The newSpin newsletter
September 18, 2014
Published weekly, usually by Tuesday
• Bishop Sean at House of Bishops meeting ... [Canon Andrew Gerns] Please keep Bishop Sean Rowe in your prayers for the next week. He will be representing the Diocese of Bethlehem and the Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania at the House of Bishop meeting scheduled from Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Tuesday, September 23, 2014. In addition to serving as Parliamentarian to the House of Bishops, he will be representing us as well as his home diocese to the group. Both dioceses are sharing the cost of his attendance. What makes this meeting different is that it is taking place in the Tapei in the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan. Bishop Sean took a direct flight from Toronto to Taipei.
He will be joined by about 110 other Episcopal Bishops and approximately 60 spouses. (Carly and Lauren are staying at home in Erie this trip.) This means that most "bishops with jurisdiction" will make the journey to our diocese in Taiwan. The Diocese of Taiwan is part of Province 8 and consists of 12 parishes. Their Bishop, The Rt. Rev. David Jung-Hsin Lai, never misses a House of Bishops meeting, and invited Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to host a meeting in his diocese. This is the second "international" meeting of the House of Bishops. The last one was in 2011 in Quinto, Ecuador. The Episcopal Church is an international Church with dioceses and churches in 23 countries outside of the USA. Read ENS story on House of Bishops meeting here.
• How some churches support spousal abuse ... [Episcopal Café, Andrew Gerns] Some churches support spousal abuse in both direct and indirect ways. Recent heartbreaking tweets from abuse victims around the world have told why women had remained with or returned to the person who abused them. Too often it was because that is what their church told them to do. Read on.
Why domestic abuse must be fully condemned in order for it to be fully eradicated ... [Charles Blow, NYTimes] In the wake of the Ray Rice incident, Blow discusses the larger problem of dealing with the aftermath of domestic abuse. "It is a couple’s decision — individually and jointly — whether a union is salvageable and worth the effort to save it. But too often, victims of abuse feel that they have no choice. They can end up staying with an abuser for myriad complex reasons, many of which are regrettable. Often, they just feel trapped. Staying doesn’t excuse the abuse itself, and it can actually embolden the abuser... We must treat intimate partner violence for what it is: a societal scourge that must be constantly called out and constantly condemned." Blow argues that the NFL has created the wrong precedent by failing to condemn domestic abuse in the plainest terms. "We can push these numbers even lower, but first we need people like Rice, the Ravens and those in the N.F.L. to behave more honorably than they have in this case." Read on. Also [Charles Blow, NYTimes] On Spanking and Abuse. Spanking is an age-old disciplinary technique, so turning the tide against it may be difficult. Some people even argue that it’s a necessary tool in a parent’s arsenal of options. I think we need to reconsider that. Read on.
• Domestic abuse in one small town ... [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call, 2012] Domestic violence, wife battering, may have been every small town’s dirty secret. The word in town, however, was that if a woman was abused by her husband she should call Mary. Mary went to the house, She’d go jaw to jaw with any man, confronting the abusive husband for the jerk he was. Her language was vivid. I’d love to supply samples. The confrontation often ended with the husband spending the night in jail. Mary could get you out of jail – but she could also put you in. Read on.
• Yale chaplain's resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel ... [RNS] Flare-up reflects ongoing debate within several mainline denominations about divestment from Israel, sensitivities around anti-Semitism and uneasy attempts to strike a balance. Read on.
• Let your experience pray ... [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call] Three of many experiences have helped me discover the prayer known as contemplation ... All of us have had experience we can contemplate. In our experience, we can dwell with God. We will discover there true prayer. Read on, at The Morning Call or the newSpin blog.
• 9/11 – Tear Drop Memorial ... [Jewish Journal, Rabbi Jeffrey J. Salkin] Our local 9/11 commemoration is on the Bayonne, New Jersey waterfront, with a spectacular view of New York Harbor and downtown Manhattan, where the original catastrophe happened. The site is marked by a local landmark, the Tear Drop Memorial, which was an official gift of the Russian government to the United States to commemorate the horror. When it was dedicated in 2006, the ceremony was attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin. The question is: whose tear drop is it? That of the survivors?Perhaps.But I would like to think that the tear drop belongs to God – a tear drop out of the Divine Eye in abject, almost helpless misery over what God’s children have been capable of doing, and are still capable of doing, in God’s Name. Read on.
• A Daily Word – Using the Internet to help people pray everyday ... [Jamie Coats] Here.
• The most important thing ... [Seth Godin] The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.
