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Canon Jane Teter's twin brother Robert Ballantine died on Tuesday in California. Jane is at home here, and at the moment there are no funeral plans known. Please uphold Jane in your prayers and pray for the repose of Robert's soul. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercies of Christ, rest in peace. [From Bishop Paul] 

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

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.

June Diocesan Life ... Download it here. Details of event highlights on page 8 include Share Save Spend, June 12; the Communication Workshop, June 26; The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss (Bishop's Day with Kids), July 10; and the Junior High Mission Trip, starting August 5.

A Communication Workshop will be held June 26 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, 8:30 to 3:00. Cost is $10.00 and includes lunch. Open to anyone interested in communication as ministry. Topics include: eNewsletters on ChurchPost, print publications, social networking using Facebook and Twitter, blogging, and communication as ministry. Registration is open online here. Download a brochure here.

De-bunking a bogus statistic about marriage ... Do half of all marriages really end in divorce? It's probably the most often quoted statistic about modern love. The divorce stat is coming under scrutiny. Read Are Marriage Statistics Divorced from Reality? in Time Magazine.

Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Jeffery W. Johnson, 21; Kenneth B. May, Jr., 26; Donald J. Lamar II, 23; Joshua D. Desforges, 23;  Denis D. Kisseloff, 45; Nicholas D. Paradarodriguez, 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.

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

Joblessness hits the pulpit ... There have been a number of articles recently on unemployment and long spells of unemployment among clergy. The latest appears in the Wall Street Journal, Read more here.

Offer to Lesbian Scholar Rescinded by Jesuit School ... [By Mary E. Hunt] Marquette may be in the vanguard of Catholic institutions that are growing increasingly parochial, shaping the social sciences and perhaps eventually the physical sciences to Roman kyriarchal ideology rather than to the gold standard in the field. It is a sad loss of what might have become a world class university. Read more here.

Mary Glasspool, the Episcopal Church’s first openly lesbian bishop, speaks about her lifelong call to ministry—and the controversy that inevitably followed her. Read more at Advocate.com.

Nun excommunicated for allowing abortion ... A Catholic nun, who was a member of a Phoenix Catholic hospital's ethics committee, was excommunicated and reassigned last week for her role in allowing an abortion to take place at the hospital. The surgery was considered necessary to save the life of a critically ill patient. Read more.

Christian history as an antidote to Islamophobia ... Any religious tradition, especially when it gets mired in literalism and dogmatism, is capable of horrific violence. History provides plenty of evidence. Read more.

The human search for meaning ... In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning. Watch below, then read comments here.


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