He is Risen! We are Risen!
Acting-as-if in trust and hope – Bill Lewellis

newSpin 170420

newSpin, the newsletter
April 20, 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, April 13 … Here.
•Evangelism Conference with Bishop Nicholas Knisley, •Regional Confirmation on April 23, Christophany Youth Retreat, •Addiction and Recovery Retreat, •eFormation Conference,  •People of Bethlehem, •News of the Diocese, •Upcoming Diocesan Events

• DioBeth General News, March 30 … Here. •Kitch Becomes Canon to the Ordinary on April 1, •Evangelism Conference with Bishop Nicholas Knisely, •Christophany Youth Retreat, •Chrism Mass on April 3, •Interfaith Gathering and Dinner on April 29, •Integrity Bethlehem Chapter Reorganizing, •SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society Summer Camp, •The Spiritual Dimensions of Addiction and Recovery, •eFormation Conference, •Unholy Trinity Gun Violence Conference April 20 - 22, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem, •Upcoming Diocesan Events

Intersection: Religion, Culture, Politics  [•New item ••Repeat]
• In church-state playground brawl, justices lean toward the church[NPR]
A clear majority of justices at the U.S. Supreme Court seemed troubled Wednesday by a Missouri grant program that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvement. Read on. Also at The Atlantic. And at WaPo, The Supreme Court jumps into a playground fight over a phony war on religion.

• Los Angeles Times series of editorials on President Trump1. Our Dishonest President,  2. Why Trump Lies,  3. Trump's Authoritarian Vision,  4. Trump's War on Journalism,  5. Conspiracy Theorist in Chief,  6. California Fights Back.  Read here.

•• When Martin Luther King Came Out Against Vietnam
[NYTimes] His blistering speech at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, was years in the making. Read on. Also, The New Yorker.

SpiritSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• From an angel investor
… I recently came across something like this (can't remember where): "As an angel investor in Silicon Valley, I would not invest in any company whose CEO did not meditate."

•• How to meditate
[NYTimes, David Gelles] Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax. Read on.

• On our hearts
… Years ago, Monica and I went to Moravian College to hear Gail Godwin speak about and read a selection from her new book about the various meanings that have been given throughout the centuries to the concept of heart. During the discussion, Monica reminded her and the audience of this story: A student of the scriptures asked her rabbi, “Why do you say God puts his words on our hearts rather than in our hearts.” The rabbi replied, “God puts his words on our hearts so that, when our hearts break, God’s words will fall in.” Godwin, in turn, recalled that her mother used to say, “The only good thing about a broken heart is that it makes room for more people.”

• Living in deep time
[On Being, Krista Tippett interviews Richard Rohr]
Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation and what he calls "father hunger"; why contemplation is as magnetic to people now, including millennials, as it’s ever been; and how to set about taking the first half of life — the drive to "successful survival" — all the way to meaning. Read on.

• The two most important days in your life
[Mark Twain] are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

• 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.
• The Prayer Site ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• Speaking to the Soul ... Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.
• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.

• Spirit Resources
 ... way below.

Columns, Sermons, Reflections, other Spin [• New item  •• Repeat]
• Words are worth a thousand pictures[Canon Andrew Gerns, Sermon preached at Easter 2017 at Trinity Easton] Today’s Gospel is a good example. “I have seen the Lord!” With these simple words, Mary Magdalene paints an image evoking a thousand stunning, unexpected images. There are no caveats like “You won’t believe this but…” There is no “I think” or “maybe” and no defensiveness in these words. Here is what happened: “I have seen the Lord!” These are the words of a person who has experienced something so amazing, so wondrous, so real and so unexpected that all pretension has fallen away. These are the words of a person who has met the Risen Christ. “I have seen the Lord!” You betcha! Read on.

