K. Fred Mauger, beloved by all who knew him, died July 12
Bishop Paul is resigning

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July 15, 2013  
Bill Lewellis
Published on Monday

TopSpin 
• The Rev. Dr. K. Frederick Mauger, 89, ... beloved by all who knew him, died on July 12. Major General Mauger served on active duty during World War II and the Korean War. Doctor Mauger served as superintendent of the North Pocono School District and the Bellefonte Area Schools. Father Mauger, ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem in 1984, served parishes in Hamlin, Honesdale, Indian Orchard, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Scranton, served as a volunteer chaplain at Community Medical Center and as director of pastoral care at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. His wife of 55 years, Mary Ann, died in 2006. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, at Good Shepherd Church, Scranton. Bishop Paul wrote the following to the diocesan community:  "I have received news of the death of Fr. K. Fred Mauger. It is hard to express my grief at his loss. He was always a very strong supporter of my ministry and that of this diocese. None of us who knew him will forget his ministry to his dear wife, what he called "the long good bye." He was devoted to chaplaincy and to the parish of the Good Shepherd in Scranton where he provided a calm voice of stability in difficulty times. Fr. Mauger was a member of "the greatest generation" and his rank of general in the army attests to his devotion. I do not expect to meet again a man so devoted to duty and the integrity of Christ's Church. He knew that duty rather than emotion is the heart of joy and for that we are are all in his debt. Rest Eternal grant him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him." Read on.

• Introducing Peace Pages, a publication of the Diobeth Peace Commission ... The Diocesan Peace Commission has as one of its objectives to “Apply a Christian understanding to issues of war and violence in order to create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace and justice.” To that end, this is the first release to parishes with the hope and prayer that you will include it in your parish newsletter. This first issue is on "Understanding Islam."

• The Zimmerman aftermath  ... [Episcopal Café] Here, here, here. and here. Have we learned anything at all? [Bishop Stacy Sauls, ENS] Now that the trial is over we can turn our attention to asking the right questions. Here are ten.

• Preaching in the shadow of the Trayvon Martin verdict ... [RNS Commentary, Dan Webster] Here.

• Trayvon Martin's legacy ... [NYTimes, Editorial] It may not be possible to consider the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, as anything but a sad commentary on the state of race relations and the battle over gun rights in America today. Read on.

• The future of same-sex marriage ... [NYTimes Editorial] As historic and welcome as we found the Supreme Court’s two recent decisions on same-sex marriage, they served to emphasize the lingering inequality for millions of gay and lesbian Americans who do not live in the 13 states that enforce the right of all adult Americans to marry the person of their choosing. Read on.

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same.

In a word, the rank and file tend to be more accepting than the leadership. What’s striking is how much this LGBT Gap varies from religion to religion, and we can get some idea of the variance from Pew’s new survey of LGBT Americans.

As the measure of institutional messaging, we will use the percentages of LGBT people who say a given religion is unfriendly to them. These range from 84, 83, 79, and 73 percent for Islam, Mormonism, Catholicism  and Evangelicalism to 47 and 44 percent for Judaism and Mainline Protestantism. Then there is the proportion of members of each religion who believe that “homosexuality should be discouraged by society.” That’s 45, 65, 20, and 59 percent for the first four groups; 15 and 26 percent for the last two.

Now let’s consider the gaps. At the low end it’s 14 points for the Evangelicals and 18 percent for the Mainliners and the Mormons. In these cases, the membership is pretty much on the same page as the leadership.

In the middle come the Jews at 32 percent and the Muslims at 39 percent. In the case of the Jews, the 44 percent unfriendly number suggests that the Reform and Conservative movements have not done a very good job of getting their gay-friendly messaging out. As for the Muslims, the relatively large gap may be explained by the high number of well-educated professionals in the American Muslim community and the likelihood that the unfriendly number is based on pronouncements coming from Muslim leaders abroad.

