Lost horizons on TV and in life ... [By Bishop Paul Marshall] An excerpt: The Lost series was about plane crash survivors who work out their personal issues and relationship problems on a Pacific island. The jungle island has polar bears, lost colonies, archaeological remains, and nuclear weapons. There are flash-forwards, backwards and sideways. And there is time travel. In other words, it is all dreamlike and slightly mind-bending fun. Everything is imaginable, and in six seasons just about everything happens. People are born and people die. They have issues with their parents. They love and hate. They change.
The writers had a lark, but something else was happening in the audience. Some viewers, known as "Losties," were attaching Deep Meaning to the show just as Trekkies did to "Star Trek." I think that is basically good news. Think about the themes of Lost. Characters work out their own issues at the same time that they participate in a community not of their choosing. They can decide to help save the world. Life defeats death. That an audience would be committed to these themes is strong evidence that a yearning for meaning and connectedness still thrives amidst the quirks in our culture.
The twist was obvious before the end of the first season: these characters are dead and are being given a last chance to develop as human beings. It's not a new plot, but here it is wonderfully done. Sort of "groundhog day of the dead." That this twist was "revealed" in the last episode can have shocked only literary innocents. Read it all at Episcopal Life Online ... in the Opinion section. third column. Scroll down just a bit.
Reversal in property case ... The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this morning (June 10) in favor of the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church in the property dispute between the diocese and CANA. Read more here.Good Shepherd Milford child care center is a rising star ... [From Father Bill McGinty] The Good Shepherd Child Care Center in Milford just received news that it has been awarded STAR 3 Status from the Pennsylvania State Star Program. This means so much to the center in terms of grants. Angela Smith and her team, worked for months with parishioners to fill all the State requirements. The Good Shepherd Child Care Center is in its 25th year and cares for poor and single-parent families. As a part of Good Shepherd and St. John's Shared Ministry Outreach Program, the center cares for some 72 children each day. Suzanne Geisler is the center's vestry coordinator. From almost closing in July of 2005, this is a monumental achievement for the center and the vestry's restoration program.
Calendar of Events around the Diocese, updated June 9 ... Download as a word or pdf file the current calendar of events for the whole diocese here. If you would like an event listed, please email Kat Lehman with the date or dates, event name, location, cost, time event starts and any contact information. She will gladly add any events your parish is hosting.
Calendar of Diocesan Events ... Find it here. Please note the difference between this calendar of diocesan events and the calendar of events around the diocese in the item immediately above.
Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Alvaro R. Regalado Sessarego, 37; Jonathan K. Peney, 22; Francisco J. Guardado-Ramirez, 21; Joseph J. Theinert, 24; Michael E. McGahan, 23; Brendan P. Neenan, 21; Brandon C. Bury, 26; Derek Hernandez, 20; Donald M. Marler, 22; John K. Rankel, 23; ... 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.
The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion ... Find a kind of Cliff Notes here.
For Episcopalian Hockey Fans ... All five of us? :-) ... The Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews, is an alum of Shattuck-St Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., an Episcopal school. Also the school that turned out the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and the Devils’ Zach Parise. [H/T to Episcopal Communicator Daniel Webster]
Sing Sing Prison and the rhythm of prayer ... A prayer life is for everyone. Prayers can fit any schedule, any routine. Prayers can be said in private or in community, alone or with family and friends. It doesn't matter where you are -- on the subway, in a taxi, at home, at work, bike riding, walking the dog, in an office. Or in prison. Read more here. [H/T to Neva Rae Fox's Daily Scan]
The PB's response to the ABC's Pentecost letter ... Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a pastoral letter to the Episcopal Church, in which she refers to the Pentecost letter from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. "The recent statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury about the struggles within the Anglican Communion seems to equate Pentecost with a single understanding of gospel realities. Those who received the gift of the Spirit on that day all heard good news. The crowd reported, 'in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power' (Acts 2:11). Read the PB's letter here and a few reactions here and here. [H/T to Episcopal Cafe reporters Peter Carey and Andrew Gerns]
Canterbury's sanctions ... were "unfortunate [because] they misrepresent who the Anglican Communion is," said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at a press conference in Nova Scotia in response to the decision by Lambeth Palace to remove Episcopalians serving on international ecumenical dialogues. "I don't think it helps dialogue to remove some people from the
conversation," she said shortly after addressing the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod 2010. "We have
a variety of opinions on these issues of human sexuality across the
communion ... For the archbishop of Canterbury to say to the Methodists
or the Lutheran [World] Federation that we only have one position is
inaccurate. We have a variety of understandings and no, we don't have
consensus on hot button issues at the moment." Find attention, analysis and advice on these matters here, here and here.
ENS Weekly Bulletin Inserts ... The insert for June 13 telsl the story of refugee Dadiri Nuro, formerly of Somalia, who was assisted by a branch of Episcopal Migration Ministries in building a new life in Boise, Idaho. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori writes in the insert for June 20 that a lesson can be drawn from the still-unfolding oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico –– that all are connected. Inserts may be downloaded here.
Is God irrelevant? ... “There’s no longer evidence for a need of God, even less of Christ. The so-called traditional churches look like they are dying.” [Pope Benedict XVI] ... Theologians, ministers and active congregants may say, correctly, that their religions still offer some responses to these most basic human questions. But theologians and preachers can no longer claim (and anyway are no longer granted) any particular authority for their differing, often warring, prescriptions.
Jesus with a halo in utero?... Just when you thought the religious news could not get any stranger. Read more here. [H/T to Peter Carey, reporting at Episcopal Cafe]
will be offered at Good Shepherd, Scranton on June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Please contact Dan Charney at email@example.com or call 610-837-4613 to
register for this event by June 21. Please give the name of your
parish and the names of those attending.
Brian Pavlac will
be ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 7:00 p.m., at St
Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. A reception will follow.
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