• Setting Jesus loose[Phillip Yancey]
Killing Jesus, says Walter Wink, was like trying to destroy a dandelion by blowing on the seed head. Jesus left few traces of himself on Earth … We would, in fact, know nothing about him except for the traces he left in human beings. That was his design. The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins got it right:
   Christ plays in ten thousand places,
   Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his,
   To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
Like the disciples, I never know where Jesus might turn up, how he might speak to me, what he might ask of me. Easter set Jesus loose — in us. Read on.

• He is Risen! We are Risen![An excerpt from a sermon Bill Lewellis preached on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, Grace Allentown] We aren’t supposed to explain the resurrection. God’s resurrection of Jesus as the Christ, our Lord, explains us. The message of Easter is always in the present tense. Read on.

• Match your Myers-Briggs type to a patron saint[WaPo] Here.

DioBeth [• New item  •• Repeat]
• New ministry at Grace Allentown[Twila Smith] A new ministry partnership is bringing the Lehigh Valley refugee resettlement agency, Bethany Christian Services, in residence at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Allentown – a local sign of hope for neighbors rebuilding their lives, and one that furthers a connection for refugee work with the Episcopal Church. Bethany will occupy the upstairs level of Grace, effective May 1, as their home base for case management and other refugee support. Read on.

• DioBeth General News, March 30 … Here.
• DioBeth Leadership News, April 13 … Here.

DioBeth Parish and Agency Websites

• Allentown: GraceHere.
• Allentown: Grace Montessori SchoolHere.
• Allentown: MediatorHere. Refugee Community CenterHere.
• Allentown/Bethlehem: St. AndrewHere.
• Athens: TrinityHere.
• Bethlehem: Nativity CathedralHere. Emergency ShelterHere.
• Bethlehem: New Bethany MinistriesHere.
• Bethlehem: TrinityHere. Trinity Soup Kitchen … Here.
• Carbondale: St. James-St. GeorgeHere.
• Douglassville: St. GabrielHere.
• Easton: TrinityHere.  ARK Soup Kitchen … Here.
• Honesdale: GraceHere.
• Jim Thorpe: St. Mark/St. JohnHere.
• Kingston: GraceHere.
• Lebanon: St. LukeHere.
• Montrose: St. PaulHere.
• Morgantown: St. ThomasHere.
• Moscow: St. MarkHere.
• Mount Pocono:Here.
• Pottsville: TrinityHere.
• Reading: Christ ChurchHereSPARKHere.
• Reading: St. Mary:Here.
• Sayre: Redeemer:Here.
• Schuylkill County: North Parish … Here.
• Scranton: St. Luke:Here.
• Sinking Spring: St. AlbanHere.
• Stroudsburg: Christ ChurchHere.
• Trexlertown: St. AnneHere.
• Wilkes-Barre: St. StephenHere.
• West Pittston: TrinityHere.

[Bill] I hope to continue this until all websites are listed. If you would like me to highlight something on your site, please let me know. Thanks.]

Episcopal/Anglican [• New item  •• Repeat]
• The many lives of Pauli Murray [The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz, April 17th issue] She was an architect of the civil-rights struggle—and the women’s movement. An Episcopal priest who's been sainted by the Episcopal Church. July 1 in "A Great Cloud of Witnesses." Why haven’t you heard of her? Read on.

• What Jeffrey John’s rejection says about unity in the Anglican Communion [RNS, April 17] John has been rejected as a candidate for bishop a remarkable seven times. The reason? The worldwide Anglican Communion's lingering division over homosexuality. Read on.