By far the largest gap is in Catholicism — fully 59 points separate LGBT perception of Catholic unfriendliness from Catholics’ support for societal discouragement. Simply put, the bishops have gotten the message across very well that the Church looks with disfavor on homosexuality, but the laity isn’t buying it. Or at least, the laity isn’t buying the proposition that society as a whole should follow the lead of the Magisterium.

Those campaigns against same-sex marriage? It looks like the consensus fidelium is to forget about them, bishops.

- See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2013/06/18/the-lgbt-gap-by-religion/#sthash.iHToV0Lk.dpuf
We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. - See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2013/06/18/the-lgbt-gap-by-religion/#sthash.iHToV0Lk.dpuf

By far the largest gap is in Catholicism — fully 59 points separate LGBT perception of Catholic unfriendliness from Catholics’ support for societal discouragement. Simply put, the bishops have gotten the message across very well that the Church looks with disfavor on homosexuality, but the laity isn’t buying it. Or at least, the laity isn’t buying the proposition that society as a whole should follow the lead of the Magisterium.

Those campaigns against same-sex marriage? It looks like the consensus fidelium is to forget about them, bishops.

- See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2013/06/18/the-lgbt-gap-by-religion/#sthash.iHToV0Lk.dpuf

By far the largest gap is in Catholicism — fully 59 points separate LGBT perception of Catholic unfriendliness from Catholics’ support for societal discouragement. Simply put, the bishops have gotten the message across very well that the Church looks with disfavor on homosexuality, but the laity isn’t buying it. Or at least, the laity isn’t buying the proposition that society as a whole should follow the lead of the Magisterium.

Those campaigns against same-sex marriage? It looks like the consensus fidelium is to forget about them, bishops.

- See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2013/06/18/the-lgbt-gap-by-religion/#sthash.iHToV0Lk.dpuf
SoulSpin
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• Prayers and Thanksgivings from the BCP
... Here.
• The Daily Office
... can be read online in Rite I, Rite II or the New Zealand Prayer Book versions. At Mission St. Clare.
• Holy Women, Holy Men
... Download Holy Women, Holy Men as a .pdf file.
• Speaking to the Sou
l ... An Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.

DioBethSpin
• Diocesan social media use policy ... [Kat Lehman] Diocesan Council has approved our social media guidelines. We are going to start working on a field guide for implementation next. You can download the guidelines from our web site: http://www.diobeth.org/How_We_Work/Administration/Social-Networking-Guidelines/

Ordination of Foster Mays, Andrew Reinholz and Kimberly Reinholz ... Father James Turrell's sermon here. Many good photos at Flickr.

• DioLight ... Current/ninth issue. Bishop Paul: All I ask this week is whether each of us is, in theory at least, open to the interaction of the Holy Spirit and the general culture in a way that feeds both. Adam Bond: As Missioner for Communication, I am here to help everyone to share their message in this digital age. That could mean learning how and what to post on Facebook or Twitter, how best to format an email newsletter or typeset a bulletin, or how to manage a modern cms website. Whatever the need, I am happy to assist anyone in sharing their message and doing so capably and efficiently. Email me at abond@diobeth.org or call me at 610-703-3374. Back issues: first issue, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth.

• In-Formation in Bethlehem ... Canon Kitch's monthly newsletter. July.

• Christmas-at-Sea ... [Jane Teter] While you are enjoying the summer heat (outside or staying cool in the air conditioning!!) don't forget the mariners on the high seas
at Christmas - away from family and friends. Knit a hat and/or scarf, a vest or a pair of socks. Items may be dropped off at Diocesan House at anytime or brought to
Diocesan Convention in October. Patterns may be found at www.seamenschurch.org. There are many patterns that you can unit or crochet.

• Keep up with Diocese of Bethlehem news, info ... on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google+, on Flickr, on YouTube, on Vimeo, on LinkedIn, on our Website and on the newSpin blog.

• Resolutions for Diocesan Convention ... Deadline to submit resolutions is August 5. Here.

