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May 28, 2014
Bill Lewellis

Published weekly, usually by Tuesday

TopSpin
• Marketing Initiative Grants for Parishes ... The Diocese of Bethlehem has approved $15,000 in matching funds for parishes to advertise ministries, their own or ministries they do in conjunction with other parishes, agencies, or ecumenical groups. The funds must be allocated by the end of 2014 and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as application forms are completed and approved. The goal of this initiative is to fulfill our diocesan mission – Live God’s love; tell what you have seen and heard – by sharing with local communities the ministries that parishes are doing, solely or with others. Find out more about the marketing grants and download the application form here.

• Maya Angelou, 86 ... renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work, according to this CNN story, defied description under a simple label, has died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Much more at the NYTimes. "Listen to yourself." she said, "and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." Most memorable moments, WaPo video. Rob McMahon of Trinity Mt. Pocono told us on Bakery that a friend of his who knew Maya Angelou quite well commented that "when Ms. Maya (as he affectionately knew her) entered heaven earlier today she asked St. Peter if she could see the face of God. St. Peter handed her a mirror." Libby House sent these gems.

• Careful and loving presentation of our Christian tradition that does not preclude God’s love and respect for people of other traditions ...  The Center for Children and Theology has published a paper written by Anita Vincent, based on her experiences as the catechist at Grace Montessori School in Allentown. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is unswervingly and faithfully Christocentric. However, the context of this catechesis is increasingly a world in which we encounter people of other faiths throughout our lives. Preparation for this reality lies in a careful and loving presentation of our Christian tradition that does not preclude God’s love and respect for people of other traditions. Anita, who grew up in India, invites catechists for children ages 3-9 to consider the interfaith implications of the presentations of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Level I and Level II. She has been involved in CGS for more than ten years and has experience in working with children from ages 3-9. Currently, she works in a multi-denominational Christian as well as a multireligious setting, as the director of the CGS program at Grace Montessori School, Allentown, PA. She is an adjunct faculty at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO. The resource paper may be downloaded here for $5.00.


• Collection of worship resources at Diobeth.org ... Including Diocesan Cycles of Prayer for weekly worship, Holy Women Holy Men, and The Text This Week. Here.

• Francis's rolicking plane ride home
 ... [WaPo] Even for a pope widely recognized as ebullient and spry, the three-day trip to the Holy Land must have been exhausting. It included helicopter rides, hand-kissing, tomb visits, gentle diplomacy that may boost peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, and even an argument with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over what language Jesus spoke. So when Francis finally climbed aboard his plane Monday night to return to Rome, a Vatican spokesman told reporters to keep the questions short. The pope had to rest. But 77-year-old Francis, looking alert, was having none of that. And in what turned into one of the more freewheeling exchanges of Francis’s 15 months as pontiff, he took an hour of questions that touched on sexual assault victims, celibate priests and whether he had plans for retirement. Both the candor and the impromptu nature with which he responded are likely to expand his growing reputation as the most tolerant, iconoclastic pope of the past 40 years. Read on.

SpiritSpin
• Listen to yourself, [Maya Angelou] and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.

• The next discovery of fire ... Earlier this century, the theologian Teilhard de Chardin wrote: “Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.”

• Calculating God
... [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call] In the fantasy novel, Calculating God, an extra-terrestrial, Hollus, who believes in God, told a Canadian paleontologist, Thomas Jericho, who does not, about the extra-terrestrial Wreeds whom math confounds just as "philosophical questions about the meaning of life, ethics and morality confound us.”Though we have an intuitive sense of right and wrong, Hollus said, every theory of morality we come up with fails because we tend toward reducing morality to logic. Mathematical morality. The longer we live, experience suggests we can’t.  “We attempt to apply mathematics –– something we are good at –– to ethics, something we are not good at,” Hollus tells Jericho. Such attempts always fail us. Intuitive morality, the more complex the question, defies mathematical logic. Read on at the newSpin blog or The Morning Call.

