Benedictine Oblate Chapter Starts in the Diocese
Jesus didn't come back – he went on to a new dimension

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newSpin, the newsletter
March 31, 2016
Bill Lewellis

TopSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Easter Eucharist at Nativity Cathedral … Bishop Sean Rowe's sermon begins at 39:57. View here.

• Pakistan: Where every heart is broken
[Episcopal Café] Episcopal News Service reports on the aftermath of the bombing in Lahore. Here.

• Benedictine Oblate Chapter starts in Diocese of Bethlehem
[Mother Laura Howell] On Sunday, April 17, at 1:30, twelve years after I became an Oblate of St. Benedict, Trinity Bethlehem (44 E. Market St.) will host the organizational meeting of the Diocese of Bethlehem’s new Benedictine Oblate Chapter. Bishop Sean has blessed our new undertaking.

   An oblate is a lay monastic who offers his or her life to God. To quote St. Paul in Romans 12: oblates “present <their> bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.” Oblates promise to live a Benedictine life in the world, while maintaining a spiritual connection to a monastery. We are male/female, young/old, married/single, of all races and ethnic groups, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Lutheran, other denominations, and from countries all around the world. We make promises of obedience, stability and conversion of life, to be lived while continuing in the station of life God has called us to. Read on.

• Everett W. Francis died March 19 … See below, under "Rest in Peace."

• Fifty Days of Easter
[Scott Gunn, exec director, Forward Day by Day] Easter is not a day, but an entire season. It lasts 50 days! I wonder why we so observe Lent, but very few people I know take on an Easter discipline. What might an Easter discipline look like? Maybe you'll spend a few minutes in prayer each day giving thanks for the many blessings God has given us, especially our redemption from sin in Easter.  Maybe you'll find a way to share the Good News of God in Christ with one new person each day of Eastertide.
   One practice I especially commend to you is reading, reflecting, and responding every day on one of Forward Movement's websites, 50 Days of Fabulous. The Rev. Laurie Brock from Lexington, KY does a brilliant job of inviting a range of people from across the church to draw us into the Easter Season. Every day there's a new post. You can just visit the site every day, or you can sign up there to get emails each morning.

•• DioBeth Pilgrimage Blog
Here. Give us grace to keep hope within, and despair without … to keep peace within, and worry without … to keep love within, and hatred without … to keep courage within, and fear without … to keep light within, and darkness without. Encircle us, O Lord.

• No, Pope Francis didn't exactly fire his ambassador to US – yet[RNS, David Gibson] Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano still has his job, even though he reached mandatory retirement age. Vigano gained notoriety last September when it emerged that he set up a secret meeting between Francis and Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who briefly went to jail for refusing to sign marriage certificates for gay couples. The encounter took place at the Vatican Embassy in Washington when the pontiff was visiting the nation’s capital. When news leaked a few days after Francis returned to Rome, it caused an uproar because it made it seem the pope had quietly been giving support to an icon of the very culture wars that he had spent his visit preaching against. Read on.

• Pope Francis’ widely anticipated document on Catholic family life -- which may touch on sometimes controversial issues like divorce and remarriage and same-sex marriage -- will be released on April 8, the Vatican has announced. Read on. Also, "In a move possibly hinting that Pope Francis will side with progressives on some contentious matters regarding family life, the Vatican announced Thursday that a keenly anticipated document from the pontiff will be released April 8 and presented by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria." Read on.

Intersection: Religion, Culture and Politics  [• New item  •• Repeat]
when the media says “evangelicals” they really mean “white evangelicals” and virtually never measure the opinions and voting practices of black, brown, or even young evangelicals. In fact, they don’t even ask religious identity questions of Democratic primary voters where many of the black, brown, and young evangelicals may be voting. It is older white evangelicals who are mostly voting in the Republican primaries and now are increasingly supporting Donald Trump. - See more at:

SpiritSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• God is a question, not an answer
[NYTimes, William Irwin, March 26]
Anyone who does not occasionally worry that he may be a fraud almost certainly is. Nor does the worry absolve one from the charge; one may still be a fraud, just one who rightly worries about it on occasion. Likewise, anyone who does not occasionally worry that she is wrong about the existence or nonexistence of God most likely has a fraudulent belief. Worry can make the belief or unbelief genuine, but it cannot make it correct.
   People who claim certainty about God worry me, both those who believe and those who don’t believe. They do not really listen to the other side of conversations, and they are too ready to impose their views on others. It is impossible to be certain about God.
   Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say to God if it turned out there was one and he met him at judgment. Russell’s reply: “You gave us insufficient evidence.” Even believers can appreciate Russell’s response. God does not make it easy. God, if he exists, is “deus absconditus,” the hidden God. He does not show himself unambiguously to all people, and people disagree about his existence. We should all feel and express humility in the face of the question even if we think the odds are tilted heavily in favor of a particular answer. Indeed, the open-minded search for truth can unite believers and nonbelievers. …
   This is not to say that we should cease attempts to convince others of our views. Far from it. We should try to unsettle others as we remain open to being unsettled ourselves. In a spirit of tolerance and intellectual humility, we should see ourselves as partners in a continuing conversation, addressing an enduring question. Read on.

• Released[Bill]
In the 2000 movie, Chocolat, a young priest’s Easter sermon includes the following thought: “We must measure our goodness, not by what we don’t do, what we deny ourselves, what we resist, or who we exclude. Instead, we should measure ourselves by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include.”
   We are told in the movie also that, after the Easter celebration and the chocolate festival in the town square, the town’s control freak was “strangely released.”
   May we be released… transformed… through the death and resurrection of Jesus and through personal encounters with the risen Lord… may we truly become new creatures in Christ.

Faith Beyond Resentment[Mollie Wilson O'Reilly, Commonweal, March 22] When I think of what makes something “spiritual” reading, rather than informational or intellectual, I think of the disciples at Emmaus recalling that their hearts were “burning within” them as they listened to Jesus interpret the Scriptures. That passage from Luke came to my mind when I first encountered the theologian James Alison and picked up a copy of his book Faith Beyond Resentment (Crossroad, 2001) …
   That the Gospels take on a new urgency for me when I hear what Alison has to say is an important point, because I know how easy it would be for me to be seduced by a take on Jesus’ message that challenged me less than the standard homily, that flattered my prejudices and then let me off the hook. Such a reading would end up leading me further from God by telling me that I’m close enough already. That’s not what I take away from Alison. His books, as Rowan Williams put it, “leave you with a feeling that perhaps it’s time you became a Christian.” Read on.

•• Be that it made some contribution[Walt Harrington, from the prologue of his book, Artful Journalism] I knew an old man who had been a country preacher for more than half a century. In his last days, he would sit in his room at his daughter’s house, where he had come after his health was gone, and listen to aging and scratchy recordings of sermons he’d given as a young man. He had been a powerful preacher, with a chest-rumbling voice that sang and whispered and bellowed all at once. As he listened, he put a handkerchief to his face, and cried. “Be that it made some contribution,” he said softly.
   I suppose that’s all any of us can hope for. Did we raise children who were strong and healthy? Build houses that lasted? Sing songs that inspired? Fight crime well? Teach children to read better? Save someone from cancer, depression, suicide? Bring someone joy or wisdom or empathy? Do something, anything that is remembered or, if not remembered, at least passed on without credit or notice in the lives of others for some good? Read on.

•• We're already in the presence of God[Richard Rohr] What's missing is awareness.

• Spirit Resources
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Columns, Sermons, Reflections, other Spin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Sermons that took me on retreat[Bill Lewellis]
For some ten years when Father Patrick Malloy served as rector at Grace Allentown, I had the privilege of hearing his sermons, most every week. They took me on retreat. Most every Sunday. You may think I'm exaggerating. Find out. Listen below to the three sermons he preached as interim dean at St. John's Cathedral, Denver, during the recent Triduum.

   Here's the beginning of his Good Friday sermon: I read yesterday a striking and troubling quote from a young man — only 19 — standing in one of the great public squares in Brussels. “In the end,” he said, “when you see what can be done in the name of God, it makes you wonder what is left for the devil.” Read on. [When he completes his ministry in Denver, Pat will be Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC.]

