Clear Grace – Sermon by Bill Lewellis
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September 3, 2015
Bill Lewellis

TopSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• 2015 Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem … October 2-3. Read on.
The convention will include a Friday evening banquet in celebration of the life of The Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer, Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem (1982-1995). The event is open to anyone. You can register here.

• A Catholic tug of war in the U.S. awaits Francis
[Crux, Michael O'Loughlin, August 26]
When Pope Francis starts his US road show next month, Catholics to his left and right will all be hoping to pull him a bit closer to their own causes. From the environment to the economy and everything in between, a nod from the pope could do wonders in boosting visibility — so ecclesial special interest groups are gearing up. Nearly all Catholics continue to hold the pope in high esteem, and they’ll be thrilled to catch a glimpse of the popular pontiff meeting with President Obama, addressing Congress, speaking to the United Nations, and visiting inmates and immigrants in Philadelphia. But for activist Catholics, each and every papal pronouncement will be scrutinized, spun, and amplified to give their pet projects a Francis boost. Read on.

• Pope Francis a stranger to the U.S. in many ways … [AP, Rachel Zoll] When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country - ever in his life. The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, never followed the footsteps of so many fellow Roman Catholic leaders of his rank, who sought to raise their profiles, along with funds for missions back home, by networking within the deeply influential and well-resourced U.S. church. Read on.

• Vast majority[WaPo] of Americans who were raised Catholic but have since left the church could not envision themselves returning to it, according to a new Pew Research Center survey examining American Catholics and family life. The survey’s findings were released weeks before Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States, and as Catholic leadership contends with dramatic demographic shifts. Read on.

• Lavish funeral for mafia don in Rome[The Guardian UK] Complete with Godfather music. Vittorio Casamonica farewelled with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from helicopter and banner on church saying he would ‘conquer paradise’
   Several commentators noted the irony that a reported mob boss was allowed an elaborate funeral at the church while the Archdiocese of Rome refused to allow a funeral at the same church in 2006 for Piergiorgio Welby, then the symbol of Italy’s right-to-die movement.
Welby, who had muscular dystrophy and was unable to eat, speak or breathe on his own, got his wish to die in December 2006 when a doctor disconnected his respirator. His case split the overwhelmingly Catholic nation but the local church defended its decision to deny him a Catholic funeral, arguing that allowing it would have legitimised attitudes contrary to God’s law. Read on. Also at NYTimes.

• Geography of Poverty: A journey through forgotten America[MSNBC] Poverty manifests itself in many ways — poor health care, substandard education, rugged housing, bad diet. But one of its often overlooked consequences is the harsh toll on the body exacted by the geopolitics of poverty, the lucrative energy industry and environmental hazards. As Trymaine Lee examines in this striking piece, the wheezing, coughing, burning eyes and early deaths in Louisiana’s so-called Cancer Alley are a direct result of the legacy of institutional, inescapable poverty that dates to the Antebellum South. Read on. This is part two of MSNBC‘s four-part series, Geography of Poverty. Read part one and the introduction. [h/t John Eligon Midwest Correspondent, NYTimes]

• "Every person who comes is a human being … and has the right to be treated as such." [Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, responding to attacks on refugee shelters amd a growing migrant crisis in Europe]

• 10 facts about religion in America [Pew Research Center] #5 is In a typical week, about one-in-five Americans share their faith online. This is about the same as the number who tune in to religious talk radio, watch religious TV programs or listen to Christian rock music.. Read on.

DioBeth [• New item  •• Repeat] 
• ECW Project 2015
The Diocesan Episcopal Church Women (ECW) presents a new fund raising project for parishes to participate in prior to Diocesan Convention in October.  The Diocesan ECW will raise money for scholarships for girls in primary schools and young women in secondary school in our partner Diocese of Kajo Keji.
   The scholarships are: $30/girl/year and $325/young woman/year.Any amount will be welcome.  Checks should be made out to the Diocese of Bethlehem and mailed to:  Diocesan House, 333 Wyandotte St,  Bethlehem PA  18015, Attention:  Deacon Charlie Barebo. Designation for the disbursement of money should be written in the memo line.  Questions may be directed to Diocesan ECW President Dorothy Shaw at (570) 836-2049.  