• The Church of U2 ... [The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman] A few years ago, I was caught up in a big research project about contemporary hymns (or “hymnody,” as they say in the trade). I listened to hundreds of hymns on Spotify; I interviewed a bunch of hymn experts. What, I asked them, was the most successful contemporary hymn—the modern successor to “Morning Has Broken” or “Amazing Grace”? Some cited recently written traditional church hymns; others mentioned songs by popular Christian musicians. But one scholar pointed in a different direction: “If you’re willing to construe the term ‘hymn’ liberally, then the most heard, most successful hymn of the last few decades could be ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,’ by U2.” ... Even critics and fans who know about U2's Christianity often underestimate how important it is to the band's music, and to the U2 phenomenon. Read on.
• Celtic Spirituality Initiative at Bethlehem Cathedral ... [Melinda Rizzo] Beginning September, the Cathedral Church of the Nativity's Celtic spirituality offerings will take place at 5:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. All are welcome, regardless of their denomination or faith affiliation. The sessions are informal, and invite participants to enter the Cathedral for meditation, silent prayer, personal reflection time, to light candles, privately ask for healing prayers, and simply enjoy brief theme appropriate meditative readings and poems spoken, all supported by quietly played Celtic music by guest musicians, well known and versed in Celtic-themed music. Nativity’s dean Tony Pompa said his hope is for the monthly offerings to become a touchstone for anyone interested in seeking a new way to approach spirituality and make a deeper connection with the sacred. “We offer a variety of opportunities for sacred connections in about 40 minutes, and the sessions hold a peace-filled and paced economy of time; the Celtic music played by our gifted guest musicians throughout the majority of the evening invites transformation, it’s a recipe of sacred mystery," Pompa explained. Read on.
RNS: The “Left Behind” books series has sold more than 60 million copies. What do you think when you hear that so many have been influenced by that brand of eschatological thought?
SH: My reaction to the “Left Behind” series is one of amusement and pathos. Pathos because so many people have misunderstood Christian eschatological convictions and turned them into speculative accounts of the so-called “rapture.” I take it to be a judgment against the church that that kind of speculation has gained a foothold.- See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/07/07/stanley-hauerwas-reflects-end-times-end-life/#sthash.ClyfFU6i.dpuf
• Resources ... Here.
• The last Dalai Lama? ... [Religion News Roundup] The Dalai Lama says he wants to be the last to hold the job, and that the nearly 500-year-old tradition of a Dalai Lama heading up Tibetan Buddhism should end on a high note. The Dalai Lama has in the past said that the institution has “served its purpose” but was far more explicit to a German newspaper this week: "We had a Dalai Lama for almost five centuries. The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama . . . Tibetan Buddhism is not dependent on one individual. We have a very good organizational structure with highly trained monks and scholars."
• The divide over ordaining women ... [Pew Research] A Fact Tank post looks at which major American religious groups and denominations ordain women as religious leaders, and which do not.DioSpin
• Episcopal House in Allentown ... has a new look at its website. A lot of good info.
• Diocesan Convention ... October 10-11, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Convention webpage. Get more info and register here.
• Listening, Prayer and Discernment ... [News release from the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Bethlehem] Two Episcopal Moment consultants, the Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Johnson, Jr., D.Min, and the Rev. Dr. Robert K. Myers, PhD, both priests based in the Chicago area, will facilitate a series of listening opportunities, to be held across the diocese beginning in fall, at which everyone will be invited to discuss the challenges facing the Episcopal Church in northeastern Pennsylvania, how the diocese has responded to these challenges, and where the Holy Spirit might be leading this diocesan community. The goal is for everyone who wishes to participate in this process to have a chance to be heard. Read on.
• Resources ... Here.
• Trinity Bethlehem Soup Kitchen Benefit ... Sunday, September 21, 2 pm. Bethlehem's Trinity Soup Kitchen is having a benefit brunch and concert called, "Love, Peace, Brunch and Closer." The brunch will start after Trinity's worship service about 12:30 pm and will feature dishes made by soup kitchen chefs. The concert features the band Closer, a new cover band doing hits from George Harrison, Paul McCartjney, Roy Orbison, Adele, the Beatles and others from the 60's 70's 80's and beyond. Closer is fronted by Trinity member Bill Hontz. Tickets are $15 at the door or make your reservation at 610-865-4741 x308.
• Creating a Hospice Ministry for Churches ... [Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer] The death of a church does not have to be the end of its ministry. Read on.
