The Rev. Canon Jane Ballantyne Teter
Jane Ballantyne Teter – A Celebration of her Life and Ministry

newSpin 170126

newSpin, the newsletter
January 26, 2017
Bill Lewellis

[A DioBeth newsletter (General or Leadership) or the newSpin newsletter is published online on Thursdays in the following rotation: (1) Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) General News, (4) The newSpin newsletter. If you find something online or in print(or if you'd like to write something) that you think might warrant inclusion for the sake of many in this newSpin newsletter, please send the link or your text to bill.lewellis@gmail.com]

TopSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• DioBeth Leadership News, Jan. 19 … Here. •Standing Committee Opens Nominations for Bishop Search Committee, •In Memoriam: The Rev. Canon Jane Teter, •Unholy Trinity Gun Violence Conference April 20 - 22, •2017 UTO Grant Applications Now Available, •The Episcopal Church Welcomes Refugees Webinar, •Roanridge Grant Application Now Available, •Clergy Housing Resolution, •2016 Parochial Reports, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events

• DioBeth General News, Jan. 5 … Here. •Call for the Election of the Ninth Bishop of Bethlehem, •South Sudan at Risk of Famine and Genocide, •Seamen's Church Institute Holds Christmas at Sea, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events

• Canon Jane Teter's funeral service … will be at Nativity Cathedral on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. See "Rest in Peace," below.


Intersection: Religion, Culture, Politics  [•New item ••Repeat]
• Catholic bishops urge Congress to preserve health care coverage[RNS, David Gibson, Jan. 18] The U.S. Catholic hierarchy was one of the staunchest foes of President Obama’s signature health care law, nearly derailing its passage in 2010 over concerns about abortion funding and exacting a political toll that helped doom abortion-opposing Democrats who backed Obamacare while boosting Republican efforts to take control of Congress. But faced with the prospect of the GOP following through on pledges to repeal health care reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seems to be changing its tune. On Jan. 18, the USCCB released a letter warning Congress not to overturn the law without providing an immediate replacement to provide continuing coverage for the millions who have been insured under the Affordable Care Act. Read on.

• SpiritSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• The call of the bells is a call to a moral awakening[The Guardian UK, Giles Fraser]
For centuries, bells have served as prompts for us to become a better version of ourselves. But their days appear numbered. Read on.

• Henri Nouwen's intimate letters shed light on his 'theology of the heart'[RNS, Oct. 4] A French playwright, I believe, tells a story of whe  
Religion News Service: A new book commemorating the 20th anniversary of Henri Nouwen's death gathers letters that chronicle his lifelong struggles with celibacy, his disaffection with academia and his prolonged recovery from a nervous breakdown -- among the many spiritual stations that marked his remarkable journey. Read on.

• The paradox of Obama's religious life[The Economist, Erasmus, Jan. 15] A president with a feel for the spiritual who was hated by the pious. America is saying goodbye to a president whose spiritual life presents an extraordinary paradox. Barack Obama was loathed, almost literally demonised by many God-fearing people, who felt that his policies over reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and stem-cell research were something much worse than mistaken. A remarkable number of his compatriots persisted in believing that he was a crypto-Muslim. But more than any recent president, he was able to speak of his own spiritual development as a Christian with conviction and passion. He appeared comfortable not merely with the theist generalities required by the country's civil religion but with some of the tough specifics of Christian theology. Read on.

• Spirit Resources
 ... way below.

Columns, Sermons, Reflections, other Spin  [• New item  •• Repeat]

DioBeth  [• New item  •• Repeat]
•• Diocese of Bethlehem issues call for election of next bishop … Diocese of Bethlehem Bishop Provisional Sean Rowe said Jan. 5 that the diocese is ready to begin the process of electing its ninth bishop diocesan. Read on.

• Standing Committee accepting nominations for a bishop search committee through February 3 … At this time, the Standing Committee is ready to accept nominations to the Search Committee. Those who put their name forward must recognize that this committee will require a significant commitment of time over at least 12 months. Members of the Search Committee must be willing to travel within the Diocese for various meetings. Each Search Committee member must possess computer skills enabling them to use email and document sharing so that the Search Committee can work electronically. There will be two mandatory retreats, one in March 2017 and one later in the process. Each member chosen for the Search Committee will be asked to sign a confidentiality covenant. If, after prayerful consideration, one feels called to this task, please submit a statement of about 500 words telling the Standing Committee the gifts and skills you have to offer the Search Committee and why you feel called to this ministry on behalf of the Diocese. Please email your response by February 3, 2017 to: Standing-committee@diobeth.org. Read the entire letter on the website

•• Homeless ministry in the Lehigh Valley
[T Scott Allen]
The Bethlehem Area Homeless Hospitality ministry which will extend until the last night of March began on Dec. 1. It is a ministry of the congregations of the Lehigh Valley who open their doors every evening of the week to shelter those without a roof from the cold and snow. The Cathedral Church of the Nativity opened their doors to our homeless brothers and sisters. On Dec. 2, St. Andrew's took in homeless men. Many sites provide soup, a hot supper, companionship until bed time and a hot breakfast in the morning before they depart. It will involve thousands of hours of volunteer time and is a huge undertaking – all done by unpaid members of faith communities who see this work as honoring their baptismal vows to be the Body of Christ in the world.

