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May 14, 2015
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The Leadership News and the Diocesan e-Newsletter are official publications of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They include news, info, features and events relating to our diocese and parishes. Find the most recent Diocesan e-Newsletter, April 23, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, May 7, here.
The newSpin newsletter is not an official publication – and will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parishes found in the official newsletters. It is a relatively lengthy eclectic sampling of items related to religion – at times not, at times not so clearly – that the editor things readers might find to be of interest. It has been a kind of hobby of a onetime communication minister, the work of a volunteer who in retirement enjoys and dedicates time to do the research required. I always post the newSpin newsletter on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to Jo Trepagnier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion … [RNS, Cathy Lynn Grossman] The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through American faith, culture and politics — in the Pew Research Center’s newest report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” released Tuesday (May 12). This trend “is big, it’s broad and it’s everywhere,” said Alan Cooperman, Pew’s director of religion research. Christianity still dominates American religious identity (70 percent), but the survey shows dramatic shifts as more people move out the doors of denominations, shedding spiritual connections along the way. Atheists and agnostics have nearly doubled their share of the religious marketplace, and overall indifference to religion of any sort is rising as well. Among the larger Christian bodies, only the historically black Protestant churches have held a steady grip through the years of change …
Where are they going? To religious nowhere. The nones — Americans who are unaffiliated with brand-name religion — are the new major force in American faith. And they are more secular in outlook — and “more comfortable admitting it” than ever before, said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Their growth spans the generations, as well as racial and ethnic groups, said Green, a senior fellow in religion and American politics for the Pew Research Center. Nones, at 22.8 percent of the U.S. (up from 16 just eight years ago) run second only to evangelicals (25.4 percent) and ahead of Catholics (20.8 percent) in religious market share. Read on.
Read analysis also at The Upshot, NYTimes.
• Liberation theology's founder, Dominican priest Gustavo Gutierrez, basks in a belated relationship under Pope Francis … [David Gibson, RNS, May 7] It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. The theological movement that focused on the poor emerged out of the church’s social justice ferment in the 1960s, but it was always viewed by conservatives as an irredeemably Marxist version of the gospel. Worse, they said it was a tool of Soviet communists who were using the Roman Catholic Church to foment revolution in Latin America and beyond, and at the very height of the Cold War. Read on.
• A pastor’s faith in Baltimore … [WaPo, Michael Gerson, Op-Ed, April 30] The Rev. Dr. Frank Reid III, one of the most respected religious figures in Baltimore, locates the Baltimore violence in a broader context. Read on.
• Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’ … [Rachel Held Evans, WaPo, Op-Ed, April 30] Young people dont simply want a better show. And trying to be cool might be making things worse. Read on.
• The Faustian bargain between church and state … [The Atlantic] To receive tax-exempt status from the IRS, religious organizations must abstain from electioneering. Is that constitutional? Read on.
• Don't expect pictures of this 'first' … [Commonweal, Letter from Rome, Robert Mickens] "For the first time ever a woman bishop has been welcomed inside the Apostolic Palace for an official meeting with pope. But don’t expect to find any photos in the Vatican’s official newspaper. L’Osservatore Romano buried within its pages a brief, picture-less article of Pope Francis’ high-level meeting on Monday with Lutheran Archbishop Antje Jackelén of Uppsala, the first woman to head the Church of Sweden. It seems the Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV) and the Vatican’s You Tube channel also tried to prevent any widespread distribution of visual images of the gathering—especially of the pope and Archbishop Jackelén greeting one another." Read on.
• Bishops United Against Gun Viocence plans prayerful procession at General Convention … 61 bishops are planning an outdoor procession on Sunday morning, June 28, during General Convention. News release here. Member of the group here.
• Patrick Malloy leaving General Seminary ... [Episcopal Café] The Reverend Dr. Patrick Malloy, Professor Liturgy at General Theological Seminary, has announced he will be leaving New York to take the position of interim dean at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. Malloy was one of the eight professors dismissed (later reinstated) last fall following a work stoppage protesting the new dean and president, the Reverend Kurt H. Dunkle. Malloy has also been serving as Theologian-in-Residence at St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville, N.J.
