newSpin, the newsletter
January 21, 2016
TopSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Hijacked and Awakened Pain … [Pilgrimage Blog] The Rev. Dr. Han van den Blink of St. Paul's Troy has recently written at least 12 reflections for us. You will not regret reading any or all of them. Here's one. All of them may be found on the Pilgrimage Blog of the Diocese of Bethlehem. If you read anything online over the next week or so, read these. All of them.
Pilgrimage Prayer and Blessing … [Pilgrimage Blog] God of Journeys, as you led and nourished your ancient people though the wilderness, give us the courage to set off on pilgrimage to seek the forms and styles of life and ministry you have prepared for us. You call us to leave familiar things and leave our “comfort zone.” Guide our footsteps, open our eyes to new experiences, open our ears to hear you speaking to us, touch our imaginations, and clear our vision that we may become the people you would have us to be. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who travels always with us. Amen.
May God the Father who created you, guide your footsteps;
May God the Son who redeemed you, share your journey;
May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, lead you on life’s pilgrimage; and,
The blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you wherever you may go. Amen.
• Blizzard (Thursday noon forecast) … Friday night through Sunday morning. Philadelphia, Reading: 12 to 18 inches. Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton: 8 to 14 inches. Beyond the tunnel: lower accumulations.
• Anglican Primates want to walk together, but with the Episcopal Church just off to the side … [ENS, Matthew Davies, Jan. 14] A majority of Anglican primates Jan. 14 asked that the Episcopal Church, for a period of three years, “no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.” Expressing their unanimous desire to walk together, the primates said that their call comes in response to the decision by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention last June to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all. While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ.
“For so many who are committed to following Jesus in the way of love and being a church that lives that love, this decision will bring real pain,” he said. “For fellow disciples of Jesus in our church who are gay or lesbian, this will bring more pain. For many who have felt and been rejected by the church because of who they are, for many who have felt and been rejected by families and communities, our church opening itself in love was a sign of hope. And this will add pain on top of pain.” Read on.
• Among the best of many analyses of the Anglican Primates' statement … (1) From Andrew McGowan, dean of Berkeley Divinity School and editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies. (2) From Nick Knisely, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island and onetime rector of Trinity Bethlehem. (3) Canon lawyer says Primates ruling is not binding.
• The selective outrage of the Anglican Communion … [The Atlantic, Jonathan Merritt, Jan. 18] Beneath the Communion’s actions against the Episcopal Church lies selective outrage, with the Episcopal Church being punished for its attempt to interpret doctrine, while unambiguous sins of other leaders have gone unaddressed … Jim Naughton, a communications consultant for the Episcopal Church said, "We can accept these actions with grace and humility but the Episcopal Church is not going back. We can't repent what is not sin."
The way in which the vote occurred is deeply troubling. It passed by a two-thirds majority and “included prominent voices among African bishops who have loudly condemned the American church for its liberal stance on gays.” Africa is a continent that is regressive, even oppressive, in its treatment of LGBT persons. In approximately 70 countries, including 34 in Africa, gays and lesbians can be imprisoned for years or even receive life sentences. In Nigeria, it is illegal for LGBT people to hold meetings or form clubs. In countries like Somalia, they can be executed by the state under Sharia law. In Mauritania, men convicted of homosexual acts can be stoned to death. In Angola, cross-dressing will earn you jail time. And famously, Uganda offers life sentences for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality,” whatever that means. An earlier version of their anti-gay bill allowed for the death penalty.
Uganda’s anti-gay law, for example, was backed by its Anglican Church. Such laws are wildly out of step with any ethical code bearing the label “Christian.” The public and private support of such laws by African Anglican leaders is inexcusable. But instead of being defrocked, these prelates have maintained full participation in the Anglican Communion and have even led the charge to single out the Episcopal Church for punishment. Anglicans maintain strong presences in many of these countries, and Christian religious leaders, including Anglicans, have supported the oppressive treatment of gays and lesbians there. Read on.
