Renewal Assembly II: Connecting the Dots
Diocesan Life for September 2011

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The newSpin newsletter, August 22, 2011
By Bill Lewellis

Published Monday, occasionally also on Thursday

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics don't know what religion is. –Gandhi

Regarding feedback and items from your parish or agency for the newSpin newsletter ...
Send both to Bill. If you're wondering why you haven't seen something related to your parish or agency here, it's probably because no one has sent relevant info.

• Cathedral will host 9/11 Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation ... See below, under DioBethSpin.
• Helping homeowners facing foreclosure ... See below, under Resources.

• Pray for Canon Cal Adams
... [Bishop Paul, Aug. 22, Bakery] Canon Adams has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Surgery does not appear to be an option. He tells me that he would welcome communication from colleagues and friends. [[email protected] ... 2100 Pyle Street, Wilmington DE 19805]. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. May God keep them all in his grace.
• Pray for Graham Cliff ... [Bishop Paul, Aug. 12, Bakery] I have just spoken with Mary Jo Cliff, who tells me that Fr Graham is now fighting for his life at the U Penn hospital in Philadelphia. I ask your personal prayers, and direct that prayers be offered for him and his family at all services this weekend.  Thank you." ...  [Bishop Paul, Aug. 15, Bakery] Mary Jo thanks you all for your prayers. Graham has begun to more toward health. Please continue to support him." [Bishop Paul, Aug. 22, Bakery] Father Cliff continues to make progress, and there are hopes he will soon be out of ICU. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. May God keep them all in his grace.
Renewal III Assembly Video ... Renewal Assembly III, Finding Your Voice, will take place in eight locations Nov. 12. See Renewal Assembly II video, Connecting the Dots, here.
• Conversation at a Clam Bar ... [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call] I can usually move the conversation deeper by telling my elbow bumper I'm an Episcopal priest and onetime Roman Catholic priest. Here.
• Cathedral will host 9/11 Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation ... [Dean Anthony Pompa] The Cathedral will host an Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation on Sunday September 11 at 5:00 p.m.  Bishop Paul will preach. Participant Leaders include Rabbi Allen Juda, Congregation Brith Shalom, Bethlehem, The Very Rev. Anthony R. Pompa, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Mohomad Rahmohamed, Cedar Crest College and the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley.  The service of remembrance will include the symbolic lighting of candles in honor of those who lost their lives  on September 11, 2001, and a Litany of Prayers reflective of the Abrahamaic faith traditions. Special music will be offered by the Cathedral choir with selections of Faure Requiem, Naoko Cauller soloist, and sung prayers and music offered by Cantor Ellen Sussman, Temple Shalot Shalom, Allentown.
Trinity Easton will host a 9/11 interfaith community Service of Remembrance and Hope ... [Canon Andrew Gerns] Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2 p.m. Prayers, hymns, reflections and litanies will led by religious leaders from the Easton area representing Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. Music will be provided by a Double Quartet of members of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus of New York City, a local chamber orchestra and members of the Easton Area High School Choir. Scheduled selections will include: Faure's "Requiem in d minor, Op 48" (Intoit and Kyrie; Sanctus; Pie Iesu; Agnus Dei and Lux Aeterna; In Paradisum.), Bach's "Cantata 106: Gottes Zeit ist dis Allerbeste Zeit" movement III a & b. The Service is open to the public and is being hosted and coordinated by the Music and Arts Ministry of Trinity Church, Easton. A free will offering will be taken. At 4 p.m., the City of Easton will hold a Tribute for Emergency Services Workers at Scott Park on Larry Holmes Drive, Easton. Fr. Gerns will give the invocation, and choristers from the Metropolitan Opera will also perform at that event.  Trinity has taken the lead in bringing the community together with representatives of all the major religious traditions in the area--several flavors of Christian, both Synagogues and the Muslim Community of Easton. In addition to all that, we will have a first rate musical program bringing together Easton Area High School students, members of various faith communities as an orchestra, anchored by a double-quartet from New York's Metropolitan Opera.
• A benefit concert raising funds for the Trinity Bethlehem Soup Kitchen will be held Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. The Trinity Soup Kitchen feeds and provided social services for about 150 homeless, poor and/or mentally ill people Monday through Friday all year ‘round. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Trinity Soup Kitchen. Four acts that are local favorites in the folk and traditional music scene have donated their talents for the event. Lehigh Valley family favorite Dave Fry, Bethlehem singer-songwriter Dina Hall, Celtic band Piper’s Request and the region’s first family of traditional folk music, The Druckenmillers, will perform in Trinity’s sanctuary starting at 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception following the concert. Reserve your tickets ($25.00) by calling Trinity 610-867-4741 X 308, or contact Deacon Liz Miller [email protected], or Marcie Lightwood, [email protected]
• Youth and Young Adult Events ... [Ellyn Siftar, missioner for youth and young adult ministries] Here are the dates we have for youth events in the next year. More info will be on its way as soon as possible. I will always try to give you accurate posters/links/info two or more months before an event takes place. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions/concerns about information provided. Happening Retreat by Youth, for Youth in grades 9 to 12 at Kirby House, Nov. 11-13. Rgistration opens September 9. Bishop’s Day with Youth on Saturday,January 21 for those in 6th through 12th grade. Christophany Retreat for 6th to 12th graders, April 20-22. Vocare retreat for Young Adults, ages 18-30, is being planned for next June, details TBA. Senior High Mission Trip is planned for next summer, dates and details TBA.
• Register for Diocesan Convention ... 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.