[Those who are relatively new to the Diocese of Bethlehem may not know the local angle. Malloy served as priest-in-charge, then rector of Grace Allentown from 2001 to 2011. For the last two years there, he was also a professor at General Seminary.]
Malloy came to General in 2009 as the Professor of Liturgy. Malloy has taught at St. John’s University, Collegeville; the University of Santa Clara, California; and Duquesne University, where he was the director of the ecumenical graduate program in pastoral ministry. During his doctoral work, he was on the staff of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy. He also worked for five years with an affiliate of the New York Times in national leadership development.
Dr. Malloy is a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains, and sits on the Board of the Anglican Theological Review. From 2010-2012, he was chair of the task force charged with gathering liturgical resources for the blessing of same-sex unions for presentation at the 2012 General Convention. Fr. Malloy began as a Roman Catholic and was ordained a deacon in that Church. In 1991, he joined the Episcopal Church and in 2001 was ordained to the presbyterate by Bishop Paul Marshall of Bethlehem, a ThD graduate of General. Read on.
• Grace Cathedral San Francisco picks new dean … [SFGate] The Rev.Malcolm Clemens Young, a UC Berkeley- and Harvard-trained theologian and an authority on the life of author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, has been appointed the next dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Rector at Christ Church in Los Altos for the past 14 years, he will become dean Aug. 1. The selection of Young as the ninth dean of the famed church atop Nob Hill ends a six-month search for a leader to replace Dean Jane Shaw. She is leaving to become dean for religious life at Stanford University. Young, 48, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley and a master’s of divinity and doctorate of theology from Harvard University. Read on.
• Learn about General Convention … [ECF Vital Practices] Resources that may help. Here.
• Episcopal Bishop Leopold Frade will leave behind a legacy of social activism … [Miami Herald] Remember the Mariel Boatlift in 1980? Here.
• Resources … way below.
• Jubilate – Pentecost 2015 (B) … Jubilate is a gift of the Diocese of Bethlehem to the Episcopal and Anglican world through the kindness and talent of Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 30 years. Thank you, Cliff. Download Jubilate Pentecost B 2015
• Turning Toward Home, from the Cathedral pilgrimage to Wales … [Rick Cluett, May 11] As we round the last bend on this Pilgrim Road and turn our sights toward Bethlehem and home, I am literally overcome with gratitude for this pilgrim journey. Growing in me over these last years has been an increasing awareness of God's presence in the dailyness of life and and in the daily lives of God's people. My readings in the spirituality of our early Celtic ancestors had been leading me along this path. But this, this pilgrimage of heart, body, mind and soul in the company of other faithful souls has allowed me to literally stand in the place of ancient Cistercian missionaries who brought our faith to these lands and to stand in the places of the people themselves who throughout all these centuries have known and felt and celebrated God's presence in their waking, working, praying, and resting and kept the faith alive. On this journey, we pilgrims have known God's presence leading us deeper and deeper into our place as children of God and God's place and presence in our daily lives. And to have that affirmed by all these souls over all these centuries has been a pure gift of God, as well as a gift of those we love, live and work with who said to us, Go. Yes, go, and then blessed us on our way. To them, to God, to my fellow pilgrim companions and to the dean who led us, Thank you.
• The centripetal force of life … [kottke.org, Jason Kottke] I don't quite know what I'm doing to myself these days. Last night was an episode of The Americans in which a marriage was ending, another family was trying to keep itself intact, and a young boy struggles to move on after his entire family dies. This morning, I watched an episode of Mad Men in which a mother tries to reconcile her differences with her daughter in the face of impending separation. And then, the absolute cake topper, a story by Matthew Teague that absolutely wrecked me. It's about his cancer-stricken wife and the friend who comes and rescues an entire family, which is perhaps the truest and most direct thing I've ever read about cancer and death and love and friendship. Read on.
• JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society … [Brain Pickings] His eulogy for Robert Frost is one of the greatest speeches of all time. "If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth… In free society art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the spheres of polemic and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul. It may be different elsewhere. But democratic society — in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation. And the nation which disdains the mission of art invites the fate of Robert Frost’s hired man, the fate of having 'nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.' Read or listen here.• Pope Francis says no to boring homilies … [NCR, Thomas Reese SJ] Here.
• Life must be lived forward … [Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855] but can only be understood backwards. [A bit about Kierkegaard here.]
•• Speaking to the Soul … [Episcopal Café] Here.
•• Education for Ministry … [Cathy Bailey] Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program, offered as an education at-a-distance course by the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee, provides Episcopalians and others with the education to carry out that ministry. Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church's faith in a complex and confusing world. As the Church continues to emphasize the importance of lay ministry, many laypersons have come to feel that they need a theological education that supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events. EfM is one way for them to gain that knowledge. EfM offers a four-year course, covering the basic subjects of a theological education: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Choices (a study of theological trends and movements in the Church). Participants register for one year at a time. Students meet locally in seminar groups of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor, who meet weekly for two to three hours during a nine-month academic year. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. In the seminars, members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions which the study materials raise for them through discussion and guided reflection. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials. The current one-year fee per student is $350, which pays for EfM materials and an honorarium for the mentor. EfM grants 18 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for each year of study. There are no examinations or papers. EfM does not grant college credits. For more about EfM visit its website at efm.sewanee.edu. Contact Cathy Bailey, Diocesan EfM Coordinator at email@example.com for more information.
• Spirit Resources ... way below.
• Riots, vines, branches and abiding … [Andrew Reinholz] Sermon preached at St. Margaret's Emmaus, May 3, 2015. Here.
• How Racism doomed Baltimore … [NYTimes editorial board, May 9] The Baltimore riots threw a spotlight on the poverty and isolation of the African-American community where the unrest began last month. The problems were underscored on Friday when the Justice Department, in response to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s request, started an investigation of the Police Department, which has an egregious history of brutality and misconduct. Other cities are plagued by the same difficulties, but they have proved especially intractable in Baltimore. A new study from Harvard offers evidence that Baltimore is perhaps the worst large city in the country when measured by a child’s chances of escaping poverty. … Americans might think of Maryland as a Northern state, but it was distinctly Southern in its attitudes toward race. … The tensions associated with segregation and concentrated poverty place many cities at risk of unrest. But the acute nature of segregation in Baltimore — and the tools that were developed to enforce it over such a long period of time — have left an indelible mark and given that city a singular place in the country’s racial history. Read on.
• Despite DNA, the rapist got away … [Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes, May 9] Her family rushed her to the hospital, where she endured hours of humiliating scrutiny as nurses collected a rape kit: DNA, hairs, fibers, anything that could be found on her body. The police took a statement from Natasha and picked up the rape kit from the hospital. Then they did nothing. For years. Read on.
Where Religion, Culture and Politics Might Intersect
• Have faith groups been too absent in the fight on poverty? … [WaPo, Michelle Boorstein] It’s a core tenet of most religions to help the needy, right? Faith groups in recent decades, however, have been caught up in the same polarization as the rest of the country on issues of class, race and politics, making it difficult for them to lead on reducing poverty. Read on.
• In frank language, Obama addresses poverty's roots … [WaPo, Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein] President Obama said Tuesday the racial segregation that once marked American society has been replaced by “class segregation,” a division that members of both parties need to address urgently.Speakinga panel at Georgetown University, Obama said Americans are “at a moment... where it may be possible not only to refocus attention on the issue of poverty, but also maybe to bridge some of the gaps that have existed and the ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress.”
“The stereotype is that you’ve got folks on the left who just want to pour more money into social programs, and don’t care anything about culture or parenting or family structures,” Obama said, speaking onstage with Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks and the discussion’s moderator, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. “And then you’ve got cold-hearted, free market, capitalist types who are reading Ayn Rand and think everybody are moochers. And I think the truth is more complicated.”
• Vatican decision to recognize Palestine upsets Israeli government, Jewish advocacy groups … [RNS] Here. Also, NYTimes Editorial Board.
• Stewardship Reflections … [Diocesan Stewardship Commission] Current through mid-summer. Here.
