The newSpin newsletter
March 31, 2015
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• Triduum – In the dying is the rising … [Patrick Malloy] Here. The Triduum celebrates a dynamic that God revealed in Jesus. It is, at once, the dynamic of divine life and the dynamic of human life. Jesus, in his divinity, reveals that God forsakes everything for us mortals; and, when all is finished, God remains glorious. The human Jesus reveals that when mortals like us forsake everything for the sake of God, we share in God’s glory. The mystery is the same, whether we consider Jesus as the divine mortal or as the human God.
All of this goes entirely against the grain and defies logic. Death and life are opposites; they cannot be intertwined. Yet, the story of Jesus is that they are. Anyone who would be Jesus’ disciple must claim it as true, even if it seems impossible.
• Barbara Crafton … [The Geranium Farm] This is the last Holy Week of my active ministry -- in future, I will participate in it, but I will not be the one responsible for letting these sober days lead the faithful through the death of Jesus and into his resurrection. Always in the past, I have steeled myself for the extra burden of sermons, the extra liturgies, the extra leaflets that must be prepared -- so much more must be done to make this week what it should be. Of course, I have never been the only one who worked hard in Holy Week. The choirs and their directors, the altar guild, the parish administrator, the sexton, the parents, those planning the different meals, the marshals for the Good Friday walk through town, the ushers, the lectors -- everybody responds to its quickening. I have always felt that exhaustion is just part of it. Now I wonder what Holy Week will be like when that is no longer so. Read on.
• The wicked irony of Holy Week … [Boston Globe, James Carroll] Once upon a time, believing Christians could begin their observance of Holy Week with a spirit of detached consolation. Reliving the last days of Jesus Christ through liturgy, Scripture reading, and meditation could open into a hopeful realm apart, for these were days when the great mystery of the faith was meant to show itself: not that Almighty God wills suffering, much less causes it, but that, in Jesus, God joins us in it. Suffering is not thereby removed, but it is given meaning. The Passion brings forward compassion, which means in its root “to suffer with.” Humans, in their worst hours, are not alone.
But that was before the great 20th century interruption. The narrative of the death of Jesus can no longer be read, heard, or reenacted with such innocence. The wicked irony of Holy Week must now be acknowledged: Intended to transform suffering, these observances became, down through the ages, a transcendent source of suffering. The drama of God’s love became an immorality tale of hate. “Let his blood be upon us and upon our children,” the Gospel of Matthew has the Jewish crowd cry out, forcing an apparently benign Pontius Pilate to murder Jesus. Almost from then on, “the Jews,” as the Gospel refrain refers to them, were despised as “Christ-killers.” Read on.
• Revelation and Holy Week – Radical Truth Telling … [Faith Interrupted – Looking for God in the Gaps] Here. From the time this book was written - but, more specifically, in the last hundred years or so - Christians have been trying to *figure out* Revelation. Almost exclusively, these "understandings" have been focused on the end of the world, Rapture-oriented fake theologies. And it all utterly misses the point. Revelation belongs in the bible because it is a powerful critique on the powers that be. Then and now.
• Unraveling the church ban on gay sex … [NYTimes, The Stone, Gary Gutting] The time has come for the Roman Catholic Church to rethink its claim that homosexual behavior is immoral. Here’s how. Read on.
• UK's first husband and wife team of bishops… [The Telegraph, UK] Here.
• Are slaves catching the fish you buy? … [Poynter, Kristen Hare, March 25] Reporters with the Associated Press found slaves in the Indonesian town of Benjina. During a yearlong investigation, the AP was able to trace fish caught by the slaves to Thai companies, which sold the fish to the U.S. "The AP also found a locked cell with eight slaves inside, and handed a video camera to s dockworker, himself a former slave, to take close-up footage. Under the cover of darkness, the AP team used a small wooden boat to approach a trawler with slaves who yelled to them, pleading for help to go home." From the full story: "Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundred of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry."
• Presiding Bishop’s Easter message 2015 ... [ENS] “We will find him already there before us, bringing new and verdant life,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her Easter Message 2015. “The only place we will not find him is in the tomb.” In 2015, Easter is celebrated on April 5. The Presiding Bishop’s Easter message 2015 is available here in English, Spanish and French. Read on.