One overlooked spiritual consequence of our noise addiction is a failure to hear spontaneous sounds. By tightly controlling and curating what we hear, we may block out everything else and muffle the God-messages sewn throughout the fabric of the world. - See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/02/18/itunes-radio-bad-soul/#sthash.IbtCUfUm.dpuf
• SpiritSpin Resources ... Below, near the bottom.

NewSpin
• PA Governor Corbett ... [Philadelphia Inquirer] ... How he reached his decision not to appeal same-sex marriage ruling. Here.

• We are a better people ... than what these laws [bans on same-sex marriage] represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history. [Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court in a decision posted last Tuesday afternoon.

• One in four Canadians
... [National Post] declare affiliation to no religion, but why are so many "nones" surprisingly religious?
To sociologists of religion, they are the “nones.” Officially non-religious, they are not Catholic, nor Jewish, nor Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist or Anglican. Asked for their religion, they tick the box for “none.” But this is not quite right. Rather, according to new research presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the “nones” look more like “somes,” with a great many still behaving as “spiritual seekers” in their own way. Read on.

• Episcopal News Service
... welcomes submissions, including live event coverage, news stories, feature articles and commentaries. Submission guidelines here.

DioBethSpin
• Same-sex marriage ruling 'a step toward justice,' says Bishop Sean ...[Bishop Sean Rowe] Today is a joyful day for Pennsylvanians who believe as I do that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in our state. These couples work hard, raise children, volunteer for good causes and pay taxes. Pennsylvania would be poorer without them, and I am pleased that Judge John E. Jones III has moved them one significant step closer to equality under the law. Read on. [This news release was sent on May 21 to media outlets across the Commonwealth, with particular attention to our two dioceses of Bethlehem and Erie.] More at Episcopal Café.

• Bishop Sean's mini-sabbatical
... [Bishop Sean Rowe] Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Beginning on May 15, I will take my vacation and add a few weeks for a mini-sabbatical. I had a fuller sabbatical planned for 2015, but, as with many of my well-formed plans over the years, they needed to change. Serving two dioceses as the bishop will require my full and constant attention, and I thought it best to take a shorter amount of time now in preparation for these next three years. I finished my PhD at Gannon University, and, as part of my sabbatical, I will teach a course in that same program on the psychosocial dimensions of leadership. There are several diocesan projects and ideas that I have been considering, and I will spend some time working on them as well. Overall, this time away, which you have graciously allowed, will be spent, primarily, with Carly and Lauren who have endured my busy schedule with grace. I look forward to returning in August for the next phase of this adventure. +Sean

• New Hope is the Gift of Water
... [New Hope in Pictures, Archdeacon Stringfellow] Here.


Diobeth Episcopal Relief and Development ...  [John Major] A shield...in the midst of life's storms, May 21.

• Resolutions for Diocesan Convention ... [Jane Teter] The deadline for resolutions to be considered at our Convention, October 10-11, is August 4. While it is possible for resolutions to be presented on the floor of Convention, it is preferable that they be submitted for inclusion in the Convention pre-print so that delegates can study and pray about them before Convention. Resolutions may be submitted under the signature of three (3) delegates, or by a Committee or Commission. The form is: 1.  the title of the resolutions; 2.  the explanation; 3.  the "be it resolved" and 4.  the names of those submitting the resolution or the name of the committee/commission. Please submit resolutions to Canon Teter by AUGUST 4 - they may be emailed, faxed or mailed to: The Rev. Canon Jane B Teter; Diocese of Bethlehem; 333 Wyandotte Street; Bethlehem, PA  18015; 610-691-5655 ext 228; 610-216-1731(c); jteter@diobeth.org.

• Marketing Initiative Grants for our parishes ... See above, under TopSpin.

• Jubilate for June 8 to November 23 ... Hymnody for Pentecost and the Season After Pentecost, Jubilate is published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for our diocesan community and for free distribution to the world. Jubilate is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 30 years. Download the .pdf document from our Worship Resource page.

• DioBeth news, info ... DioBeth website, newSpin blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and LinkedIn,

• 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.