•• Trinity Bethlehem seeks Director of Youth Ministries
… Position description here.


• Amy Spagna accepts call to Rhode Island[Laura Howell] I thou

• DioBeth Leadership News, August 27,
including a letter from the audit committee, diocesan convention news, complying with the new PA child protection laws, Christian formation consultations, resources and reminders … Here

• Diocesan e-Newsletter, August 13
Here

• Look online … for the Diocese of Bethlehem Facebook Page, Facebook Group (Bethlehem Episcopalians) and Twitter feed.

• Bethlehem Episcopalians … is a Facebook group for conversations about mission, spirituality, Christian formation, and more that has replaced the old Bakery email list. Bethlehem Episcopalians is an open group. Anyone can join and items that you post can be shared by group members on their own Facebook pages. This offers each of us the opportunity to reach a larger audience with news and conversations about what God is doing in our diocese." Join the Facebook group, which, as of September 3, includes 322 members.

• Every Thursday: Look online for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter
[Bill] One or another newsletter is published every Thursday in the following order: (1) The Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) The Diocesan e-Newsletter, (4) The newSpin newsletter.

   The Leadership News and the Diocesan e-Newsletter are official publications of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They include news, info, features and events relating to our diocese and parishes. Find the most recent Diocesan e-Newsletter, August 13, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, August 27, here.
   The newSpin newsletter you are now reading is not an official publication – and will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parishes found in the official newsletters. It is a relatively lengthy eclectic sampling of items related to religion – at times not, at times not so clearly – that the editor thinks readers might find to be of interest. It has been a kind of hobby of a onetime communication minister, the work of a volunteer who in retirement enjoys and dedicates time to do the research required. I always post the newSpin newsletter on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to Jo Trepagnier, jo@diobeth.org.

The stunning vote of the Irish to legalize same-sex marriage will be taken as one more indication (along with the legalization of divorce and homosexual behavior and abortion if the mother’s life is at risk, plus the decline in Mass attendance and priestly vocations) of the collapse of the Catholic Church in a country where it once bestrode the sod like a colossus. Such would appear to be the wages of a rolling sexual abuse scandal, particularly acute because of the church’s control of public education, and the ugly history of its abusive homes for wayward boys and girls.

But for all that, Ireland remains a country where over 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic, where a higher proportion of Catholics go to Mass than in the U.S., where the divorce rate is low. And yet, every Irish political party supported the referendum and the citizenry voted in favor by a 62-38 margin. What gives?

- See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2015/05/23/irish-catholicism-supports-same-sex-marriage/#sthash.c6vMYDqD.dpuf

Episcopal/Anglican [• New item  •• Repeat] 
• Diocese of Rhode Island taking unusual step to illuminate its slavery role
[NYTimes, Aug. 23] One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s. More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol — so many, and so contrary to the popular image of slavery as primarily a scourge of the South, that Rhode Island has been called “the Deep North.”
That history will soon become more prominent as the Episcopal diocese here, which was steeped in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, establishes a museum dedicated to telling that story, the first in the country to do so, according to scholars. Read on.

•• General Convention 2015 summary of actionsHere.

• Resources … way below.

SpiritSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• "Have you ever found God in church?[Alice Walker, The Color Purple] I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.”

• Why making art is the new meditation … [WaPo] Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do.  Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings.Read on.

• Does belief in God enhance gratitude? … [WaPo] Here's what psychology suggests. If we believe in God, we have a greater span of things for which to be grateful. Read on.

• 10 counterfeit Christ figures we should stop worshiping … [Faith Street] Jesus is still very popular these days, even at a time when Christianity seems to be facing more social marginalization. From political and social movements to kitschy products to bumper stickers, we’ve appropriated Jesus as a mascot for our favorite causes. But we have to wonder, is this the real Jesus of the Bible or a Jesus of our own making? Including Guru Jesus and American Jesus. Read on.

• Spirit Resources
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Columns, Sermons, Reflections and other Spin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Be not among those who hardly notice[Jim Naughton] My friend Bill Lewellis of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem was kind enough to quote a meditation I wrote about grace in a column he wrote August 29 for the The Morning Call. Thank you, Bill. Here and here.

• Clear Grace … [Sermon by Bill Lewellis] This sermon is an expanded version of the column published in The Morning Call.


