newSpin, the newsletter
April 20, 2017
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TopSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• DioBeth Leadership News, April 13 … Here. •Evangelism Conference with Bishop Nicholas Knisley, •Regional Confirmation on April 23, Christophany Youth Retreat, •Addiction and Recovery Retreat, •eFormation Conference, •People of Bethlehem, •News of the Diocese, •Upcoming Diocesan Events
• DioBeth General News, March 30 … Here. •Kitch Becomes Canon to the Ordinary on April 1, •Evangelism Conference with Bishop Nicholas Knisely, •Christophany Youth Retreat, •Chrism Mass on April 3, •Interfaith Gathering and Dinner on April 29, •Integrity Bethlehem Chapter Reorganizing, •SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society Summer Camp, •The Spiritual Dimensions of Addiction and Recovery, •eFormation Conference, •Unholy Trinity Gun Violence Conference April 20 - 22, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events
Intersection: Religion, Culture, Politics [•New item ••Repeat]
• In church-state playground brawl, justices lean toward the church … [NPR] A clear majority of justices at the U.S. Supreme Court seemed troubled Wednesday by a Missouri grant program that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvement. Read on. Also at The Atlantic. And at WaPo, The Supreme Court jumps into a playground fight over a phony war on religion.
• Los Angeles Times series of editorials on President Trump … 1. Our Dishonest President, 2. Why Trump Lies, 3. Trump's Authoritarian Vision, 4. Trump's War on Journalism, 5. Conspiracy Theorist in Chief, 6. California Fights Back. Read here.
•• When Martin Luther King Came Out Against Vietnam … [NYTimes] His blistering speech at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, was years in the making. Read on. Also, The New Yorker.
SpiritSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• From an angel investor … I recently came across something like this (can't remember where): "As an angel investor in Silicon Valley, I would not invest in any company whose CEO did not meditate."
•• How to meditate … [NYTimes, David Gelles] Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax. Read on.
• On our hearts … Years ago, Monica and I went to Moravian College to hear Gail Godwin speak about and read a selection from her new book about the various meanings that have been given throughout the centuries to the concept of heart. During the discussion, Monica reminded her and the audience of this story: A student of the scriptures asked her rabbi, “Why do you say God puts his words on our hearts rather than in our hearts.” The rabbi replied, “God puts his words on our hearts so that, when our hearts break, God’s words will fall in.” Godwin, in turn, recalled that her mother used to say, “The only good thing about a broken heart is that it makes room for more people.”
• Living in deep time … [On Being, Krista Tippett interviews Richard Rohr] Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation and what he calls "father hunger"; why contemplation is as magnetic to people now, including millennials, as it’s ever been; and how to set about taking the first half of life — the drive to "successful survival" — all the way to meaning. Read on.
• The two most important days in your life … [Mark Twain] are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
• 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.
• The Prayer Site ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• Speaking to the Soul ... Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.
• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.
• Spirit Resources ... way below.
Columns, Sermons, Reflections, other Spin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Words are worth a thousand pictures … [Canon Andrew Gerns, Sermon preached at Easter 2017 at Trinity Easton] Today’s Gospel is a good example. “I have seen the Lord!” With these simple words, Mary Magdalene paints an image evoking a thousand stunning, unexpected images. There are no caveats like “You won’t believe this but…” There is no “I think” or “maybe” and no defensiveness in these words. Here is what happened: “I have seen the Lord!” These are the words of a person who has experienced something so amazing, so wondrous, so real and so unexpected that all pretension has fallen away. These are the words of a person who has met the Risen Christ. “I have seen the Lord!” You betcha! Read on.
• Setting Jesus loose … [Phillip Yancey] Killing Jesus, says Walter Wink, was like trying to destroy a dandelion by blowing on the seed head. Jesus left few traces of himself on Earth … We would, in fact, know nothing about him except for the traces he left in human beings. That was his design. The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins got it right:
Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his,
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
Like the disciples, I never know where Jesus might turn up, how he might speak to me, what he might ask of me. Easter set Jesus loose — in us. Read on.
• He is Risen! We are Risen! … [An excerpt from a sermon Bill Lewellis preached on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, Grace Allentown] We aren’t supposed to explain the resurrection. God’s resurrection of Jesus as the Christ, our Lord, explains us. The message of Easter is always in the present tense. Read on.