• In a Godward Direction ... [Bill] This is the blog of Tobias Stanislas Haller, BSG, "the serious and sometimes satirical reflections of a priest, poet, and pilgrim —
who knowing he has not obtained the goal, presses on in a Godward direction." Go there regularly. I think you will be engaged and moved. I've thought of it as spirituality with the mind in the heart.
• The man who annoyed Adolf Hitler
... [BBC News Magazine] In the Berlin courtroom, Adolf Hitler's face burned a deep, furious red. The future dictator was not accustomed to this kind of scrutiny. But here he was, being interrogated about the violence of his paramilitary thugs by a young man who represented everything he despised -- a radical, principled, fiercely intelligent Jewish lawyer. A new BBC drama tells the story of Hans Litten, the lawyer who confronted Hitler 80 years ago -- earning the dictator's life-long hatred. More here. [h/t Leadership Educaion at Duke Divinity]

• Army faces upsurge in suicides ... [Seattle Times, Aug. 19] Since the first of July, five soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have died in apparent suicides, part of an Army-wide upsurge in such deaths despite stepped-up prevention efforts. The Army suicide rate has nearly doubled during a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, which has seen more-frequent overseas deployments for soldiers and a broader range of recruits. During the first seven months of 2011, the Army investigated 109 deaths throughout the service that may have been suicide, compared with 91 during the same time period in 2010. July's suspected suicides hit a record. More here.

Gay-conversion therapy 'was constantly undermining my sense of self,' central Pa. man says ... [Patriot-News, Ivey DeJesus] Peterson Toscano spent two decades and $30,000 trying to become straight. He subjected himself to countless hours of learning to be what others described as more masculine and to be attracted to women. Toscano’s “gay rehab” quest took him across three continents. It included three exorcisms and a failed five-year marriage. In 1999, emotionally devastated, Toscano embraced his sexual orientation. “I never chose to be gay, but I chose every day for 17 years to not be gay, and that didn’t work,” said Toscano, 46, an actor and comedian who lives in Sunbury with his partner. More here.

• 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. Check the newSpin blog for an update. Better still, at the "Get Connected" box on the right side of our diocesan website, fill in your name and email address, and click on "My Groups." In the next window, check "Pray for." Then, you will receive the weekly update by email.

• No way to run ... [Tobias Haller] The way you see the world can come to dominate what you see. If as Thomas Kuhn suggests, we need a shift in our paradigms in order to see changes in reality, it seems to me that across the board in many areas of our lives we need a whole new shift-load of paradigms! For both in church and state these days ideology is at the forefront and reality has become deeply shrouded in veils of preconception. From conversations on climate change to sexuality, the debt crisis to marriage equality, the verbiage — I cannot in good conscience call it conversation for the most part — appears to be dominated by ideologies and theories rather than fact. (I cannot be the only one who is appalled to see what has become of journalism these days: and there are times I long for a supply of bricks next to my easy chair to toss through the television screen when a “news” program cuts from an actual live speech by a world leader to a panel of pundits even before the speech is finished!) Whatever reality there may be is cocooned in layers of opinion, and there is no sign of a butterfly emerging. Not a chrysalis, but a mummy. Here.

