newSpin, the newsletter
November 10, 2016
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TopSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• DioBeth General News, Nov. 3 … Here. •ECW Ingathering Raises Money for Kajo Keji Scholarships, •Kristallnacht Commemoration at Christ Church Reading, •Registration Open for Connect Youth Retreat, •Canon Anne Kitch to Begin Sabbatical, •Barbara Cawthorne Crafton to Lead Quiet Day at St. Luke's Scranton, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events
• When you receive a "hi" note, beware … It likely means that the email of one of your friends has been hacked. The latest I received, today, "hi Bill," promoted a "Stephen Hawkings Predicts" site about a magical brain pill.
• Jubilate(C) … for Advent 2016 - Epiphany 2017. Here.
• For many underpaid professionals, a high-cost retirement plan … [NYTimes, Ron Lieber, Nov. 5] For several years, Tara Siegel Bernard and I have been hearing stories from teachers, preachers and other employees of nonprofits of all sorts about the problems in their workplace retirement plans. Eventually, we started collecting the reports and seeking more information about 403(b)s, which are like 401(k)s for people who work at charities, universities and the like. And here’s what we learned: Many of the people who do the most important work in the United States often have the worst workplace retirement savings plans. They get paid less than corporate employees, and then they lose more because of high costs and menus of problematic investment options. Our five-part series on these very public sacrifices is now up online. Please forward it to anyone you know who works for a nonprofit or is thinking about it. It’s possible to solve these problems, but only if people realize that they exist in the first place. Read on.
Intersection: Religion, Culture, Politics [•New item ••Repeat]
• Gritting our teeth and giving President Trump a chance… [Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes, Nov. 9] Here. "Give him a chance," Eric Snyder comments about this column, "if he is willing to do what is good for the country but continue to be vigilant and be prepared to do what is necessary to be true to our Christian principles. There is hard work for us in the days to come and we need to be prepared."
• How each of us can help keep America inclusive, even under Trump … [WaPo Editorial Board, Nov. 9] The editorial concludes: The fact is that each of us can work toward making our country more “inclusive and big-hearted.” Each of us can reach out to a neighbor who looks different, or talks differently, or gets around differently, and say, yes, this land is our land. Those are the kinds of bonds that can help a democracy survive from the bottom up in times of stress. Maybe Mr. Trump’s election can be the spur some of us need to help strengthen those bonds. Read on.
• Perhaps the classiest concession speech in U.S. history … "This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it." Read a transcript.
• How Trump could change the priorities of U.S. bishops' own election … [Crux, John Allen, Nov. 10] Though Catholic liberals aren't cheering Donald Trump's upset win on Tuesday night, they might hope for a consolation prize, which is that given the likely conflict zones with the new administration, the US bishops could increasingly prioritize what are typically seen as progressive causes. Read on.
• Why some fear this election’s lasting damage to American Christianity … [WaPo, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Nov. 9] Here.
• Bishop launches probe of RC priest who posed with fetus on altar … [RNS, David Gibson, Nov. 9] The Rev. Frank Pavone, a leading anti-abortion crusader and Donald Trump supporter, was jubilant Wednesday (Nov. 9) after his candidate’s surprising win in the presidential race. But the head of the Staten Island-based Priests for Life group is also facing a stern rebuke and investigation from his bishop over Pavone’s shocking election eve video, in which he posed with an aborted fetus on an altar while delivering a 44-minute appeal to voters to elect the Republican nominee. Read on.
• Mr. Rogers on helping kids deal with tragic news events …[posted by Jason Kottke, Dec 14, 2012] Mr Rogers’ advice on how to talk to children about tragic news events is worth a read for parents and, well, everyone really: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world. Read on.
SpiritSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Matthew 25 … [Bill] I watched the election results into the wee hours before falling asleep, then waking up about a few hours later with the following words of Jesus on my mind. "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25) Then, of course, there's Julian of Norwich:"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."
• Works of Mercy … [Bill] The catechism of my earlier denomination included a list of seven Corporal Works of Mercy and seven Spiritual Works of Mercy. All gospel-inspired; all gospel imperatives. The Corporal Works come directly from Matthew 25 – see the item above.
