Forward Life Planning Workshop ... May 22, St. Luke's Scranton, with Charles Cesaretti, Diana Marshall and Charlie Barebo. More info here.
Share Save Spend Workshop, June 12 in Whitehall ... [From Dan Charney, Diocesan Stewardship Missioner]The Diocesan Stewardship Commission is pleased to offer you the opportunity to hear and learn from a leader in the field. On June 12 at St. Stephen's in Whitehall, Nathan Dungan, President of Share Save Spend will offer some of his 20 years experience helping youth and adults link their money decisions to their values. Read more here.
News and Action Summary from the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. [H/T to Diana Marshall]
Child Care subsidies available for eligible families ... Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Child Care Information Service agencies were able to provide the Child Care Works subsidy to every family on the waiting list. With the help of the federal stimulus ARRA funds, the Child Care Works waiting list was cleared for the first time since 2003. Now is the time to encourage eligible families who may have been deterred by the long waiting lists last year to sign up for Child Care Works assistance as we expect immediate service or short waiting time. Families can apply online here, or visit their local CCIS agency. A listing of CCIS agencies is available on the DPW website. [H/T to Sandy Strauss, director of public advocacy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches]
National Cathedral audio/video lectures and forums are available on demand. Sunday forum archives, back to October 2007, are available here. In a recent adult forum, Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III and author Greg Garrett examine expressions of Christianity in popular culture, from movies to the music of U2, how is Christian faith being articulated through popular culture, what messages are getting across? Listen, watch or download here. Expanding lecture archive, including multimedia offerings back to 2001, available here.
Twenty Episcopalians who shaped the 20th century ... The Anglican Examiner has begun posting The New York Anglicans: 20 Who Shaped the 20th Century, a project funded in part by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Women's History Project. [H/T to Andrew Gerns, reporting at Episcopal Cafe]. Editor Donn Mitchell began worshiping in the Episcopal Church in the 1960s at St. Barnabas Mission in Kutztown in the fall of his freshman year at Kutztown State College. During this time, he served on the editorial board of the Bethlehem Churchman, the newspaper of the Diocese of Bethlehem and produced a nightly newscast for the college radio station. More about Donn here.
News from the world ... Watch essayist, farmer, poet, and conservationist Wendell Berry, whose
work often reflects religious and moral ideals and who spoke on May 4 at the Arlington Public Library in Virginia. Here (4'39") he responds to a
question about cheap oil and how it allows us to live. He says the issue
is one of ignoring limits, and he calls the recent Gulf of Mexico oil
spill “news from the world” in noisy response to the way we have gone
after oil and mineral resources.
St. Monica, holy nagging, and the ongoing complexity of motherhood ... [By Pamela Dolan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch] I do believe that motherhood is a calling, and that it can be one of the greatest schools of holiness known to humankind. For some of us, the level of nurturing and patience and humility that is required to be even a “good enough” mother calls us out of ourselves; the experience of mothering becomes a kind of refining fire for our spirits, burning away the inconsequential and the merely convenient and forcing us to focus on the essentials–things like the importance of touch, the delicate balance between toughness and gentleness, or the daily need for forgiveness and gratitude. And I believe too that some of the people best equipped to pass faith along to the uninitiated are mothers and grandmothers and godmothers. Our calendar of saints offers a delightful example of this. Read more here.
Celebrate: Save a Mother ... NYTimes op-ed, May 8, by Nicholas Kristof. Read it here.
My Mother, Her Secrets ... [NYTimes op-ed, May 8, by Jasmin Darznik] It’s difficult to imagine our mothers as women with stories and selves that exist separately from ours. So firmly do we hold onto the mothers of our memories that even as adults faced with some irrefutable proof of their lives before and apart from us, we still insist on our own versions of their lives. Read it all here.
The Moral Life of Babies ... [By Paul Bloom, NYTimes Sunday Magazine[ Not long ago, a team of researchers watched a 1-year-old boy take justice into his own hands. The boy had just seen a puppet show in which one puppet played with a ball while interacting with two other puppets. The center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet on the right, who would pass it back. And the center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet on the left . . . who would run away with it. Then the two puppets on the ends were brought down from the stage and set before the toddler. Each was placed next to a pile of treats. At this point, the toddler was asked to take a treat away from one puppet. Like most children in this situation, the boy took it from the pile of the “naughty” one. But this punishment wasn’t enough — he then leaned over and smacked the puppet in the head. Read more 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.
In-Formation in the Diocese of Bethlehem
... Read the May issue of Canon Anne Kitch's faith formation newsletter
Should we be growing? ... [By Alice Mann, from the Alban Institute] We believe in a God to whom "all hearts are open, all desires known." Sometimes we have a lot of work to do--uncovering the desires of our own hearts--before we can hear clearly what God may desire for us. An incarnational spirituality requires that we engage in prayerful dialogue with our own longings. As you ponder your congregation's call regarding size and numerical growth, you may find it helpful to map out the yearnings that are imbedded in this choice. Read more here. [H/T to Anne Kitch]
Rearrange Your Head: An Interview with American Muslim Convert and Memoirist G. Willow Wilson [By Haroon Moghul, May 9, in Religion Dispatches]
Pray to Your God For Us: Christians on Jacksonville City Council Stir Anti-Muslim Sentiments. [ByJulie Ingersoll, May 7, in Religion Dispatches] After Jacksonville, Florida Mayor John Peyton nominated a Muslim professor, Parvez Ahmed, to the city's Human Rights Commission, some Christian members of the City Council showed the ugly face of anti-Muslim bias.
Looking for news and releases from The Episcopal Church? Check News & Notices 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!).
The plural form of e-mail is e-mails, even
though there's no corresponding plural of mail as mails.
This mismatch has rankled seekers of grammatical consistency over the
years, but it has nonetheless settled into standard usage. More here.
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Bakery ... The best place by far to post news or information about your parish is on the interactive list of the Diocese of Bethlehem (the House of Bread) called the Bakery. In order to post there, however, you have to be joined to the list. Join at the "Get Connected" page at the DioBeth website. Bakery includes some 200 addresses. If you post something about your parish on Bakery, however, I will most likely include it also on the twice-weekly newSpin newsletter which goes to some 1,000 addresses. And Kat may pick it up for use in Diocesan Life.
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About the newSpin newsletter ... Written at least weekly (usually twice a week) by Bill Lewellis, the newSpin newsletter appears as a post within the newSpin blog, but newsletter and blog are not identical. The newsletter currently goes to some 1,000 email addresses on a separate list. The views expressed, seemingly implied, or inferred in items or links contained in the newsletter or the blog do not represent the official view of the Diocese of Bethlehem unless expressed by or forwarded from the Bishop or the Archdeacon as an official communication. Comments may be addressed to Bill.