• Bishop's School, Fall 2013 ... Now including list of required texts. Here.

• Diocesan level events ... Here and Here.

• DioBeth Website ... newSpin Blog ... Re:Create blog for youth and young adults ... Twitter.DioBeth ... Twitter.Kat Lehman ... Facebook.DioBeth ... Flickr, search under dio_beth

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

ParishSpin
• Royal School of Church Music ... Kings College Course at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, July 22-28. Here.

• Trinity Bethlehem's new website ... Take a look at the very attractive new website of Trinity Bethlehem. I think you'll like it. It was so wonderfully created by Mother Amy Spagna. This is an early edition. Much more to come.

• In Milford: Local clerics react to same-sex marriage decisions ... [Pike County Courier] The Reverend Mary Ellen Dolan said, “We welcome the decision because we, of course, support equal rights and equal dignity of all people. The Episcopal Church has a tradition of inviting conversation on any question from all sides, so that we can live together in faith. Here.

Revered Mary Ellen Dolan of the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist said, “The Bishop [Katherine Jefferts Shori] gave a comprehensive response“ to the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Reverend Dolan added, “We welcome the decision because we, of course, support equal rights and equal dignity of all people. The Episcopal Church has a tradition of inviting conversation on any question from all sides, so that we can live together in faith. - See more at: http://pikecountycourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130711/NEWS01/130719990/Local-clerics-react-to-same-sex-marriage-decisions#sthash.axSjKSkU.dpufHere.

• Calendar of events in our parishes ... Here.

Evangelism/Stewardship
• Using social media for the faith ...
Congregations new to social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are often not certain how to enter into the online social world well. The New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary, an online project to help religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology, has encapsulated four sets of best practices with embedded links to additional perspective on each suggestion. Read more

Rest in peace
• The Rev. Dr. K. Frederick Mauger, 89, ... beloved by all who knew him, died on July 12. See above, under TopSpin.

• Elizabeth P. Sites, 89 ... died July 6. Married to the Rev. W. Kilmer Sites in 1952, she and her family moved to Vestal, N.Y., in 1956 and became deeply involved in the community for 30 years, including founding and leading the (then) St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, all while teaching and raising children. In 1986 she and Kilmer moved to Emmaus, where they enjoyed many happy retirement years. Kilmer, is not well and lives in a residence in Holyoke, Mass. Elizabeth founded and gave the Smith College a cappella group, the Smithereens, its name before graduating from Smith in 1945. The group bears the name to this day. Find obituary.

• Our young men and women who died recently in Afghanistan and for their families ... Here ... Pray also for the fallen heroes also of our coalition partners, and for the citizens of Afghanistan who have died, unnamed and unknown to us, and for those who mourn ... and for the end to this endless war.

Episcopal/Anglican (beyond DioBeth)
• Christ Church considered 'hazardous' before a death ... [WSJournal] A historic Brooklyn church was at the center of an insurance dispute over its deteriorating condition for more than a decade before a man was killed by debris that fell from the building in 2012, according to internal church documents. Christ Church—an elegant presence on the streets of the Cobble Hill neighborhood since 1842—was considered "very hazardous" as early as 2009, when church officials, engineers, insurers and others met to discuss the situation, according to church records of that meeting. Read on. [h/t Larry Holman]

• C of E to run thousands of state schools? ... [Religion News Daily] In England, secularists are calling on nonreligious parents to fight a government effort that would allow the Church of England to run thousands of state schools.

• GTS News Update ... Here.

Anglican Communion News Service, new website ... [Episcopal Café] The news service of the Anglican Communion has launched its first ever purpose-built news website. Story here. Website here.

• Around the Episcopal Church ... Here.

• Episcopal Church Website ... ENS blog ... Episcopal Web Radio ... Episcopal Church on Facebook ... YouTube ... Twitter ... foursquare ... and Linked-In ...