Corporal Works of Mercy: 1. Feed the hungry. 2. Give drink to the thirsty. 3. Clothe the naked. 4. Shelter the homeless. 5. Visit the sick. 6. Visit the imprisoned. 7. Bury the dead.
At least one recent listing (from the U.S. Catholic Bishops] eliminates "Clothe the naked," and adds "Give alms to the poor." I would keep both, making eight, because to me "naked" refers to every group living on the margins of our society, considered 'other' as in “I was ‘other’ and you advocated for my humanity and rights.”
May I suggest that these words of Jesus – far more than “Give to Caesar … give to God” – are the underpinnings for the gospel relationship between religion and politics? I hear that part of Matthew 25 from which these works of mercy are drawn as the most political words Jesus ever preached.”
Over the coming weeks, I intend to reflect on Matthew 25 and the Corporal Works of Mercy until the essence of both trip from my tongue as easily as I can recite the Lord's Prayer. Same for the Spiritual Works of Mercy below.
Here are the so-called “spiritual" works of mercy: 1. Counsel the doubtful. 2. Instruct the ignorant. 3. Admonish the sinner. 4. Comfort the sorrowful and afflicted. 5. Forgive injuries. 6. Bear wrongs patiently. 7. Pray for the living and the dead.
I say so-called "spiritual" because I do not want to suggest that the Corporal Woks of Mercy are not also spiritual.
• Love that tax man … [Bill] Whenever, as on a recent Sunday, we hear the gospel story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, I'm reminded of Monica's late father, Steve, who was for 35 years tax collector for the borough of Coaldale (Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania). Steve told me one day at his tax office desk in the old American Bank how he paid the taxes of a few people who couldn't afford them.
• Nature as a mirror of God … [Richard Rohr Daily Meditation, Nov. 7] What some now call creation spirituality, deep salvation, or the holistic Gospel, was voiced long ago by some Eastern fathers, in the spirituality of the ancient Celts, by many of the Rhineland mystics, and surely by Francis of Assisi. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) communicated creation spirituality through music, art, poetry, medicine, gardening, and reflections on nature. Read on.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
• Patrick Malloy … a priest of the Diocese of Bethlehem, was installed as Cathedral Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine NYC at an Evensong for the Health of the Nation on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Father Malloy had served as rector at Grace Allentown during the first decade of this century.
•• Bach's Organ Works at the Cathedral of the Nativity … Cathedral Organist Stephen Williams is giving 18 Friday night concerts of Bach's organ works over ten months. A $10 donation will benefit the Cathedral Arts Concert Series. Learn more on the cathedral's Facebook page.
• St. Brigid Nazareth … will hold its 13th annual Holiday Gift Shoppe Dec. 10, 9a.m.-2p.m. St. Brigid Episcopal Church, 310 Madison Ave., Nazareth. Crafters, vendors, tricky trays, basket raffles, gold elephant sale, bake shop. Kitchen open. Proceeds benefit church, youth and community projects.
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• First African-American woman elected diocesan bishop … [ENS] The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot Oct. 28 at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis. Read on.
• How the Church of England lost the English people … [Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Nov. 9] The gulf between the Church of England and English society is now so profound that, despite residual constitutional ties, the chance of reconciliation is virtually zero. Read on.
• House of Deputies Newsletter, Nov. 2016 … Here.
•• Kajo Keji Bishop Anthony Poggo named adviser for Anglican Communion affairs … [Sudan Tribune] The Archbishop of Canterbury has appointed Kajo Keji Bishop Anthony Poggo as his new adviser for Anglican Communion affairs. Bethlehem and Kajo Keji, in South Sudan, have been involved for years in an active partner diocese relationship. Bethlehem New Hope campaign included raised more than $4 million to build many schools, among other ministries, in Kajo Keji. Read on. Also at Anglican News.
•• Common declaration by Pope and ABC … [Anglican Communion News Service] Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have said that they are “undeterred” by the “serious obstacles” to full unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Read on.