•• The priest who healed orphans with poetry
[WaPo, April 3, Joan Chrissos] Spencer Reece had gone to Honduras to learn Spanish after a crisis at work. An acclaimed poet who later became an Episcopal priest, Reece had been working as a chaplain at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut in 2009 when a teenage boy was rushed into the ER late at night. Stabbed 25 times, the boy died at 6 the following morning, another gang-war casualty. Reece had tried as best he could to comfort the mother, but she spoke only Spanish. Reece, a Midwesterner who in a previous incarnation sold wingtips and windowpane suits at Brooks Brothers, spoke only English.
Reece called Leo Frade, the Episcopal bishop of Miami. At the time, the Diocese of Southeast Florida, led by Frade, was sponsoring Reece at Yale Divinity School. How could he became fluent in Spanish, Reece asked Frade. “He immediately said, ‘I have just the place for you,’’’ recalled Reece, who prior to seminary had been an assistant manager at the Brooks Brothers in Palm Beach Gardens. Frade, who came to Miami in 2000 after serving 17 years as the Bishop of Honduras, filled him in on Our Little Roses, a home and school for abused and abandoned girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city where children bathe in brown, fetid river water and scavenge for scraps at the city dump. Read on.

• Hearing on a bishop's efforts to sell Newport CA church offers a rare look at Episcopal justice system [Los Angeles Times] Episcopal leaders convened in Pasadena for a disciplinary hearing looking into the actions of J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Read on.

•• 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 resources … from the Episcopal Church. Here.

• Resources

... way below

In the Media  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Mountain Top, turned 90 [Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, April 9] A yellowed newspaper clipping describes how the church’s founders — Mr. and Mrs. Archie Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Emery, Mr. and Mrs. William Stivers and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Weyhenmeyer — wanted to construct a church because they were outgrowing their previous meeting place at the home of the Fred S. Pettit family. Read on.

• Palm Sunday service at Trinity Bethlehem featured donkeys[Morning Call] Here.

TaleSpin  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• If humble people make the best leaders, why do we fall for charismatic narcissists?[Harvard Business Review]
When we choose humble, unassuming people as our leaders, the world around us becomes a better place. So, why do we keep over-glorifying leaders who exude charisma? The research is clear. Humble leaders improve the performance of a company in the long run because they create more collaborative environments. They have a balanced view of themselves – both their virtues and shortcomings – and a strong appreciation of others’ strengths and contributions, while being open to new ideas and feedback. These “unsung heroes” help their believers to build their self-esteem, go beyond their expectations, and create a community that channels individual efforts into an organized group that works for the good of the collective. Read on

• Nothing teaches us more about life than death
[ThriveGlobal, Arianna Huffington] The clarity grief and death bring is available to us right now, writes Arianna Huffington: And if we let their lessons enter our daily lives, we’ll be much more resilient when they do come. Read on.

Echoes of History? A Lesson Plan About the Recent Rise of Europe’s Far-Right Parties [NYTimes, Roxie Salamon-Abrams, April 19] Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, is expected to produce a strong showing in France’s first round of presidential elections on April 23. Her campaign is emblematic of a growing movement of far-right parties across Europe and the globe. Ms. Le Pen’s promise to give “France its freedom back, and give the people a voice” is echoed in nationalist, populist rally cries worldwide. In this lesson, students will analyze the growth of far-right movements in Europe and around the world. They will explore the movements’ geneses, uncover their core messages and compare and contrast their leaders across time and place. Read on.

Requiescant in pace  [• New item  •• Repeat]
• James Bausman, 91 … died April 18. He faithfully served his community of St. Anne Episcopal Church, Trexlertown, which he helped establish as a mission church in 1966 and served on the vestry for many years. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served as a Diocesan Trustee for 30 consecutive years, a director of Episcopal House in Allentown for 25 years and Board President there, 1973-1974. He also served as a director of Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt for 20 years, 1982-2002. He was appointed to the Cooperative Housing Organization of the national Episcopal Church. Obituary.

• Jan Charney, 78
… died March 27. She was an active member of Trinity Easton, where she had served for many years as parish administrator. She was an active member of The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Sermon by Canon Cliff Carr at the April 2 family service here. Obituary here.