• Reclaiming climate change as a moral issue … [ENS] Here.
• House of Deputies March newsletter … Here. It includes: Blue Book reports now online … The General Convention Office has begun posting reports to the 78th General Convention on its website. The reports, known as the "Blue Book," are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded as they are posted. In late spring, when all reports are available, they will also be posted in an aggregate downloadable file (or files). The Blue Book will not be printed as it has been in years past. Church Publishing may make a print copy available for purchase. As of March 30, reports from three joint standing committees, seven standing commissions, and two task forces have been posted.
•• Central Pennsylvania diocese elects woman … [ENS, diocesan staff of CPA] The Rev. Canon Audrey Cady Scanlan was elected on March 14 as 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Scanlan, 56, canon for mission collaboration and congregational life in the Diocese of Connecticut, was elected on the second ballot out of a field of three nominees. Read on.
Resources … way below.
•• An Analogy for Grace … [Written by Jim Naughton, September 25, 2014. Lovely. Insightful. Theologically astute. Not to be missed.] We take as a theological given that we don't deserve grace, but what we need to reckon with is the fact that we don't recognize it. It wears the wrong clothes and shows up in the wrong places at the wrong times. It comes in the guise of people we generally avoid. As a result, we fail to see it for what it is. We take the word of others--experts, advance teams--for what grace is and what it isn't, when we must pay attention and when we can walk on by. Perhaps we don't trust ourselves to recognize and respond to grace when we see it or hear it. Or perhaps life is constructed in such a way that grace needs references and a spot on our calendar before we can give it its due.Henry James once urged readers: "Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost." This is among the few spiritual disciplines that still make sense to me. Read on.
•• Before I Go: A Stanford neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time … [WaPo, via Stanford Medicine magazine, by Paul Kalanithi, Stanford University neurosurgeon] In residency, there’s a saying: The days are long, but the years are short … The years did, as promised, fly by. Six years passed in a flash, but then, heading into chief residency, I developed a classic constellation of symptoms — weight loss, fevers, night sweats, unremitting back pain, cough — indicating a diagnosis quickly confirmed: metastatic lung cancer. The gears of time ground down. While able to limp through the end of residency on treatment, I relapsed, underwent chemo and endured a prolonged hospitalization. Read on. Also, at Episcopal Café. [Paul Kalanithi wrote essays for The New York Times and Stanford Medicine reflecting on being a physician and a patient, the human experience of facing death, and the joy he found despite terminal illness. He died March 9, 2015 at the age of 37. Here is his obituary.]
• Why do you do what you do? … [Faith&Leadership, David L. Odom] Answering this question in an articulate way creates a hunger to know the answers to other strategic questions. Read on.
Spirit Resources ... way below.
• Debunking the myth of the job-stealing immigrant … [NYTimes, Adam Davidson, March 24] When I was growing up in the 1980s, I watched my grandfather — my dad’s stepdad — struggle with his own prejudice. He was a blue-collar World War II veteran who loved his family above all things and was constantly afraid for them. He carried a gun and, like many men of his generation, saw threats in people he didn’t understand: African-Americans, independent women, gays. By the time he died, 10 years ago, he had softened. He stopped using racist and homophobic slurs; he even hugged my gay cousin. But there was one view he wasn’t going to change. He had no time for Hispanics, he told us, and he wasn’t backing down. After all, this wasn’t a matter of bigotry. It was plain economics. These immigrants were stealing jobs from “Americans.” Read on.
• Pro-discrimination 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous … [WaPo Op-Ed, Tim Cook] There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Read on.
Resources ... way below
In the Media
• One cup of soup at time … [Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre] “Warming up NEPA, one cup of soup at a time,” a new initiative of episcopalRELIEFnepa, hopes to bring a sense of comfort and nourishment, in a free cup of hot homemade soup and companionship to the parking lot of the Episcopal Church of St. Clement & St. Peter on Hanover Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 11. A joint effort with the Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston, the totally mobile effort uses pop-up tents and portable tables to bring a bit of nourishment to where it is most needed. More than 50 people were served at its inaugural event, held on March 7 at the West Pittston site. Read on.
