newSpin, the newsletter
October 27, 2016
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• DioBeth General News, Oct. 25 … Here. •Diocesan Convention Approves New Canons, elects leaders, •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
• 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.
• Jubilate(C) … for Advent 2016 - Epiphany 2017. Here.
• My next-door neighbors … have a "Trump-Pence" sign on their lawn. Macht nichts. I like my next-door neighbors. And I think they like me. I still have my old "Obama-Biden" sign in my garage. Thinking about putting it out.
• Theologian Miroslav Volf makes a surprising case for one candidate … [RNS] Here.
• Presiding Bishop Curry offers election message … Here.
• Four thank-you notes to Michelle Obama … [NYTimes] Here.
• As election draws near, preachers feel the gospel’s challenge … [ENS, Mary Frances Schjonberg, October 17] Preaching can be challenging at any time, but it is especially so during an election season and the remaining days of the 2016 U.S. presidential election are proving exceptionally fraught for some preachers. “There’s weightiness and a kind of heaviness that everyone is bringing to this time,” Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Budde said in an interview with Episcopal News Service.
Many preachers want to address the election and its impact on society; many of their congregants want or expect them to do so, but others do not. Beyond navigating the thicket of regulations governing the political activities of nonprofit organizations, including churches, there is the often-asked question of whether political issues belong in the pulpit. Internal Revenue Service regulations prevent religious organizations from supporting or opposing any candidate, political party or political action committee. Some congregants still wonder if their priests will make such endorsements. Read on.
SpiritSpin [• 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.
• 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.
• A clod of earth … [Richard Rohr Daily Meditation, October 19] The path of descent involves letting go of our self-image, our titles, our public image. I think this is one of the many meanings of the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). What is at stake here is not just false images of God (which mostly serve our purposes), but also comfortable images of ourselves. That’s probably what the saints meant when they said we have to move to the place of faith, to the place of self-forgetfulness, of nothingness, which ironically is the place of abundance!
The German Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart (c. 1260—c. 1328) said in essence that the spiritual life has more to do with subtraction than with addition. But in the capitalistic West, we keep trying to climb higher up the ladder of spiritual success. Some Buddhists call it spiritual materialism or spiritual consumerism. We’ve turned the Gospel into a matter of addition instead of subtraction. When we are so full of ourselves, we have no room—and no need—for God or others, or otherness in general. Read on.
[Bill] My path of descent began during the early '80s when I resigned my position as a monsignor on the RC bishop's staff of the Diocese of Allentown and began working as a special agent for Prudential. Whereas people had called me for an appointment, I became the one doing the calling, hoping to get an appointment with at least one in ten. Most did not know my name. I eventually embraced that path of descent … and it embraced me. So much more to say.
• Going up the down escalator … [Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation] Humans are so hardwired to think dualistically, to divide the pure from the impure, that in spite of Jesus’ clear example and teaching, Christianity went right back to the same old pattern. The ego desperately wants to feel pure, saved, moral, significant, and superior. We cannot allow God to come down to us, which is the meaning of the Incarnation (see Philippians 2:5-8); we think we’ve got to go up to God. We’re usually going up the down escalator! And we miss Jesus on the way—as he de-escalates into our so very ordinary world. Read on.
• Love has … [Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things] nothing to do with what you’re looking at, and everything to do with who’s looking.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
•• 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.
•• Luther 500: Germany & Prague … St. Stephen’s Wilkes-Barre Pilgrimage Trip, June 10-June 18, 2017. We at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral are excited about our 2017 pilgrimage event to Europe to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation! You are invited to join us, to enjoy faith, history, and fun together on our cultural-immersion trip to Germany and Prague in celebration of our faith and to experience, first-hand, the breadth and importance of the Reformation, as we walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther as he did 500 years ago. Read on.
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• Archbishop Tutu wants right to assisted death … [BBC, Oct. 7] South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has revealed that he wants to have the option of an assisted death. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner said that he did "not wish to be kept alive at all costs", writing in the Washington Post newspaper on his 85th birthday. Mr Tutu came out in favour of assisted dying in 2014, without specifying if he personally wanted to have the choice. Read on. Archbishop Tutu's Washington Post column.
• At St. James Lancaster, a growing focus on contemplative prayer … [Lancaster Online, Oct. 22] St. James Episcopal Church, founded in 1744, is one of the oldest churches in Lancaster, offering traditional worship in its sanctuary adorned with Tiffany stained-glass windows and pews for which parishioners once paid rent. And yet the historic church is also on the cutting edge of 21st century spirituality, offering contemplative prayer and meditation open to anyone in the community in its chapel as a respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Read on.
