Renewal Assembly III: Finding Your Voice
St. Andrew's Allentown/Bethlehem Fall Festival

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The newSpin newsletter, September 29, 2011
By Bill Lewellis

Published Monday, occasionally also on Thursday

Let your religion be less a theory and more a love affair. ––GK Chesterton

• Diocesan Convention, Oct. 7-8 at the Cathedral ... Online registration deadline was Sept 26: See note from Archdeacon Stringfellow here and online registration here. Resolutions and Pre-Convention Meeting Here. Download preprint here.

• It's that time again ... [Episcopal News Service, Dan Webster] Get ready for the fund-raising season at your local congregation. Oh, you may hear it called a "stewardship" campaign. In reality most churches are trying to raise money to cover next year's budget. Very few congregations, in my experience, practice true stewardship. Many practice fundraising but call it stewardship, wrote the Rev. Dan Matthews, former rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street, who also identified four ways of giving: charity, philanthropy, fundraising and stewardship. What makes stewardship different, wrote Matthews in "Trinity News," is that it's "giving with no strings attached.  It is related to creation and my place in it." Read it all.
• Bishop Paul appeals for flood relief for northern tier parishes ... Here. Lead story in October Diocesan Life is the flood. Flooding update, with pics, here. People in 18 PA counties eligible to apply for federal aid: Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming and York.
• In Scranton: Good Shepherd celebrates 100 ...  [The Times Tribune] Designed by an English architect seeking to introduce neo-Gothicism in the United States, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is, from the outside, an example of revival. After 40 years of holding services in a railroad passenger car, a carriage house and finally a modest building on Monsey Avenue, the new structure designed by Henry Vaughan marked a new era for the church. Now, a century after its construction, the church in Scranton's Green Ridge section is still a symbol of revival - but this time, from the inside. More here and here.
• Renewal Assembly III: Finding Your Voice ... will take place in eight locations on Nov. 12. The format will be the same as the previous two with a video, prayer, discussion and lunch and will be over by 1:00 p.m. Registration (and more information) is now open online. Download the brochure here.
• Episcopal Church restructuring discussions, updated ... [Episcopal News Service] The on-going conversations about whether and how to restructure the Episcopal Church got a boost this week when the Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, a member of the House of Bishops who is also the church's chief operating officer, presented his fellow bishops with what he called a way of testing the "grassroots support" for such change. More here[Episcopal Café, Jim Naughton] (1) The political context, here. (2) Assumptions about mission, here. (3) Reducing overhead, here and here.
• Hey, Bill, this is nuts ... [Bill] If anyone receives a note from Dolores Evans' old ptd address, be careful. In the note, "she" writes "Hey, Bill, this is nuts" and provides this webpage. The webpage looks on the surface like a Channel 10 (Philadelphia) page. It is not. Channel 10's real address is The scam is about a Catasauqua woman, Nicole Williams, making $10,900 a month from home. I have advised The Morning Call.

• Diocesan Life, October ... available here. Lead story is the flood. See flooding update, with pics, here.
• ECW is collecting $$$ for Fabric at Diocesan Convention for Kajo Keji Schools ... Don't forget about $$$ for Fabric for Kajo Keji Schools. ECW is collecting money, $5 per meter of fabric, for uniforms for our New Hope schools in Kajo Keji. Two meters are required for each uniform and the uniforms will be made by the Bethlehem Tailor Training Center in Romogi. This is a win-win situation all the way. The fabric will be purchased locally supporting the textile industry, the uniforms will be stitched by the Bethlehem Tailor Training Center providing the students with practice mass producing garments, and the students have nice, comfortable uniforms to wear to their new schools. Won't you help? Checks can be made payable to Diocesan ECW. In the memo line, please put Student Uniform Fabric and please include your parish name. The address to send the checks to is: Martha Fox, Diocesan ECW Treasurer, 4465 Farm Drive, Allentown, PA 18104.
• Congregational Development Grants ... Here.
• Episcopal News Weekly bulletin inserts ... Download inserts here. September 4/Pent 12: "Episcopal Generations" Project from Formation and Vocation Ministries Team. September 11/Pent 13: Presiding Bishop Calls for Commitment to Peace on 10th Anniversary of 9/11
• DioBeth Website and newSpin Blog ... Re:Create blog – for youth and young adults ... Twitter.DioBeth ... Twitter.Kat Lehman ... Facebook.DioBeth
• 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.

• Seabury Western Seminary to move to Lutheran Center ... [Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church-affiliated school will move from Evanston, Illinois into space at the Lutheran Center, headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in nearby Chicago. More here.
Practicing our slogan ... [Seven Whole Days blog, Scott Gunn] “The Episcopal Church welcomes you!” That’s our deal, right? We’re welcoming. Or not so much. Now that I’m not serving in a parish, I have been visiting lots of Episcopal congregations. It’s been illuminating, both in good and in troubling ways. I’m not breaking new ground when I say that most congregations simply aren’t welcoming. Sure, the current members feel welcome, but that’s because they’re already in the club. If you show up as a new face, there’s often a distinct lack of warmth. When I visit congregations, I’m usually not wearing a clerical collar, so I get the same welcome that they’d give any guest. It’s usually not much of a welcome at all. More here.