• It's not about proving something – it's about sharing in something [Dean Tony Pompa]
World class cellist and musician Yo Yo Ma when describing his worldview of a masterful performance says that he sees himself as a host and the audience, his guests. Read on.

DioBeth  [• New item  •• Repeat] 

• Mt. Pocono seeks Organist/Choirmaster … See below, under "Employment Opportunities."

•• Livestream from Nativity Cathedral …
View Sunday services and special events. Visit from your computer. Watch on your TV from the Livestream channel on Roku or Apple TV or on iPad, iPhone and Android with any of the free Livestream apps.

• DioBeth Leadership News, March 10
Here.  • Holy Oils: Blessing, Anointing, Burning  • Chrism Mass on March 22  • Regional Leadership Training on April 9  • Regional Leadership Training on April 9  • Adaptive Leadership Training on April 30  • Regional Pilgrimage Gatherings in April and May  • 2015 Reports Due  • Regional Confirmation in May  • Christophany Youth Retreat  • Enriching Your Retirement on April 6  • Pilgrimage Resources for Congregations  • Safeguarding God's Children  • People of Bethlehem  • Resources and Reminders  • Upcoming Diocesan Events

• DioBeth General News, March 24Here. • This World Does Not Need Another Fairy Tale: Presiding Bishop Curry's Easter Message;  • Upcoming Diocesan Staff Changes;  • Leadership Training Opportunities;  • Pilgrimage Regional Gatherings;  • Bethlehem Youth Blogged Lent; Maria Tjeltveit to Blog Easter…  • Christophany Youth Retreat;  • News of the Diocese

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[Bill] Every Thursday in the following rotation: (1) Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) General News, (4) The newSpin newsletter.

   The Leadership News and the General News 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 General News, March 24, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, March 10, Here.
   The newSpin newsletter you are now reading will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parishes found in the General and Leadership news. It is an 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, now 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,

•• Pilgrimage Prayer and Blessing[Pilgrimage Blog] God of Journeys, as you led and nourished your ancient people though the wilderness, give us the courage to set off on pilgrimage to seek the forms and styles of life and ministry you have prepared for us.  You call us to leave familiar things and leave our “comfort zone.” Guide our footsteps, open our eyes to new experiences, open our ears to hear you speaking to us, touch our imaginations, and clear our vision that we may become the people you would have us to be.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, who travels always with us.  Amen.
May God the Father who created you, guide your footsteps;

May God the Son who redeemed you, share your journey;
May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, lead you on life’s pilgrimage; and,
The blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you wherever you may go. Amen.

Episcopal/Anglican [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Suspended
Douglas Hahn has been suspended for one year from his duties as bishop of the Diocese of Lexington and from ordained ministry, effective March 9. Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, working through the canonical disciplinary and pastoral processes of the church, took this action after learning that Hahn had a sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner and intentionally withheld this information when seeking the position of bishop. Read on. [Lexington Standing Committee president Peter D'Angio, mentioned in this story, was once rector at St. Luke's Scranton.]

•• Weekly bulletin inserts … provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Current inserts here. To view the archive of bulletin inserts dating back to 2006, please visit here.

• Resources … way below.

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

Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown, where he served as a vestry member. - See more at:
She was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sinking Spring, PA, where she actively headed up the Altar Guild for many years, and volunteered for many other church activities. - See more at:
Maryann E. Corona, 79

TaleSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• How will young people choose their religion?[The Atlantic, Emma Green, March 20] In the United States, fewer young Americans identify as religious or attend regular services than members of any other living generation. People in their 20s and early 30s account for more than a third of the country’s “nones,” an academic nickname for the religiously disaffiliated. Religion is no longer the mode through which many people live their lives, and this relatively new state of affairs affects even those who remain religious: It opens up the possibility of beliefs and practices that are not simply inherited, but actively chosen. Read on.