• St. John Divine NYC invites controversial sculpture back … [NYTimes, James Barron, Oct. 4] Edwina Sandys had seen this before: the 250-pound bronze statue of a bare-breasted woman on a translucent acrylic cross being installed in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This time around, however, she does not expect to see something else she had seen before: the statue being packed up after a call from a ranking church official telling her it had to go. That happened the first time “Christa,” Ms. Sandys’s sculpture of a crucified woman, was shown at the cathedral in Manhattan during Holy Week in 1984. A controversy erupted, complete with hate mail attacking it as blasphemous. Read on.
• Little church, big screen … [The Living Church, Oct. 19, Rebecca Terhune] About 20 miles southeast of Nashville, a little church’s story is destined for the big screen. Since 2005, All Saints’ Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, has ministered to Karen refugees, a people of eastern and southern Myanmar (formerly Burma). Eight years ago, both The Tennessean and USA Today told the story of their arrival at the church.
The Rev. Michael Spurlock, his wife, Aimee, his family, and All Saints’ welcomed the refugees and gave them a portion of land to garden, which proved important to the survival of the newcomers and the church. At the time this mission church in the Diocese of Tennessee was struggling financially. The garden assisted both the Karen people, who had farmed in their home country and needed food, and the church, which needed revenue to pay its mortgage and bills. Read on.
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In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
•• Mediator Allentown opens Refugee Community Center … [Bill White's blog, The Morning Call, Sept. 17] Mediator's new Refugee Community Center will serve the area's refugee population with English as a Second Language classes, reading and handwriting support and a wide variety of recreational, social and educational activities designed to help refugees adjust to their surroundings and meet new friends. Bill White wrote two columns. Read the first and the second.
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• The unique role Hazleton plays in the Chicago Cubs World Series … [WaPo] A sliding door inside Cusat’s Café in Hazleton PA separates the restaurant from the bar, where smoking is allowed, pizza is “pitz” and a can of cold Yuengling is $1. The mayor, who had to give up ownership of the place once he took office, lives upstairs. He grew up there and lived in three other spots around the block before returning for good. “I moved four times,” Jeff Cusat said, “and the view out my front window never changed.”
On Wednesday night shortly before 8 p.m., start time of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ann Marie Kaschak sat at one end of the bar. “Can you put the pregame on that one?” she asked bartender Sandy Sarosky, pointing at a television between puffs on a Misty. “In case they show Joe.”
She didn’t want to miss Joe Maddon, the manager of the Chicago Cubs and a favorite son of Hazleton, the hardscrabble town in Northeastern Pennsylvania he still loves. He maintains a close bond to the place he grew up, still trying to shape the town that shaped him. Maddon’s mother, sister and an innumerable amount of cousins still live there, and he returns once or twice a year …
So much of Hazleton has stayed the same, but so much has changed. As mining jobs decreased, cheap manufacturing increased. In 2000, of Hazleton’s population of roughly 25,000, 95 percent were white. By 2010, nearly 40 percent of the population was Latino or Hispanic. In 2006, Hazleton’s then-mayor, Lou Barletta, passed a controversial ordinance — later overruled in courts — preventing businesses from employing illegal immigrants and landlords from renting to them. It was so popular Barletta ran for Congress in 2010 and won.
In 2011, Joe Maddon returned home for the holidays. During meals and drinks out, he heard the same theme: Hazleton citizens blamed the town’s problems — a rise in drug use and gang activity — on newly arriving Hispanics. It didn’t make sense to Maddon, who had made a career of forming bonds between people from different backgrounds. “The stuff he was hearing, he did not like,” said Bob Curry, the husband of Maddon’s cousin Elaine. Read on.
• Kyle Schwarber becoming a Cubs legend in World Series … [USA Today, Oct. 27] It no longer defies imagination, but assaults the senses, wondering how sheer and utter fantasy could become reality. How in the world could a baseball player spend six months just learning to walk again after a devastating knee injury, not playing in a single game, and lead the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory since 1945, with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians, evening the Series at 1-game apiece? "It’s the 'Legend of Kyle Schwarber,' " catcher David Ross said. Read on.
• 'Just a parish priest' … [Sightings, Martin Marty] Assignment: to make sense of this week’s Sightings, please take 15 minutes or so to read Evan Osnos’s New Yorker story from this past winter (see “Resources” below this column). It focuses on a Chicago Catholic priest who has tended ferociously to the faithful in his several parish assignments. Attention to such is rather rare. We and our friends in the “news business”—on whose writings we draw as they cover the remarkable stories of the week—are trained to magnify the already-magnified on the religion beat: stories of saints, denominations and ecumenical agencies, commissions, and the like. But the more astute among these friends know, even if they cannot often devote themselves to it, that the power behind the magnified story comes from the micro-worlds of the local, as in congregations, parishes, cells, and local expressions in general.