By Amy Butler

Church leadership experts offer plenty of recommendations for those of us crazy enough to take on the challenge of trying to help churches move into the future. I sit in these conference meetings and listen. I read the books they recommend. I know the concepts they propose, but do I act them out in real life?

Not so much.

Change is hard, friends. And as much as I’d like to say I regularly employ these strategies, I recently realized how far from their regular use I am.

- See more at: https://baptistnews.com/opinion/columns/item/30360-choosing-adaptive-change#sthash.3BDI4Xqs.dpuf
Nothing says, “I have no idea what I’m talking about” like a pastor, blogger, or social media troll complaining about “journalistic integrity.” Those who use this phrase are typically not saying anything about journalism; they just don’t like what the writer has to say. How do I know this? Because I’ve met more than my share of them and, when pressed, they cannot even define the word “journalism.”

Upon receiving this criticism, I usually respond with twin questions:

  1. How do you define “journalism?”
  2. What are the standards of “journalism” that you think are required for it to have integrity?

With rare exception, the critic has no answer—not even a bad one—to either question. Instead of doing the hard work of defining terms they seek to use, the individual has mindlessly commandeered a phrase that they’ve heard someone somewhere (probably on a cable news network) use and invoked it to hopefully cast doubt on the writer’s credibility.

- See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/07/28/brothers-and-sisters-you-are-not-professional-journalists/#sthash.CBfnwTO4.dpuf

Where Religion, Culture and Politics Might Intersect  [• New item  •• Repeat]
Bought and paid for: The trouble with Trump[Commonweal Editorial] Republicans and Democrats could not be further apart on immigration, the Iran deal, taxes, banking reform, Obamacare, and on and on. But mainstream Republicans and Democrats do agree on one thing: the presidential candidacy of billionaire Donald Trump would be a disaster for the GOP. Democrats, of course, are gleeful at the prospect, while Republicans are fretful and at a loss as to how to sideline the fire-breathing New York plutocrat without alienating his base of support among the party’s most vociferous partisans … Donald Trump preaches an unadulterated version of a materialistic gospel. Money, he says, is the measure of all things. This is not just vulgar, but dangerous. Read on.

• Trump's America: Why the Donald is dangerous[The Economist, Sept. 5]
“This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast,” says Donald Trump. “We can’t do anything right. We’re a laughing-stock all over the world. The American dream is dead.” It is a dismal prospect, but fear not: a solution is at hand. “I went to the Wharton School of Business. I’m, like, a really smart person,” says Mr Trump. “It’s very possible”, he once boasted, “that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”   When Mr Trump first announced that he was running for president, he was dismissed as a joke. A wheeler-dealer with lots of experience of reality TV but none whatsoever of elective office wants to be commander-in-chief? Surely, sophisticates scoffed, no one could want this erratic tycoon’s fingers anywhere near the nuclear button. But for weeks now he has led the polls for the Republican nomination, despite saying things that would have torpedoed any normal campaign. Americans are waking up to the possibility that a man whose hobby is naming things after himself might—conceivably—be the nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan. It is worth spelling out why that would be a terrible thing. Fortunately, the Donald’s own words provide a useful guide. Read on.

• Jimmy Carter: Faith as verb
 … [Baptist News Global] One cannot fully understand Carter's life, work and present response to cancer apart from the centrality of his faith, Bill Leonard says.  Carter writes that throughout his long life, his Christian faith has “provided the necessary stability,” then adds: “Come to think of it, stability is not exactly the right word, because to have faith in something is an inducement not to dormancy but to action. To me, faith is not just a noun but also a verb.” Perhaps that’s why he’ll work the cancer into his schedule, still hoping to work on another Habitat house in Nepal this November. For the ex-president-Sunday-school-teacher, faith, not cancer, remains the verb. Now and forever more. Amen. Read on.

Carter writes that throughout his long life, his Christian faith has “provided the necessary stability,” then adds: “Come to think of it, stability is not exactly the right word, because to have faith in something is an inducement not to dormancy but to action. To me, faith is not just a noun but also a verb.” Perhaps that’s why he’ll work the cancer into his schedule, still hoping to work on another Habitat house in Nepal this November. For the ex-president-Sunday-school-teacher, faith, not cancer, remains the verb. Now and forever more. Amen. - See more at: https://baptistnews.com/opinion/columns/item/30411-jimmy-carter-faith-as-verb#sthash.zsBIBkws.dpufRead on.