• Resources ... way below
In the Media
• I've Been Haunted by Screens … [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call, May 2] I've been haunted –fascinated – by screens: movie screens, television screens, computer screens. For a long time, as the following example suggests. "Long ago, rain fell on mud and became rock … half a billion years ago … but even before that … beneath the rocks … are the words of God. Listen." Those who have seen the beautiful 1992 film directed by Robert Redford, A River Runs Through It, based on Norman Maclean's book, may remember this opening scene where Maclean's father, a Presbyterian minister and seasoned fly fisherman, bends down to the height of his two young sons with a river stone between his fingers. In the closing scene, a narrator speaks over striking images of nature: "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs." Read on here or here.
Rest in Peace
•• Memorial Service for Dolores Caskey … [Laura Howell] will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Trinity Church, Bethlehem. Calling hour at 1:00.
• Brother Andrew Colquhoun, 77 … We are sad to announce that Br. James Andrew Colquhoun died on May 6 in Kingston, New York. Br. Robert Sevensky, superior of the Order of the Holy Cross, writes, "Andrew was 77 years old. He entered the Order of the Holy Cross in 1989 and made his life profession in 1994. A priest of the Church, Andrew was ordained in 1984 after serving as a minister for many years in the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition and as a hospital chaplain and CPE supervisor. He was canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. As a member of the Order, Andrew served in many capacities, including as Prior of Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. Perhaps the crown of his vocation was the twelve years he spent in South Africa. Andrew went there in 1998 as one of the three founding brothers of the Order's monastery and school in Grahamstown and served faithfully and tirelessly." May Br. Andrew rest in peace and rise in glory. More here.
• Robert E. Jones … [The Morning Call] Onetime senior warden at the Church of the Mediator, Allentown. Obituary.
• B.B. King, 89 … [NYTimes] B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday, May 14, at his home in Las Vegas. He married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love. Read on. Associated Press obituary here.
•• The state of storytelling in the internet age
… [ReadThisThing] Great stories are reaching more people than ever, and the web is giving the world a better platform to tell stories than ever. But news divisions are still shrinking, great publications are still failing, and journalists are telling our youth to avoid the profession. Read on.
• How a pioneer of branding invented Christian fundamentalism … [Religion Dispatches] Christian fundamentalism was invented in an advertising campaign, according to a new book by historian Timothy Gloege. The all-American brand of “old-time religion” was developed by an early captain of consumer capitalism—who wanted to sell pure Christianity like he sold breakfast. In his fascinating narrative of the origins of modern evangelicalism, Gloege traces its close relationship to modern marketing back to the founder of Quaker Oats, Henry Parsons Crowell. Read on.
• Pope's family story fuel his passion for immigrants and the poor … [Crux] Since his election, Francis has made solidarity with the poor and the defense of immigrants his towering priorities. While any pope would embrace those positions, since they loom large in Catholic social teaching, Francis seems to feel a special biographical tug. He rarely misses an opportunity to press the case. Read on.
•• Jubilee Diocese [Diocesan Life, January 1995] The National Jubilee Committee awarded the Diocese of Bethlehem the unique designation of "Jubilee Diocese." Bethlehem became the first diocese to receive this unique designation to recognize efforts on the part of the diocesan community to encourage and support local congregations in their ministry to serve poor and marginalized people. A grant of $25,000 accompanied the designation. "We are forming a partnership with this diocese," said Ntsiki Kabane-Langford, Jubilee Officer of the Episcopal Church. "We are hopeful that this partnership will provide a dynamic model for the whole church."
• "So many people [Diocesan Life, January 1995] want to wrap everything up before they die," wrote Marius Bressoud in the first of five monthly columns on Spirituality and Aging.
• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC) ... Here.
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not
• Resources … way below.
Evangelical Lutheran Church
NEPA Synod website ... Here.
ELCA website ... Here.
ELCA News Service ... Here.
ELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."
Spirit Spinning ... for those who hunger and thirst for a deeper connection with God ... Here.
Moravian Church in North America website.
Moravian Church Northern Province website.
Moravian Theological Seminary website.
