Jubilate Pentecost to Last Sunday after Pentecost (May 23 to November 21)
June Diocesan Life

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Jubilate ... Hymnody for Pentecost to last Sunday after Pentecost (May 23 to Nov. 21), published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for our diocesan community and for free distribution to the world, may be downloaded here as an Acrobat or MSWord file. Jubilate is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 30 years. Download Jubilate at the newSpin blog.

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.

Diocesan Events ... May 22 to Nov. 12. For corrections or additions: Kat Lehman.

Bruce, Glasspool consecrated bishops in LA diocese ... [Episcopal News Service]  Two historic ministries were welcomed in a huge and joyous celebration May 15 as thousands witnessed Diane Jardine Bruce and Mary Douglas Glasspool being consecrated bishops suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. During the three-hour service at the Long Beach Arena, themed 'Rejoice!' Bruce and Glasspool were ordained and consecrated the 16th and 17th women bishops in the Episcopal Church. Bruce is the first woman to be elected a bishop in the Los Angeles diocese. Glasspool, elected Dec. 5, a day after Bruce, is the diocese's first—and the Episcopal Church's second—gay, partnered bishop. Read more here and here.

An easier way to evangelize? ... Warm contact evangelism. Useful tips from downunder. [H/T to Bishop Paul]

Quirky immigration law poses danger to many ... NYTimes story here. [H/T to Bishop Paul]

Sliced bread and other marketing delights ... Ideas that spread win. The video below may suggest a few ideas for marketing your church, a kind of pre-evangelism.

Doctor Who ... Who?

The bright, dying star: the American WASP ... In the long downward spiral of what used to be known as America's Protestant Establishment, there have been several momentous milestones: Harvard's opening up its admissions policies after World War II. Corporate America's rush in the 1980s to bring more diversity to the corner office. Barack Obama's inauguration as the first African-American president. History may reveal another milestone—Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. If she is confirmed, the nation's nine most powerful judges will all be Catholic or Jewish, leaving the court without a Protestant member for the first time. Of the 111 Supreme Court Justices who have served, 35 have been Episcopalians, making them the largest religious group on the court, according to court historians. The court's first non-Protestant was Catholic Justice Roger Taney, appointed by President Andrew Jackson in 1836 Read more here.

Benedict's defense may mean tainting John Paul II ... Under ordinary circumstances, Pope Benedict XVI’s mastery of German literature might not seem an obvious way of preparing for the papacy. At the moment, however, it feels spot-on, because Benedict and his admirers face a choice straight out of Goethe’s Faust: In order to salvage Benedict’s reputation on the sexual abuse crisis, they’re almost compelled to tarnish that of Pope John Paul II. Read more here.

Zagat for churches ... [Chicago Tribune] ChurchRater.com invites parishioners or visitors to post reviews of churches. Read story here. As of today, only St. Andrew's Allentown appears on the site. Find it here.

Episcopal News Service Weekly Bulletin Inserts ... 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.

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 by email or 610-865-0727.

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Al Leigh

Why no data on the Sudan elections?
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