• Match your Myers-Briggs type to a patron saint … [WaPo] Here.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
• New ministry at Grace Allentown … [Twila Smith] A new ministry partnership is bringing the Lehigh Valley refugee resettlement agency, Bethany Christian Services, in residence at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Allentown – a local sign of hope for neighbors rebuilding their lives, and one that furthers a connection for refugee work with the Episcopal Church. Bethany will occupy the upstairs level of Grace, effective May 1, as their home base for case management and other refugee support. Read on.
• DioBeth General News, March 30 … Here.
• DioBeth Leadership News, April 13 … Here.
DioBeth Parish and Agency Websites
• Allentown: Grace … Here.
• Allentown: Grace Montessori School … Here.
• Allentown: Mediator … Here. Refugee Community Center … Here.
• Allentown/Bethlehem: St. Andrew … Here.
• Athens: Trinity … Here.
• Bethlehem: Nativity Cathedral … Here. Emergency Shelter … Here.
• Bethlehem: New Bethany Ministries … Here.
• Bethlehem: Trinity … Here. Trinity Soup Kitchen … Here.
• Carbondale: St. James-St. George … Here.
• Douglassville: St. Gabriel … Here.
• Easton: Trinity … Here. ARK Soup Kitchen … Here.
• Honesdale: Grace … Here.
• Jim Thorpe: St. Mark/St. John … Here.
• Kingston: Grace … Here.
• Lebanon: St. Luke … Here.
• Montrose: St. Paul … Here.
• Morgantown: St. Thomas … Here.
• Moscow: St. Mark … Here.
• Mount Pocono: … Here.
• Pottsville: Trinity … Here.
• Reading: Christ Church … Here. SPARK … Here.
• Reading: St. Mary: … Here.
• Sayre: Redeemer: … Here.
• Schuylkill County: North Parish … Here.
• Scranton: St. Luke: … Here.
• Sinking Spring: St. Alban … Here.
• Stroudsburg: Christ Church … Here.
• Trexlertown: St. Anne … Here.
• Wilkes-Barre: St. Stephen … Here.
• West Pittston: Trinity … Here.
[Bill] I hope to continue this until all websites are listed. If you would like me to highlight something on your site, please let me know. Thanks.]
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• The many lives of Pauli Murray … [The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz, April 17th issue] She was an architect of the civil-rights struggle—and the women’s movement. An Episcopal priest who's been sainted by the Episcopal Church. July 1 in "A Great Cloud of Witnesses." Why haven’t you heard of her? Read on.
• What Jeffrey John’s rejection says about unity in the Anglican Communion … [RNS, April 17] John has been rejected as a candidate for bishop a remarkable seven times. The reason? The worldwide Anglican Communion's lingering division over homosexuality. Read on.
•• The priest who healed orphans with poetry … [WaPo, April 3, Joan Chrissos] Spencer Reece had gone to Honduras to learn Spanish after a crisis at work. An acclaimed poet who later became an Episcopal priest, Reece had been working as a chaplain at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut in 2009 when a teenage boy was rushed into the ER late at night. Stabbed 25 times, the boy died at 6 the following morning, another gang-war casualty. Reece had tried as best he could to comfort the mother, but she spoke only Spanish. Reece, a Midwesterner who in a previous incarnation sold wingtips and windowpane suits at Brooks Brothers, spoke only English.
Reece called Leo Frade, the Episcopal bishop of Miami. At the time, the Diocese of Southeast Florida, led by Frade, was sponsoring Reece at Yale Divinity School. How could he became fluent in Spanish, Reece asked Frade. “He immediately said, ‘I have just the place for you,’’’ recalled Reece, who prior to seminary had been an assistant manager at the Brooks Brothers in Palm Beach Gardens. Frade, who came to Miami in 2000 after serving 17 years as the Bishop of Honduras, filled him in on Our Little Roses, a home and school for abused and abandoned girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city where children bathe in brown, fetid river water and scavenge for scraps at the city dump. Read on.
• Hearing on a bishop's efforts to sell Newport CA church offers a rare look at Episcopal justice system … [Los Angeles Times] Episcopal leaders convened in Pasadena for a disciplinary hearing looking into the actions of J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles. 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.
• Resources ... way below
In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
• St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Mountain Top, turned 90 … [Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, April 9] A yellowed newspaper clipping describes how the church’s founders — Mr. and Mrs. Archie Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Emery, Mr. and Mrs. William Stivers and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Weyhenmeyer — wanted to construct a church because they were outgrowing their previous meeting place at the home of the Fred S. Pettit family. Read on.