• Front-page creativity … How's this? [Courtesy of The Newseum]
Rest in Peace
• Dolores Caskey, 94 … writer, civic activist, and community leader, died March 24 at Moravian Village of Bethlehem. She was a tireless advocate and worker for the community, especially its disadvantaged … She lost her husband of 65 years, James, in 2012. The Caskeys were active congregants of Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Diocese of Bethlehem. They served as volunteers in Trinity's soup kitchen for over 20 years. Obituary here. Morning Call story here.
• Chuck Bednarik, 89 … [Phila Inq] the immovable, irascible son of a Bethlehem steelworker whose Hall of Fame football career was more notable for lasts than firsts, died March 21 in a Bucks County assisted-living facility following a brief illness. Read on. Obituary here.
• Lyle Schaller, 91 … [Christianity Today] Preeminent church consultant. No one may have advised more churches in the 20th century. Because he was born April 19, 1923, and reached retirement age in the last century, he is best known to America’s senior church leaders. Schaller outlived many of those whom he most influenced, dying on March 18, 2015. Read on. Obituary here.
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• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC) ... Here.
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not
• Going Clear – Scientology on HBO … [RawStory] On Sunday (March 29), HBO will air Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, a two-hour documentary by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney based on a 2013 book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright. The national airing of the film revives questions about this most controversial, American-born religion. This edition of RELIGION | LINK provides resources for reporters to tackle a number of issues about the film, Scientology and New Religious Movements. Read on.
• Five grimly hilarious moments in Scientology's history … [Yahoo] Here.
• A little respect for Dr. Foster … [NYTimes Op-Ed, Nicholas Kristof] Evangelical Christians are one of the few groups liberals mock openly. Here's why that is wrongheaded. Read on.
• Resources … way below.
NEPA Synod website ... Here.
ELCA website ... Here.
ELCA News Service ... Here.
ELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."
Spirit Spinning ... for those who hunger and thirst for a deeper connection with God ... Here.
Moravian Church in North America website.
Moravian Church Northern Province website.
Moravian Theological Seminary website.
United Methodist Church
News Service Here.
Communication Resources ... Start here.
Eastern PA Conference website Here.
Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
Presbyterian Church USA
Website ... Here.
News & Announcements ... Here.
• Allentown Diocese gives $95,000 in poverty relief grants… [The Morning Call] The Diocese of Allentown has allocated $95,000 in Poverty Relief Fund grants to 15 programs and agencies, according to a news release. The money is from a collection taken up in the 94 parishes of the diocese in the third week of November. Applications for grants came from 18 agencies or programs and totaled more than $173,000, much more money than was collected. Read on.
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.
The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium] ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.
Health and Wellness
Resources for caregivers ... Here.
Medline Plus ... Here.
WebMD ... Here.
Alzheimers.gov ... For people helping people with Alzheimers. Here.
Three Free Apps for getting qualified medical advice... [Techlicious] Urgent Care, HealthTap and First Aid. Info and links.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Center for Disease Control - Healthy Living
Church Health Reader
Eastern Pennsylvania Faith Community Nurses
Episcopal Mental Illness Network
Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
National Episcopal Health Ministries
NEHM Wellness Resource Page
• Computer Malware and E-mail Hack Attacks: What to Do Fast… [USA.gov Team] You may know the experience: Your e-mail account starts behaving oddly, or your computer is slowing down and acting up. You may have been hacked, or gotten a virus. Would you know how to address an e-mail hack, secure your device, and protect your identity?Watch these two short videos which go over the critical first steps you can take to minimize the damage and get back in control. Go to OnGuardOnline.gov for information on:Hacked E-mail, Malware, Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks, Tech Support Scams and more.Or download this free publication on protecting your computer and personal information.
• Moses wanted California … [RNS, Mark Silk] Once upon a time, God asked Moses what country he wanted for his people. Moses wanted California, but being a stammerer, he only managed to say: “Ca…Ca…Ca…” Replied God: “You want Canaan, you’ll get Canaan!” It’s an old joke, but after enduring the Israeli election on spring break in Yosemite and the Bay Area (Point Reyes to Palo Alto, the Golden Gate to the Berkeley Hills), I do wish Moses hadn’t had that speech impediment. On the other hand, unless it rains during next year’s rainy season, California is going to look like Canaan pretty soon. Speaking of climate change (which I can, not being employed by the State of Florida), I spent part of the time reading The Book of Strange New Things, British author Michel Faber’s remarkable new novel about an evangelical pastor’s mission to the inhabitants of a far-away planet at a time when natural disasters are bringing life as we know it on Earth to an end. Read on. Review by Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News.