YouthSpin
• Young Adult Gathering: A Hero's Journey ... [Ellyn Siftar] Saturday, May 31, 10:00 to 5:00. The Diocese of Bethlehem will host a day-long retreat for young adults from 18 into their 20s and 30s at the beautiful Kirby Episcopal House in Mountaintop, PA, just 2 hours from the Philadelphia, New York City, and Harrisburg areas. The cost of this event is $20 and includes lunch.  If you would like to extend your retreat experience, you are welcome to join us for the entire weekend for $125, which includes the Saturday program. There will be a reception on Friday evening as well as some time to ease into the weekend. You can enjoy ample free time roaming the beautiful grounds, including tennis courts, Japanese garden and tea house, as well as the pool. Check out is Sunday after an optional meditation session led by Teresa and a delicious brunch. More info.

• EYE: The 2014 Episcopal Youth Event
... will take place at Villanova University, July 9-13. Read on.

• The EYE 2014 Team ... Here.

ParishSpin
• Moving from decision making to discernment ... [Congregational Consulting, Susan Beaumont]“This is a congregation, not a business.” If only I had a dollar for every time a congregational leader made this bold assertion in my presence. Typically, right after making this claim leaders go on to conduct the meeting at hand, exactly as if the church were a business. Oh yes, someone begins by offering a 5 minute devotional, followed by a prayer, but then it is business as usual.
  
We form an agenda. Within the agenda are a variety of problems to be solved, or decisions to be made. In each instance, we frame a problem statement or decision query, name the underlying issues, propose a solution, argue the pros and cons, deal with the outliers, call for a vote, record the outcome and move on. This is decision making.

  
Increasingly as I work with groups in decision making I ask them what their discernment practices include. I am usually met with a “deer in the headlights” response to that question. Our leaders have only vague notions of what the differences between decision making and discernment include, and they have no idea how to actually invite discernment in a group context. Read on.

• Discover the Joy: What it means to be a Sensitive Introvert ... [Trinity Easton] June 2, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Are you happier with just a few really close friends instead of a lot? Have people told you that you are too sensitive or take things too personally? Are you deeply moved by art, music and nature? Are you a keen observer? Do you need time to process new information? These are situations that sensitive introverts have experienced often in their lives.  In this workshop, you will learn why your feelings are normal and not a flaw in your character. You will learn new ways to deal with criticism in relationships at home, school and in your professional life. The workshop will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden Street, Easton.  The cost is $15.00. It will be led by Peg Gerns, M.S.S.W., D.C.S.W., L.C.S.W. Call 610-657-3657. Peg Gerns is a psychotherapist in private practice in Easton, PA. She has led workshops in Connecticut, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She is Adjunct Faculty at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA.

• Trinity Bethlehem goes Broadway with 'Come to the Cabaret' ...Friday, May 30, 2014 7:00 pm, Bethlehem’s Trinity Episcopal Church invites you to spend a night socializing with friends, while listening to some of your favorite Broadway music. Enjoy sumptuous desserts along with the singing of Lisa Manno, Kim Van Orden, Philip Diaz and Thom Eiser, our talented choir section leaders. Who doesn’t have a favorite musical? Anyone who has ever experienced the magic of Broadway can’t turn down a night like this! Music from the Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, and many others will have you singing to yourself all the way home. And dessert to die for! 44 East Market Street, info@trinitybeth.org, 610-867-4741. No advance tickets, $20 suggested donation.

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

Evangelism/Stewardship
• Telling the good news, in the media ... [Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson] If the media isn’t telling the stories you want told it is possible (we say very gently) that those stories aren’t interesting or significant enough to warrant coverage. Or, it is possible that you are not presenting them to the media in a way that catches their attention. Or perhaps you have not presented stories to the media at all. It isn’t easy to get your congregation, diocese, conference, or other sort of Christian organization into the newspaper or in online media outlets unless something has gone significantly wrong. It is even harder to get it on television or the radio. But it is possible if you absorb these 10 simple tips. Read on.

