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todaySpin - Feb. 24, 2009

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(1) The rumor you read here on Saturday (hat tip to Episcopal Cafe) about the ABC coming to General Convention this summer has been confirmed. Read the ENS story here.

(2) What's in the major newspapers? Summary here.

(1) Trip Trepagnier and Daniel Gunn are in Kajo Keji. Read more and see two photos here. Rick Cluett has been appointed to General Convention's Committee on World Mission; "certainly," he says, in recognition of the relationship of the Diocese of Bethlehem with Kajo Keji."

(2) Update on the neighborhood fire near Grace Allentown.

(3) The Economist reviewed an interesting new book about the history of the veneration of the Virgin Mary by historian Miri Rubin. More at Episcopal Cafe, thanks to Chuck Blanchard.

(4) Organizations thrive when conflict is not too hot and not too cold but just right. Read Andy Gerns' report about the optimal level of conflict at Episcopal Cafe.

Pray for our young men and women who have died this week in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of those, this, week, was from Quakertown, Pa. More in today's Morning Call.

(1) Watch Brian McLaren's keynote address at the 2009 Convention of the Diocese of Washington.

(2) Faith unites Mormon filmmaker and lesbian priest.

(3) Parker Palmer was the guest, Feb. 20, on Bill Moyers Journal (PBS). Watch the video, read the transcript here.

(4) If Christians want to compete in the world of ideas, they have to make great movies. See Christian Filmmakers Making an Industry of Faith.

(1) Reflections on Lent by Bishop Paul, from 2005, 2006 and 2007. Download them here.

(2) Search me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless thoughts.
Look well whether there be any wickedness in me, and lead me in the way that is everlasting. (Psalm 139)

(1) Diocesan Training Day is Saturday, March 28, at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. Register online here.where you will also find more info, brief descriptions of the workshops and a map. Find detailed descriptions of workshops here.

(2) Sowing Seeds: Planting & Tending Your Christian Formation and Christian Education Ministries ... March 14 (9-4 pm) at St. Thomas in Whitemarsh. More info here.

(3) Ian Douglas to lecture in Bethlehem, March 26. Deadline to register is March 16. Find info here.

(4) In-Formation, AWE, J2A and Faith Formation News. Get connected.

[Would you believe?] No gay and lesbian people in Nigeria; therefore, no reason to protect their rights. Read it here.

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