I thought of that as I read one of the stories, a two-pager, in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times. There Maudlyne Ihejirika pictures and writes about that same parish and its priest, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church. The occasion was of the sort that rarely receives notice: there are hundreds of thousands of parishes, very many of which celebrate centennials. But this one deserves special mention. St. Sabina was a comatose Catholic parish on Chicago’s South Side, its almost cathedral-like sanctuary on the verge of falling into dust, after earlier lively and cherished service by and for the Irish Catholics who built it and supported it for decades, but joined most other white parishioners in fleeing during the “white flight” era. Read on.
• Sea level rise is a religious issue … [RNS] The waters are rising. Global warming is real. What does God think of all this? Jeffrey Salkin asks. Read on.
•• 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.
•• Take the citizenship test … [The Morning Call] A recent study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania found that just 26 percent of Americans could name the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. Read on.
Rest in Peace [• New item •• Repeat]
• Mary Jane Scholl, 86 … died on October 2. She was a longtime member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Obituary.
• Paul Coleman Cochran, 74 … rector of St. Peter's, Hazelton, until his retirement in 1997, died on October 14 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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
• Caroline Mather … mother of the Rev. Sally Bosler, died on October 23.
• Robert Grace … [Peter Gonze, Sr. Warden at Trinity Mt. Pocono] a long time member of Trinity died October 6th in South Carolina. Bob and his wife Pat moved to South Carolina full time last fall. We at Trinity Church were very blessed by all of Bob's talents for many years including his service as Chairman of Buildings and Grounds Committee, and People's Warden.
• Tom Hayden, 76 … [NYTimes] a leader of the civil rights and antiwar movements in the 1960s who later became a California lawmaker, died October 23. He burst out of the 1960s counterculture as a radical leader of America’s civil rights and antiwar movements, but rocked the boat more gently later in life with a progressive political agenda as an author and California state legislator, died on Sunday. Read on.
• Alice Joan Faber, 94 … died on October 18. She was a longtime member of St. Martin in the Fields, Mountain Top. Obituary.
• 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.
• More than one religion … A Fact Tank post based on related data explains that 6% of Americans say they currently identify with more than one religion. Read on.
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• How the Koch brothers fuel the Catholic right … [Faith in Pubic Life] The billionaire Koch brothers are best known for funding a network of right-wing organizations that deny climate change, trample workers rights' and fight Medicaid expansion. But in a recent article published by The American Prospect magazine, John Gehring reveals in an article in American Prospect that the Kochs are also fueling a conservative Catholic movement that is undermining Pope Francis' urgent messages about economic inequality and climate change.
At The Catholic University of America in Washington, the Kochs have invested nearly $13 million in just three years at the business and economics school. A board member at the university praises the Kochs and blasts the minimum wage as an "anti-market regulation" that does "great harm" to workers. While Pope Francis is fighting for the dignity of work and climate justice, Koch-linked organizations like the Acton Institute, led by a Catholic priest, preach a gospel of free-market orthodoxy that sound more like GOP talking points than traditional Catholic teaching. Read on.
• New Jesuit leader is Latin American … [RNS] The Jesuits, one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic orders, have elected their first Latin American leader, and he looks a lot like Pope Francis. Read on.
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• Pope gives up another indulgence: His summer palace … [RNS, Oct. 21]
Without ever having spent a night there, the pope ordered Castel Gandolfo, where pontiffs have holidayed for nearly 400 years, to be turned into a museum. Read on.
• Cardinal Spin: The Progressive Cardinals who will pick the next Pope … [The Daily Beast] Pope Francis has never been one to mince words, even when he doesn’t say anything at all. And it certainly doesn’t take much reading between the lines of his choice of new cardinals, who will receive their red hats next month, to see that he is stacking the deck to ensure his eventual replacement thinks just like he does …
There are three notable American cardinals in the pack—the first American cardinals Francis has tapped in his papacy. But more important, perhaps, than who they are, is who they are not. For one, Francis did not tap Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who made headlines recently for his guidelines for divorced and remarried Catholics telling them not to have sex. Chaput was also on the scene during the decision last year to introduce Francis to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who had refused to issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read on.