• EpiscopalShare ... Here.

Rest in Peace
• Vincent Harding, 82 ... [NYTimes]  Civil Rights Author Dr. Harding was a historian, author and activist who wrote one of the most polarizing speeches ever given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which Dr. King expressed ardent opposition to the Vietnam War. Read on.

• Maya Angelou, 86 ... renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work, according to this CNN story, defied description under a simple label, has died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Much more at the NYTimes. "Listen to yourself." she said, "and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." Most memorable moments, WaPo video. Rob McMahon of Trinity Mt. Pocono told us on Bakery that a friend of his who knew Maya Angelou quite well commented that "when Ms. Maya (as he affectionately knew her) entered heaven earlier today she asked St. Peter if she could see the face of God. St. Peter handed her a mirror." Libby House sent these gems.

Episcopal/Anglican (beyond DioBeth)
• Free weekly bulletin inserts ... provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Find the inserts here.

• Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church 2014 Conference ...will take place at Trinity Church in Buffalo New York, June 26-28. The focus of the conference will be the role of the Church in helping those with addictions and those in recovery. Trinity Church was chosen as the site of this year’s conference based on the Thursday@7 ministry that was developed there to provide support to the recovery community in Western New York. The conference experience will include practical, reproducible, educational offerings; participation in Trinity’s innovative Twelve-Step service; and fellowship with others involved in recovery ministries. Conference attendees will also visit the Hope Center, a new initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of WNY creating a “safe place for recovery.” Saturday morning attendees will participate in a live session that is a model for training clergy and lay people in your own city, parish or diocese. This conference is designed for anyone who is affected by addicts or addictions. Several sessions on codependency and how alcoholism affects others will be presented. The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke and The Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, D. Min. will be guest speakers for the conference. The conference brochure is attached and can also be downloaded here. More information is also available on the website of Recovery Ministries, including cost, full agenda, and registration.

• Around the Episcopal Church ... Here

Employment Opportunities
• In Bethlehem: Administrative Secretary (part-time): Holy Trinity/Salem Lutheran Parish, Bethlehem, seeks a part-time (9 a.m. -2 p.m. M-F) administrative secretary. More...

• In Emmaus:
Church Office Administrator (part-time): St. John's Lutheran Church in Emmaus seeks a part-time (30 hours per week) church office administrator. More...
   

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

TaleSpin
• Where did the Religious Right come from? ... [Religion News Roundup] Randall Balmer argues in Politico mag that it wasn’t born in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, as popular mythology has it. Rather, it was initially a response to racial integration in schools. Later it became about abortion, and gay marriage, and well, you know the litany.

• Palmerton: A trip to a small Pennsylvania town ... [HuffPost] Here.

Evangelical 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
• The easy-pray lane at Hope ... [Philadelphia Inquirer] In an age when convenience is king and religion is often ridiculed, some churches looking to widen their outreach efforts are embracing what community banks and pharmacies have utilized for decades: the drive-through. The latest to offer a bit of spiritual uplift in the comfort of your car is Hope United Methodist Church in Voorhees. Read on.

• News Service Here.
• Communication Resources ... Start here.
• Eastern PA Conference website  Here.
• Facebook Here.
• Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.

On Meet the Press earlier this month, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, claimed that the Catholic Church is not anti-gay. “We’re pro marriage, we’re pro traditional marriage, we’re not anti anybody. We’ve been out-marketed, we’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay,” he explained to the show’s host, David Gregory. Dolan’s right. The Catholic Church isn’t anti-gay, but evidence suggests its bishops certainly are. - See more at: http://michaeloloughlin.religionnews.com/2013/12/12/catholic-church-isnt-anti-gay-bishops/#sthash.AXXkoaJF.dpuf
Whoops! After years of debate, Catholic bishops in France decided that the version of the Lord’s Prayer their congregants recite could be considered blasphemous. Apparently French people…can’t read French? The official translation has been changed from “Do not submit us to temptation” to “Let us not enter into temptation,” absolving God of any perceived meddling. - See more at: http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2013/10/21/sacre-secularism-blasphemous-prayer-state-circumcisions-religious-freedom-recap-oct-14-21/#sthash.TsUkdjdR.dpuf
Whoops! After years of debate, Catholic bishops in France decided that the version of the Lord’s Prayer their congregants recite could be considered blasphemous. Apparently French people…can’t read French? The official translation has been changed from “Do not submit us to temptation” to “Let us not enter into temptation,” absolving God of any perceived meddling. - See more at: http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2013/10/21/sacre-secularism-blasphemous-prayer-state-circumcisions-religious-freedom-recap-oct-14-21/#sthash.TsUkdjdR.dpuf