•• Research info on Episcopal congregations available … Based on 2015 data received from the annual Parochial Report, updated facts and figures about Episcopal Church congregations have been posted. Read on.
•• Weekly bulletin inserts … provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Current inserts here. To view the archive of bulletin inserts dating back to 2006, please visit here.
• Resources … way below.
•• Evangelism resources … from the Episcopal Church. Here.
•• Evangelism Matters … an Episcopal conference on evangelism, Nov. 18-19 in Dallas, will be available afterwards on demand here.
• Resources ... way below
In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Reformation Day … [RNS, Oct. 28, Kimberly Winston] A German scholar and monk named Martin Luther was upset that a representative of the Catholic Church was coming to his hometown of Wittenberg, a little backwater of a town, to raise money for the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The church planned to sell “indulgences” — a way of winning remission from penance in this life or in purgatory by making a donation to the church. There was a popular saying of the time: “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.” Luther wasn’t having that, and he wrote down his reasons — his 95 Theses, or grievances against the pope and the church. On Oct. 31, 1517, he nailed them to the door of Castle Church in the center of town. Read on. Also, Does the Reformation still matter?
• Crypt believed to be Jesus' tomb opened first time in centuries … [NYTimes, Peter Baker, Nov. 3] The tomb was opened as part of a renovation of the shrine that was built around it long after Jesus' death in what today is known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Read on.
• Behind our anxiety, the fear of being unneeded … [NYTimes, Nov. 4, Dalai Lama and Arthur C. Brooks] "Feeling superfluous is a blow to the human spirit,” writes the Tibetan spiritual leader. “It leads to social isolation and emotional pain, and creates the conditions for negative emotions to take root.” … In one shocking experiment, researchers found that senior citizens who didn’t feel useful to others were nearly three times as likely to die prematurely as those who did feel useful. This speaks to a broader human truth: We all need to be needed. Being “needed” does not entail selfish pride or unhealthy attachment to the worldly esteem of others. Rather, it consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women. As the 13th-century Buddhist sages taught, “If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.” Read on.
•• Ten learnings from a decade of Brain Pickings … 1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. 2. Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone. 3. Be generous. 4. Build pockets of stillness into your life. 5. When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as important, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. 6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. 7. “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” 8. Seek out what magnifies your spirit. 9. Don’t be afraid to be an idealist. 10. Don’t just resist cynicism — fight it actively. Read on where you will find all ten teased out.
•• Maslow's hierarchy of needs is incomplete … [BigThink] Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has served as the foundation for understanding human motivation since it was first published in 1943 as part of "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. The hierarchy, visualized in pyramid form, is often given as an introduction to human psychology and still holds weight in population conversation about what humans need from life, and in what order they need it.
But Maslow's hierarchy as we commonly know it is incomplete, says Nichol Bradford. Later in his life, after the hierarchy had been published, Maslow began work on a final stage of human motivation. Self-actualization was not the pinnacle of individual human achievement, but rather self-transcendence. Not an elevation of the self, but a subverting of it. Read on.
Rest in Peace [• New item •• Repeat]
• Deacon George Loeffler, 85 … died on October 28. A vocational deacon since 1967, he was well known throughout our diocese from many Sunday visits to congregations as Bishop Paul’s chaplain. He arrived about one hour before the bishop at about every church where Bishop Paul had presided and preached. Read on.
• Pauline Roth, 93 … died on November 2. She was a member of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, Dallas, as well as a former member of the church vestry. Obituary.
• Janet Reno, 78 … who rose from a rustic life on the edge of the Everglades to become attorney general of the United States — the first woman to hold the job — and whose eight years in that office placed her in the middle of some of the most divisive episodes of the Clinton presidency, died on Nov. 7. Read on.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Arthur and Marie Rippert Harman, she was a member of St. James and St. George Episcopal Church, Jermyn. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimes-tribune/obituary.aspx?n=lorraine-j-kenny&pid=181391765&fhid=30655&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.MLwAYyTs.dpuf
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item •• Repeat]
• Religious mixing in families … A new Pew Research Center report finds that one-in-five U.S. adults were raised in interfaith homes. Read on.