• Palm Sunday service at Trinity Bethlehem featured donkeys … [Morning Call] Here.
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• If humble people make the best leaders, why do we fall for charismatic narcissists? … [Harvard Business Review] When we choose humble, unassuming people as our leaders, the world around us becomes a better place. So, why do we keep over-glorifying leaders who exude charisma? The research is clear. Humble leaders improve the performance of a company in the long run because they create more collaborative environments. They have a balanced view of themselves – both their virtues and shortcomings – and a strong appreciation of others’ strengths and contributions, while being open to new ideas and feedback. These “unsung heroes” help their believers to build their self-esteem, go beyond their expectations, and create a community that channels individual efforts into an organized group that works for the good of the collective. Read on.
• Nothing teaches us more about life than death … [ThriveGlobal, Arianna Huffington] The clarity grief and death bring is available to us right now, writes Arianna Huffington: And if we let their lessons enter our daily lives, we’ll be much more resilient when they do come. Read on.
• Echoes of History? A Lesson Plan About the Recent Rise of Europe’s Far-Right Parties … [NYTimes, Roxie Salamon-Abrams, April 19] Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, is expected to produce a strong showing in France’s first round of presidential elections on April 23. Her campaign is emblematic of a growing movement of far-right parties across Europe and the globe. Ms. Le Pen’s promise to give “France its freedom back, and give the people a voice” is echoed in nationalist, populist rally cries worldwide. In this lesson, students will analyze the growth of far-right movements in Europe and around the world. They will explore the movements’ geneses, uncover their core messages and compare and contrast their leaders across time and place. Read on.
Requiescant in pace [• New item •• Repeat]
• James Bausman, 91 … died April 18. He faithfully served his community of St. Anne Episcopal Church, Trexlertown, which he helped establish as a mission church in 1966 and served on the vestry for many years. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served as a Diocesan Trustee for 30 consecutive years, a director of Episcopal House in Allentown for 25 years and Board President there, 1973-1974. He also served as a director of Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt for 20 years, 1982-2002. He was appointed to the Cooperative Housing Organization of the national Episcopal Church. Obituary.
• Jan Charney, 78 … died March 27. She was an active member of Trinity Easton, where she had served for many years as parish administrator. She was an active member of The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Sermon by Canon Cliff Carr at the April 2 family service here. Obituary here.
A celebration of her life and ministry, open to the community, will be held at Trinity Church on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in the church with a reception to follow. Archdeacon Rick Cluett will celebrate the Eucharist, and Canon Gwendolyn Jane Romeril will preach. The clergy and laity of the Diocese will gather to remember her life and ministry. Jan retired as the parish administrator at Trinity Church, Easton, after serving for over 20 years and working with three rectors (Fr. Jim Gill, Canon Cliff Carr, and Canon Andrew Gerns). She graduated from Kingston High School and Cedar Crest College. She was an active member of Trinity Easton, having served on the altar guild, the choir, the mission and outreach committee and many other ministries. As parish administrator, she coordinated programs and activities in the parish and the community, edited the newsletter, and coordinated with clergy and lay leaders. In the Diocese of Bethlehem, she served on diocesan council and the world mission committee. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a former president of the Moorestown Garden Club. She served on the women's board at Easton Hospital and was also a chaplain at the hospital, having completed Clinical Pastoral Education there under then-chaplain Brother Andrew Colquhoun. Canon Gerns told the parish, "Much of what our parish is today is due, in no small part, to the service and leadership of Jan Charney over the last 25 years."
• Shirley Rumford, 80 … died April 12. She was a member of Trinity Carbondale. Obituary here.
• Judith Swartz, 65 … died April 12. She was a member of Christ Church Forest City. Obituary here.
• Frederick Houk Borsch, 81 … died April 11 from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He died in his sleep at his Philadelphia home. As the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002, he crusaded for an inclusive social justice agenda that empowered women, gays and lesbians, blacks and Hispanics, and poor and low-wage workers. Read on at ENS and the NYTimes.
• Alfred Hand, 78 … died March 14. He was a member of Saint Barnabas Kutztown, where he served as an usher. He was a former member of Saint Andrew's Allentown/Bethlehem, where he was a choir member. Obituary here.
Alfred was a member of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Kutztown, where he served as an usher. He was a former member of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church,
Allentown, where he was a choir member.- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/readingeagle/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-hand&pid=185027568&fhid=9587&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.jsMH82ND.dpuf
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item •• Repeat]