Frances Mary Augusta Marshall RIP ... Bishop Paul's mother died late Friday night (July 23) after several months' battle with cancer. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 27, at 2:30 p.m. at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, 308 Petersburg Road, Lititz. The family will visit with friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the church. Find a photo and the obituary here.
A conversation with the PB, July 28 webcast ... [Episcopal News Service] The Anglican Communion, the environment, domestic poverty, immigration and Haiti will be among the topics featured in a July 28 webcast, "A Conversation with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori." Originating from the Episcopal Church Center in New York, the 45-minute webcast will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. EST on the church's homepage. It will also be made available there later for on-demand viewing. More here.
Weekly Bulletin Inserts ... On July 30 each year the Episcopal Church remembers William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), a British statesman and evangelical Anglican who used his position as a Member of Parliament from the Yorkshire area to advocate for the abolition of the slave trade throughout the British Empire. ENS Weekly bulletin inserts for Aug. 1 mark Wilberforce's contributions to ending slavery.
What good can come from Twitter? ... [Tom Ehrich] Imagine a church that accepts transparency, engages people,
speaks candidly and turns a crisis into faith formation. [Using Quill Pens in an Internet Age] A just released National study by BuzzPlant, a leading internet
marketing firm focusing on the faith-based market segment, shows that
churches across America are not taking advantage of the social
networking phenomena that has revolutionized interpersonal
communications in the 21st Century. More here. [H/T to Peter Carey, on Episcopal Cafe]
Tutu to retire from public life ... [Episcopal News Service] Human rights activist and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu announced July 22 that he will retire from public life later in the year. More here.
Theologian Stanley Hauerwas on 'America's god' ... American Protestants do not have to believe in God because they believe in belief. ... More Americans may go to church than their counterparts in Europe, but the churches to which they go do little to challenge the secular presumptions that form their lives or the lives of the churches to which they go. More here.
Gandhi's Seven Deadly Sins ... Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, considered these traits to be the most spiritually perilous to humanity: •Wealth without Work, •Pleasure without Conscience, •Science without Humanity, •Knowledge without Character, •Politics without Principle, •Commerce without Morality, •Worship without Sacrifice. [H/T to Bob House, parish administrator, Grace Allentown] More here. Find a comprehensive website on Gandhi here.
The Web means the end of forgetting ... [Jeffrey Rosen, NYTimes Sunday Magazine] A challenge confronting millions of people around the globe, in big and small ways, is how best to live our lives in a world where the Internet records everything and forgets nothing — where every online photo, status update, Twitter post and blog entry by and about us can be stored forever. With Web sites like LOL Facebook Moments, which collects and shares embarrassing personal revelations from Facebook users, ill-advised photos and online chatter are coming back to haunt people months or years after the fact. ... For a great many people, the permanent memory bank of the Web increasingly means there are no opportunities to escape a scarlet letter in your digital past. Now the worst thing you’ve done is often the first thing everyone knows about you. More here.
PB preaches at St. Paul's London ... [Episcopal News Service – London, England] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori challenged those attending Sung Eucharist at historic St. Paul's Cathedral July 25 to be "ready, willing and able" to speak out and take action against the world's injustices and indignities. More here.
Speak up for RC women religious ... [A National Catholic Reporter Editorial] U.S. women religious, whose leaders meet in Dallas next month, find themselves in a terrible position. On one hand, they can defend their approach to religious life, which they have built through decades of prayer and work together. Or they can work quietly in attempting to navigate the institutional shoals, placating those among the hierarchy who believe that a 19th-century model is the salvation of religious life. ... The social sciences have a term for the situation of women who feel compelled to be compliant with the men who are bent on demeaning and humiliating them: They call it battered wife syndrome. Read more.
Chistmas at Sea ... [From Canon Jane Teter] While you are vacationing and/or relaxing in the air-conditioning, remember to take your knitting/crocheting along. Knit a hat or a vest or crochet a scarf or slippers for the mariners who cannot be home and with families for Christmas. Items may be dropped off at Diocesan House or brought to our Convention in October. Jane: 610-691-5655 x228 and firstname.lastname@example.org. For patterns: Seamen's Church.
Oh my! Not a nun ... Be careful where you financial compassion goes. Mindy LeGrand, the habit-wearing panhandler in Little Italy who said she's an Episcopal holy woman collecting money for an orphanage, is, according to a New York Post story, a convicted rapist collecting money for back taxes for the family "church" and the daughter of a convicted rapist/serial-killer who founded the "church." There is no orphanage. More here.
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Diocesan Convention Resolutions is August 1
Deadline for nominations also August 1 ... More here.
ECW Summer Gathering and Tea ... August 18 at the Cathedral. "Hats optional" More here.
New Hope grants ... [From the Rev. Daniel Gunn] The Social Ministries Committee is now ready to receive and consider requests for disbursements from the New Hope Campaign. The total amount we are able to grant for the 2010-11 calendar year is $100,000. Therefore, we are inviting Letters of Intent from parishes and Episcopal related organizations within the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. The Deadline for Letters of Intent is 30 July 2010. More here.
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