• Helping Homeowners Facing Foreclosure ... [Sandra Strauss, director of public advocacy, PA Council of Churches] Interactive webinar, Wednesday August 24. Homeowners  may apply now for the federal Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP) if they are unable to make their monthly mortgage payments because of job loss or income reduction. Applications for this program will only be accepted through September 16. Join this webinar to learn from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency about the requirements of the program and how to connect homeowners facing foreclosure with assistance.
• IRS FAQs ... Here.
• When God throws a brick ... [Chicago Sunday Evening Club, 30 Good Minutes] Sam Lloyd, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., talks about the surprising things God sometimes does to get our attention. Play video (10:40). Read text

• Episcopal News Service on Twitter.
• Anglican Communion News Service ... on Facebook. Weekly review, Aug. 6-12.

• Fall Continuing Education offerings at Moravian Theological Seminary ... Here.
• Crossroads Lay Courses at Moravian Theological Seminary ... Here.
• Moravian Church in North America website
• Moravian Church Northern Province website
• Moravian Theological Seminary website 

Evangelical Lutheran
• Bishop Samuel Zeiser's reports from the Churchwide Assembly in Orlando
... Here.

• NEPA Synod E-News ... August 19. Here.
• NEPA Synod website ... 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 ... Communication tips and tools. Here.
• Eastern PA Conference of the UMC website ... Here.
• Facebook ... Here.
• Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog ... Here.

Roman Catholic
• Pope Benedict XVI concluded a "glitch-marred" World Youth Day in Spain on Sunday, after searing heat and thunderstorms played havoc with the weekend's schedule, according to the AP. More here.
• Phila Archdiocese issues update to 500 priests on its plans for sex-abuse cases ... [Philadelphia Inquirer] As a wave of discontent ripples among its priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday described its contact with 26 clerics suspended over past allegations of child sex abuse or misconduct and said it hoped to resolve their cases "over the next several months." In a three-page memo sent by e-mail and fax to more than 500 priests in the region, two ranking church administrators also announced plans to begin preparing for the return or departure of the suspended priests. More here and here.
• Nuns fade from leadership roles at Catholic hospitals ... [NYTimes, Aug. 21] When Sister Mary Jean Ryan entered the convent as a young nurse in 1960, virtually every department of every Catholic hospital was run by a nun, from pediatrics to dietary to billing. After her retirement on July 31 as the chief executive of one of the country’s largest networks of Catholic hospitals, only 11 nuns remained among her company’s more than 22,000 employees, and none were administrators. Here.
• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here.
• Catholic News Service ... Here.
• Vatican website ... Here.
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
• Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.

• The Daily Office from MissionStClare.
• The Lectionary Page ...  Here. This is a new URL. Update your bookmarks or favorites.
• The Lectionary ... Here.
• Oremus Bible Browser ... Here.
• Revised Common Lectionary ... Vanderbilt.

• Diocese of Bethlehem Events Calendar ... Updated monthly. Download here. Find weekly updates on the DioBeth Facebook page. Also here.
• Episcopal Church Calendar ... Here.

Be there
• Sept. 11 ... 9/11 Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation , 5pm, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Bishop Paul will preach. See above, under DioBethSpin.
• Sept. 11 ... Trinity Easton will host a 9/11 interfaith community Service of Remembrance and Hope. See above, under DioBethSpin.
• Sept. 11 ... Benefit Concert for Trinity Bethlehem Soup Kitchen. See above, under DioBethSpin.
• Oct. 7-8 ... Diocesan Convention , Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
• Oct. 22 ... J2A Training , 8:30 - 3:00, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
• Nov. 12 ... Renewal Assembly III.

• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Twitter ...!/Diobeth
• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Facebook ...
• Kat Lehman on Twitter ...!/KatLehman
• Episcopal News Service on Twitter ...!/episcopal_news

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/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998)
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