• The Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem has begun to livestream its 10:30 Sunday Eucharist … Watch live (or later on demand) here. Canon Michelle Moyer preached last Sunday. She opened her sermon with a lovely story about extended-family Sunday dinners at the home of her Italian parental grandparents. The story may be especially enjoyable to many who have similar memories. View the Eucharist for Sunday, Jan. 17, here.
• American Christianity is changing fast: five stories to watch in 2016 … [Religion Dispatches, Richard Flory] Five key stories evoke questions that religion-watchers will be asking for years to come. The emptying of church pews. Increased LGBT acceptance within Evangelicalism. The Francis effect. The localization of church. Urban ministry goes mainstream. Read on.
• Ten most read 2015 Commonweal stories … Including an essay from a nun seeking forgiveness from a former student, a series of pieces on seminary training and sexual formation, and an in-depth critical examination of William Deresiewicz’s book Excellent Sheep. Find the complete list and links.
Where Religion, Culture and Politics Intersect [• New item •• Repeat]
• The gulf between Francis and Trump … [NCR Editorial, Jan. 16] The two, side by side, and the swells of public support they inspire, are as good an illustration as any of the deep, competing perspectives at work attempting to shape 21st-century American culture. And perhaps the image also is as good an explanation as any of this very strange year in American politics … Francis won't be on the ballot, but the longer-term answer to this season's anxiety resides in his reading of how religion should react with the culture -- a far more radical understanding of that relationship than we hear from the political stump. In practical terms, it means applying a more generous notion of the common good than we've entertained in recent decades. More here.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
• Leadership Training Days … The Diocese of Bethlehem has announced the course offerings for the ever popular Regional Leadership Training days on Saturday March 5 at Nativity Cathedral and April 9 at St. Gabriel's Douglassville. The courses will include Worship and Eucharistic Visitor, Stewardship, Finance, Wardens & Vestry and Benedictine Spirituality training. Detailed information and course descriptions can be found on the diocesan calendar. FREE; registration will open soon.
•• New Policy of The Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania & The Diocese of Bethlehem on Marriage and Blessing Liturgies of The Episcopal Church … [Bishop Sean] Here and Here.
• DioBeth General News, Dec. 3 … Here.
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• Look online every Thursday for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter or for newSpin … [Bill] Every Thursday in the following rotation: (1) Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) General News, (4) The newSpin newsletter.
The Leadership News and the General News are official publications of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They include news, info, features and events relating to our diocese and parishes. Find the most recent General News, December 3, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, Dec. 17 Here and Jan. 14 Here. Find Special Pilgrimage issues, Jan. 6 … Here and Here.
The newSpin newsletter you are now reading is not an official publication – and will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parishes found in the official newsletters. It is a relatively lengthy eclectic sampling of items related to religion – at times not, at times not so clearly – that the editor thinks readers might find to be of interest. It has been a kind of hobby of a onetime communication minister, the work of a volunteer who in retirement enjoys and dedicates time to do the research required. I always post the newSpin newsletter on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to Jo Trepagnier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• Episcopal Church COO, Deputy COO and Director of Public Engagement placed on administrative leave … [Public Affairs Office] On Dec. 11, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued the following letter to the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. "I need to inform you that on Wednesday [Dec. 9] I placed on administrative leave Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer, Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, and Alex Baumgarten, Director of Public Engagement. This is a result of concerns that have been raised about possible misconduct in carrying out their duties as members of senior management of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. I want to be clear. My decision should not be confused with a finding of fault, but is necessary to allow us to find clarity. We are taking these allegations seriously and there will be a full and fair examination of the concerns that have been raised to be conducted expeditiously by an independent investigator. To protect the integrity of that process, we will not be able to say more about the concerns at this time." Read on.
On Dec. 18, Bishop Curry provide the following information: "I have today engaged a law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the concerns that led me to place three members of senior management on administrative leave last week. The firm is Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP, of New York and Philadelphia, and the work will be carried out by Michael A. Curley, the firm’s senior partner, and partner Lindsay Vest. The Curley firm has begun a review of the concerns that have been raised, and is expected to brief me about its plan for the investigation early in the new year."
