newSpin, the newsletter
February 25, 2014
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• Diocese's finances have not been audited since 2007 ...Late last month [January], the Standing Committee discovered that the finances of the Diocese of Bethlehem have not been audited since 2007. "This came as a shock to us," wrote Standing Committee president Canon Andrew Gerns in a letter distributed electronically throughout the diocese, "because both our diocesan canons and the canons of The Episcopal Church require an annual audit. Upon learning of this situation we moved quickly to respond, creating an audit committee that is chaired by Libby House, a member of the Standing Committee, and includes members of the Diocesan Council and the Incorporated Trustees, as well as another member of the Standing Committee and the diocesan treasurer." Read the entire letter on the DioBeth website or the newSpin blog.
• Trip to Diocese of Kajo Keji ... [Charlie Barebo] Report on the January 2014 trip of Charlie Barebo, diocesan Missioner for Development, and Archdeacon Howard Stringfellow to the Diocese of Kajo Keji, South Sudan. Here.
• New Hope in Pictures ... Archdeacon Stringfellow has begun blogging “New Hope in Pictures” chronicling our shared mission with the South Sudanese.
• Meet Provisional Bishop Nominee Sean Rowe/Video ... newSpin Blog
• Special Convention to elect Provisional Bishop set for March 1 ... DioBeth website ... newSpin Blog ... Bakery
• To register for the Special Convention ... to elect the provisional bishop, March 1 ... Here.
• Ordination of deacons ... Bishop Sean Rowe will ordain Beverly Ann Meneeley, Michelle Marie Moyer. Elizabeth Sharon Yale to the order of deacons on Sunday March 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. (Red stoles) Reception follows.
• If your shoe fits, wear it ... If it doesn't, donate it ... Read on.
• That train left the station long ago ... [NCR] In an unusually blunt report to the Vatican, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., said that even most regular churchgoing Catholics in his diocese find the church's teaching on artificial contraception no longer relevant. "On the matter of artificial contraception, the responses might be characterized by saying, 'That train left the station long ago,' " he wrote in a Feb. 7 blog about his report. "Catholics have made up their minds and the sensus fidelium [the sense of the faithful] suggests the rejection of church teaching on this subject." ... Lynch -- who is nationally known from his years as general secretary of the National (now U.S.) Conference of Catholic Bishops before his appointment to the St. Petersburg diocese in December 1995 -- is one of the few U.S. bishops who took the Vatican request for local feedback to the point of seeking grassroots Catholic responses. Read on.
• Alcoholics Anonymous, without the religion ... [NYTimes] The boom in nonreligious A.A. meetings represents another manifestation of a more visible and confident humanist movement in the United States. Read on.
• Homeless shelter rotates among Pottsville churches ... [RepublicanHerald] The temporary homeless shelter is on the move again while a nonprofit organization continues to work on getting a permanent location. The rotating shelter will be at the United Presbyterian Church at 214 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. until Monday. A coalition of volunteers established the temporary shelter just before the winter storm on Valentine's Day at Trinity Episcopal Church. Last week, the shelter was at the United Methodist Church. It will continue to rotate among city churches. Read on.
• Uganda president signs harsh anti-gay law ... [AP] Uganda's president has signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the country. Read on.
• Ugandan tabloid publishes list of 'top' homosexuals ... [AP] A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday's signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked "a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights" and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation. "Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values," Kerry said in a statement. The Red Pepper tabloid published the names — and some pictures — of alleged homosexuals in a front-page story under the headline: "EXPOSED!" Read on.
• Some say American Christians share blame for Ugandan law ... [NYTimes] Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.The theme of the event, according to Stephen Langa, its Ugandan organizer, was “the gay agenda — that whole hidden and dark agenda” — and the threat homosexuals posed to Bible-based values and the traditional African family. For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. The visitors discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” whose goal is “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.” Read on.
