newSpin, the newsletter
January 26, 2017
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TopSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• DioBeth Leadership News, Jan. 19 … Here. •Standing Committee Opens Nominations for Bishop Search Committee, •In Memoriam: The Rev. Canon Jane Teter, •Unholy Trinity Gun Violence Conference April 20 - 22, •2017 UTO Grant Applications Now Available, •The Episcopal Church Welcomes Refugees Webinar, •Roanridge Grant Application Now Available, •Clergy Housing Resolution, •2016 Parochial Reports, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events
• DioBeth General News, Jan. 5 … Here. •Call for the Election of the Ninth Bishop of Bethlehem, •South Sudan at Risk of Famine and Genocide, •Seamen's Church Institute Holds Christmas at Sea, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events
• Canon Jane Teter's funeral service … will be at Nativity Cathedral on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. See "Rest in Peace," below.
Intersection: Religion, Culture, Politics [•New item ••Repeat]
• Catholic bishops urge Congress to preserve health care coverage … [RNS, David Gibson, Jan. 18] The U.S. Catholic hierarchy was one of the staunchest foes of President Obama’s signature health care law, nearly derailing its passage in 2010 over concerns about abortion funding and exacting a political toll that helped doom abortion-opposing Democrats who backed Obamacare while boosting Republican efforts to take control of Congress. But faced with the prospect of the GOP following through on pledges to repeal health care reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seems to be changing its tune. On Jan. 18, the USCCB released a letter warning Congress not to overturn the law without providing an immediate replacement to provide continuing coverage for the millions who have been insured under the Affordable Care Act. Read on.
• SpiritSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• The call of the bells is a call to a moral awakening … [The Guardian UK, Giles Fraser] For centuries, bells have served as prompts for us to become a better version of ourselves. But their days appear numbered. Read on.
• Henri Nouwen's intimate letters shed light on his 'theology of the heart' … [RNS, Oct. 4] A French playwright, I believe, tells a story of whe
Religion News Service: A new book commemorating the 20th anniversary of Henri Nouwen's death gathers letters that chronicle his lifelong struggles with celibacy, his disaffection with academia and his prolonged recovery from a nervous breakdown -- among the many spiritual stations that marked his remarkable journey. Read on.
• The paradox of Obama's religious life … [The Economist, Erasmus, Jan. 15] A president with a feel for the spiritual who was hated by the pious. America is saying goodbye to a president whose spiritual life presents an extraordinary paradox. Barack Obama was loathed, almost literally demonised by many God-fearing people, who felt that his policies over reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and stem-cell research were something much worse than mistaken. A remarkable number of his compatriots persisted in believing that he was a crypto-Muslim. But more than any recent president, he was able to speak of his own spiritual development as a Christian with conviction and passion. He appeared comfortable not merely with the theist generalities required by the country's civil religion but with some of the tough specifics of Christian theology. Read on.
• Spirit Resources ... way below.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
•• Diocese of Bethlehem issues call for election of next bishop … Diocese of Bethlehem Bishop Provisional Sean Rowe said Jan. 5 that the diocese is ready to begin the process of electing its ninth bishop diocesan. Read on.
• Standing Committee accepting nominations for a bishop search committee through February 3 … At this time, the Standing Committee is ready to accept nominations to the Search Committee. Those who put their name forward must recognize that this committee will require a significant commitment of time over at least 12 months. Members of the Search Committee must be willing to travel within the Diocese for various meetings. Each Search Committee member must possess computer skills enabling them to use email and document sharing so that the Search Committee can work electronically. There will be two mandatory retreats, one in March 2017 and one later in the process. Each member chosen for the Search Committee will be asked to sign a confidentiality covenant. If, after prayerful consideration, one feels called to this task, please submit a statement of about 500 words telling the Standing Committee the gifts and skills you have to offer the Search Committee and why you feel called to this ministry on behalf of the Diocese. Please email your response by February 3, 2017 to: Standingfirstname.lastname@example.org. Read the entire letter on the website.