• Post-Anglicanism? … [Guardian.UK, Andrew Brown] No religion is the new religion in Britain. For the last 1,700 years, to be English has meant to be Christian. This now seems to have changed for ever. “No religion” has now overtaken “Christian” as the majority position among white British people; and the younger they are, the more likely this is to be true. Read on.
• Resources … way below.
• SpiritSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Jubilate … Trinity Bethlehem has posted Canon Cliff Carr's Jubilate for Lent and Easter.
• How not to pray … My bet is that you won't regret reading this simple, yet profound, advice from Bosco Peters and then contemplating with the included 10-minute video wherein Rob Bell suggests that our relationship with God has to do with staying in tune with a song that is many thousands of years old. Meditate with the video today, tomorrow and however many days you find it prayerful to do so. Read on.
• How to create a vision for your life … [George Ambler] Bronnie Ware an Australian palliative care nurse who provides specialised medical care for people who are in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Whilst working with dying people, Bronnie recorded the dying thoughts of her patients in her book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. She found that the top five regrets of people on their deathbed were: (1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. (2) I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. (3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. (4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. (5) I wish that I had let myself be happier. Read on.
• Mother Teresa's spiritual struggle … [Bill Lewellis] When the news broke in 1979 that Teresa of Calcutta would be that year's Nobel Peace Prize recipient, I was working on the staff of the late Allentown Diocese Bishop Joseph McShea. I remembered that she had written three letters to him in her own hand. The first was dated April 28, 1976, the day after her first visit to Allentown. I recall that the bishop said, "File it carefully. Someday it will be a relic." And so it is. Pope Francis announced a few days ago that he will proclaim her a saint, perhaps in a few months. Read on.
• Spirit Resources ... way below.
• How to cultivate the art of serendipity … [NYTimes Sunday Review, Jan. 2, Pagan Kennedy] A surprising number of the conveniences of modern life were invented when someone stumbled upon a discovery or capitalized on an accident: the microwave oven, safety glass, smoke detectors, artificial sweeteners, X-ray imaging. Many blockbuster drugs of the 20th century emerged because a lab worker picked up on the “wrong” information. While researching breakthroughs like these, I began to wonder whether we can train ourselves to become more serendipitous. How do we cultivate the art of finding what we’re not seeking? Read on.
• Where is God? … [Bill Lewellis, Jan. 11] In "Night," Elie Wiesel’s book about the horrors of living in a concentration camp, he tells about the night a young boy was hung. He didn’t weigh enough to die instantly. He struggled for life at the end of the rope. The other prisoners were forced to watch without being able to help. Behind him, Wiesel heard a man ask: “Where is God now?” Wiesel heard a voice within him answer, “Where is He? Here He is. He is hanging here on the gallows."
During most of my days as a priest, whenever anyone in a especially tragic situation asked me, “Where is God?” I thought of this passage from "Night." Where is God during any person’s suffering? God is suffering, weeping with them. Read on.
• How did you know there was a lion in the marble? … [Bill Lewellis, Jan. 5] Some 25 years ago in Bethlehem, I was involved in the installation of a large, movable satellite dish on the four-story bell tower of our cathedral. I invited the local newspaper to send a photographer. He took one exceptional photo when the dish, lifted by a crane, seemed suspended from the sky and a cross on the roof of the adjoining cathedral church was visible through the mesh of the dish. Read on.
• The Name of God is Mercy … [NCR, Joshua J. McElwee] In a book-length interview, Pope Francis reveals how mercy has touched his life and how he first conceived the idea of calling a Jubilee year focused on mercy. (1) Francis pushes for a church big on mercy, tough on law. (2) The pope's personal encounters with mercy. (3) Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli asked how Francis might act as a confessor to a gay person in light of his remark, "Who am I to judge?" Here, Here and Here.
• Resources ... way below
In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
Rest in Peace [• New item •• Repeat]
• Prominent Black Americans … To commemorate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — he would have been 87 — in advance of Black History Month in February, The New York Times culled its historical obituary files for a retrospective on how he and other prominent black Americans were regarded at their deaths. Read on.
• Kelly Murphy Jr, 35 … died on December 25 as a result of auto accident injuries. He was a member of Christ Church Reading and served on the church's property committee. Read on.