• Anglican Communion Website ... News Service. ... and News Service on Facebook.

Employment Opportunities
• St. John's Lutheran, Kutztown ... seeks a part-time director of music (16-20 hours/week). Send resume to St. John Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main Street, Kutztown PA 19530 or stjohnslutheran@hometownu.com.

• Director of Communications - St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington DC ... St. Columba's Director of Com

• Episcopal Positions (NYC/DC)
... Here.

TaleSpin
• The first woman who ran the Boston Marathon  ... [Upworthiest] Watch here.

• Sliced bread ... [Writer's Almanac] was sold for the first time on July 7, 1928. Read on.

• It's important to know the lessons of Gettysburg and other historical events ... [Morning Call Op-Ed, Donald P. Russo] History has made us what we are today. Had things not turned out a certain way on a certain day, our lives would be completely different. Read on.

TailSpin
• Terrified that Obamacare could be a success
... [The Atlantic Wire via The Daily Beast] Why are conservatives like the Koch brothers now increasing their opposition to Obamacare these past few days? "Because Republicans are terrified that Obamacare could actually work," Obama's former speechwriter claims. The legislation is complicated, sure, perhaps overly so, but that doesn't discount the fact that it provides 54 million previously-uninsured Americans access to basic health care. "But today, the antigovernment zealots who have taken over the once-proud Republican Party feel they must burn our village to save it." When — not if — it does succeed, Republicans will "regret labeling it Obamacare," writes former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. Read on.

HeadSpin
• 'The crazy old paranoid uncle' ... [Religion News Daily] A newspaper column lampooning Southern Baptists, calling the group “the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians,” may put a pastor’s job in jeopardy. The column was written by Angela Thomas, the wife of Bill Thomas, an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville.

• Couldn't you have guessed it? ... [Religion News Daily] There’s going to be a new, gay-free, socially conservative alternative to the Boy Scouts. They just haven’t figured out what to call it.

• The conservative agnosticism of George Will ... [The American Conservative] With his signature bow-tie and aristocratic manner, it’s easy to picture George Will warbling hymns every Sunday in the pew of some old marble church in Georgetown. The long-time conservative columnist majored in religion as an undergraduate, and follows religious debates with interest. Will has defended the unborn, and opposed the death penalty; he regularly excoriates the pro-choice movement, and gets worked up over the contraception controversy with Catholic institutions. So you could be forgiven for pegging Will for a Catholic—or at least, Episcopalian or Anglican. But you would be wrong. Read on.

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

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

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

Roman Catholic
• Catholic Hospitals and RC hierarchy not on same page ... [Religion News Daily] The nation’s Catholic hospitals say they are okay with the Obama administration’s fixes to the contraception mandate, which is a different take from the U.S. hierarchy and their allies who say the birth control policy is an assault on their religious freedom.

• Rooting for Mother Teresa ... [NYTimes Op-Ed, Ada Calhoun] Pope Francis has approved two of his predecessors for sainthood — John Paul II and John XXIII — fast-tracking the latter in spite of his having only one miracle to his credit rather than the usual two. Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, has not been given the same exemption (she also has just one miracle) and remains merely beatified. Having volunteered for a time with Mother Teresa, I find myself rooting for her cause as if for the home team. And on principle I’m disappointed by the message sent when two men with complex legacies outpace a woman who devoted herself completely to serving others. ... Maybe she's too human to be a saint. Read on.

• When the church's chief interest is self-preservation ... [Jim Naughton at Episcopal Café via Frank Bruni, NYTimes Op-Ed] Earlier today, we ran an item on the Church of England apologizing to victims of clergy sex abuse. That issue has also been on the mind of Frank Bruni, a columnist for The New York Times, who recently took a hard look at the ways in which Catholic bishops are eroding the credibility of the church. Read more.

• Diocese of Allentown ... Here
• Diocese of Scranton ... Here
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here
• Catholic News Service ... Here.  

