problem-solving or to direct them to other agencies for the help they need. We have enlisted the Bethlehem Health Bureau, several local dentists and other agencies for additional education and aid for our guests. You can help. Volunteer. Contribute food. Make donations. For more info: The Rev. Elizabeth Miller, Coordinator, Trinity Soup Kitchen, 44 E. Market Street, Bethlehem, 18018, 610-867-4741. [Bill] Over the past five years, Trinity's numbers have gone from 80 guests a day to more than 150 people every day.
• Nazareth Golf Outing ... St. Brigid’s is holding its 9th Annual Golf Outing on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1p.m. at Wedgewood Golf Course in Coopersburg. The $90 golfer fee includes golf and cart, hot dog lunch, pig roast dinner, fantastic prizes, and goody bags for every golfer. Call St. Brigid’s Episcopal Church at 610-746-3910 or visit www.stbrigidspa.org for more information.
• West Pittston ... Trinity's Pasta Dinner, May 18.
Rest in peace
• Bishop Manasseh Binyi Dawidi ... [Bishop Paul] Per email from Kajo-Keji, I am deeply sad to report the death of Retired Bishop Manasseh Binyi Dawidi which occurred in the very early hours of Monday 19th April 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. His body was brought to Kajo-Keji on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Burial took place on Wednesday 24th April 2013. He was a hero in many ways, and an Inspiration to me personally. After this settles in my heart for a bit, I will share some reflections, and I invite those who knew him to do the same on Bakery or our Facebook pages. May he rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him. Blessings, +Paul ... Download Tribute to Manasseh, a Diocesan Life 2007 feature story.
• John Booty ... [ENS] Scholar, teacher, poet, priest, beloved husband, father, and grandad, the Very Rev. John Booty died at age 87 April 17 at his home in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. More here.
• Josephine Goldberg ... mother of James who many here may have known died peacefully early during the morning of April 22. May she rest in peace and rise in glory, and let light perpetual shine upon her. James Goldberg, 4125 Apt G Dudley's Grant Drive, Winterville, NC 28590. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A celebration of Josephine's life will be held on July 5 or 6 in North Carolina. Another son: Matt. Husband: Brian. [h/t Rob McMahon]
• Robert W. Edgar, 69 [Addison Bross] Congressman, President of Common Cause, and head of the National Council of Churches, died on April 23. I had the pleasure of meeting him here in Bethlehem some years ago when he gave the address at the close of the Nazareth-to-Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage. His was a splendid career in church and state as a Christian (and a churched person) not afraid to speak -- and work diligently for -- the Peace of Christ in ordinary life, in government, and, yes, in the marketplace. Please pray in thanksgiving for Bob Edgar. Associated Press obituary here. RNS story here.
Episcopal/Anglican (beyond DioBeth)
• Congatulations to Scott Bader-Saye ... who has been appointed academic dean at Seminary of the Southwest. He joined the seminary faculty as professor in 2009, after teaching undergraduates and graduate students for twelve years at the University of Scranton. Scott's wife, the Rev. Demery Bader Saye, was onetime missioner to youth on Bishop Paul's staff. More here.
• Episcopal Relief & Development: New website, New URL, Fresh look [EpiscopalRelief.org] 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.
• Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist in Milford [one hour East of Scranton at the tri-state juncture of NJ/PA/NY] is seeking an organist and a choir director OR an organist/choir director. More info.
• St. Brigid's seeks Director for Choir and Organist ... St. Brigid’s Episcopal Church in Nazareth, PA, is seeking an Organist/Choir Director. This is a part-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and educational background. The ideal candidate will be a leader who is energetic and enthusiastic. A knowledge of the Episcopal liturgy would be a plus, or a willingness to learn it. Candidate will be responsible for playing for one service per weekend (Sunday at 10am, or 9am during summer) and an occasional special service (e.g. Ash Wednesday). Church is located at the corner of Washington & Madison, Nazareth PA, 18064. Please submit resume to email@example.com. If additional information is required, please contact Trula at 610-746-3910.
• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC) ... Here.
• Critical Mass ... [Seth Godin] If your idea isn't spreading, one reason might be that it's for too many people. Or it might be because the cohort that appreciates it isn't tightly connected. When you focus on a smaller, more connected group, it's far easier to make an impact. More.
• How to take a walk in the woods: practice noticing ... [NPR] How can we experience "being alive" in the midst of the crushing urgencies that make up modern life? It might seem strange, but one answer to that question is "science," at least science with a lowercase "s." Science, as Adam Frank explains at NPR's Cosmos and Culture blog, is all about noticing. [h/t Leadership Education at Duke Divinity]
• The Catholic Worker ... [Addison Bross, Bakery] the 8-page newspaper from Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin's Catholic Worker movement, has just published its 80th anniversary issue (for May 2013). On May 1, 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, The Catholic Worker newspaper made its debut with a first issue of twenty-five hundred copies. Dorothy Day and a few others hawked the paper in Union Square for a penny a copy (still the price) to passersby. This issue contains articles from the first issue (1933), along with striking graphics by Kathe Kollwitz, Fritz Eichenberg (most famous for his image of Jesus standing with men in a breadline), and Ade Bethune. The paper appears seven times a year. US subscriptions: $0.25/year; foreign $0.30/year. The Catholic Worker / 36 E. FIrst Street / New York, NY 10003
• He left a fortune, to no one ... [NYTimes] Roman Blum, a Holocaust survivor who died at 97 without any known heirs and without a will, left an estate worth nearly $40 million. Read on.