•• Homeless ministry in the Lehigh Valley … [T Scott Allen] The Bethlehem Area Homeless Hospitality ministry which will extend until the last night of March began on Dec. 1. It is a ministry of the congregations of the Lehigh Valley who open their doors every evening of the week to shelter those without a roof from the cold and snow. The Cathedral Church of the Nativity opened their doors to our homeless brothers and sisters. On Dec. 2, St. Andrew's took in homeless men. Many sites provide soup, a hot supper, companionship until bed time and a hot breakfast in the morning before they depart. It will involve thousands of hours of volunteer time and is a huge undertaking – all done by unpaid members of faith communities who see this work as honoring their baptismal vows to be the Body of Christ in the world.
•• Room at the Inn Shelter … [Nativity Cathedral] The Room at the Inn Shelter is one of the largest ministries the Cathedral supports. Every Thursday night in Winter, the Cathedral provides a safe, warm place for the homeless men of Bethlehem to sleep and break bread. Last year, the Cathedral sheltered more than 140 different men during the shelter season, with an average of over 40 men per night. This task is only made possible by the work of many volunteers from the Parish, who help in many ways, from preparing Sayre Hall for the guests, welcoming the guests, providing food, cleaning up after and sheltering overnight with them. Read on.
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• Subscribe to ECUSA Public Affairs Office’s e-mail lists … to receive the latest information about The Episcopal Church. “Media Releases” provides up-to-the-minute information about news, events, and resources from The Episcopal Church. The “Daily Scan” is a daily list of links to news stories in the mass media that highlight The Episcopal Church, Episcopal parishes and dioceses, and Episcopalians. Please use this form to subscribe. Unsubscribe at any time by simply clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any e-mail received.
•• 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.
•• Welcome to the Jesus Movement … The Episcopal Church is working with diocesan teams to organize a series of Episcopal Revivals in 2017 and 2018, six major events that promise to stir and renew hearts for Jesus, to equip Episcopalians as evangelists, and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement. Read on.
•• Evangelism resources … from the Episcopal Church. Here.
• Resources ... way below
In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Earth sets temperature record for third straight year … [NYTimes, Jan. 18] Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row. The findings come two days before the inauguration of an American president who has called global warming a Chinese plot and vowed to roll back his predecessor’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases. Read on.
• The Obama Era … [NYTimes, Parts 1-6] A transformation of the delivery of health care may be an enduring legacy for the president, even as Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read on.
• Andante … [Aeon] follows the cellist Ruth Boden as she climbs 10,000 feet to a peak in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains for a deeply personal, yet breathtakingly public solo performance. With her prized cello strapped to her back, Boden reflects on how she wants to do something with music that transcends the commonplace, and on the particular joy of playing from Bach’s cello suite at ‘the top of the world’. More.
•• What people talk about before they die … [CNN, Kerry Egan, Dec. 20] As a divinity school student, I had just started working as a student chaplain at a cancer hospital when my professor asked me about my work. I was 26 years old and still learning what a chaplain did. Read on.
Rest in Peace [• New item •• Repeat]
• Jane B. Teter, 79 … died on January 17 after a long struggle with cancer. At the time of her death, she was serving on the bishop's staff as chaplain to retired clergy and their spouses. During her career, Canon Teter served in many parishes in the diocese and was the founding vicar of St. Brigid's, Nazareth. Read on.
• Charles "Dee" McRae Montgomery Sr, 90 …died January 11. He was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity where he served on the Vestry, as a Delegate to Convention, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Confirmation Class leader. He also served the Diocese of Bethlehem on the Committee for the Episcopate, Commission on Ministry, Renewal and Evangelism Committee and as Lay Director for Diocesan Cursillo Community. Obituary.
• Margaret A. Smith, 86 … died January 15. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Reading, where she was active with the Altar Guild, Prayer Shawl Committee and as a Sunday School Teacher. Obituary.
• Gene Cernan, 82 … commander of the Apollo 17 lunar-landing mission in 1972 and the last human to walk on the moon, died January 16. He was a ferocious competitor with a test pilot’s reckless streak. He rocketed into space three times, was the second American to drift weightless around the world on a tether, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon. Read on.
• Mary Tyler Moore, 80 … [NYTimes] whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died January 25. Read on. Also LATimes, here.
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]