• Vatican to Catholics: Cremation can be OK, but don’t scatter ashes! … [RNS] New guidelines say remains should be stored “in a sacred place” (not the mantel!) that “prevents any unfitting or superstitious practices.” Read on. [Bill] There are many, many Catholic cemeteries around the world. Might it be that these guidelines on not scattering cremains were prompted by a financial interest, e.g., "Catholic cemeteries have increasingly been offering columbariums to store urns with ashes in a holy spot that loved ones can visit."Health and Wellness [• New item •• Repeat]
• How your gut influences your mental health: It's practically a second brain … [BigThink] We all feel things in our gut – intuitions that give us subtle physiological alerts, stress and anxiety that unsettle us, bad reactions to food, and conversely feelings of contentment from the right food, or flutters from an exciting experience. But according to Dr Emeran Mayer, what we feel is just a small fraction of what’s going on in a region of our body that is still quite mysterious – even to the experts. 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.
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Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item •• Repeat]
• 13th is a 2016 documentary … [Netflix] The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.
With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. Now streaming on Netflix. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution theoretically outlawed slavery. DuVernay's documentary argues that slavery is being perpetuated through mass incarceration.
• The movie for the election season … [RNS, Jeffrey Salkin] “Denial” is the story of Emory University professor, Deborah Lipstadt, and how she was forced to defend herself in a libel trial in England. The British author, David Irving (portrayed in the film by Timothy Spall) brought the suit against her because she had called him a “Holocaust denier” in her book Denying the Holocaust. According to laws in the UK, in a libel suit, the “libeler” is considered guilty until proven innocent.
The trial was long and draining — emotionally, financially, physically, and spiritually. Lipstadt was defended by the noted English barrister and scholar, Anthony Julius (who was Princess Diana’s divorce attorney, and the author of one of the best books on anti-Semitism that I have ever read — and that says a lot), as well as Richard Rampton, brilliantly portrayed by the noted actor Tom Wilkinson. The film includes soul-searing footage in Auschwitz, as members of the legal team and their consultants visit the infamous concentration camp on a fact-finding mission. 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]
• The Axe Files … [David Leonhardt, NYTimes] Long before he became known as Barack Obama’s political guru, David Axelrod was a journalist — a political storyteller at The Chicago Tribune. His storytelling instincts are obvious on his podcast, “The Axe Files.” It’s become my favorite new podcast over the past year. Each episode consists of Axelrod talking with a single guest, usually a politician, a political aide or a writer. He starts by asking guests to tell their life story — how they ended up doing what they do — and the conversation eventually comes around to current events, which these days means the 2016 campaign. In the best episodes, you emerge feeling as if you’ve heard a human story and also become smarter about the world. Episodes to consider: Maureen Dowd, Frank Bruni, Al Franken, Erick Erickson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Caroline Kennedy, Eric Holder, Amy Klobuchar, Jon Stewart.
•• The Run-Up – An Election Podcast … Listen to news and analysis from our political reporters, Opinion columnists, Upshot analysts and more with The Run-Up, a new podcast from The New York Times covering the final months of the election.
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• I'm 29 and I never learned how money works. It's time to fix that … [NYTimes, Oct. 24, Tim Herrera] So here’s a mildly embarrassing personal truth I will admit: I’m 29 and I have no idea how money works. Budgets? Investing? Interest rates? I think the Fed does something important? Totally lost on me. I am aware that these things exist, but that is the extent of my financial acumen. The sad consolation is that most of my peers aren’t doing much better. Read on.
• How to tell, without asking her, if your primary physician has young children at home … [Monica called this to my attention.] During a recent visit, the doc asked me to take a deep breath. When I did, she said, "Good job."
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.
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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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• EpiscopalShare ... Here.
• 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.
• Celebrating the Eucharist, by Patrick Malloy. Google Book
• Enriching our Worship, 1 to 5 ... Free download here.
• The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships [Extracted from Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing] Here.
• Collection of worship resources at Diobeth.org ... Including Diocesan Cycles of Prayer for weekly worship, Holy Women Holy Men, and The Text This Week. Here.
Health and Wellness
• 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.
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
• Center for Disease Control - Healthy Living
•Church Health Reader
• Eastern Pennsylvania Faith Community Nurses
• Episcopal Mental Illness Network
• Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
• National Episcopal Health Ministries
• NEHM Wellness Resource Page
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project: Daily Religion Headlines ... 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.
• BBC News Online ... here.
• BBC Religion & Ethics ... here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
• Spirituality & Film ... Here.
• Spirituality on DVD ... Here.
• Books for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
• Audios for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
• 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.
• 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.
• Communicate … Your Ministry, including Bill's Communication Biases and Communication-Evangelism. Here.