• The 'radical' legacy of Mister Rogers[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peter Smith, March 27] When he died in 2003, Fred Rogers was described in many headlines as gentle, beloved, kind and — of course — neighborly. But how about radical? Counter-cultural? Trouble-maker? Scholars and others are using such adjectives as they assess the legacy of the late creator and host of the long-running “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
   For all his much-parodied gentle voice and manner, the Latrobe native actually worked from a steely social conscience. He used his program, with its non-threatening benign puppets, songs and conversation, to raise provocative topics such as war, peace, race, gender and poverty with his audience of preschoolers and their parents — patiently guiding them across the minefields of late 20th century political and social change. Read on. [Bill] Now I know why I so liked his neighborhood.

Rest in Peace   [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Everett W. Francis, 89 … died March 19. He was a longtime resident at Buckingham’s Choice, Adamstown MD and onetime rector of St. Luke's Scranton (1977-92). After retirement from St. Luke's, Everett served also as interim at St. Paul's Montrose and the Episcopal Ministry of Unity, Palmerton/Lehighton. Read on.

• Paul Miller, 89[Dean Pompa] I write you with the sad news that long-time and most faithful Cathedral member Paul Miller died this Good Friday, March 25. Many of you know how courageous Paul has been these past few years dealing with a plethora of health issues. Paul gave much of his time, talent, heart and spirit in service to our Lord and as a member of this Cathedral. Please keep his wife Cornelia (Cornie), his children and grandchildren in your prayers. We will desperately miss Paul. In this season where we are lifted in a love that transcends all, may we give thanks for Paul's life and for the promise of eternal life. Obituary.

• Mother Mary Angelica, 92[NYTimes] A cloistered Franciscan nun and media entrepreneur, she founded the largest Roman Catholic television network in the country, the Eternal Word Television Network, and used it unstintingly to criticize liberalizing trends in the Catholic Church. She launched EWTN in 1981 with $200, a makeshift studio in a monastery’s garage in Irondale, Alabama, and one on-air personality, herself. By the time she retired in 2001 after a series of debilitating strokes, her homespun half-hour program of advice and commentary, Mother Angelica Live, was the anchor of a 24-hour Catholic programming network reaching over 100 million homes in the United States, South America, Africa and Europe …
   Her television style that made her irresistible to traditionalist Catholics, who never warmed to American church leaders’ efforts, after the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council, to demystify rituals and nudge congregations toward greater social engagement. That audience contributed generously to her enterprise, donating what The National Catholic Reporter estimated at $25 million annually in 1994. Read on. Also at WaPo. And at RNS. And at Crux.

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

Employment Opportunities [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Mt. Pocono seeks Organist/Choirmaster … Trinity Episcopal Church, Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania is seeking an Organist/Choirmaster to provide music at all weekly and special services including, Christmas Eve/Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and any other service agreed upon by the Priest, Vestry, and Organist. Right of first refusal for funerals and weddings. Read on.

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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.
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Facebook Here.
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Presbyterian Church USA
Website ... Here.

News & Announcements ... Here.

Roman Catholic
A Place at the Table[Commonweal, Tina Beattie, March 29] For many Catholic women, the initial euphoria of Pope Francis's election was gradually replaced with the realization they would "continue to be joked about, patronized, and romanticized," as Tina Beattie puts it, while "the chances of our being treated as full and equal members of Christ’s church seemed as remote as ever." So, she started "Catholic Women Speak."

• Norristown parish reaches out to Latino newcomers
[NCR, Peter Feuerherd, March 24] A giant statue of the Irish patron stands atop St. Patrick's Church in this gritty city's downtown, beckoning to immigrants as it has done ever since the church was built in 1907. These days, it is more popularly referred to as San Patricio.
   This parish, founded by Irish immigrants in 1835, is now a magnet for Latino immigrants, filling three Spanish Masses in the church each weekend, plus two in English. More come on popular feast days like that for Our Lady of Guadalupe, as the church parking lot and neighborhood streets overflow with worshipers. Good Friday includes a vivid recreation of the Passion, performed on the streets, with a Jesus beaten and abused in dramatic style.
   St. Patrick's remains a different kind of parish from its neighbors, located in a pocket of poverty amidst Montgomery County, the wealthiest in Pennsylvania, six miles from the Philadelphia city line. Norristown is a former factory town long populated by Irish and Italian immigrants; today, 80 percent of the parish population has roots in Latin America, many of them recent immigrants from the Puebla region.
   "I live in the 1950s," Fr. Gus Puleo, the pastor, tells NCR. "Whatever problems they have they come to the priest."  Read on.