•• Room at the Inn Shelter[Nativity Cathedral] The Room at the Inn Shelter is one of the largest ministries the Cathedral supports. Every Thursday night in Winter, the Cathedral provides a safe, warm place for the homeless men of Bethlehem to sleep and break bread. Last year, the Cathedral sheltered more than 140 different men during the shelter season, with an average of over 40 men per night. This task is only made possible by the work of many volunteers from the Parish, who help in many ways, from preparing Sayre Hall for the guests, welcoming the guests, providing food, cleaning up after and sheltering overnight with them. Read on.

Episcopal/Anglican [• New item  •• Repeat]
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to receive the latest information about The Episcopal Church. “Media Releases” provides up-to-the-minute information about news, events, and resources from The Episcopal Church. The “Daily Scan” is a daily list of links to news stories in the mass media that highlight The Episcopal Church, Episcopal parishes and dioceses, and Episcopalians. Please use this form to subscribe. Unsubscribe at any time by simply clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any e-mail received.

•• 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]
•• Evangelism Matters … an Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference, was held on November 18-19 in Dallas, TX. The landmark church-wide gathering was designed to network and resource evangelists and those who simply want to learn more about evangelism and sharing our faith. Co-sponsored by Forward Movement and the Presiding Bishop’s Office, it was hosted by the Diocese of Dallas and Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, TX. The DioBeth Evangelism Team sent Dan Charney and Carol Keane to the conference. They are in the debriefing process with the team, Read more and watch videos here and here.

•• Welcome to the Jesus Movement … The Episcopal Church is working with diocesan teams to organize a series of Episcopal Revivals in 2017 and 2018, six major events that promise to stir and renew hearts for Jesus, to equip Episcopalians as evangelists, and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement. Read on.

•• Evangelism resources
… from the Episcopal Church. Here.


• Resources

... way below

In the Media  [• New item  •• Repeat]

TaleSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Earth sets temperature record for third straight year[NYTimes, Jan. 18] Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row. The findings come two days before the inauguration of an American president who has called global warming a Chinese plot and vowed to roll back his predecessor’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases. Read on.


• The Obama Era[NYTimes, Parts 1-6] A transformation of the delivery of health care may be an enduring legacy for the president, even as Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read on.

• Andante[Aeon] follows the cellist Ruth Boden as she climbs 10,000 feet to a peak in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains for a deeply personal, yet breathtakingly public solo performance. With her prized cello strapped to her back, Boden reflects on how she wants to do something with music that transcends the commonplace, and on the particular joy of playing from Bach’s cello suite at ‘the top of the world’. More.

•• What people talk about before they die[CNN, Kerry Egan, Dec. 20] As a divinity school student, I had just started working as a student chaplain at a cancer hospital when my professor asked me about my work. I was 26 years old and still learning what a chaplain did. Read on.

Rest in Peace   [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Jane B. Teter, 79 … died on January 17 after a long struggle with cancer. At the time of her death, she was serving on the bishop's staff as chaplain to retired clergy and their spouses. During her career, Canon Teter served in many parishes in the diocese and was the founding vicar of St. Brigid's, Nazareth. Read on.

• Charles "Dee" McRae Montgomery Sr, 90
…died January 11. He was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity where he served on the Vestry, as a Delegate to Convention, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Confirmation Class leader. He also served the Diocese of Bethlehem on the Committee for the Episcopate, Commission on Ministry, Renewal and Evangelism Committee and as Lay Director for Diocesan Cursillo Community. Obituary.

• Margaret A. Smith, 86
… died January 15. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Reading, where she was active with the Altar Guild, Prayer Shawl Committee and as a Sunday School Teacher. Obituary.

member of Christ Episcopal Church, where she was active with the Altar Guild, Prayer Shawl Committee and a Sunday School Teacher. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/readingeagle/obituary.aspx?n=margaret-a-smith-peggy&pid=183620041&fhid=28410&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.9wBxmC7E.dpuf

• Gene Cernan, 82 … commander of the Apollo 17 lunar-landing mission in 1972 and the last human to walk on the moon, died January 16. He was a ferocious competitor with a test pilot’s reckless streak. He rocketed into space three times, was the second American to drift weightless around the world on a tether, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon. Read on.

• Mary Tyler Moore, 80 … [NYTimes] whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died January 25. Read on. Also LATimes, here.