• Religion Stylebook … Here.
• Sure, Jesus was Son of God. But how was his fiction … [Forward, Jerome A. Chanes] Amy-Jill Levine Makes Contribution to Jewish New Testament Lit … It would seem easy to dismiss Levine’s latest work, “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi,” as a slight book. Big mistake. That Jesus was the consummate storyteller is commonplace. But Levine cogently makes the case that the parables are not mere mayselech, tales and yarns, but that each parable had an “original provocation” or challenge for its original first-century listeners. Levine notes that the authors of the Gospels were among the first interpreters of the parables, and in the process “domesticated” them — a practice that, to the dismay of many, is continued by all too many preachers from the pulpit — diminishing the “original provocation” of the stories. Read on.
• 'Realism' is the new face of Bible epics … [USA Today] Here. Also, Television puts more faith in religious-themed projects, Los Angeles Times.
•• Telling the good news, in the media ... [Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson] If the media isn’t telling the stories you want told about your congregation, it is possible (we say very gently) that those stories aren’t interesting or significant enough to warrant coverage. Or, it is possible that you are not presenting them to the media in a way that catches their attention. Or perhaps you have not presented stories to the media at all. It isn’t easy to get your congregation, diocese, conference, or other sort of Christian organization into the newspaper or in online media outlets unless something has gone significantly wrong. It is even harder to get it on television or the radio. But it is possible if you absorb these 10 simple tips. Read on.
•• Communicate … Your Ministry, including Bill's Communication Biases and Communication-Evangelism. Here.
Spirituality & Film ... Here.
Spirituality on DVD ... Here.
Books for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
Audios for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
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.
• 19th-Century Church in Northeast Philadelphia to be demolished … [CBS Phila, Molly Daly] The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced its plan to demolish the city’s oldest Polish Roman Catholic church. The archdiocese acted last fall to de-consecrate St. Laurentius, a church that dates back to the late 19th century. Read on. [Bill] I wonder whether that plan would have gone down under a former Polish archbishop, Cardinal Krol?
• The right way to end a meeting … [Harvard Business Review, March 11] Here.
• Catholic priest, ex-EWTN TV host, fathered chid; he's now accused of abuse … [Alabama Media Group] The minor he is charged with sexually abusing is his own son, now six years old. David Lawrence Stone, 54, formerly known as Father Frances Mary Stone, was host of the TV program "Life on the Rock" on Eternal Word Television Network. Read on.
• Should you use this word? It decreases your effectiveness
… [PsychologyToday] Want a quick upgrade to the way you communicate with yourself, with work colleagues, and in your love relationships? In Psychology Today, Susan Heitler says you should do this: Delete the word should from your vocabulary. Or, as I've heard Rick Cluett say, "Don't should on me."
• General enewsletter, near end of month, March …
• Special enewsletter, mid month, March …
• DioBeth website
• Stumbling into the Sacred ... [Reflections on seeing God in the everyday by Canon Anne E. Kitch]
• newSpin blog ... including the newSpin weekly by Bill Lewellis.
• Facebook …
• Twitter …
• Center for Congregations ... The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of capital funds, consultants, architects, contractors, books, congregation management software, and more.
• Congregational Consulting ... More information on how to contact the consultants can be found here and at http://www.congregationalconsulting.org/ .
• Church locators ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... 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.
• Calendar of events in our parishes ... Here.
• TREC [TaskForce for Reimagining the Episcopal Church] … website.
• TREC … Video Q&A with TREC panel at Oct. 2, 2014 TREC Churchwide Meeting at the Washington National Cathedral
• The Episcopal Church website, news service, news service blog,
• Episcopal Café
• AngicansOnline website and news centre.
• The Living Church
• The Anglican Communion website and news service.
• The Daily Scan: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add subscribers for news releases, notices, statements, or Daily Scan.