• How did Uganda get to this point? ... [Religion & Politics]
• Court rules against Notre Dame over birth control ... [AP] A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a federal judge's earlier ruling that denied the Roman Catholic school's request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent it from having to comply with the birth control requirement as the university's lawsuit moves forward. The lawsuit challenges a compromise in the Affordable Health Care Act offered by the Obama administration that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups that oppose birth control. The law requires insurers or the health plan's outside administrator to pay for birth control coverage and creates a way to reimburse them. Read on.
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Making a film about God – Making the invisible visible ... [The Star-Ledger, Stephen Whitty] Cinema remains a primarily visual medium. Which poses a problem for a certain kind of film: How do you visualize something that's invisible? Give form to the amorphous? How do you make a film about God? It's a risky question directors have confronted since 1897, when a famous Passion Play in Czechoslovakia was put on film. Yet the challenge continues to draw moviemakers. …
Ultimately, ironically, what really works in cinematic stories of the divine is the human — to see not just the message, but its effect. To see sisters struggling with their vows in "Black Narcissus" or "A Nun's Story." To see the daily life of the clergy in "Diary of a Country Priest," or the redemptive arc of the preacher in "The Apostle." To watch the God-inspired goodness of "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" or "Beyond the Gates." Which, perhaps, is the answer to the initial, eternal question. How do you turn the word into the image? How do you make the invisible real? The same way you photograph the wind — by pointing your camera at what it touches. Read on.
• Hollywood's real problem with religion isn't a dearth of religiously themed movies ... [The Week] Hollywood produces relatively few films about religious subjects and themes. But that might not be a bad thing for religion. Religion is a serious subject, and Hollywood doesn't do well with serious subjects — because Hollywood's goal is to make money, not art. If the major studios started producing more big-budget movies on religious topics, all we'd end up with are more dumbed-down portrayals of religion. Don't believe me? Consider the record. Hollywood doesn't have a religion problem. It has a quality problem.
• From Ashes to Easter: the cost and promise of a Lenten practice ... [America, Rhonda Mawhood Lee, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Durham NC] The invitation to keep a holy Lent asks everyone present “to think about how you can love God more deeply. Think about those things for which you are sorry, pray daily, and offer acts of kindness that will help others and be a sign of your love for God.” The prayer over the ashes focuses our attention on the season’s promise: “May the ashes placed on our heads remind us that our life on earth is temporary, but because God loves us, we will live with God forever.” Read on.
• Lent begins March 5 ... [Canon Kitch] Lent is just around the corner, beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 5. A fine selection of Lenten devotional materials and online resources for people of all ages can be found on our Diocesan Website on the Christian Formation page (see Seasonal Resources). Read on.
• Keeping Lent ... [Episcopal Café, Ann Fontaine] What are your plans this year? Maggie Dawn, associate dean of Marquand Chapel and associate professor of theology and literature at Yale Divinity School, suggests 40 ways to keep a joyful, thankful, holy Lent. Read on.
• After a long day ... [Night Prayer, New Zealand Prayer Book] Lord, it is night ... It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be.
On July 27, 2009, the cover of “Sports Illustrated” featured an arresting image of Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. The headline—“Tim Tebow: Man of Many Missions”—riffed on the way he’d created a fan frenzy with his unique blend of faith and football. The championship quarterback seemed poised to jump off the glossy cover with pursed lips that oozed determination and a simple Bible verse scribbled within the black grease underneath his eyes: “Phil. 4:13.”
Tebow’s highly churched Southern fan base didn’t need to look up the passage. No, most of them knew it by heart: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13 is one of the most popular verses in any of the 66 books of the Christian Bible, having been printed on millions of key chains and t-shirts, cellphone cases and coffee mugs. (If one wanted to argue the trinketization of Christianity, this Bible verse would be a good starting point.)
But it also one of the misunderstood, misused, and misinterpreted.- See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/01/16/philippians-413-many-christians-misuse-iconic-verse/#sthash.btZ7xsTO.dpuf
• The (Online) Book of Common Prayer ... Here.
• SoulSpin Resources ... Below, near the bottom.
• The DioLight ... Feb. 12, Vol. 2, Iss. 2. Here.