• Guitar music concert at Prince of Peace Dallas ... [Jennifer Hunter] Prince Of Peace Episcopal Church will host internationally known guitarist Peter Griggs in a concert, “The Guitar In America”, on Saturday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. In this program, Mr. Griggs traces the history of the guitar in the United States, performing Spanish and English music from the Colonial period, American country dances and early classical works, spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, and several of Griggs’ own compositions on both classical and electric guitar. A vocalist as well as an expert finger-style guitarist, Griggs will perform several songs by composers such as Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington and others. He also discusses the evolution of the guitar from its origins as a folk instrument through its gradual acceptance in the concert hall and recording studio, to its position today as an essential voice in American music. There is something for listeners of all tastes on this wide-ranging program.
Guitarist/Composer Peter Griggs has presented more than 500 solo guitar concerts throughout the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Low Countries, Scandinavia and eastern Europe at concert halls, art centers, festivals, museums, universities, cafes, clubs and other venues. Reviews of his performances include, “Sizzling guitar playing,” from the Dundee, Scotland Courier and “an almost unbelievable talent -- Peter Griggs performs magic!” from Germany’s Bergische Morning Post. He has recorded on Folkways records, Music Of The World, Locust Records, Treecastle Music and E360.
Prince of Peace Episcopal Church is located at 420 Main Street in Dallas, PA 18612. Admission is by free-will donation. For more information, visit: www.princeofpeacedallaspa.org
• At Trinity Easton ... The Allentown Band, Sunday, October 19. Read on.
• Canonical roles of vestries and clergy ... [newSpin blog, Andrew Gerns] There is a tendency in this country to run Episcopal Churches according to a congregational (where the whole congregation makes decisions) or a Presbyterian model (where elected committees and officers make the decisions) and in both these the clerics are at best the hired help. The situation you described is apparently one where the lay leadership seems to have fallen into one of those models to bad effect. It is not an uncommon problem.
There is an equal tendency to organize Episcopal Churches along Roman Catholic lines, where the priest is in total charge and the vestry and lay leaders exist solely to raise funds, maintain the property and carry out the priest's vision. This can have the effect of holding lay leadership back from taking their full place in the life of the church.
We Episcopalians, on the other hand, strive for that elusive via media. Read on.
• St. Brigid's golf outing ... will be held on Saturday, October 4 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath. There will be a lunch buffet at 2 p.m. in the pavilion. Prices are $90 per golfer and $15 per non-golfer for lunch. Registration forms are available at www.stbrigidspa.org. Take the opportunity to tell your friends and family members about this fun, relaxing way to help St. Brigid’s minister to both its own needs and those of the Nazareth community.
• Resources ... Here.
Columns, Sermons, Reflections and other Spin
• The elements of sermonizing style ... [J. Perry Smith, WSJournal] 'Good sermon," is the worst possible praise a preacher can receive. Perfunctory at best, "good sermon" means what you said probably wasn't heard or understood or relevant. "Your sermon touched me or troubled me." "You were talking to me." These are the compliments that we preachers want to hear. Even an argument with a sermon's content can be welcome—at least it shows somebody was listening.
Preaching is really hard, and many churchgoing people have no idea what goes into preparing a sermon. Perhaps they shouldn't care, but preachers are disappointed to find that many folks think we just preach on Sundays and do little else. There are preachers who wait until Saturday night to get their sermons ready; they are either extremely gifted or stupid and lazy. Read on. [h/t Deacon Larry Holman]
• For receptivity to the impossible, we fervently pray ... [NCR, Melissa Musick Nussbaum] You may have read the spate of articles about "Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds," a study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science. My favorite was from BBC News with this portentous lead: "If you expose your child to Moses, Muhammad or Matthew the Apostle, are they at a disadvantage?" Read on. [h/t Andrew Gerns]
• Take a deep breath: ISIS and the Arab world ... [Thomas Friedman, NYTimes] An existential struggle is taking place in the Arab world today. But is it ours or is it theirs? Before we step up military action in Iraq and Syria, that’s the question that needs answering. What concerns me most about President Obama’s decision to re-engage in Iraq is that it feels as if it’s being done in response to some deliberately exaggerated fears — fear engendered by YouTube videos of the beheadings of two U.S. journalists — and fear that ISIS, a.k.a., the Islamic State, is coming to a mall near you. How did we start getting so afraid again so fast? Didn’t we build a Department of Homeland Security? I am not dismissing ISIS. Obama is right that ISIS needs to be degraded and destroyed. But when you act out of fear, you don’t think strategically and you glide over essential questions, like why is it that Shiite Iran, which helped trigger this whole Sunni rebellion in Iraq, is scoffing at even coordinating with us, and Turkey and some Arab states are setting limits on their involvement? Read on.