• Nancy Schmidt Orcutt, 79 … died on January 18. She was a member of St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, where she sang in the choir for many years. Read on.
• Robert Ellsworth Knorr, 84 … died on December 16. He was a member of the Church of the Mediator, Allentown, where he had served on the vestry. Read on.
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Back from the frozen brink … [Standard-Speaker, Morning Call and WaPo] Being frozen 'to death' saved this man's life. From lying in a snow bank near McAdoo PA overnight, for 12 hours, below freezing, to Lehigh Valley Hospital branch in Hazleton to LehighValley Hospital in Allentown. Read on here, here and here.
• Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed … [AP] The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches and prayed in the cool chapel. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of Christ's name, were carved near the entrance. Satellite photos obtained exclusively by The Associated Press confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists — St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul has been completely wiped out. Read on.
• The pernicious myth of the good guy with a gun … [Pacific Standard, Jan. 20] Here.
• Trump says some curious things about God, church and Bible … [WaPo] Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump turned a Bible reference into a laugh line at Liberty University on Monday (Jan. 18) when he referenced “2 Corinthians” — the book of the Bible more commonly known as “Second Corinthians.” Here's a roundup of a few odd moments. Read on.
• Running a church … [Bill] From a novel I've been listening to. A conversation between a second-in-command at the Vatican, asking a secret favor of a friend. The friend sarcastically says, "How Christlike of you, monsignor." The monsignor replies, "Christ never had to run a church."
BackSpin: Do you remember? [• New item •• Repeat]
Employment Opportunities [• New item •• Repeat]
• Episcopal Positions beyond DioBeth ... Here.
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item •• Repeat]
• Week of Prayer for Christian Unity … [Lehigh Conference of Churches] Monday, January 18, marked the start of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Lehigh Conference of Churches will host an ecumenical worship service at 4 pm on Sunday, January 24, at Dubbs Memorial Community Center, 457 Allen St., Allentown. Rev. James Forbes, president and founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation and senior pastor emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, will preach on this year's theme, "Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord." Read on.
[Maria Tjeltveit] For those of you who live near Scranton, you can celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Monday, January 25, with an ecumenical service at 12:10 at the St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton. United Methodist Bishop Jeremiah Park will preach. Clergy are invited to vest. This is always a great service, so I hope you will come if you are able. Bishop Bambera, of the Diocese of Scranton really embodies the ecumenical spirit and is a wonderful host.
• In America's heartland, building one home for three faiths … [NPR] A mosque, a church and a synagogue go up on the site of an old Jewish country club … It sounds like the setup to a joke -- but it's not. It's actually happening in Omaha, Nebraska. Read on.
• Resources … way below.
Evangelical Lutheran Church [• New item •• Repeat]
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 [• New item •• Repeat]
Moravian Church in North America website.
Moravian Church Northern Province website.
Moravian Theological Seminary website.
United Methodist Church [• New item •• Repeat]
News Service Here.
Communication Resources ... Start here.
Eastern PA Conference website Here.
Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
Presbyterian Church USA [• New item •• Repeat]
Website ... Here.
News & Announcements ... Here.
Roman Catholic [• New item •• Repeat]
• Financial misconduct in parishes is all too common … [Crux] The solutions are quite simple – appointing rotating groups of people to count collections, separating who counts, deposits, and reconciles accounts – but that pastors are often reluctant to implement financial controls. “We’re too trusting as a Church. No one would think that a priest would embezzle from a church, that a lay worker would embezzle, that a volunteer would embezzle.” Read on.
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here.
• Catholic News Service ... Here.
The Vatican [• New item •• Repeat]
• The pope's man in Washington … [RNS, David Gibson] Cardinal Donald Wuerl is an eminently approachable churchman, and unfailingly polite, yet the archbishop of Washington is hardly the type to wear his emotions on his sleeve. So it surprised even Wuerl at how moved he was when he hand-delivered his official letter of resignation to Pope Francis’ representative to the U.S. on Nov. 12. That was Wuerl’s 75th birthday, the date every bishop is required to submit his request for retirement to the pontiff. “Now if the Holy Father were to accept it tomorrow, I would be well-prepared to take time to write, to read, to pray a lot more,” Wuerl said in a reflective moment during an interview with RNS a few days after the milestone.
