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Bishop Anthony Poggo of Kajo Keji has been making the rounds ... Here's a Times-Leader story of his visit to Wilkes-Barre. His last three public events are Thursday, March 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Christ Church Reading; Friday, March 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., meeting especially (but not entirely) with youth 6th to 12th grades, at Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem; Sunday, March 7, 10:30, Preaching at Church of the Redeemer, Sayre, followed by reception and conversation at noon. Read more here.

A stunning pageant of movement, music and philosophy ... James Peck's stunning production of ''The Other Shore'' last weekend at Muhlenberg College was a unique theatrical work filled with wonder, surprise and at times, almost savage physicality. [Read the rest of the Morning Call review here.] Congratulations, Jim. Peck is the husband of Canon Anne Kitch.

Discover the Beauty of Holiness ... The Episcopal Church of the Mediator invites you to attend a Lenten Choral Evensong beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday March 7. The choir is directed by J. Clinton Miller, SMM. The service will feature music by Healy Willan, Richard Ayleward, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gabriel Faure and Jean Langlais. The church is located at 1620 Turner Street, next to West Park. A reception will follow.

The Redeemer Morristown music channel on You Tube features congregational hymns, choir anthems and organ music. This makes it a useful resource for both rectors and church musicians. Selecting hymns for the season? Want to convince the rector the congregation can sing this or that hymn? Looking for ideas for anthems or organ preludes? More here.

The Teen Brain: It's just not grown up yet ...Parents of teens or clergy with teens in their churches might want to listen to this NPR piece about teens. It may provide consolation when they think their teens have been abducted by aliens (your teen will return one day) and understanding (which can lead parents both to forgive and to have more conversations with their teens about good choices).

What's Happening? ... Diocesan Events.

Regional Discernment Teams ... [From the COM] The Commission on Ministry once again seeks talented and  committed people to volunteer for consideration as members of another diocesan regional discernment team. It is the task of the group to meet no less than six times with an aspirant to assist in this critical step of discerning an aspirant’s call to ministry. We ae looking for people to meet in the general vicinity of the Lehigh Valley. Training will be held soon by teleconference. We would like to get as many prospective members trained as possible so that regional groups will be ready as aspirants come into the process for discernment. If you are or have been part of regional discernment and would like a refresher, you are more than welcome. If you feel you have the gifts and time for this important ministry and/or would like more information, please contact Monica Lewellis, mlewellis@gracemontessori.org, as soon as possible.

Facts about the Diocese of Haiti and the aftermath of the earthquake. Read here. Check the Haiti page of The Episcopal Church for news, updates, resources, videos and important information, as well as the Episcopal Relief and Development website.

National Council of Churches members begin 'long-term engagement' with Haiti ... [Episcopal News Service] The National Council of Churches USA has called representatives of its 36 member communions to a meeting on April 6 to begin planning for "our long-term engagement with the renewal and recovery of the people and nation of Haiti." The NCC also announced that the organization and the Episcopal Church have jointly appointed the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan as coordinator of Haiti recovery work done on behalf of the NCC. Full story.

1999 youth trip to Ireland ... Jessica Stanish of SS. Clement and Peter, Wilkes-Barre has made the following request: "I went on the trip to Ireland in 1999 with the diocese. I was wanting to re-connect with the some of the people we went with and visited with. I was more so looking for the group that we visited with in Ireland. I know the same group was here to visit in the Summer of 1998. I did have all their information but we lost all the papers with their info when we had a fire about 5 years ago. I don't need their addresses but hopefully you will have their names. I'm hoping that I might be able to find them on facebook." Let me know directly, i.e., blewellis@diobeth.org, if you are able to help Jessica, and I'll give her your email address.

On a mission in mass media ... Jesuit priest James Martin is using the web and television to connect the stories of popular culture with "THE" story of God. More here.

A Purposeful Life may stave off Alzheimer's ... Feeling good about yourself can lower your risk more than twofold, study suggests. More here. [H/T to Diana Marshall]

Screen Time may take a toll on kids' relationships ... More hours spent in front of TV, computer linked to less bonding with peers, parents, researchers say. More here. [H/T to Diana Marshall]

Mad Priest loses his job ... The Rev. Jonathan Hagger, better known as Mad Priest, has lost his job. Ruth Gledhill has the sketchy details in Mad Priest's Lonely Farewell. Jonathan spoke about his situation in his sermon yesterday. [H/T to Jim Naughton]

Introduce your child to music ... Here's how your youngster could benefit. [H/T to Diana Marshall]

Physically fit students do better academically too ... More here. [H/T to Diana Marshall]

Priests may preside at civil marriages in DC ... More here.

Catholic Charities in DC ends benefits for spouses ... Story here.

Seeking a bishop ... The Diocese of West Missouri is accepting nominations and applications of individuals who might be called to be the Eighth Bishop of West Missouri. Please have a look here and let them know if "What are we looking for?" seems to describe you or someone you can recommend. Deadline is March 22.

Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Joshua H. Birchfield, 24; Gregory S. Stultz, 22; Adam D. Peak, 25; Christopher W. Eckard, 30; Matthias N. Hanson, 20; Eric L. Ward, 19; JR Salvacion, 27; Marcus R. Alford, 28; Billie J. Grinder, 25; Marcos Gorra, 22; Daniel T. O'Leary, 23; William C. Spencer, 40;  ... for the fallen heroes also of our coalition partners, and for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died, unnamed and unknown to us, and for those who mourn ... and for an end to this endless war.

Youth Service at St. Brigid's Nazareth on March 14 at 10:00 a.m. to benefit Episcopal Relief and Development and the MDGs. All youth are invited to come and participate. If you would like to be a part of this service, please contact Alvia Reifkohl at aariefsyg@aol.com. The music will be provided by the youth and is contemporary.

House of Lords backs civil partnership ceremonies in churches ... [Episcopal News Service] The House of Lords, the upper chamber of the U.K. Parliament, agreed March 2 to amend the Equality Bill so that religious organizations could decide to hold civil partnership ceremonies in places of worship. Full story.

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