Roman Catholic
• U.S. nuns haunted by dead Jesuit ... [RNS, David Gibson] Are American nuns paying for the sins of a Jesuit priest who died in the 1950s? It might seem that way, given the ongoing showdown between doctrinal hard-liners in the Vatican and leaders representing more than 40,000 U.S. sisters, with one of Rome’s chief complaints being the nuns’ continuing embrace of the notion of “conscious evolution.”To many ears, “conscious evolution” probably sounds like a squishy catchphrase picked up after too much time in a New Age sweat lodge, and that’s pretty much how Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, views it.
  
The German theologian bluntly told heads of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious last month that the principles of “conscious evolution” — that mankind is transforming through the integration of science, spirituality and technology — are “opposed to Christian Revelation” and lead to “fundamental errors.” That’s tough talk, and Mueller warned them that if the nuns persist in pursuing such dangerous ideas, Rome could cut them loose.Yet those principles, and indeed the very term “conscious evolution,” also lead directly back to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a French Jesuit who was by turns a philosopher and theologian, geologist and paleontologist. Read on.

• National Catholic Reporter
... Here.


• Diocese of Allentown
... Here.

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

The Vatican
• Pope Francis should consider ending celibacy ... [WaPo] Would church fathers who came home to wives and children every night have shuffled predator priests to other parishes?
As Francis thinks about how to expand the role of women in the church, one of the many tables where there are few females is at the fathers’ own kitchen tables. And as the church as a whole grapples with both the future of celibacy and the ongoing tragedies caused by some who broke their vows, let’s hope we keep that in mind. Read on.

• Vatican website ... Here
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
• Vatican News/Info Portal
... Here.

• The Joy of the Gospel ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.

HealthSpin
• Resources for caregivers ... Here.
• Medline Plus
... Here.  

• WebMD ... Here.
• Alzheimers.gov ... For people helping people with Alzheimers. Here.
• Three Free Apps for getting qualified medical advice... [Techlicious] Urgent Care, HealthTap and First Aid. Info and links.

Media/Films/DVD/TV/Books/Music/Tech
• The Shawshank Redemption ... [WSJournal]
"Shawshank" was an underwhelming box-office performer when it hit theaters 20 years ago this September, but then it began to redeem itself, finding an audience on home video and later becoming a fixture on cable TV. The film has taken a near-mystical hold on viewers that shows no sign of abating... The movie's enduring popularity manifests itself in ways big and small. "Shawshank" for years has been rated by users of imdb.com as the best movie of all time (the first two "Godfather" films are second and third)... "Shawshank" was becoming that priceless entertainment property—a repeater. Viewers watched it again and again. Those who initially may have been turned off by the idea of a prison drama born out of a wrongful conviction were drawn in by likable characters who inhabit a world where the true horrors of prison are left largely to the imagination. The movie's wholly satisfying conclusion—a universal fantasy—gives people hope... WSJournal film critic Joe Morgenstern says the movie "feels urgently important while it's happening and thoroughly satisfying once it's over. That is my definition of a really good time." Read on.

• The Normal Heart ... [NYTimes, Patrick Healy]
After decades of fighting against AIDS and for Hollywood's attention in that fight, Larry Kramer is about to reach his largest audience with a film version of his play The Normal Heart. Read on.