The Vatican
• Saintly Politics ... [E.J. Dionne, Jr., Commonweal] Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. Read on.

• Esquire and Vanity Fair ... [Religion News Daiiy] First Esquire gushed over Pope Francis, now the Italian edition of Vanity Fair proclaims “Pope Courage” their Man of the Year. Is it ironic that a glossy glamor mag exalts a pope because of his simple lifestyle?

• The Economic Vision of Pope Francis: a Pontiff for the Poor ... [Religion and Politics] Everyone from full-time Vaticanologists to the average Catholic in the pew recognizes a shift, a change of emphasis and style, and a laser-like focus on the poor from the new pope. More here.

hen Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement, most evaluations of his pontificate prominently featured the adjective “conservative.” Yet, this same pope, as well as his predecessors, had voiced deep reservations about modern capitalism. In his encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Benedict reiterated the Church’s long-standing support for unions, for a robust social welfare state, and for environmental action to stem global climate change. Still, these “progressive” stances were often outweighed in the public’s eye by Benedict’s undoubted, and often more visible, commitment to baroque liturgies, traditional moral norms, and a vision of the Church that struck many as defensive and closing in on itself. The election of Pope Francis and his first 100 days in office have caused everyone from full-time Vaticanologists to the average Catholic in the pew to recognize a shift, a change of emphasis and style, and a laser-like focus on the poor from the new pope.  - See more at: http://religionandpolitics.org/2013/07/09/the-economic-vision-of-pope-francis-a-pontiff-for-the-poor/?utm_source=feedly#sthash.CZDObFEG.dpuf
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. - See more at: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/saintly-politics#sthash.8KJC5mdp.dpuf
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. - See more at: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/saintly-politics#sthash.8KJC5mdp.dpuf
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. - See more at: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/saintly-politics#sthash.8KJC5mdp.dpuf
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. - See more at: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/saintly-politics#sthash.8KJC5mdp.dpuf
• Vatican website ... Here
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here
• Vatican News/Info Portal
... Here.

HealthSpin
• What drowning really looks like ... [The Art of Manliness] Here. [h/t Diana Marshall]

• Patient Advocate
... [WaPo, Roni Caryn Rabin] Wanted: an advocate for a hospital patient. Long hours, no pay. Must be articulate, assertive, able to ask tough questions and stay cool under pressure. Blood relative or close friend preferred. Knowledge about the health-care system a plus. It has become an unwritten rule of hospital care that patients should always have a friend or family member by their bedside to make sure they’re getting the right care and to be on the lookout for medical errors. But while there are some professional advocates out there and some organizations that offer training for family members, most people learn on the job, so to speak. Read on.

• Resources for caregivers
... Here

• Medline Plus ... Here.  
• WebMD ... Here.
• Alzheimers.gov ... For people helping people with Alzheimers. Here.

Media/Films/DVD/TV/Books/Music/Tech
• Filmed in Saudi Arabia by a woman 
... [Religion News Daily] The first feature-length movie filmed in Saudi Arabia by a woman is out and getting good reviews. Wadjda is the story of a 10-year-old girl living in Riyadh, who decides to compete in a Koran memorization competition at her school to win money to buy a bicycle.

Resources
• Insights into Religion ... Here.
• Forward Movement ... May News.
• The Alban Institute ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... Here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here
The Chalice, a publication created by Joan DeAcetis for older adults and caretakers. Download issues here.
• Weekly Bulletin Inserts from the Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Episcopal Web Radio ... Here.
• Updated Episcopal Church canons and constitution ... Here.

Additional sources for news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
• Episcopal/Anglican
 (1) The Episcopal Church
 (2) Episcopal News Service
 (3) Episcopal Café
 (4) AngicansOnline.
 (5) AnglicansOnline News Centre.
 (6) The Living Church.

Daily Office ... Lectionary Page ... Lectionary ... Oremus Bible Browser ... Revised Common Lectionary

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Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998)
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Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]

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