Ascension Day reflection by Archdeacon Stringfellow at Diocesan House
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Ascension Day ... a brief reflection by Archdeacon Stringfellow during Eucharist at Diocesan House. The Bear went over the Mountain? Read it here.

Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Austin H. Gates Benson, 19; Ralph Mena, 27; Mark W. Coleman, 40; Brandon A. Barrett, 27; Eric M. Finniginam, 26; Wade A. Slack, 21; Richard R. Penny, 21; Esau S.A. Gonzales, 30; Joshua M. Davis, 19; Christopher Rangel, 22; Kyle A. Comfort, 27; Kurt S. Shea, 21; Jeremy L. Brown, 20;  ... 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.

Military suicides ... One of the young men in the "Pray for" above, Gates Benson, 19, was from Hellertown. He killed himself while stationed in Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. Last year, military suicides exceeded the numer of those who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Congressional Quarterly report. Air Force officials reported 41 active-duty suicides, while 52 Marines and 48 sailors took their own lives. The Army reported 170. Find today's Morning Call story here. Obituary here.

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

Free Retreat Day for charity knitters/crocheters, May 24, at St Francis Center for Renewal in Bethlehem. More here.

Benedict XVI changes the tone ... On Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI blamed the church's own sins for the clerical abuse scandal — not a campaign mounted by outsiders — and called for profound purification to end what he called the "greatest persecution" the church has endured. His strong comments placed responsibility for the crisis squarely on the sins of pedophile priests, repudiating the Vatican's initial response to the scandal in which it blamed the media as well as pro-choice and pro-gay marriage advocates for mounting what it called a campaign against the church and the pope. Read more here.

The Vatican's not very diplomatic ambassador in Washington ... Annie Groer of Politics Daily has a weird story about the snotty comments that the Vatican's chief diplomat in the United States has made to the sex abuse victim who has kept a longstanding vigil outside of the Vatican embassy. Read more here.

Episcopal News Service Weekly Bulletin Inserts ... ENS Weekly bulletin inserts for May 16 report on the conference "Called to Serve: The Episcopal Church Responds to Domestic Poverty.” In "Rushing winds, tongues of flame," the Episcopal News Service Weekly bulletin insert for May 23, the Rev. Tony Clavier addresses Pentecost. Inserts available in English and Spanish here.

Trinity Wall Street seeks Webcast & Production Coordinator ... Production Coordinator provides detailed production coordination for all webcasting at Trinity Wall Street. This position also requires financial and office administration in supporting the Director of Production & Operations and TV&NM department. Coordination responsibilities include all webcasting arrangements, including the Sunday services, Field Production, Studio Production and all productions at Trinity Wall Street and Saint Paul's Chapel that involve media. This is the first point of contact for Trinity staff and outside clients and works closely with the department's director ensuring operations run efficiently and to the highest production standards. Find the full job description, qualifications, and instructions on how to apply here.

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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.

The curse of choice reaches The Bible market. Do you long for the days when the holy book came in just a few flavors? Don't you wish someone would create a free e-book, The Holy Bible: A Buyer's Guide? They have. [H/T to John B. Chilton, reporting at Episcopal Cafe]

Consumer Education resources for congregations ... [From The Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches] The Federal Trade Commission is reaching out to congregations, offering brochures, booklets, videos and other materials covering a wide array of consumer topics, including avoiding scams. These materials are absolutely free of charge (including shipping) and you can order them by visiting FTC’s bulk order site. Or, you can contact Lisa Lake at 202-326-2345 or llake@ftc.gov if you’d like her to order them for you – again, at no charge. Some of the resources available to churches can be found here.

News and Action Summary from the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. [H/T to Diana Marshall]

The UCC's new video ad ... View it here.

Church of England ... A report on finances has found that a quarter of all 44 dioceses are running deficits and plundering reserves to pay stipends and pensions. A similar proportion has liquid reserves to last them one month or less. High staffing levels of clergy and laity are highlighted. 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.

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.

A growing number of conservative evangelicals are separating from the political right wing on the issue of immigration reform according to a report from CNN. Read more here.

Prayers of the People ... Canon Cliff Carr sends Kat Lehman an alternative Prayers of the People each week tailored to what's going on and for the specific liturgical week. You are welcome to subscribe on our web site. Go to the Get Connected box on the right hand column. Put your information in and then subscribe to the Prayers of the People when it asks you what you want to get (everything listed there is open to the public so there might be something else of interest to you as well).

J2A Mentor Training ... Ann Mickus, the Missioner for Children and Youth Formation at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, will be hosting a one day training for J2A mentors on Saturday, May 22nd at Nativity. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ann directly at amickus@nativitycathedral.org  or 610-865-0727. [H/T to Canon Anne Kitch]

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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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