• Religious communities can do more to get out the vote ... |Tom Ehrich, RNS] Here.
• Five ways Americans changed God ... [CNN Belief Blog, Matthew Paul Turner] The majority of America’s churches teach that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. But considering our country’s near-400-year history, can we honestly say that our concepts and perceptions about God haven’t evolved? Read on.
People from our diocese and parishes in the media
• Let your experience pray ... [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call] See above, under SpiritSpin.
• 2014-2015 Diocesan Youth Events ... Here.
• Resources ... Here.
• Churches need a new giving model ... [FaithStreet, Steven Dilla] Giving is on the rise, just not to churches. Far too often church budgets are dark pools of both charity and overhead. In the past this was fine; a generation ago people trusted institutions and there were few reasons to distrust leaders. Yet institutional distrust and disillusionment with all types of leaders (at times for legitimate reasons) has taken this away. The days of giving to a “general fund” that is then used to pay salaries, maintain buildings, and do benevolent deeds, are over. People no longer simply trust the church, and are leery of institutions in general. Real-time data is ubiquitous for nearly everything from athletic performance to 401k returns, and everything in between. People assume if you don’t have data to show them it is either because you don’t care or you have something to hide ... The tradition in America is shifting from one of people who loved and trusted the church to people who question, but are still curious about the church — but it won’t stay this way for long. Either churches will adapt to the culture, gaining trust back despite modern skepticism, or it will be further marginalized ... People still want to make a difference in this world. Giving them the opportunity to join the Kingdom of Christ, and give their time, energy, and money toward his vision for full and final peace in our world is a wonderfully beautiful undertaking. All will be made new — and that’s something worth giving toward. Read on.
• Resources ... Here.
Rest in Peace
Episcopal/Anglican (Beyond DioBeth)
• SCLM seeks input on "Holy Women, Holy Men" ...[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) seeks comment on a new approach to commemorations: A Great Cloud of Witnesses.After reviewing responses to Holy Women, Holy Men, SCLM is proposing that a calendar and liturgical material for optional commemorations be included in a volume entitled A Great Cloud of Witnesses. The full proposal is on the commission’s blog here.
• Resources ... Here.
• Singles ... [The Atlantic] The United States is now a nation of singles. Single people make up just over half of all American adults for the first time since statistics have been collected, according to a study reported by Bloomberg last week. Read on.
• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC) ... Here.
Ecumenism and Interfaith
• Exploration of Full Communion Agreements ... [Canon Maria Tjeltveit] Tom Ferguson, former Ecumenical Officer of the Episcopal Church and blog author of Crusty Old Dean, always gives you a lot to think about with a good dose of humor. He will be the Plenary Speaker at the "Witness in Common: An Exploration of Full Communion Agreements", on Nov. 10, 9:30-3:30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. Get a copy of the brochure here. You can get a copy of the brochure here. For more information or to register, call (717) 545-4761 or go to www.pachurches.org and click on the conference link.
Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confessing of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper, while also respecting differences. Join us for this day of plenary and panel presentations, worship, discussion, and fellowship to learn why these agreements are vitally important to the missional church in the 21st century. Learn from those who are putting these agreements into practice in local contexts, and bring your questions, hopes, and dreams to the table.
Evangelical Lutheran Church
• Resources ... Here.
• Lecture on Human Trafficking at Moravian College ... Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. Read on.
• Resources ... Here.
United Methodist Church
• UMC.org ... a wealth of good info, opinion and reflection. Here.
• Communication tips and tools ... Here.
• Resources ... Here.
Presbyterian Church USA
• Resources ... Here.
• A streamlined annulment process? ... [John Allen, Crux] If there were a Las Vegas betting line about the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome, the prospect of a press for a streamlined annulment process in the Catholic Church would probably be a strong 2-1 favorite.Assuming that one of the major fault lines in the Oct. 5-19 summit will be whether the church’s ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion ought to be relaxed, making the annulment process more user-friendly looms as a potential compromise measure that could give most camps at least some of what they want.For that reason, annulment reform is where the smart money about the meeting’s outcome might well go.Unlike divorce, which is premised on the idea that a real marriage is being dissolved, an annulment is a declaration from a church court that no marriage existed in the first place because it didn’t meet one or more of the tests in the church law for validity ... No immediate decision will be made in October, since this synod is actually preparing for a larger one — the world Synod of Bishops, which will include more bishops, at the Vatican Oct. 4-25, 2015.We’ll get a sense soon of how it looks to the bishops and other participants gathering in Rome next month … and, ultimately, how it looks to Pope Francis, who will be the one making the final call. Read on. Also here.