   A celebration of her life and ministry, open to the community, will be held at Trinity Church on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in the church with a reception to follow. Archdeacon Rick Cluett will celebrate the Eucharist, and Canon Gwendolyn Jane Romeril will preach. The clergy and laity of the Diocese will gather to remember her life and ministry. Jan retired as the parish administrator at Trinity Church, Easton, after serving for over 20 years and working with three rectors (Fr. Jim Gill, Canon Cliff Carr, and Canon Andrew Gerns). She graduated from Kingston High School and Cedar Crest College. She was an active member of Trinity Easton, having served on the altar guild, the choir, the mission and outreach committee and many other ministries. As parish administrator, she coordinated programs and activities in the parish and the community, edited the newsletter, and coordinated with clergy and lay leaders. In the Diocese of Bethlehem, she served on diocesan council and the world mission committee. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a former president of the Moorestown Garden Club. She served on the women's board at Easton Hospital and was also a chaplain at the hospital, having completed Clinical Pastoral Education there under then-chaplain Brother Andrew Colquhoun. Canon Gerns told the parish, "Much of what our parish is today is due, in no small part, to the service and leadership of Jan Charney over the last 25 years."

• Shirley Rumford, 80 … died April 12. She was a member of Trinity Carbondale. Obituary here.

• Judith Swartz, 65 … died April 12. She was a member of Christ Church Forest City. Obituary here.

• Frederick Houk Borsch, 81 … died April 11
from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He died in his sleep at his Philadelphia home. As the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002, he crusaded for an inclusive social justice agenda that empowered women, gays and lesbians, blacks and Hispanics, and poor and low-wage workers. Read on at ENS and the NYTimes.

• Alfred Hand, 78
… died March 14. He was a member of Saint Barnabas Kutztown, where he served as an usher. He was a former member of Saint Andrew's Allentown/Bethlehem, where he was a choir member. Obituary here.

Alfred was a member of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Kutztown, where he served as an usher. He was a former member of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church,

Allentown, where he was a choir member.

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/readingeagle/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-hand&pid=185027568&fhid=9587&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.jsMH82ND.dpuf

[Rectors, senior wardens or family members who would like the death of a parishioner noted here may point me to published obits, or send their own brief notice. Thanks.]

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
• Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop [United Methodist News Service] The United Methodist Church's top court next week faces a number of questions about the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop -- including whether it should weigh in at all. Read on.

• News Service

• 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
• A Priest’s Legacy: Blessing His Flock, and Organizing It [NYTimes] The Rev. Neil Connolly took an activist role for more than half a century in the Bronx and on the Lower East Side. This poignant obituary shows how successful he was.
Soft light shone upon the body of the Rev. Neil Connolly, which lay in repose under the dome of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A procession of mourners — nuns, priests, family and friends — made their way up the aisle, hugging one another as they approached his open coffin, stopped and prayed, then gently touched his pristine robe as a final goodbye.
   Father Neil, as he preferred to be known even though he was a monsignor, spent 28 years leading St. Mary’s parish until he left in 2013. He died in his sleep on April 1 at the priests’ retirement home in the Bronx. Perhaps it was destiny that he drew his last breath in the borough where he had spent some 25 years after his ordination at St. Athanasius parish. He was 83.
   In both communities, Father Neil rallied his parishioners to confront their fears — and often landlords and politicians — and lift up their community from poverty, poor housing and ill health. He did it by encouraging them to lead, rather than defer to him. It was a trait he shared with fellow priests who came of age after the Second Vatican Council, pursuing a ministry that was equally at home in the streets organizing residents as it was in the sanctuary blessing them. Read on.

• US priests' group calls Vatican vocation document 'insulting'[NCR, April 20] Declarations in the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy's recent document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation" have been called "disrespectful," "ambiguous" and "insulting" by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. In a statement released April 19, the 1,200-member Ohio-based organization charged that "the terms 'homosexual tendencies' and 'deep-seated homosexual tendencies' are ambiguous and disrespectful of the personhood of those who identify with a homosexual orientation." The terms appear in the Dec. 8, 2016, document's section titled "Persons with Homosexual Tendencies." "We find it also unfounded and insulting," the group said, adding that the clergy congregation document "implies that ordained priests with a homosexual orientation who serve the Church with distinction 'find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women.' " Read on.