• Escape from the matrix ... [Aeon Magazine] FoMO, Fear of Missing Out, is the latest cultural disorder that is insidiously undermining our peace of mind. FoMO, a spawn of technological advancement and proliferating social information, is the feeling that we’re missing out on something more exciting, more important, or more interesting going on somewhere else. It is the unease of feeling that others are having a more rewarding experience and we are not a part of it. According to a recent study, 56 per cent of those who use social networks suffer this modern plague. Read on.

• Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg
  ... Here. 
• Free Audiobooks from LibriVox
... Here. 
• Free Audiobooks and eBooks
... Here and Here.
• Google Books
... Millions of books you can preview or read free. Here. 
• The Online Books Page
... from UPenn. Here.

• More free eBooks  and Audiobooks ... [Techlicious] Here.

Resources
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Many Congregational Resources ... The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of capital funds, consultants, architects, contractors, books, congregation management software, and more.
• Church locators
... Here.
• Insights into Religion
... Here.
• Forward Movement
... Here.

• 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.

Religious Freedom Recap, our weekly look back at the top stories and developments on religious liberty around the world. - See more at: http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2013/09/16/burkini-compromise-pope-hearts-atheists-dozen-muslim-march-religious-freedom-recap-sept-9-sept-16/#sthash.nA6J6Y1Y.dpuf

More news/info/commentary
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project: Daily Religion Headlines ... here.
• Religious Freedom Blog ... a weekly look back at the top stories and developments on religious liberty around the world. Here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
• Episcopal/Anglican
 (1) The Episcopal Church website, news service, news service blog,
 (2) Episcopal Café
 (3) AngicansOnline website and news centre.
 (4) The Living Church
 (5) The Anglican Communion website and news service.
 (6) The Daily Scan: Contact publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org to add subscribers for news releases, notices, statements, or Daily Scan.

SpiritSpin Resources
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• Prayers and Thanksgivings from the BCP
... Here.

• The (Online) Book of Common Prayer ... Here.
• The Daily Office
... can be read online in Rite I, Rite II or the New Zealand Prayer Book versions. At Mission St. Clare.

• The Daily Office ... from the Diocese of Indianapolis. Here.
• Daily Prayer ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• 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.

• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.

Bible&Worship Resources
• The Lectionary ... A collection of Lectionary resources for the Episcopal Church, updated Sunday night. Here.
• Lectionary Page ... A liturgical calendar for upcoming weeks, with links to readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), as adapted for use in Episcopal worship. Here.
Jubilate ... [Diocese of Bethlehem] Hymnody for Lent and Easter is published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for our diocesan community and for free distribution to the world. It is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 30 years.  Download the .pdf document from our Worship Resource page.
• Revised Common Lectionary ... Here.
• The Liturgical Calendar ... BCP, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, HWHM ... Here.
• Oremus Bible Browser ... Here.
• Celebrating the Eucharist, by Patrick Malloy. Google Book
• Enriching our Worship, 1 to 5 ... Free download here.
The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships [Extracted from Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing] Here.
• Collection of worship resources at Diobeth.org
... Including Diocesan Cycles of Prayer for weekly worship, Holy Women Holy Men, and The Text This Week. Here.

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As soon as the newSpin newsletter is completed, usually by Tuesday, it is uploaded to the newSpin blog and posted on Bakery and on a ChurchPost list of some 1,200 addresses. Many recipients often forward it to others. The newsletter comes, of course, with some spin from the editor. The views expressed, implied or inferred in items or links contained in the newsletter or the blog do not represent the official view of the Diocese of Bethlehem unless expressed by or forwarded from the Standing Committee or the Archdeacon as an official communication. 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. If you think something about your parish or agency merits inclusion, send email to Bill. Comments are welcome at the newSpin blog. Click there in the right hand column on the title of the current newsletter. Then, make your comment below.

Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998-)
Blog , Email (c)610-393-1833
Be attentive. Be intelligent. Be reasonable. Be responsible.
Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]

 

 

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