• Jimmy Carter's unheralded legacy
 … [NYTimes Op-Ed, Stuart Eizenstat, Aug. 25] As Jimmy Carter moves into the twilight of his life, it is enormously frustrating for those of us who worked closely with him in the White House to witness his presidency caricatured as a failure, and to see how he has been marginalized, even by his fellow Democrats, since he left office in 1981. His defining characteristic was confronting intractable problems regardless of their political cost. His closest aide and confidant, Hamilton Jordan, ruefully joked that the worst argument to make to President Carter to dissuade him from action was that it would hurt him politically.A former one-term governor of Georgia, Mr. Carter won with a colorblind campaign, and in office he stayed faithful to his message of uplifting the poor of all races at the risk of losing his white Southern base. Read on.

The Spirit of God is always creating new possibilities where we prefer to endow old institutions. - See more at: https://baptistnews.com/opinion/columns/item/30360-choosing-adaptive-change#sthash.3BDI4Xqs.dpuf
There’s a new kind of language being used around the Iran nuclear deal recently negotiated in Vienna. We can call it “Trump Talk,” defined as a drumbeat of outrageous political speech that is historically inaccurate, intellectually dishonest and even deceptive, morally and spiritually offensive, and willfully tone deaf. - See more at: https://sojo.net/articles/iran-deal-its-time-some-serious-talk#sthash.H69jTf3V.dpuf• Crosses, turbans and maple leaves[The Economist, Erasmus, July 28] Compared with their southern neighbours, Canadians are quite wary of mixing religion and politics. Admittedly, Stephen Harper is probably the nearest thing that Canada has had in recent times to a prime minister from the religious right. He is an evangelical Christian of a strongly pro-Israel persuasion. And he has been accused by some of appealing to Islamophobic sentiment by, for example, telling Muslim women not to wear a face-covering niqab at the ceremony when they receive Canadian citizenship. But even Mr Harper treads warily, knowing how allergic some Canadians are to religious slogans, especially in federal politics. For example, his habit of saying "God bless Canada" will appeal to some voters (Canada faces an election on October 19th) and alienate others. This year, his Canada Day message on July 1st cautiously avoided reference to God; last year he made two such allusions in a Canada Day tweet. Read on.

At its heart, the Greek crisis is about the moral economy, not the financial one. The Eurocrats want the Greeks to admit they are wastrels who deserve to suffer. The Greeks want the Eurocrats to admit they are Scrooges who like making them suffer.

They may both be right, but behind the moral standoff is a difference in approaches to human error that has divided Eastern and Western Christianity for centuries. It’s the difference between the Orthodox idea of economia and the Augustinian conviction that either it’s right or God brings the hammer down.

- See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2015/07/09/the-moral-theology-of-the-greek-crisis/#sthash.gkayofZc.dpuf

Evangelism/Stewardship/Worship/Church Growth  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Resources
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In the Media  [• New item  •• Repeat]

Rest in Peace   [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Oliver Sacks, 82[NYTimes] died August 30 in his home in Manhattan. The last of his many eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition was an essay on the beauty of Sabbath rest -- and the prospect of ultimate rest. A neurologist, he wrote about the brain's quirks. Read on.
• The tragic story of Oliver Sacks's celibacy[WaPo] Read on.


• Wayne Dyer, 75[WaPo] best-selling self-help guru offered a self-actualization philosophy. It was Christian-y. It was Buddhist-ish. And it all began with a hard-luck childhood on the steets of Detroit. Read on.

• Samir Hana Kafity, 81[ENS] former primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, died on Aug. 21 after a stroke. “Bishop Kafity kept a ball of barbed wire on his desk to help him remember that he was pastor to Christians on both sides of the barbed wire,” said the Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet, rector of St. Bartholomew’s, Poway CA, the parish home of Bishop Kafity and his family for the past eighteen years. “He gave himself relentlessly to bringing peace to all people, regardless of race, nationality, faith or political group, by breaking down differences and collaborating with countless religious leaders around the world.” Read on.