United Methodist Church
• United Methodist Church raises millions in small donations to fight malaria … [HuffPost]The United Methodist Church gave $9.6 million on Wednesday to the Global Fund, a health-focused nonprofit based in Geneva, to help the group fight malaria. It was the single largest contribution to the fund by a faith organization, and was made possible largely through grassroots efforts by congregants.Local fundraising efforts, ranging from lemonade stands to car washes to 5K runs, provided the bulk of the sum, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton told The Huffington Post, with the average contribution amounting to just $ 87.31. Read on.
• Church can happen anywhere … [United Methodist Communications] On May 11, Rethink Church will launch a new campaign called “Church Can Happen Anywhere.” We will run :30 and :15 advertising spots, so look for this message about church happening anywhere; it starts May 11 in select television areas and nationally in digital spaces. Read on.
News Service Here.
Communication Resources ... Start here.
Eastern PA Conference website Here.
Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
Presbyterian Church USA
Website ... Here.
News & Announcements ... Here.
Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here.
Catholic News Service ... Here.
• Junipero Serra to be canonized, despite controversy … [AP] The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint — four months after Pope Francis announced he would canonize the controversial 18th-century missionary during his upcoming visit to the United States. Serra is hailed by the Catholic Church as a great evangelizer who established 21 missions across California. Many Native Americans, though, accuse him of forced conversions, enslaving converts and helping wipe out indigenous populations as part of the European colonization machine in the Americas. Read on. Also, Questionable Choice, by John Quinn at The Tablet. He quotes the San Francisco Chronicle: "The missions were little more than concentration camps where California's Indians were beaten, whipped, maimed, burned, tortured and virtually exterminated by the friars.” The paper's claims might prove difficult to reconcile with Pope Francis’ comments about Serra’s “holiness” and “saintly example”.
Vatican website ... Here.
Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.
The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium] ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.
Health and Wellness
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•• If you are interested in listening to podcasts … [Bill] The following podcasts may be found with the Stitcher app. I enjoy all of them. Not in any particular order. 1. TED Radio Hour; 2. Slate's Political Gabfest; 3. The Moth Podcast; 4.This American Life; 5. Radiolab from WNYC; 6. Hourly News Summary from NPR; 7. APM: A Prairie Home Companion; 8. Fresh Air; 9. Science Friday; 10. PBS News Hour; 11. The Pulse, WHYY; 12. OnBeing with Krista Tippett; 13. 60 Minutes, CBS; 14. The Ethicists; 15. Popping Collars. More to come. If you have a favorite podcast, please tell Bill, who will tell the world.
• Netflix orders Green Eggs and Ham… [Kottke] Netflix is making a 13-episode animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. The show will premiere in 2018.
• No ghost in the machine: Anti-humanism of 'Ex Machina' makes it the post-Christian film of the year … [RNS, Jay Michaelson] Alex Garland’s artificial-intelligence thriller “Ex Machina” has already been called, by just about everyone, the “sleeper hit of the summer.” And it’s easy to see why: The film is taut, stylish, sexy and decked out with seriously creepy and understated computer-generated images. It’s also perhaps the best metaphysical musing on transhumanism that Hollywood has ever produced, and a radically anti-religious film. In a good way. Read on.
• The most common reasons your computer is slowing down … [Techlicious] and the simple measures you can take to get its groove back. Here.
• Money is going out of style in Denmark … [Ozy] Copenhagen is banking on plastic. It has proposed that some retailers, gas stations and restaurants no longer be forced to accept cash, relying instead on credit card or mobile payments. Currency is already less popular with Danes than more modern methods, and the measure — despite fears that the elderly or digitally deprived will suffer — isn’t expected to meet serious opposition in parliament. It’s likely to be approved and take effect next January, before possibly being extended to other businesses. Quartz
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• TREC [TaskForce for Reimagining the Episcopal Church] … website.
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• 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.
• Evangelism ... at Diobeth.org, Projects and Activities, Resources.
• Stewardship ... at Diobeth.org, Reflections, Financial Campaigns, Small group studies, Stewardship education, Resources.
• 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.
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Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998-)
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Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]