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newSpin, the newsletter
October 1, 2015
Bill Lewellis


[The strange word
… Years ago, when I decided to call this newsletter and its related blog newSpin, I had a few thoughts in mind. The "S" in the middle suggests that some items in newSpin are newS; others, Spin; others, both. Which items I include as well as how and how often I present them are clues to my leanings. I think all of us spin. There's a lot more spin in the world of news than most editors own up to. Watch out for that upper case S in the middle. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul might be said to have spun "the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" [Mark 1:1]. We continue to spin that good news, according to how we have experienced and danced with the Risen Lord. Thanks, Bill]

TopSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• 2015 Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem … October 2-3. Read on. The convention will include Eucharist (Friday, 5:15 at the Cathedral) and a banquet (Friday, 7:00 p.m. at the Best Western) in remembrance of the ministry of the late Bishop Mark Dyer in the Diocese of Bethlehem (1982-1995). Archdeacon Rick Cluett will preach at Eucharist.


• Safeguarding God's Children: A letter from Bishop Sean
Here.

• A recap of the visit of Pope Francis
[Commonweal]
Pope Francis departed for Rome from Philadelphia Sunday night (Sept. 27, after spending five eventful days in the United States. We can expect clergy, politicians, writers, reporters, talking heads, and maybe even poets will have much to say about the visit in the coming weeks and months. And we will too. In the meantime, for those of you who have lingering Popemania, or who are suffering from what some are calling "pope-partum depression," we put together this recap. You'll find reports on and analysis of the pope's messages to Congress, the United Nations, the United States Bishops, and victims of clergy sex abuse (includes video) from Grant Gallicho, full transcripts of the pope's remarks and commentary-free video of the papal parades through D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, Francis's school and prison visits, and selected prayer services. Read on.

• Find the congregational resources you needThe Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is a web-based service that helps congregations find and use the best resources for the challenges they identify. The CRG allows users to search, save and discuss a curated list of books, articles, websites, organizations and more based on 18 years of Center for Congregations’ resourcing expertise.

• Communicate like a Buddhist: mindfully and without judgmentHere.

• Communicate like a Christian … Guide us, gracious God. May we be …
Attentive to our experience, to the voices and hearts of those around us.
Intelligent in our interpretation of that to which we have been attentive.
Reasonable in our judgments about what we have understood.
Responsible in our decisions about how we will act on our judgments.
And always open to inner conversion, to transformation in your truth and your love.


•• Anglican Communion to discuss looser global ties … [Reuters] The Archbishop of Canterbury has called a January meeting of leading bishops to discuss loosening the Anglican Church’s global structure due to growing differences over homosexuality and female bishops. The Anglican Communion, the world’s third largest Christian body with 80 million members, has been split between the more liberal churches of North America and Britain, where women are now allowed to become bishops and same sex couples can marry, and their more conservative counterparts in Africa.Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury who is spiritual leader of the Communion, will propose to the 38 national church heads that communion be reorganized as a group of churches all formally linked to Canterbury but no longer necessarily to each other. In a more decentralized Communion, different congregations around the world would be able to hold different views without any common Anglican doctrine. Read on. There's a better story by Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein at WaPo. Also, "Dissolving the Communion to save it," at The Atlantic.

•• 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.This is SOUTHEAST, part two of MSNBC‘s four-part series, Geography of Poverty. INTRODUCTION. SOUTHWEST. NORTHEAST. NORTHWEST.

• The shocking reach of U.S. child poverty[CBS MoneyWatch]
America's childhood poverty numbers aren't pretty, but they are even uglier than you might think. Take a snapshot of the U.S. today, and you'll find that 22 percent of all children live in families that are below the federal poverty level. But what happens when you look at how American children fare throughout their pre-adult lives? It's nearly twice as bad. Read on.

DioBeth [• New item  •• Repeat] 
• The Rev. Twila Smith
has accepted the call to be priest-in-charge of Grace Church in Allentown. She will begin her duties there on October 1 and continue her work as missioner for Church of the Mediator in Allentown as the two congregations begin a networked relationship for urban ministry and mission in greater Allentown. 

• The Rev. David Zwifka … of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania has begun his ministry as interim rector for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Lebanon. He was most recently rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lewistown, PA.

• DioBeth Leadership News, Sept. 24
Here.


• DioBeth e-Newsletter, Sept. 10
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. Includes 334 members.

• Look online every Thursday for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter or for newSpin
[Bill] Every Thursday in the following rotation: (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, September 10, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, September 24, 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.

Episcopal/Anglican [• New item  •• Repeat] 
• Audrey Cady Scanlan ordained as bishop of Central PA … [ENS] The Rev. Audrey Cady Scanlan was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on Sept. 12 during a service at The Forum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Read on.

• House of Deputies newsletterHere.

•• General Convention 2015 summary of actionsHere.

• Resources … way below.

SpiritSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• The Patient Body: memorials and body counts[Ann Neumann, The Revealer] But what’s in a name? For the families and friends of those who died, it is an intimacy with their dead loved one, a specific name for their loss. A dead person’s name signifies all they were and once meant to us. Saying their name keeps them close, though their body may be gone. Too, names of the dead, like the lists on public memorials, signify living physical bodies, once like ours, as well as our social body, our fellow citizens. Despite our rational understanding of what happened to those lives—on September 11th they were brutally ended by a gross act of violence that disintegrated their bodies—recalling the dead by their names re-enchants them, makes them real to us again. We know they are dust. But we can remember and imagine their presence when we say their names. The ritual of name-saying, then, is a way of enchanting our world with their memories. Read on. [Ann Neumann writes about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.]

• Fear[Marilynne Robinson, NY Review of Books] There is something I have felt the need to say, that I have spoken about in various settings, extemporaneously, because my thoughts on the subject have not been entirely formed, and because it is painful to me to have to express them. However, my thesis is always the same, and it is very simply stated, though it has two parts: first, contemporary America is full of fear. And second, fear is not a Christian habit of mind. Read on.


• Spirit Resources
 ... way below.

Columns, Sermons, Reflections and other Spin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Deifying Pope Francis Obscures Where He’s So So Right, So So Wrong[Religion Dispatches, Daniel C. Maguire] Here.

Where Religion, Culture and Politics Might Intersect  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• California legislature approved assisted suicide[NYTimes, Sept. 11] In a landmark victory for supporters of assisted suicide, the California State Legislature on September 11 gave its final approval to a bill that would allow doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives. Four states — Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont — already allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to some patients. The California bill, which passed Friday in the State Senate by a vote of 23 to 14, will now go to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will roughly triple access to doctor-assisted suicide across the country if he signs it. Mr. Brown has given little indication of his intentions. Read on.

• Pope Francis's refugee morality play[New York Magazine, Lisa Miller] One reason you can tell Pope Francis is a political and rhetorical genius is that he is able to tell the Christian story (arguably the most-told story in the Western world) as if it were new again — and not just new, but radical. Disruptive, even. He’s spent a lot of the last year turning heads and forcing double takes, but most of the time he’s been merely offering Christian truths, the same ones preached by countless bishops throughout the ages and memorized by a billion youthful catechists. Francis has been less a revolutionary theologian than he might seem, but who can remember another Christian leader whose interpretation of the gospels seemed at once so relevant, so moral, so contemporary, so wise? Not since Billy Graham has a singular pastor seemed to speak to so many. Read on.

• The Biden formation story[NYTimes, David Brooks] Last month I wrote that Joe Biden should not run for president this year. The electorate is in an anti-establishment mood, and as a longtime insider, Biden, I argued, would suffer from the same disadvantages Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are now enduring, without any of their advantages. It would end badly. But then came Biden’s moment with Stephen Colbert. His discussion of his own grief over his son Beau’s death was beautiful and genuine and revealed the golden heart that everybody knows is at the core of the man. Read on.

Evangelism/Stewardship/Worship/Church Growth  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Bono on generosity [Give Like God Gives, via Leadership Network] Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Get involved with what God is doing, because it's already blessed.  Watch the 2:20 excerpt from Bono's address to the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast. View.

• Father Don Knapp, onetime, long time rector of Grace Allentown, was never timid about challenging people from the pulpit. He once uttered one of the best stewardship quips I've ever heard: "Every church should be poor, not because members are not generous, but because it gives away what it has."

• Resources
 ... way below

In the Media  [• New item  •• Repeat]

Rest in Peace   [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Phyllis Tickle, 81[RNS, via WaPo, David Gibson]
died in her sleep September 22 after a battle with lung cancer. This profile of Tickle by RNS was originally published on May 22, 2015. Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle. Also at RNS, an appreciation by Jana Riess. Obituary here.

• Yogi Berra, 90 … [WaPo] died Sept. 22 at his home in West Caldwell, NJ. A Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees, he won three Most Valuable Player awards and appeared in the World Series more times than any other player in history. Read on. Also, the most quotable American. Obituary here.

• John O'Neill, 90[NYTimes] an openly gay Roman Catholic priest who, from the 1970s onward, publicly pressed the church to welcome gay men and lesbians — and who was expelled from his Jesuit order as a result — died on September 22 in Fort Lauderdale FL. “He was a gay man who was a Jesuit priest — and being a gay man who is a Jesuit priest, by the way, is not an unusual thing,” Mary E. Hunt, a Roman Catholic feminist theologian and longtime friend of Father McNeill’s, said a few days after his death. “The difference is that John McNeill was honest, and he was honest early. And being honest early meant that he paid a large price.” Read on. LATimes obituary here.

• Everett C. Parker, 102[NYTimes] who won a landmark broadcasting case and led a civil rights crusade to hold television and radio stations accountable for presenting racially biased programming and for failing to hire blacks and other minorities, died September 17 in White Plains NY. He was a
United Church of Christ minister and the founder and longtime director of its Office of Communications. With church support, he used the office as his civil rights platform for 30 years. Read on. [Bill] Everett Parker was one of my church communication role models during the late 1960s when I began working in communication for the Diocese of Allentown as a Roman Catholic priest. He fought as a public interest advocate in the trenches of Congress and the FCC. My admiration focused on how he developed a communication ministry that transcended institutional self-interest. He worked in communication within his institution – but his work and accomplishments were such that he became a gift to the world rather than a house organ variation on a parochial theme.