TaleSpin  

BackSpin – Do you remember? [• New item  •• Repeat]

Employment Opportunities [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Douglassville seeks Organist/Choirmaster … St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Douglassville PA is looking for a part-time Organist/Choirmaster working on the average of 10-12 hours per week. This person should be an accomplished organist and choir director, open to various musical styles and settings and committed to enhancing and developing the musical programs of the parish.
   Familiarity with the Episcopal liturgy and seasons of the Christian year is a plus. The candidate must be competent in organ playing and choral directing, possess a working knowledge of sacred choral music, ability to work effectively with adults, children/youth (or those who work with them) and ability to be sensitive and responsive to the capabilities, needs and interests of the parish family.
   In preparation for services, the Organist/Choirmaster will plan and coordinate service music with the rector, and work with a volunteer choir. Other significant liturgical occasions – Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, Funerals and Weddings – will require extra planning and rehearsals.
   The annual salary is commensurate with the abilities and experience of the candidate. The position is available September 15, 2015. Please send your resume to The Rev. Dr. David R. Green, Rector, c/o office@stgabriels.us

•• Trinity Bethlehem seeks Director of Youth Ministries
… Position description here.

• Episcopal Positions beyond DioBeth ... Here.

Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Resources … way below.

Evangelical Lutheran Church
ELCA website ... Here.
ELCA News Service ... Here
ELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."
Spirit Spinning ... for those who hunger and thirst for a deeper connection with God ... Here.

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

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

Presbyterian Church USA
Website ... Here.
News & Announcements ... Here.

Roman Catholic
RC cardinal arrested for DUI[Hawaii Tribune-Herald, August 24] One of the high-ranking American officials of the Roman Catholic Church was arrested for drunken driving late last week in Kailua-Kona. Cardinal William Joseph Levada, 79, of Menlo Park, Calif., was released from police custody after posting $500 bail. “I regret my error in judgment. I intend to continue fully cooperating with the authorities,” Levada said in an email statement issued by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Levada, the former Archbishop of San Francisco, was appointed as a cardinal, a prince of the church, on May 13, 2005, by Pope Benedict XVI, just weeks after his election as pontiff. He was the first U.S. prelate to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s powerful guardian of doctrine. He now holds the title of Prefect Emeritus of the Conclave of the Faith since his retirement as prefect in July 2012. He also was a member of the conclave that elected Pope Francis in March 2013. Read on. [Bill: This caught my eye especially because Cardinal Levada and I were contemporaries in Rome, at North American Cokllege, during the early '60s.]

• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.

• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
A diminishing number of active priests[Times-Tribune, Scranton] to minister to the spiritual needs of the nearly 280,000 Roman Catholics in Northeast Pennsylvania in the coming years will require the Diocese of Scranton to embrace other forms of pastoral leadership.As the diocese takes this next step in its evolution, with deacons, other religious or laypeople filling non-sacramental roles previously filled almost solely by priests, there will be implications for how the local church engages the laity and how parishioners approach and live out their faith … A decade ago, the Diocese of Scranton had 228 priests in active ministry across its 11 counties. Today, there are 137. At the same time, the number of parishes without a priest in residence has grown from five in 2005 to 14 in 2015 even as mergers have trimmed the overall number of parishes from 189 to 120, diocesan figures show. In another 10 years, perhaps sooner, the diocese anticipates retirements, illness and other circumstances will thin the pastoral ranks by about 40 active priests, leaving fewer than 100. Read on.

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

 

The Vatican
Jozef Wesolowski, Ex-Archbishop Accused of Sexual Abuse, Dies at 67[NYTimes] He would have been the first high-level prelate to stand before a Vatican tribunal on such charges, but illness prevented the trial from proceeding. Read on.

• Vatican website ... Here
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
• Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.
• The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium] ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.
A readers’ guide to “Laudato Si”[NCR, Thomas Reese, June 26] Chapter-by-chapter guidance with study questions to help in reading Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change. Intended for book clubs, classes and small discussion groups. Read on.

Health and Wellness [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Resources
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Media/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Resources … below.

