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The newSpin newsletter, June 13, 2011
By Bill Lewellis
Published Monday and occasionally on Thursday

The newSpin newsletter has been a Monday and Thursday publication. With this issue, it will become a Monday and occasionally on Thursday publication. We'll see how it goes. Thanks. –Bill

TopSpin
• ABC slams British austerity budget ... [RNS] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has touched off a fury by accusing the British government of causing widespread "anxiety and anger" with its new austerity budget. The leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans crossed swords with the government of Prime Minister David Cameron over his "radical, long-term policies for which no one voted." Williams' remarks, to be published in an upcoming edition of the New Statesman magazine, has been described in British newspapers as the most serious intervention in politics in more than two decades. More here.
• Not the God who brought you out of Egypt ... [Episcoal Cafe, Ann Fontaine]
Fred Clark, writing at The Slactivist, finds it "beyond ironic to obscene" that the state who spent the most time trying to have the 10 Commandments in the state courthouse has just passed the most oppressive laws against caring for the stranger in their midst.
• The KJV: History and Politics ... Trinity Wall Street has been offering a study of the King James Version of the Bible. They have made two of the presentations from the classes available on the internet.

DioBethSpin 
• St. Peter's Tunkhannock will dedicate new church building on Sunday, June 19. More here.
• Celebration of New Ministry
... St. Brigid's Nazareth (310 Madison Avenue) with their first rector, the Rev. William L. Martin. Sunday, June 26, at 5:00 p.m.

• Diocesan Life, June ... Read or download it here.
• In-Formation in Bethlehem ... Read Canon Kitch's newsletter here.
• Kajo Keji Newsletter ... April to June 2011. Download a pdf file here.
• Episcopal News Weekly bulletin inserts ... Download inserts here.

• DioBeth Website and newSpin Blog
• Public news and info lists ... At the Diobeth website, enter your name and email in the "Get Connected" box on the right hand side. You are welcome to subscribe to any or all of these. "Bakery" is our diocesan interactive list.

TaleSpin 
• We tell stories ... [James Carroll] "We tell stories because we can't help it. We tell stories because we love to entertain and hope to edify. We tell stories because they save us."
• Who's ready for kindergarten? ... [NYTimes, Room for Debate] Should the U.S. rethink what the first year of school should provide? Here.
• Leave those kids alone ... [The Atlantic] Childhood is more than merely a springboard to adulthood. Here. [h/t Anne Kitch]

• How to Spot the Creative Ones in Your Office ... [The Atlantic] We're surrounded by clever thinkers, but we usually don't realize they're around. Here.

TailSpin
• America's Unemployed Youth and Permanently Working Seniors ... [Ronald Brownstein, National Journal] "For every member of the millennial generation frustrated that she can't start a career, there may be a baby boomer frustrated that he can't end one." Younger Americans have historically made up more of the workforce than their older counterparts, but the limited job market alongside "the financial meltdown [that] vaporized the value of homes and 401(k) plans" has sharply reversed that trend. "In some ways, the change reflects positive trends. Compared with the first decades after World War II, fewer young people are working partly because more of them are in school. And more seniors are working partly because rising education levels have allowed more of them to find satisfying careers they prefer to continue." Still, the majority of those still working over 55 don't really have a choice, as retirement funds are insufficient. "In the same way, the rapid recent decline in employment among young people hasn't been offset by a comensurate rise in college attendance." Brownstein points out that this share of young Americans neither working nor studying is poised to become the feared "lost generation." He insists that "the class of 1967, which is growing reflexively hostile to government spending, needs to realize the interests it shares with the class of 2011: Unless today's young people ascend into well-paying jobs, it won't be possible to finance Social Security and Medicare for tomorrow's seniors." More here. [h/t The Atlantic Wire].
• For the executive with everything, a $230,000 dog to protect it ... [NYTimes] "Good with kids, good with horses, good with cats. A perfect lady in the home." Harriswon Prather, on a German shepherd he trained that sold for $230,000 as an executive protection dog. More here.
Narcissism, Weiner, and the Internet  ... [NYTimes, Ross Douthat] "Particular vices can be encouraged by particular innovations, and thrive in the new worlds that they create," writes New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, who argues "Anthony Weiner's virtual adultery" has illustrated that "the Internet era's defining vice...[is] a desperate, adolescent narcissism." Douthat observes that, while seeking sex outside his marriage is not particularly new, "what's more striking is the form his dalliances took--not a private surrender to lust or ardor, but a pathetic quest for quasipublic validation." He points out that Weiner's correspondence with his online "partners" reveal that he is hardly interested in them at all--they "existed less to titillate him than to hold up mirrors to his own vanity." Douthat argues that "Facebook and Twitter did not forge the culture of narcissism. But they serve as a hall of mirrors in which it flourishes as never before ... And as Anthony Weiner just found out, it's very easy to get lost in there." [h/t The Atlantic Wire]
Are acts of God covered? ... An Arkansas city bus line wants Atheists in Arkansas to pay $36,000 to insure against angry Christians attacking the buses, according to RNS Religion News Roundup. The writer wonders if the insurance covers acts of God. :-)
• Philosophy as an art of dying ... [NYTimes, Opinionator] What does it mean to die for an idea? Here.