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• In toxic campaign, Catholic may find the impetus for just action … [NCR Editorial Board, Nov. 9] We’ve come through the most bitter, toxic and demoralizing presidential campaign in modern history. Though the votes have been cast and a winner declared, the republic has been seriously wounded, divisions have deepened and widened, large swaths of the country have drunk deeply of the toxic brew of intolerance and hate, or dismissiveness and denigration. What are we Catholic Americans to do? … This is a profound moment in our nation’s history and in our church’s history in this country. The question now is whether we have the courage and leadership to confront these hurts, work for justice and begin the healing process. Read on.
• Cash-strapped archdiocese looks to high-rise towers on cathedral campus … [Phila Inq] The Archdiocese of Philadelphia envisions hundreds of new dwellings - including one for the archbishop - around its Center City cathedral. The new housing is part of an ambitious proposal to transform acres of underused land around the historic Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul into an inviting enclave of high-rise buildings, verdant gardens, and pedestrian walkways. The plan, if successful, would be the archdiocese's highest-profile move yet in a years-long effort to bolster its finances, largely through property sales, amid flagging church attendance. Read on.
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• Pope Francis gives N.J. its first cardinal – and ups the ante on church reform … [RNS, David Gibson, Nov. 7] Pope Francis had already delivered the Catholic Church’s version of an October surprise when he included Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin in the batch of new cardinals he announced last month — promising a red hat to the leader of a relatively small Midwestern diocese of 230,000 Catholics that had never before had a cardinal, nor would ever expect one. Then on Monday (Nov. 7) the pontiff doubled down with a November stunner as the Vatican announced that Francis was moving Tobin to head the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. He replaces Archbishop John Myers, who is resigning at age 75 …
Never before has a cardinal been moved from one diocese to another, and church observers across the board also expressed shock at the unprecedented transfer, which seemed to signal a new stage in Francis’ effort to revamp a U.S. church that had become increasingly conservative under the pontiff’s two predecessors. Not only is Newark a much bigger archdiocese than Indianapolis, with some 1.2 million Catholics, but it’s never had a cardinal and, like Indianapolis, never expected to get one. That’s mainly because a cardinal perched across the Hudson River from Manhattan would have been seen as a rival to the archbishop of New York, a post currently occupied by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. And that’s exactly what’s likely to happen now, especially since Tobin is clearly a personal favorite of the pope’s and Dolan has been associated with Francis’ conservative critics. “(T)he move portends an ecclesiastical scenario heretofore unseen on these shores nor anywhere else in the Catholic world: two cardinals leading their own local churches not just side-by-side, but within the same media market,” wrote Rocco Palmo, whose blog, Whispers in the Loggia, specializes in clerical gossip. Read on.
Also … [NYTimes, Laurie Goodstein, Nov. 7] Archbishop Tobin of Indianapolis, a cardinal-designate known for standing up for refugees, will lead one of the largest and most ethnically diverse dioceses in the country. Read on.
•• It's time for flu shots … [CDC] For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017. The 2016-2017 influenza vaccination recommendations are now available. Read on.
•• Frequently asked questions, 2016-2017 influenza season … [CDC] Here.
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Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item •• Repeat]
•• In the digital age: Is a Bible app less than a Bible? … [America, Oct. 17] The Bible was the first book ever printed, but ink and paper are no longer required to share its message with a mass audience. At last count, the world’s most popular Bible app, the YouVersion Bible, had been downloaded more than 228 million times. Its distinctive icon, designed to look like a stubby, square Bible, is found on smartphones in every country in the world, giving users access to 1,305 versions of Holy Writ in 954 languages—and counting. Read on.
•• Passwords… [Poynter, James Warren] Do you think any of your passwords are safe? Look at a handy "decision tree" graphic from Techwalla. Here.
Podcasts [• New item •• Repeat]
Websites [• New item •• Repeat]
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Varia [• New item •• Repeat]
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 … I decided years ago 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, as we experience and dance 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
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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
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• 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.
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• 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.
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