VariaSpin [• New item  •• Repeat]

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The newSpin newsletter is uploaded to the newSpin blog and posted on a newSpin list of some 2,000 addresses every other Thursday. Many recipients forward it to others. It 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 Bishop, the Standing Committee or the Archdeacon as an official communication. Comments are welcome on Bethlehem Episcopalians (if you have joined that interactive FaceBook group).

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Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]


Resources

DioBeth
• Every Thursday: Look for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter … One or another newsletter is published every Thursday in the following order: (1) The Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) The Diocesan e-Newsletter, (4) The newSpin newsletter. The Leadership News and the Diocesan e-Newsletter are official publications of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They include news, info, features and events relating to our diocese and parishes. The newSpin newsletter is not an official publication – and will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parishes found in the official newsletters. It is a relatively lengthy eclectic sampling of items related to religion – at times not, at times not so clearly – that the editor thinks readers might find to be of interest. It has been a kind of hobby of a onetime communication minister, the work of a volunteer who in retirement enjoys and dedicates time to do the research required. The newSpin newsletter is posted on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to Jo Trepagnier, jo@diobeth.org.

• Look online … for the Diocese of Bethlehem Facebook Page, Facebook Group (Bethlehem Episcopalians) and Twitter feed.

• Bethlehem Episcopalians … is a new Facebook group for conversations about mission, spirituality, Christian formation, and more. It was launched a few weeks ago and will replace the Bakery email list which has been taken down. "Bethlehem Episcopalians is an open group," wrote Archdeacon Rick Cluett, "which means that anyone can join and items that you post can be shared by group members on their own Facebook pages. This offers each of us the opportunity to reach a larger audience with news and conversations about what God is doing in our diocese." Join the Facebook group.

DioBeth website
Stumbling into the Sacred ... [Reflections on seeing God in the everyday by Canon Anne E. Kitch]
newSpin blog ... including the newSpin weekly by Bill Lewellis.
Facebook Page 
Facebook Group … Bethlehem Episcopalians
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Center for Congregations ... 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.
Congregational Consulting ...  More information on how to contact the consultants can be found here and at http://www.congregationalconsulting.org/ .
• Church locators ... Here.
• ECF Vital Practices ... 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.
• Calendar of events in our parishes ... Here.

Episcopal/Anglican
• TREC [TaskForce for Reimagining the Episcopal Church] … website.
• TREC … Video Q&A with TREC panel at Oct. 2, 2014 TREC Churchwide Meeting at the Washington National Cathedral
• The Episcopal Church website, news service, news service blog,
Episcopal Café
• AngicansOnline website and news centre.
The Living Church
• The Anglican Communion website and news service.
• The Daily Scan: Contact publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org to add subscribers for news releases, notices, statements, or Daily Scan.
• Free weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Find the inserts here.
Updated Episcopal Church canons and constitution ... Here.
• Forward Movement ... Here.
• Episcopal Web Radio ... Here.
• Episcopal Church Event Calendar ... Here

Ecumenical/Interfaith Relations

Franklin Graham had a revelation. On Friday, Graham said it has “dawned” on him on how to “fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.”

His solution: stop doing business with LGBT-friendly companies.

- See more at: http://elielcruz.religionnews.com/2015/06/07/franklin-graham-calls-on-christians-to-blacklist-lgbt-friendly-companies/?email=blewellis%40diobeth.org#sthash.WI32aUeD.dpuf

SpiritSpin
• 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 Soul ... An Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.
• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.

Evangelism/Stewardship/Church Growth
• 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.

Bible&Worship
• 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.
• 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.

Health and Wellness
• 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.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Center for Disease Control - Healthy Living
Church Health Reader
Eastern Pennsylvania Faith Community Nurses
Episcopal Mental Illness Network
Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
National Episcopal Health Ministries
NEHM Wellness Resource Page 
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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.
• BBC News Online ... here.
• BBC Religion & Ethics ... here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.

Media/Film/TV/Books/Podcasts/Music/Tech
• Spirituality & Film ... Here.
• Spirituality on DVD ... Here.
• Books for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
• Audios for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
• 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.
• Telling the good news, in the media ... [Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson] If the media isn’t telling the stories you want told about your congregation, 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.
• Communicate … Your Ministry, including Bill's Communication Biases and Communication-Evangelism. Here.

Varia
• Insights into Religion ... Here.
• The Alban Institute ... 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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