ReelSpin
• The Tree of Life ... [America Magazine, James Martin] I knew that “The Tree of Life” tackled what are sometimes ominously called “Big Questions” about religion. But I was unprepared for the power of the film, which is like living inside a prayer. Essentially, the film works on (at least) two levels: as a story and as a meditation. Read it all here.
• Documentary exposes America's big dirty secret ... [Sr. Rose Pacatte, NCR] Coal is dirty; it's expensive, and modern coal mining devastates the environment and the communities that surround it. Coal mining is dangerous, expensive to the consumer, and disproportionately profitable to the multinational corporations that own the coal mines or licenses to mine. But the greatest harm created by Big Coal is its blow to democracy. This is America's dirty secret. More here.
• Remembering when Dad came out
... [TED] It's a master class in collaboration as violinist Robert Gupta and cellist Joshua Roman perform Halvorsen's "Passacaglia" for violin and viola. Roman takes the viola part on his Stradivarius cello. It's powerful to watch the two musicians connect moment to moment (and recover from a mid-performance hiccup). The two are both TED Fellows, and their deep connection powers this sparkling duet. Here.

Calendar     
• Diocese of Bethlehem
... Updated monthly, June 2. Download here. Find weekly updates on the DioBeth Facebook page. Also here.

• Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Lectionary ... Here and Here.

Follow
• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Twitter
... http://twitter.com/#!/Diobeth

• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Facebook ... https://www.facebook.com/DioceseOfBethlehem
• Kat Lehman on Twitter ... http://twitter.com/#!/KatLehman
• Episcopal News Service on Twitter ...  http://twitter.com/#!/episcopal_news

Go 
• July 9, to Called to be Heroes ... Bishop's Day for Kids, grades 1-5, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton. Children in grades 1-5 are invited to spend the day with Bishop Paul, 9:30 to 2:30, and meet some no-so-well-known heroes in the Bible. Discover your own super powers, and enjoy being together. Storytelling, games, Eucharist and more. Also here.

Pray 
• The Daily Office ... with the Mission St. Clare.
• With The Book of Common Prayer ... Here.
• For our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families.
Here.
Check the newSpin blog for an update.

Health
• Child Safety ... [MedlinePlus] When lawn mowers attack. Here. [h/t Diana S. Marshall]

Episcopal/Anglican  
• ABC slams British austerity budget
... [RNS] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has touched off a fury by accusing the British government of causing widespread "anxiety and anger" with its new austerity budget. The leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans crossed swords with the government of Prime Minister David Cameron over his "radical, long-term policies for which no one voted." Williams' remarks, to be published in an upcoming edition of the New Statesman magazine, has been described in British newspapers as the most serious intervention in politics in more than two decades. More here.

• Episcopal Church Website and News Service. Follow the Episcopal News Service on Twitter.
• Anglican Communion News Service ... on Facebook.

Moravian
• Moravian Church in North America website
• Moravian Church Northern Province website
• Moravian Theological Seminary website
 

Evangelical Lutheran 
• NEPA Synod website ... Here. 
• Synod E-News
... June 3. Sign up to receive the weekly newsletter by email here.

• ELCA website ... Here
• ELCA News Service ... Here. 
• ELCA's blogs
may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."

United Methodist
• UMC website
... Here.

• UMC News Service ... Here. 
UMC Communication ... The United Methodist Church has long been a leader in providing useful resources for church communicators. Start here.
• Communication newsletter ... Here.

• Eastern PA Conference of the UMC website ... Here.
• Facebook
... Here.
• Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog
... Here.

Roman Catholic
• Peter's Pence ... A new book by investigative journalist Jason Berry alleges that only 20 percent of an annual Catholic collection for the poor taken up in parishes worldwide actually goes to charity, according to the RNS Religion News Roundup for June 13. I have a bit of a quarrel with this, both with Jason Berry who suggests something unseemly and with the relatively recent common spin given to this collection by the USCCB and, likely, most RC dioceses across the country. During my time as a Roman priest (1963-1981), whenever I had to describe the purpose of this collection, I said it was primarily for the upkeep of the Holy See. To this day, the Vatican website states: The faithful’s offerings to the Holy Father are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See. Having been part of the culture, I understand what follows "as well as" to mean "primarily." Many can be cited here for misleading spin.
• Theologians express regret over bishops' rebuke of Johnson book ... [Thomas C. Fox, NCR] The Catholic Theological Society of America June 10 overwhelmingly passed a resolution, 147 to one, recommending the U.S. bishops establish a committee to evaluate procedures that led to their doctrine committee’s April statement, which severely criticized a book by a noted U.S. theologian. More here.
• Bishops to meet, review policies ... [Religion Link] The nation’s Roman Catholic
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
• Diocese of Scranton
... Here.

• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here.
• Catholic News Service
... Here.
• Vatican website ... Here.
• Vatican Information Service blog
... Here

Additional sources of news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup
... here.

• Faith in Public Life ... here.
• Diocese of Bethlehem

(1) The DioBeth newSpin blog
(2) The DioBeth website
(3) Twitter.DioBeth
(4) Twitter.Kat Lehman

(5) Facebook.DioBeth
(6) Public news and info lists: At the Diobeth website, enter your name and email in the "Get Connected" box on the right hand side. You are welcome to subscribe to any or all of these. "Bakery" is our diocesan interactive list.
• Episcopal/Anglican
(1) NewsLine
(2) News & Notices
(3) Infoline
(4) Episcopal News Service
(5) Episcopal Church website
(6) Twitter
(7) Facebook
(8) YouTube
(9) The Lead, Episcopal Cafe
(10) Daily Episcopalian, Episcopal Cafe
(11) AngicansOnline.
(12) AnglicansOnline News Centre.
(13) Anglican Communion website.
(14) Anglican Communion News Service.

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Communication MInister (1985-2010), Canon Theologian (1998)
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