• In-Formation in Bethlehem ... [Canon Anne Kitch] A newsletter of lifelong Christian formation resources. February.
• Video interview with Provisional Bishop Nominee ... On Vimeo.
• Introducing Provisional Bishop Nominee Sean Rowe. newSpin Blog
• Standing Committee chooses Sean Rowe as Bishop Provisional nominee. Special Convention set for March 1. DioBeth website ... newSpin Blog ... Bakery
• Letter to Diocese from Standing Committee. DioBeth website ... newSpin Blog ... Bakery.
• Q&A: Bishop Provisional nominee and election. DioBeth website ... newSpin Blog
• Biographical Sketch: Bishop Sean Rowe. Bakery
• Diobeth Episcopal Relief and Development ... [John Major] A shield...in the midst of life's storms, February 20.
• DioBeth news, info ... DioBeth website, newSpin blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and LinkedIn,
• Public news and info lists ... At the Diobeth website, enter your name and email in the "Get Connected" box. You are welcome to subscribe to any or all of these. "Bakery" is our diocesan interactive list.
• Christophany ... April 25-27 at Bear Creek Camp, Wilkes-Barre. Here.
• EYE: The 2014 Episcopal Youth Event ... will take place at Villanova University, July 9-13. Read on.
• St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre ... [Leadership Network] February newsletter of REACH at St. Stephen Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. Here.
• At Christ Church Reading ... Finding Freedom In Christ - A Workshop of Reconciliation. A Journey in the Practice of Letting Go and Embracing God's Promise of Reconciliation. Everyone is invited to Christ Episcopal Church, Reading (www.rdgchristchurch.org) at 435 Court Street, 19601 on Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9a.m. to 4p.m., lunch provided. The Rev. Hillary Raining, Rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Gladwyne, PA will lead this pre-Lenten workshop. Suggested donation of $10 to offset costs. Please call the church office, 610-374-8269, to register.
• Chancel Opera ... [Jo Trepagnier] A small chancel opera company, nestled at the Church of the Mediator performs short operas usually based on the Gospel reading for that Sunday. These lovingly created gifts last about 15-20 minutes and act as the sermon for that day. The company is available to perform at other churches or events and the company has a repertoire of operas. If you have parishioners who might enjoy a different worship experience, please check us out on Sunday March 2, 8:00 & 1015, for the story of the Transfiguration. You may also contact the creator and director Susan Bingham. [Jo Trepagnier, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 610-434-0155.
• IRS VITA ... The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. To find a VITA tax preparation site in your area, go to http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Find-a-Location-for-Free-Tax-Prep and enter your zip code.
• Calendar of events in our parishes ... Here.
• Donate wisely ... [The Morning Call, Paul Muschick] Verify a charity and/or solicitor are registered with the state at 800-732-0999 or http://www.dos.state.pa.us under "charities." Don't donate to a charity you know nothing about. Don't donate cash or give your credit card number to phone solicitors. Don't be pressured into donating on the spot, Don't be confused by a charity using a name similar to a well-known charity. Read on.
• Two churches, different financial trajectories ... [Phila Inquirer] Along the two blocks of North 17th Street on either side of the Vine Street Expressway in Center City, remarkably different financial trajectories of two religious groups are playing out. At the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, south of Vine, church leaders are turning property accumulated over generations - such as cemeteries - into cash in a bid to fill huge financial gaps. About a block north, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans this week to build a meetinghouse and a 32-story residential tower next door to its $70 million temple, already under construction. The apartment tower alone could cost $75 million to $90 million, a real estate expert said. Where do the Mormons get the money? The Mormon Church expects members to tithe - to donate 10 percent of their income to the church - and puts some teeth into that expectation. Any Mormon is allowed to worship in a chapel, like the one to be built in Philadelphia, "but only Mormons who adhere to the highest standards of the faith," including full tithing, are allowed in the temple, said W. Paul Reeve, an associate professor of history at the University of Utah.The highest sacraments of the religion, such as marriage, take place in the temple, and having that access apparently motivates Mormons to give. Read on.