• “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.” [Stephen Colbert]
• Beware: Phony Flash Player installer targets MAC users ... Here and here. [h/t Kat Lehman]

• The Daily Office ... with the Mission St. Clare. Now available for iPhone and iPad.
• 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.

Preachers, choose your words wisely... [LATimes Editorial] On Sunday, hundreds of preachers are expected to celebrate something called "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" by sermonizing about the moral qualifications of candidates for public office. The event is organized by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal organization. The alliance is offering legal representation to clergy whose remarks might run afoul of the prohibition of politicking by churches. It's a challenge the Internal Revenue Service should take seriously. More here.

• How do Anglicans read the Bible? ... [Episcopal Café] One of the take-aways from controversies within the Anglican Communion is the recognition that there is no agreed upon Anglican method of "reading" Holy Scripture. That lack has frequently stymied attempts to get disagreeing bodies within the Communion to speak with each other about what the Bible is saying to the Church today. Here.

• Episcopal Church
website ... Episcopal Church on Twitter ...  Episcopal News Service ... ENS on Twitter ... NewsLine ... News & Notices ... Infoline ... Episcopal Church on Facebook ... Episcopal Church on YouTube ... Anglican Communion website ... Anglican Communion News Service. ... Anglican Communion News Service on Facebook.

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

Evangelical Lutheran
• NEPA Synod E-News ... Sept. 23. Here.  NEPA Synod website ... HereELCA website ... HereELCA News Service ... HereELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."

United Methodist  
• UMC website Here. News Service Here. Communication Resources Start here. Communication newsletter (tips and tools) Here. Eastern PA Conference website  Here. Facebook Here. Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.

Roman Catholic
• The assassination of Father José Reynel Restrepo ... [NCR, John Dear SJ] Fr. Jose Reynel Restrepo, the 36 year old pastor of the Catholic Church in the town of Marmato in Colombia, was assassinated Sept. 1. He was riding his motorcycle through the countryside on his way home after visiting his family when he was stopped and shot dead. A few days before, Restrepo had publicly condemned the mammoth Canadian/Colombian mining company "Gran Colombia Gold" for their plan to wipe out his entire parish and town. The week before, he had traveled to Bogota to meet with government officials to prevent the mind-boggling injustice. Here.
• Diocese of Allentown ... HereDiocese of Scranton ... 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. Now available for iPhone and iPad.
• 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, September 7. Here. Find weekly updates on the DioBeth Facebook page. Also here.
• Episcopal Church Calendar ... Here.

Be there
• Oct. 7-8 ... Diocesan Convention, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
• Oct. 18 ... Souper Day for New Bethany at Candlelight Inn, Bethlehem, Noon.
• Oct. 22 ... J2A Training , 8:30 - 3:00, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
• Oct. 22 ... Daughters of the King Assembly, St.Luke's, Scranton 9:30 to 3:00
• Nov. 1 ... Deacon Ordination, St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre 7:00 p.m.
• Nov. 6 ... Joint Episcopal and Methodist Service, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem 4:00 p.m.
• Nov. 11-13 ... Happening Retreat by Youth for Youth, grades 9-12, at Kirby House.
• Nov. 12 ... Renewal Assembly III, at eight locations, 9 to 1:30.
• Jan. 6 ... Ordination, St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre 7:00 p.m.
• Jan. 21 ... Bishop's Day with Youth, grades 6-12.
• March 24 ... Diocesan Training Day, St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre 9:00 to 3:00.
• March 29 ... Chrism Mass, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem 11:00 a.m.
• April 20-22 ... Christophany Retreat, grades 6-12, at Pocono Plateau Retreat, Cresco.
• May 16 ... Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting, Kirby House 9:00 to 2:30.
• May 20 ... St. Matthew's Society Gathering, Lehigh Country Club, Allentown 3:00 p.m.
• June 1-3 ... Vocare Retreat for Young Adults, Kirkridge.
• June 30 ... Bishop's Day with Kids
• July 5-12 ... 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Indianapolis.
• July 28 ... Bishop's Day with Kids
• Summer ... Senior High Mission Trip. Dates and destination TBA.

• The Diocese of Bethlehem on Twitter and Facebook ...!/Diobeth ...
• 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.
• Episcopal/Anglican
(1) The Lead, Episcopal Cafe
(2) Daily Episcopalian, Episcopal Cafe
(3) AngicansOnline.
(4) AnglicansOnline News Centre.


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Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998)
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