•• The largest parish in the United States
[America, Leah Libresco, April 5] St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., serves more than 10,000 households. Four priests. 103 ministries. A warehouse of food. Read on.

• Diocese of Allentown
... Here.

• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.

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

The Vatican
• The 'Pope Francis Laundry' opens at the Vatican … [America, April 10] The laundromat is located in a building already housing services run by the Rome-based Community of Sant'Egidio, which will also maintain the facility and add other essential services for the city's poor, including showers, a barbershop and a medical clinic. 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]
Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science that Rescued Them
… My three favorite genres in reading or listening to books are useful theology, narrative nonfiction and legal thrillers. Mercies in Disguise by NYTimes science writer Gina Kolata works for me as thriller, theology and nonfiction that reads like a novel. Read on.

• What would you do if empirical evidence proved there was an afterlife? [Bill] Stated without graphic description during the first few minutes of the new Netflix move, "The Discovery," millions whose lives were bleak committed suicide to "get there." The remaining 1:50 of the film focuses on the Discovery scientist (Robert Redford, now 80) trying to prove not only the existence of an afterlife but what kind it is. Most – except the most crucial – action takes place at a remote island estate purchased by the scientist for many who did not succeed at suicide. A cult-like environment. To assuage his guilt? He lives there with his son – his own wife committed suicide before his discovery – and is visited by another son, a neurologist who meets a mysterious young woman on the way. The director/co-writer (Charlie McDowell), according to Los Angeles Times writer Steven Zeitchik, keeps the ideas grand but the stakes intimate. "Human nature," McDowell said, "is the most interesting backdrop for a movie."
   Monica and I enjoyed "The Discovery" over the past three evenings – so we could stay sharp rather than doze, which says nothing about how gripping we found the film itself. One bit of dialog in the film reminded me of my favorite theologian, the late Bernard Lonergan (Be attentive, Be Intelligent, Be reasonable, Be responsible, Be in Love, If necessary, change). Doesn't everything? One of the characters said something like what something is is not what it means.
   I first heard the phrase "constitutive meaning" from Lonergan. In his 2008 article, "The Continuing Significance of Bernard Lonergan," Gerard Whelan SJ writes that Lonergan asserts that communication is where "theological reflection bears fruit,” where theology tries to influence the constitutive meaning first of the Christian community itself and then of a culture as a whole. What something is is not what it means. That, for me, was the key that opened the meaning of "The Discovery."
   The film has gotten mixed reviews. No doubt. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Tribune writes: "Until the very end, we’re kept guessing — not only about the true nature of the afterlife, but about the motives and the secrets held by a number of key characters. The biggest 'answer' might leave some viewers frustrated and/or confused; I’ll confess I felt tinges of both. But just tinges. Primarily, I was impressed by the universally fine performances, and by the ambitious and mostly successful attempt by Charlie McDowell to take us into a different world."

•• The Sideways Dictionary explains complicated technological terms in easy-to-understand analogies. Here.

Websites, Podcasts and Blogs [•New item  •• Repeat]
• Podcast from Radiolab: Henrietta Lacks
… With the recent talk about HBO's upcoming film, we decided it would be good time to re-run our story of one woman's medically miraculous cancer cells, and how Henrietta Lacks changed modern science and, eventually, her family's understanding of itself. Listen.

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

• My view of human nature[Alain de Botton] is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings. Read on.


newSpin? … I decided years ago to call this newsletter and its related blog newSpin. The "S" in the middle suggests that some items 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]


• 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

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

• 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.
• The Prayer Site ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• Speaking to the Soul ... 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.

• 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

• 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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