• The synod on the family and 'the grace of self-doubt' ... [Jamie Manson, NCR] In 2002, Catholic theologian and ethicist Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley wrote an essay titled "Ecclesiology, Ethics, and the Grace of Self-Doubt." The piece was a reflection on the contributions of moral theologian Charles Curran, who was fired from The Catholic University of America for challenging the church's teachings on contraception, divorce and remarriage, and same-sex relationships. Farley coined the phrase "the grace of self-doubt" as a way for religious people to resist the temptations of self-righteousness and certitude. The grace of self-doubt is essential for individual and ethical discernment because it recognizes that our moral theories often prove limited when applied to real-life circumstances. It is grace, she writes, that "allows us to listen to the experience of others, take seriously reasons that are alternative to our own, rethink our own last word." Read on.
• On track to become a shrinking, irrelevant cult? ... [NCR, Brian Cahill] The Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project reports that four out of five Catholics who have left the church and haven't joined another church did so before the age of 24. One can point to an increasingly secular, materialistic culture as a factor in this exodus. But a closer look suggests that young Catholics are increasingly turned off by the attitudes and actions of some American bishops -- the failure to address the child abuse scandal, the harsh opposition to civil gay marriage, the cluelessness of church teaching on contraception, and the refusal to consider women priests. More recently, Catholic high school students, who can spot dishonesty and hypocrisy a mile away, are reacting with disillusion and disgust at how the church is treating some teachers in Catholic schools. Read on.
• Resources ... Here.
• Weddings with Francis ... Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children. Also [AP] Forty “I do's” -- or “Si” in Italian -- were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Read on.
• Resources ... Here.
• Ten tips for connecting to someone wih dementia ... [NextAvenue] We aren’t born knowing how to communicate with a person with dementia — but we can learn. Improving your communication skills will help make caregiving less stressful and will likely improve the quality of your relationship with your loved one. Good communication skills will also enhance your ability to handle the difficult behavior you may encounter as you care for a person with a dementing illness. Read on.
• Flu shot info from the CDC ... Here and Here. A lot of good info also at flu.gov.
• Resources ... Here.
• Thirty years of Coens: The Big Lebowski ... [The Atlantic, Christopher Orr] In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Coen brothers' debut, Blood Simple, I’m re-watching their 16 feature films and attempting to jot down observations on one per day, in order of their release. For a fuller explanation of what I’m doing and why, see my first entry, on Blood Simple. (Here, too, are my entries on Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Fargo. The landing page for the whole series is here.)
• The heartwrenching court cases that inspired my new novel about religion and law ... [Ian McEwan, The New Republic] Some years ago I found myself at dinner with a handful of judges—a bench is the collective noun. They were talking shop, and I was politely resisting the urge to take notes. The conversation was exotic in content, rather familiar in form. There was a fair amount of banter, of chuckling and teasing as they recalled certain of each other’s judgments. They quoted well-turned phrases and fondly remembered ingenious conclusions. Clearly, they read each other closely. They may have been a little harder on the judgments of those not present. How easily, I thought at the time, this bench could be mistaken for a group of novelists discussing each other’s work, reserving harsher strictures for those foolish enough to be absent.
At one point, our host, Sir Alan Ward, an Appeal Court judge, wanting to settle some mild disagreement, got up and took from a shelf a bound volume of his own judgments. An hour later, when we had left the table for coffee, that book lay open on my lap. It was the prose that struck me first. Clean, precise, delicious. Serious, of course, compassionate at points, but lurking within its intelligence was something like humor, or wit, derived perhaps from its godly distance, which in turn reminded me of a novelist’s omniscience. I continued to note the parallels between our professions, for these judgments were like short stories, or novellas; the background to some dispute or dilemma crisply summarized, characters drawn with quick strokes, the story distributed across several points of view and, towards its end, some sympathy extended towards those whom, ultimately, the narrative would not favor. Read on. [McEwan's most recent novel is The Children Act.]
• "Calvary" – a case of misplaced atonement ... [Daily Episcopalian, Bonnie Anderson and Dan Webster] The striking austerity and dramatic contrasts of the Irish coast landscape is the setting for this remarkable film. Like the dangerous beauty of Sligo County, Ireland, this film is a masterful study in the juxtaposition of gentleness and violence, humor and seriousness, life and death, sin and forgiveness ... Calvary should be seen by most anyone who has served in parish leadership, or been the recipient of or given pastoral care. Victims of clergy sexual abuse, however, may wish to consult their therapist before seeing this. Read on. Also, [Mark Silk, RNS] What is the lesson of Calvary? Here.
• Resources ... Here.
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