• Diocese of Allentown
... Here.

• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.

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

The Vatican
• Money and Saint-Making[America, April 4-11] Continuing his reform of Vatican finances, Pope Francis issued a decree on March 4 approving new norms relating to the administration of the “goods,” mainly money, of the causes for beatification and canonization of saints in order to ensure full transparency and accountability in this area. Read on.

• 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]
• Religious liberty questioned before Supreme Court [Tom Roberts, Analysis, NCR] In some corners of the Catholic community, the Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate is perceived as so onerous that it sets up a confrontation with the state comparable to those that once produced martyrs. The matter is so grave, others have said, that failure of the Supreme Court to overturn the requirement could result in the shuttering of the church's social services.
   Dire predictions aside, should the court rule against it, the church would have significant precedent to fall back upon showing that Catholic entities have survived while providing the same services in health care plans that they have long opposed, if under protest …
   The nub of the complaints being pursued in the most recent case before the high court, Zubik v. Burwell, is not whether Catholics at large find the mandate contrary to their personal religious convictions. Most Catholics are not actually up in arms about the mandate. Surveys show that for decades before the Affordable Care Act, the vast majority of the 70 million Catholics in the United States have consistently ignored or openly rejected the church teaching about artificial contraception. Read on.

• N.F.L.'s deeply flawed concussion research
[NYTimes, March 24]  Some retired players have likened the National Football League’s handling of its health crisis to that of the tobacco industry, which was notorious for using questionable science to play down the dangers of cigarettes. Concussions can hardly be equated with smoking, which kills 1,300 people a day in the United States, and The Times has found no direct evidence that the league took its strategy from Big Tobacco. But records show a long relationship between two businesses with little in common beyond the health risks associated with their products.

   The records show that the two businesses shared lobbyists, lawyers and consultants. Personal correspondence underscored their friendships, including dinner invitations and a request for lobbying advice. Read on.

• New F.D.A. guidelines ease access to abortion pill … [NYTimes, March 30]
The Food and Drug Administration stepped into the politics of abortion on Wednesday, relaxing the requirements for taking a medication that induces abortion, a move that is expected to expand access to the procedure.

   The move was a victory for abortion rights advocates who had been fighting laws in states like Texas, North Dakota and Ohio that required providers to follow the requirements on the original F.D.A. labels for the drug when conducting abortions by medication. Many doctors say the original labels, based on clinical evidence from the 1990s, were outdated and that the state laws requiring doctors to adhere to them went against accepted medical practice and made it harder for women to get abortions. Read on.

• Resources
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Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item  •• Repeat]
•• Take and Read is NCRonline's newest blog series, featuring each week a contributor's reflections on a specific book that changed their lives. Good books, as the blog co-editors say, "can inspire, affirm, challenge, change, even disturb." Published every Monday here.

Varia [• New item  •• Repeat]

2015 was a big year for the little pronoun they and its slide into use as a singular pronoun. 

First, in December, the Washington Post admitted the singular they into its style guide, saying it is fine for Post writers to use they as a singular pronoun for transgender people and to avoid awkward sentences. Then last week, hundreds of linguists at the American Dialect Society annual meeting voted for the singular they as the 2015 word of the year

- See more at:

The strange word … I decided years ago to call this newsletter and its related blog newSpin. 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, as we experience and dance with the Risen Lord.
   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-)
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Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]


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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:

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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.

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• Celebrating the Eucharist, by Patrick Malloy. Google Book
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• 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 ... Including Diocesan Cycles of Prayer for weekly worship, Holy Women Holy Men, and The Text This Week. Here.

Health and Wellness
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• WebMD ... Here.
• ... 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

• 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.

• 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.

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


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