• 27 middle class problems ;-) ... [BuzzFeed] Life is hard sometimes, and there's only one way to handle it: Share your pain on Twitter, e.g., I have a papercut on my iPad finger. Every tweet is agony, but i persist bravely. ... Peeling pomegranates has to be one of the most painstaking tasks in the world. Twenty-five more here, illustrated.
• Judgment not included ... [NYTimes Op-Ed, Thomas Friedman] More people are more directly exposed to more raw information and opinion every day from everywhere. As such, it is more important than ever that we build the internal software, the internal filters, into every citizen to sift out fact from fiction in this electronic torrent, which offers so much information that has never been touched by an editor, a censor or a libel lawyer. That’s why, when the Internet first emerged and you had to connect via a modem, I used to urge that modems sold in America come with a warning label from the surgeon general, like cigarettes. It would read: “Attention: Judgment not included.”
And that’s why the faster, more accessible and ultramodern the Internet becomes, the more all the old-fashioned stuff matters: good judgment, respect for others who are different and basic values of right and wrong. Those you can’t download. They have to be uploaded, the old-fashioned way, by parents around the dinner table, by caring but demanding teachers at school and by responsible spiritual leaders in a church, synagogue, temple or mosque. Somewhere, somehow, that did not happen, or stopped happening, with the brothers Tsarnaev. Read on.
• Gene Robinson: Catholic leaders using communion as weapon in culture wars ... [WaPo] The Detroit Free Press recently reported on comments made by Edward Peters, who teaches Catholic canon law and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to advise the top judicial authority in the Catholic Church. Peters stated that Catholic teaching makes it clear that marriage is between one man and one woman. He goes on to write, “Catholics who promote ‘same-sex marriage’ act contrary to ‘Catholic law’ and should not approach for holy Communion…They also risk having holy Communion withheld from them…being rebuked and/or being sanctioned.” Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, offered this clarification: “For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: ‘I believe the church offers the saving truth of Jesus, and I reject what the church teaches.’ In effect, they would contradict themselves. This sort of behavior would result in publicly renouncing one’s integrity and logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury.” Read on.
• Shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions: The Culture of Preconception ... [Commonweal, E. J. Dionne Jr.] The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions. When something new comes along, we hasten to squeeze it into whatever
frameworks we were carrying around with us a day, a month, or a year
before. Read on.
• If you really think the environment is less important than the economy ... check here. [h/t Craig Sweeney]
• Be a mensch ... [Cheezburger.com] When/how not to use your cellphone. When not to text. View. [h/t Jan Nunley on Facebook]
• Communication newsletter (tips and tools) Here.
• UMC website Here.
• News Service Here.
• Communication Resources ... Start here.
• Eastern PA Conference website Here. Facebook Here. Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
• How not to die ... [The Atlantic] Unwanted treatment is American medicine’s dark continent. No one knows its extent, and few people want to talk about it. The U.S. medical system was built to treat anything that might be treatable, at any stage of life—even near the end, when there is no hope of a cure, and when the patient, if fully informed, might prefer quality time and relative normalcy to all-out intervention. Read on.
• Resources for caregivers ... Here. • Medline Plus ... Here. • WebMD ... Here.
• Alzheimers.gov ... For people helping people with Alzheimers. Here.
• To the Wonder ... [Religion Dispatches] Terence Malick's mystical lens. Once again, Malick proves he is the filmmaker who depicts religion better than anyone else. Read on.
• Gene Robinson on Comedy Central's Colbert Report ... A very entertaining interview by Roman Catholic Stephen Colbert. Find larger resolution version here.
• Mortal Sins ... [America, Raymond Schroth] Every once in a while there’s a break in the bad news about the church. The good news for several weeks has been the election of Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as pope. His is a kind and fresh face of an elderly man with a heart, and his symbolic gestures suggest that this new face may represent a new spring for the battered church. But I was reminded Tuesday night that the bad news is still alive and well: in the old Bleeker St. Theater in lower Manhattan a very articulate panel of five men and one woman joined forces to discuss, for a crowd of over 100, Michael D’Antonio’s Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and The Era of Catholic Scandal. The five panelists were also leading characters in the book, a narrative of the sex abuse scandal from 1984 to the present. Read on.
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• More free eBooks and Audiobooks ... [Techlicious] Here.
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• Forward Movement ... Here.
• The Alban Institute ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... Here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• The Chalice, a publication created by Joan DeAcetis for older adults and caretakers. Download issues here.
• Weekly Bulletin Inserts from the Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Episcopal Web Radio ... Here.
• Updated Episcopal Church canons and constitution available online ... Here.
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
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