• Communication tips and tools ... Here. (February)
Rest in Peace
• Maria von Trapp, 99, ... the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters in the family that inspired “The Sound of Music,” died February 18 at her home in Stowe, VT. Find AP obituary here.
• Ralph Waite, 85, ... America's father, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," died February 20. Find AP obituary here.
• Sid Caesar, 91, ... the prodigiously talented pioneer of TV comedy who paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became classics and who inspired a generation of famous writers, died February 19. Find AP obituary here.
• Diocese of Massachusetts adds two local candidates to existing roster of five ... [Boston Globe] Two new candidates have emerged to succeed the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts: the leader of a South End church who runs a citywide youth program, and a top official in the Episcopal Diocese who is one half of the first same-sex couple married by the retiring bishop, M. Thomas Shaw. The Rev. Timothy E. Crellin, vicar of St. Stephen’s Church in the South End, and the Rev. Canon Margaret “Mally” Ewing Lloyd, who oversees diocesan staff and operations, were selected through a grass-roots petition process involving clergy and laypeople. They join five nominees named last month after a lengthy national search. Read on.
• Nominations are now being accepted ... [The Episcopal Church] for various Episcopal Church positions, committees or boards that will be elected during the next General Convention. The Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee for Nominations for General Convention has issued a call for nominations for seven positions. Elections will take place at the 78th General Convention, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday, June 25 to Friday, July 3, 2015. Read on.
• Around the Episcopal Church ... Here
• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC) ... Here.
• The Prodigal Sons ... [NYTimes Op-Ed, David Brooks] The prodigal son parable provides an apt lesson as we strive to craft modern social policies. Read on.
• Aaron Sorkin: Philip Seymour Hoffman's death saved 10 lives ... [TIME, 2-17-2014] Phil Hoffman and I had two things in common. We were both fathers of young children, and we were both recovering drug addicts. .... [On one of our breaks during rehearsal] he said this: "If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won't." He meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean. ... He did not die from an overdose of heroin – he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he had just taken the proper amount, everything would have been fine. He didn't die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed. He died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a y in it. He'll have his well-earned legacy ... Let's add to that 10 people who were about to die who won't now. Read on.
• An 'Ordinary God' ... [RNS] Fewer people believe in a supernatural God. Instead they believe in what NYU prof Mitchell Stephens calls an “ordinary God.”
• Gay patient says RC chaplain refused him last rites ... [WaPo] A Catholic chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center stopped delivering a 63-year-old heart attack patient Communion prayers and last rites after the man said he was gay, the patient said Wednesday, describing a dramatic bedside scene starting with him citing Pope Francis and ending with him swearing at the cleric. Details of the exchange earlier this month between the Rev. Brian Coelho and retired travel agent Ronald Plishka couldn’t be confirmed with the priest, who did not respond to a direct e-mail or to requests left with the hospital and the archdiocese. The archdiocese of Washington, for whom he works, declined to comment and said Coelho “is not doing interviews.” The bedside discussion was first reported Monday in the Washington Blade. Read on.
• 83-year-old nun sentenced to 35 months in prison for her peace activism ... [Christian Science Monitor] Megan Rice, an octogenarian nun and seasoned peace activist, was sentenced to 35 months in prison after breaking into the grounds of a nuclear weapons complex once considered the "Fort Knox" of weapons-grade uranium. Read on.
• Islam, the American way ... [Christian Science Monitor] A new generation of Muslim Americans separate what is cultural, what is religious, and what is American, finding that the ‘straight path’ isn't the same path for all. Read on.
• NEPA Synod website ... Here.
• ELCA website ... Here.
• ELCA News Service ... Here.
• ELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."
• Communication tips and tools ... Here. (February)
• UMC website Here.
• News Service Here.
• Communication Resources ... Start here.