But don’t wave goodbye just yet. Although Wuerl himself is characteristically reserved about his future, church sources say Francis likely won’t accept his resignation for another year or maybe two: Wuerl is far too valuable to the pope where he is in his high-profile job in Washington, and in particular on half a dozen Vatican bodies. “One of the world’s most influential bishops,” as The Washington Post has called him.
[Bill] This is a lengthy piece. I was interested because Don Wuerl and I were peers for a few years at the North American College and the Gregorian University in Rome. Read on.
• 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.
• A readers’ guide to “Laudato Si” … [NCR, Thomas Reese, June 26] Chapter-by-chapter guidance with study questions to help in reading Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change. Intended for book clubs, classes and small discussion groups. Read on.
Health and Wellness [• New item •• Repeat]
• Tetanus, diphteria and pertussis (whopping cough) … [MedlinePlus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] are serious bacterial infections. Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw. Diphtheria usually affects the nose and throat. Whooping cough causes uncontrollable coughing. Vaccines can protect you from these diseases. In the U.S., there are four combination vaccines. Read on.
• Resources … below
Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item •• Repeat]
• These are the 25 worst passwords of 2015 … Here.
• Why we remember the Beatles and forget so much else … [The New Yorker] One might expect the rule of the past to be simple: that memorable things get remembered. But, in truth, what gets remembered is usually stranger and much more haphazardly stored. Many things worth remembering vanish; some things that you would expect to vanish remain. The past becomes available or archival according to processes more mysterious than its mere vivacity. That is the doubled past we live with, superintended by strange, arbitrary spells of amnesia.
• The singular 'they' has its day … [Grammar Girl] 2015 was a big year for the little pronoun they and its slide into use as a singular pronoun. First, in December, the Washington Post admitted the singular they into its style guide, saying it is fine for Post writers to use they as a singular pronoun for transgender people and to avoid awkward sentences. Then last week, hundreds of linguists at the American Dialect Society annual meeting voted for the singular they as the 2015 word of the year. Read on.
2015 was a big year for the little pronoun they and its slide into use as a singular pronoun.
First, in December, the Washington Post admitted the singular they into its style guide, saying it is fine for Post writers to use they as a singular pronoun for transgender people and to avoid awkward sentences. Then last week, hundreds of linguists at the American Dialect Society annual meeting voted for the singular they as the 2015 word of the year.- See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/singular-they-has-its-day?utm_source=GG2016-01-19&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=grammargirl#sthash.CPam2pyD.dpuf
The strange word … Years ago, when I decided to call this newsletter and its related blog newSpin. The "S" in the middle suggests that some items in newSpin are newS; others, Spin; others, both. Which items I include as well as how and how often I present them are clues to my leanings. I think all of us spin. There's a lot more spin in the world of news than most editors own up to. Watch out for that upper case S in the middle. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul might be said to have spun "the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" [Mark 1:1]. We continue to spin that good news, according to how we have experienced and danced with the Risen Lord.
The newSpin newsletter is uploaded to the newSpin blog and posted on a newSpin list of some 2,000 addresses every other Thursday. Many recipients forward it to others. It comes, of course, with some spin from the editor. The views expressed, implied or inferred in items or links contained in the newsletter or the blog do not represent the official view of the Diocese of Bethlehem unless expressed by or forwarded from the Bishop, the Standing Committee or the Archdeacon as an official communication. Comments are welcome on Bethlehem Episcopalians (if you have joined that interactive FaceBook group).
Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998-)
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Franklin Graham had a revelation. On Friday, Graham said it has “dawned” on him on how to “fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.”
His solution: stop doing business with LGBT-friendly companies.- See more at: http://elielcruz.religionnews.com/2015/06/07/franklin-graham-calls-on-christians-to-blacklist-lgbt-friendly-companies/?email=blewellis%40diobeth.org#sthash.WI32aUeD.dpuf
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
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• 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.
• 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.
• EpiscopalShare ... Here.
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• 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.
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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.