From the Lectionaries, by Archdeacon Stringfellow
Share Save Spend Workshop, June 12 in Whitehall

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ERD responds to flood victims in Tennessee ... here.

Your office chair is killing you ... Read it here, at Bloomberg Business Week. Makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, and makes me want to get out of this chair. [H/T to Jim Lewellis] This occasioned some good discussion and follow up on Bakery, but you had to be a member to read or take part in it. See the note near the bottom on joining Bakery.

Scapegoats, Bond Traders and Big Petroleum Companies ... An In the Lectionaries reflection by Archdeacon Stringfellow. Read it here.

Calendar of Events ... Updated May 3. Download it here. All known events around the diocese. Email Kat Lehman with event details if you would like an event added to the calendar. Kat updates this one on the newSpin blog monthly, and sends out a weekly update, usually Monday or Tuesday, on Facebook.

Don't 'Dive In' ... [From Canon Anne Kitch] Due to a number of conflicts for participants that came to light this week, we are canceling the Dive In! Seminar scheduled for Saturday, May 8. Hillary and I are hopeful we can offer this seminar at a future date.

Forward Life Planning Workshop ... May 22, St. Luke's Scranton, with Charles Cesaretti, Diana Marshall and Charlie Barebo. More info here.

In-Formation in the Diocese of Bethlehem ... Read the May issue of Canon Anne Kitch's faith formation newsletter here.

Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Thomas E. Rivers Jr., 22; Keith A. Coe, 30; Grant A. Wichmann, 27; Nathan P. Kennedy, 24; Salvatore S. Corma, 24;  Anthony O. Magee, 29... 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. More here.

Healing Poverty in the USA ... [Episcopal News Service – Newark, New Jersey] "Healing the worst of the poverty in this nation is intrinsically connected to restoring human beings to right relationship with the rest of creation," said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in a keynote address that touched on most every factor – shelter, food, environment, health care, employment and economics – that plays a role in domestic poverty. Read the ENS story here. Download a pdf of the Presiding Bishop's address here . Read about and view a Jubilee documentary here.

Volunteer opportunities and prayer for the Gulf Coast ... Info here and here.

Abuse Crisis in RC Church is actually a Hierarchy Crisis ... [A National Catholic Reporter editorial] The sex abuse crisis is not fundamentally about sex. The phrase is a convenient tag that has been applied to a deeper, ongoing problem that, at its core, has to do with power and authority and how it is used in the church. The sex abuse crisis is actually a hierarchy crisis, it is a crisis of a culture that can no longer maintain its superiority by dint of office or by claim of some ontological difference from the rest of humankind. The overwhelming evidence shows that from parish priest to pope, those charged with protecting the community, on hearing that children were being sexually abused, acted first to protect the institutional church. A central, sad truth runs through the story that has been unraveling for the past 25 years: When the community most needed its leaders to act as pastors they chose instead to act as princes, ignoring the problem all around them while employing every means available to spare the realm. ... We want our pastors back. We've had quite enough enough of princes. Read it all here.

Twelve things the RC bishops have learned from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Read the article in America Magazine by Bishop Blase Cupich, chairman of the Committee for Child and Youth Protection for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

New Alarm Bells on Chemicals and Cancer ... [NYTimes op-ed, May 5, by Nichloas Kristof .. A column isn't an ideal forum for debating the safety of chemicals. But when regulators drop the ball, journalists can try to shine a spotlight.] The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies. The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may have far-reaching consequences for our health. I’ve read an advance copy of the report, and it’s an extraordinary document. It calls on America to rethink the way we confront cancer, including much more rigorous regulation of chemicals. ... The report blames weak laws, lax enforcement and fragmented authority, as well as the existing regulatory presumption that chemicals are safe unless strong evidence emerges to the contrary. “Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety,” the report says. It adds: “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.” Read more here and here.

Forget Right or Wrong: Why the National Day of Prayer is Obsolete ... [By Elizabeth Drescher] If the traditional practice of prayer in the context of traditional institutional religions is increasingly meaningless for a significant and growing proportion of American believers and seekers, one wonders what the spiritual or civic value is of attempting to encourage the practice through governmental fiat. Read it all here.

MusicRiteAway ... Adding to an impressive and growing portfolio of digital and web-based products, Church Publishing Incorporated has launched a new online 24/7 church music store, called MusicRiteAway.  Located at, the new website represents not only a convenient new source of usable material for church musicians, it also offers them a new starting place for publication of original new works.

Los Suns ... The owner of the Phoenix Suns (National Basketball Association) condemns Arizona's immigration law, and expressed solidarity last night with the Hispanic community. With unanimous support from his players, Robert Sarver decided that the Suns would wear "Los Suns" jerseys for Game 2 on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. More here.

Language learning secrets revealed ... Ads with this subject line from Pimsleur Language System have been appearing uninvited in my inbox. The hook says, "Learn any language in ten days. Just sit back and listen. Only $9.95 with free shipping. Get started today." Once again, if that sounds too good to be true, it may be. Before you "get started" you might Google "Pimsleur Language."

Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley ... Open House for Clergy, Friday, May 7, 1-4 p.m., NCC Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem. Refreshments will be provided. Margie Segaline, president, 484-851-8000.

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Educating the Laity ... Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies, has written an essay on theological education for the laity for Seabury Western Seminary. [H/T to Jim Naughton]

When Is a Cross a Cross? [NYTimes commentary by Stanley Fish] A recent Supreme Court decision reveals the strange reasoning that "saves" religion by emptying it of its content. Read it here.

National Cathedral audio/video lectures and forums available on demand. Sunday forum archives, back to October 2007, are available here. Expanding lecture archive, including multimedia offerings back to 2001, available here.

Join an Episcopal Church online Bible study ... The Episcopal Church invites online visitors into a Bible study by posting comments and thoughts on each week’s Sunday readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). The complete weekly readings are posted along with study questions and reader comments here. ENS Weekly bulletin inserts for May 9 outline this service and invite all church members and others to join in the online discussion. Inserts available in English and Spanish here.

Christmas-at-Sea ... [From Canon Jane Teter] Summer is upon us and many of us are planning vacations.  Don't forget to take along some yarn and knitting needles or a crochet hook to make an item for mariners on the high seas who cannot be home for Christmas. We will collect these items at our Convention in October. Items may also be dropped off at Diocesan House anytime. Find patterns here. Go to "how you can help." There are  few new patterns for those who like to crochet and for knitters as well. I am going to try the new "Oliver's Cap" for a change of pace. Happy vacation and happy knitting (or crocheting!).

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