• Eastern PA Conference website Here. Facebook Here. Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
• Pope Francis overhauls Vatican finances, names Australian cardinal as comptroller ... [RNS] Pope Francis has begun a sweeping reform of the Vatican's scandal-plagued financial system. The aim is to streamline a famously byzantine governance system by eliminating redundant offices, increasing accountability and financial safeguards, and generally bringing the Vatican into line with accepted accounting and procurement practices. The changes also provide for an official who will be empowered “to conduct audits of any agency of the Holy See and Vatican City State at any time” — a remarkable degree of authority in a bureaucracy where offices are known for zealously guarding their own turf.
• Pope tells cardinals to shun intrigue, cliques of a royal court ... In a forceful message to more than 100 scarlet-clad cardinals arrayed before him, Pope Francis on Sunday (Feb. 23) warned them that they are “not a royal court” and told them to avoid “habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favoritism and preferences.” Francis has repeatedly called on clerics to live simply and humbly, and at a service a day earlier in which he added 19 new members to the College of Cardinals the pope also told them to work together and avoid “rivalry, jealousy, factions.” His homily at mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday was especially powerful and came just before the first anniversary of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down after his papacy was repeatedly undermined by scandals and infighting in the Roman Curia.
• The Joy of the Gospel ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.
• Vatican website ... Here.
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
• Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.
• The Price Is Out of Sight... [WSJournal] For most products and services in the U.S., you can shop around and compare prices before making a purchase. But for some odd reason, that is rarely possible in the health-care industry. Our story explores a major effort under way to ensure patients know the prices of health treatments before they have to make a decision about whether, or from where, to buy them. "It is a simple idea, but a radical one," our reporter writes. The variations, we note, are extraordinary: The average charge for joint-replacement surgery, for example, ranged from $5,300 in Ada, Okla., to $223,000 in Monterey Park, Calif. Meanwhile, we diagnose the high cost of health care, pointing out which health problems are costing the most. And if you ever wonder where all that money goes, here is our attempt at decoding the anatomy of a hospital bill. [h/t Gerard Baker]
[Bill] The Morning Call, a few months ago, carried a front-page story on the significant variance in charges for treatment at hospitals in the Lehigh Valley.
• America's Temple of Pseudoscience – Whole Foods, say it ain't so ... [The Daily Beast] A column to chew on. Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others?” Read on.
• 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.
• Hollywood's real problem with religion isn't a dearth of religiously themed movies ... See above, under "SoulSpin"
• 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.
• In-Formation in Bethlehem ... February.
• Many Congregational Resources ... The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of capital funds, consultants, architects, contractors, books, congregation management software, and more.
• Church locators ... Here.
• Insights into Religion ... Here.
• Forward Movement ... Here.
• The Alban Institute ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... Here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• The Chalice, a publication created by Joan DeAcetis for older adults and caretakers. Download issues here.
• Weekly Bulletin Inserts from the Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Episcopal Web Radio ... Here.
• Updated Episcopal Church canons and constitution ... Here.
Additional sources for news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... 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.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
(1) The Episcopal Church website, news service, news service blog,
(2) Episcopal Café
(3) AngicansOnline website and news centre.
(4) The Living Church
(5) The Anglican Communion website and news service.
• 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.
• 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.
• The Lectionary ... A collection of Lectionary resources for the Episcopal Church, updated Sunday night. Here.
• Lectionary Page ... A liturgical calendar for upcoming weeks, with links to readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), as adapted for use in Episcopal worship. Here.
• Revised Common Lectionary ... Here.
• The Liturgical Calendar ... BCP, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, HWHM ... Here.
• Oremus Bible Browser ... Here.
• Enriching our Worship and Same-Sex Blessings ... Free download here.
As soon as the newSpin newsletter is completed, usually by Tuesday, it is uploaded to the newSpin blog and posted on Bakery and on a ChurchPost list of some 1,200 addresses. Many recipients often forward it to others. The newsletter 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 Standing Committee or the Archdeacon as an official communication. If you're wondering why you haven't seen something related to your parish or agency here, it's probably because no one has sent relevant info. If you think something about your parish or agency merits inclusion, send email to Bill. Comments are welcome at the newSpin blog. Click there in the right hand column on the title of the current newsletter. Then, make your comment below.
Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998)
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