Lorraine J. Kenny, 85, of Peckville, died Sunday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. She was the wife of Thomas R. Kenny, who died May 24, 1988.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Arthur and Marie Rippert Harman, she was a member of St. James and St. George Episcopal Church, Jermyn. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimes-tribune/obituary.aspx?n=lorraine-j-kenny&pid=181391765&fhid=30655&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.MLwAYyTs.dpuf

Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item  •• Repeat]

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
• Fewer and lonelier [The Economist, Erasmus, Jan. 22] Why the celibate priesthood is in crisis. Read on.

• Religious education is broken. It's time to fix our Sunday School culture [America, The Editors, Jan. 10] A public school with a dropout rate of 50 percent and two-thirds of area parents opting out of it would be considered failing. If the school were unable to turn those numbers around in a few years, it would likely be shut down. And yet for decades, Catholic parishes in the United States have invested in religious education programs that have proven no more effective. Today, more than half of Catholic millennials report going to Mass a few times a year or less, and, according to a 2014 poll, 68 percent of Catholic parents decide not to enroll their child in any formal Catholic religious education. Read on.

• Spain's 'Robin Hood Restaurant' charges the rich and feeds the poor[NPR, All Things Considered, Jan. 24] As Spain reels from its financial crisis, a new restaurant, run by a Catholic priest, lets paying daytime customers foot the dinner bill for homeless people to dine with dignity - and style. Read on.

• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.

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


The Vatican
• The papal obsession with getting close and concrete[Crux, Jan. 23] The Pope's "El Pais" interview was about many things yet mainly about one: the need for the Church to be close to people, and concrete. Francis is convinced that the greatest threat to the contemporary age is gnosticism, which shows itself in the Church as fundamentalism and legalism. Read on.

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

Health and Wellness [• New item  •• Repeat]

• Resources … below

Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item  •• Repeat]
• The Divine Comedy within ‘The Young Pope’ [The Atlantic, Jan. 24] In the time since it premiered on HBO earlier this month, Paolo Sorrentino’s tale of the Vatican suddenly overtaken by a 47-year-old American who loves Cherry Coke Zero and cigarettes has puzzled viewers about what level of irony it’s operating at. Read on.

• Christians say Hollywood ignores them. But they ignore great films about faith [WaPo, Jan. 19] On paper, “Silence” had all the makings of a success. A Martin Scorsese-helmed adaptation of well-regarded, Shusaku Endo-penned literary masterwork starring Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson is prestige candy, and expectations were only bolstered as the long gestating film’s myth spread. Scorsese had wanted to make the film for 25 years, ever since reading the book during the religious fallout from his legendarily controversial “Last Temptation of Christ.” He’d recruited Endo’s own translator Van C. Gessel to serve as a consultant on the project.

   And when the movie finally opened to limited release in December, it received rave reviews. But the bank doesn’t accept a certified fresh rating, and “Silence” is a flop. Its limited release was expanded to just under 750 theaters over the MLK weekend, during which it brought it a ghastly $2.3 million. That’s pennies next to its $50 million price tag, and one of the biggest bombs of Scorsese’s career.
   And if there are no more sophisticated, nuanced engagements with faith in the cineplex anytime soon, Christians should think twice before accusing Hollywood of ignoring them. It’s just the free market at work. Read on.

• Why The Shack is so controversial
[Relevant Magazine editors, Jan. 18 ] New movie, renewed theological debate. You’ve probably seen the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of William Paul Young’s wildly popular novel The Shack recently going around the internet. As is probably expected, the movie, which hits theaters in March, is reigniting the controversy surrounding the book. If you’ve been around Christian circles long, you know this controversy isn’t new. But if you may not know—especially if the controversy is news to you—what exactly all the fuss is about.
   In the book, as in the new movie, a grieving father meets God in the form of three individuals who make up the Trinity: a Jewish carpenter (Jesus), an Asian woman (Holy Spirit) and an African-American woman (Father—played by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer). Read on.

Websites, Podcasts and Blogs [•New item  •• Repeat]
• Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?[NYTimes] How to decide what happens to your Facebook, Google, Twitter accounts and more when you die. Read on.

•• The Episcopal CaféHere. •• AnglicansOnlineHere. •• Diocese of BethlehemHere. •• The Episcopal ChurchHere.

Varia
• Tax season scams are timed to trap you[The Morning Call, Paul Muschick, Jan. 26] The 2017 tax season opened Monday and, as always, it came with new frauds and traps to watch for as you prepare and file your return. Read on.

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: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/singular-they-has-its-day?utm_source=GG2016-01-19&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=grammargirl#sthash.CPam2pyD.dpuf

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That strange newSpin 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. 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-)
Blog , 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 … Every Thursday in the following rotation: (1) The Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) The 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. 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 parish as 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 always posted on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to rebecca@canticleccommunications.com

• 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 more than 400 members.

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
• 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.

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