• Free weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Find the inserts here.
• Updated Episcopal Church canons and constitution ... Here.
• Forward Movement ... Here.
• Episcopal Web Radio ... Here.
• Episcopal Church Event Calendar ... Here
• Ecumenical Relations … Diobeth.org
• DioBeth Resources … Ecumenism/Interfaith
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• Prayers and Thanksgivings from the BCP ... Here.
• The (Online) Book of Common Prayer ... 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 Daily Office ... from the Diocese of Indianapolis. Here.
• Daily Prayer ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• 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.
• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.
• Lenten Resources
• Daily lenten meditations by Anne Kitch… Subscribe here. You will not regret following Anne. Here's an excerpt from Feb. 27: I usually find hand-washing a chore for which I have neither the time nor the patience. But as I scrub and rinse the sweater several times, I discover a soothing rhythm to it and a gentle attentiveness. And I imagine God, hand-washing me with similar care. I am overwhelmed then by a vision of God washing each of us by hand. Patiently. Lovingly. And in God’s hands, no one is ruined beyond repair, and there is no stain that cannot be removed.
• Mediator Allentown outreach missioner Twila Smith … has an absolutely wonderful listing of resources at her Pinterest site. No matter how challenging you might think it is to sign up to see Twila's resources, I think you will find that it's worth it. Her latest listing is Lenten Resources.
• A seven-part Episcopal Public Policy Network series, "Engaging Poverty at Home and Around the World." began Ash Wednesday, available here.
• United Thank Offering provides a daily scripture passage from the Daily Office through Facebook and Twitter (#unitedthankoffering).
• Trinity Bethlehem's "Lights in the Darkness" blog project … [Amy Spagna] will be back for a repeat engagement, beginning on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17. This year's reflections will be centered around themes of reconciliation and forgiveness, and will feature work by Trinity parishioners and staff, and several guest writers. The blog's home on the Web is lentenlightsbethpa.blogspot.com. If you would like to receive these daily reflections by email, please send Amy a note at email@example.com, and she'll be happy to add you to the list.
• Lent with ESC (Episcopal Service Corps)
• Practicing Lent, from the Diocese of West Texas
• #LivingLent is a new social media, photo-based reflection designed to draw participants into the Lenten story by creating 'living pictures' and modern interpretations of biblical art, from the Diocese of Texas.
• A rich resource list, from the Diocese of Olympia.
• Short, daily videos over the five weeks of Lent, from the Brothers of SSJE.
• Telling the good news, in the media ... [Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson] If the media isn’t telling the stories you want told it is possible (we say very gently) that those stories aren’t interesting or significant enough to warrant coverage. Or, it is possible that you are not presenting them to the media in a way that catches their attention. Or perhaps you have not presented stories to the media at all. It isn’t easy to get your congregation, diocese, conference, or other sort of Christian organization into the newspaper or in online media outlets unless something has gone significantly wrong. It is even harder to get it on television or the radio. But it is possible if you absorb these 10 simple tips. Read on.
• Evangelism ... at Diobeth.org, Projects and Activities, Resources.
• Stewardship ... at Diobeth.org, Reflections, Financial Campaigns, Small group studies, Stewardship education, Resources.
• EpiscopalShare ... Here.
• The Lectionary ... A collection of Lectionary resources for the Episcopal Church, updated Sunday night. Here.
• Lectionary Page ... A liturgical calendar for upcoming weeks, with links to readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), as adapted for use in Episcopal worship. Here.
• Revised Common Lectionary ... Here.
• The Liturgical Calendar ... BCP, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, HWHM ... Here.
• Oremus Bible Browser ... Here.
• Celebrating the Eucharist, by Patrick Malloy. Google Book
• Enriching our Worship, 1 to 5 ... Free download here.
• The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships [Extracted from Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing] Here.
• Collection of worship resources at Diobeth.org ... Including Diocesan Cycles of Prayer for weekly worship, Holy Women Holy Men, and The Text This Week. Here.
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project: Daily Religion Headlines ... here.
• Religious Freedom Blog ... a weekly look back at the top stories and developments on religious liberty around the world. Here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• BBC News Online ... here.
• BBC Religion & Ethics ... here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
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