TaleSpin [• New item  •• Repeat]
The Hormone That Bonds Humans to Dogs [WSJournal, Robert Sapolsky, Sept. 17] It’s pleasing when the world finds a new use for something old and familiar. Pie pans gave birth to Frisbees; botulinum toxin, once known mostly for poisoning people, is now better known as Botox and gets rid of wrinkles. And Lady Gaga has taught the world how to use a large silver lobster as a hat. But evolution has come up with a bigger innovation than any of these.The discovery concerns the mammalian hormone oxytocin, which evolved around 500 million years ago from an ancestral version still found in fish and amphibians. The hormone evolved to play a key role in what makes mammals mammalian. Read on.

• How greens and sceptics read the Biblical creation story[The Economist, Erasmus] Scriptural interpretation generally tells you at least as much about the interpreter as it does about the scripture. That has been true since the very, very beginning. Here.

• Why the world loves the many resurrections of 'Doctor Who'[WaPo, Gregory Alan Thornbury, Sept. 19] Time after time, the series explicitly brings up questions about the reliability of our most deeply held beliefs. Read on.

• There are more atheists and agnostics entering Harvard than Protestants and Catholics[WaPo. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Sept 9] Here.

BackSpin – Do you remember? [• New item  •• Repeat]
Religion, as often practiced, can be a devastating bore. God never is. [Mark Dyer. Bishop, Diocese of Bethlehem, 1982-1995]


Employment Opportunities [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Episcopal Positions beyond DioBeth ... Here.

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

Evangelical Lutheran Church [• New item  •• Repeat]
•• Syrian refugees will find homes in Lehigh Valley[The Morning Call] Allentown’s Lutheran Children and Family Service program helps 39, will welcome more. Read on.

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 [• New item  •• Repeat]
Moravian Church in North America  website.  
Moravian Church Northern Province website
Moravian Theological Seminary website.

United Methodist Church [• New item  •• Repeat]
News Service Here.
Communication Resources ... Start here.
Eastern PA Conference website  Here.
Facebook Here.
Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.

Presbyterian Church USA [• New item  •• Repeat]
Website ... Here.
News & Announcements ... Here.

Roman Catholic [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.

• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
A diminishing number of active priests[Times-Tribune, Scranton] to minister to the spi

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

The Vatican [• New item  •• Repeat]
• 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]
• Flu Vaccine: Ready and Better
[The Morning Call] The CDC recommends most people over 6 months of age be vaccinated by October. In addition to the traditional shot or nasal spray, the vaccine can also be administered through a jet injector, which uses a high-pressure, narrow stream of fluid to penetrate the skin instead of a hypodermic needle.Two main types of vaccine are available: the trivalent, engineered to protect against three kinds of flu, and the quadrivalent, which includes protection against a fourth. Rhodes recommends the trivalent, which is available in a high-dose form, for seniors. Though the trivalent covers a narrower spectrum of the virus, its high-dose form, which contains four times as much antigen, has been shown to be far more effective in older patients than the quadrivalent, he said.Generally, the vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective. It produces side effects in some people, although usually they are mild and temporary. Whatever immunity it provides lasts at least four to six months. Read on.

• Resources
… below


Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Pope Francis forever grins over Philly's 'Gayborhood'[RNS]
There are a lot of famous Franks painted on the outside of Dirty Frank’s, a neighborhood bar and local landmark in Philadelphia. And though Pope Francis left the city Sunday (Sept. 27), he will long grin over “the Gayborhood” — as Dirty Frank’s vicinity is sometimes called — in a mural alongside Frank Sinatra, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Frankenstein. The mural became part of the city’s lively public art scene in 2001 when it was first painted by local artist David McShane. McShane added the pope to the mural just a few weeks before the pontiff’s arrival. Read on.

• In new book, Tom Roberts details life of Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister
[Global Sisters Report/NCR]
Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister is known as an inspiring writer and speaker, a tireless advocate for women's rights who refused to be silenced by the Vatican, a prophet often turned away in her own church and an unflagging champion for peace and justice. In the biography Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith, journalist Tom Roberts reveals the interior Joan Chittister: her difficult childhood in Pennsylvania, the young woman who found both refuge and purpose in her religious vocation, the public figure whose brilliance produced a body of written work that will stand as a profound expression of spirituality and women's concerns in this era. Read on.

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).

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


Resources

DioBeth
• Look online every Thursday for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter or for newSpin[Bill] Every Thursday in the following rotation: (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, September 10, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, September 24, 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 parishagoes 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.


• 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.

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  … Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem
Facebook Group … Bethlehem Episcopalians
Twitter
Flickr
YouTube
Vimeo
LinkedIn

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 

Let's Move

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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