newSpin, the newsletter
May 4, 2017
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TopSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• DioBeth General News, April 27 … Here. •Refugee Ministry: Where is God Calling Us to Respond?, •Evangelism Conference with Bishop Nicholas Knisely, •Standing Committee Asks Prayers for Bishop Search, •Nominations Open for Churchwide Leadership Positions, •Retreat on Benedictine Living, •Interfaith Gathering and Dinner on April 29, •SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society Summer Camp, •eFormation Conference, •News of the Diocese, •People of Bethlehem
•• 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
• Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows … was ordained and consecrated the eleventh bishop of Indianapolis April 29, making her the first black woman to lead a diocese in the history of the Episcopal Church and the first woman to succeed another woman as diocesan bishop. Read on.
• Episcopal Church releases Becoming Beloved Community guide for racial reconciliation efforts … [ENS] Following a year of listening, consulting and reflection, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using “Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice.” Read on. The full document may be read here.
• A political can of worms – it could have been worse – that will require hundred of constitutional lawyers … [NYTimes, April 4] President Trump told a gathering of faith leaders in Washington on Thursday that members of the clergy should be allowed to endorse candidates without fear that their churches will lose tax-exempt status. Mr. Trump signed an executive order directing the Internal Revenue Service to avoid cracking down on political activity by religious organizations, making good on a campaign pledge he used to help build support among religious conservatives.
But the president’s message of support for religious institutions — delivered on the National Day of Prayer — fell far short of what conservative faith leaders were expecting from Mr. Trump and his administration. They were expecting a broadly worded executive order that would free religious institutions from Obama-era regulations intended to protect gays, lesbians and others from discrimination. Such an order could have given religious-based adoption agencies, hospice providers and housing programs that receive federal funds more leeway to refuse to provide services. Read on.
Intersection: Religion, Culture, Politics [•New item ••Repeat]
• An interview suggests Trump doesn't know what's in his health care bill … [Vox, Sarah Kliff, April 30] President Donald Trump gave a lengthy interview Sunday morning to CBS’s John Dickerson about the Republicans’ health care plan. His responses to basic questions — like what provisions the bill includes or how it would change the health insurance system — suggest he either doesn’t understand how the American Health Care Act works, or doesn’t want to tell the truth about it. Dickerson is the first journalist I have seen grill Trump on what, exactly, is in the Republican plan. He isn’t asking about the politics of the bill and whether it will pass. Rather, he focuses on what are arguably basic questions: What elements are in this bill, and what do you think of them? Trump stumbles. Read on.
• Sanctuary movement 2.0 … [ReligionLink, May 2] President Trump’s immigration policies — the proposed building of a border wall, the crackdown on undocumented workers — have prompted a revival of the sanctuary movement of the 1980s. After his election, organizers reported a near doubling in the number of congregations involved, and the movement has broadened beyond its original Christian and Jewish participants to include Muslim communities as well. This edition of ReligionLink includes trends in the “new sanctuary movement” reporters should watch, as well as sources, background and more. Read on.
•• Los Angeles Times series of editorials on President Trump … 1. 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.
• Reverend Resistance … [Esquire] The Rev. William Barber II is the face of a progressive Christian protest movement that's taking its fight from North Carolina to the White House. Read on.
SpiritSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• How the light gets in: Leonard Cohen's biblical vision … [Commonweal, Christian Raab, April 27] On Saturday November 12, 2016, Saturday Night Live began more soberly than usual. Cast member Kate McKinnon, in character as Hillary Clinton, sang a sincere and haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s most well-known song “Halleluiah.” It was a striking way for SNL to honor both the life and work of Cohen, the Canadian poet and singer-songwriter who had died two nights earlier, and Clinton, who had just lost the United States presidential election. SNL used Cohen as a soundtrack to a political moment. It made sense to do so. Because of his recent death, many people, including myself, were already listening to Cohen on repeat while thinking about the state of affairs in America. The lyrics of “Halleluiah”—especially lines like “even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand before the Lord of song, with nothing on my tongue but Halleluiah”—were well suited to an audience that needed to express the pain of loss, but who also needed to be discouraged from becoming embittered or politically paralyzed. Accordingly, “Halleluiah” served as the perfect overture to McKinnon’s final words to introduce the telecast: “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”
In a secular age, artists are often the closest thing we have to prophets. Leil Leibovitz’s A Broken Halleluiah (W. W. Norton) argues that the work of Leonard Cohen is, in fact, best understood and appreciated in the Old Testament prophetic tradition. Leibovitz is not reaching. Cohen was raised in an observant Jewish home and was the grandson on both sides of rabbis of considerable renown. Even if Cohen, like many famous people, often failed to be a paragon of private virtue (his womanizing and drug abuse, especially during his early career, are well established), spiritual concerns nevertheless framed his life and art. The language and imagery of his lyrics came from a biblically formed imagination. His personal faith, as he reaffirmed many times, was in the God of the Torah, and his flashes of prophetic genius were his insights into the application of biblical logic to the contemporary world. If, like many of his peers in rock stardom, he often failed to live at the center of righteousness, he, unlike most of them, maintained a sense of where that center remained, and of how to find it again in prayer and repentance. Read on.
• 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.
• Spirit Resources ... way below.
Columns, Sermons, Reflections, other Spin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Acting-as-if in trust and hope … [Bill Lewellis, The Morning Call, April 29] I served with the late bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, Mark Dyer, who used to advise people in the depths of their spiritual dryness to “act as if you believed.” Everyone experiences doubts about the faith at times, said Pope Francis. He did, many times – but such doubts can be “a sign that we want to know God better and more deeply. One who does not ask questions cannot progress either in knowledge or in faith.”
Letters made public years after the death in 1997 of Mother Teresa revealed that this “living saint” spent nearly 50 years without feeling God’s presence, “neither in her heart or in the eucharist."
Because I have experienced doubts, dryness and spiritual crises, and continue to do so, even at 80, I find comfort in such admissions from people I admire. Read on in The Morning Call or the newSpin blog.
•• Match your Myers-Briggs type to a patron saint … [WaPo] Here.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
• A DioBeth newsletter (General or Leadership) or this 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 are not receiving these newsletters by email, be in touch with Paula Lapinski (610-691-5655, firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 the newSpin newsletter, please send the link or your text to email@example.com
• Refugee Ministry: Where is God calling us to respond … [Diocese of Bethlehem] Allentown is home to refugees from Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burma (Myanmar), who speak Arabic, Kiswahili and multiple Burmese dialects. The Refugee Community Center at Church of the Mediator in Allentown is among the leading organizations responding to their needs. The center, which grew out of an Arabic-English book drive in 2015, offers free community dinners, English as a Second Language classes, discussion groups and prayer. It is both a hub and catalyst for other activities. Read on.
• DioBeth General News, April 27 … Here.
• The newSpin Newsletter, April 20 … Here.
• DioBeth Leadership News, April 13 … Here.
DioBeth Parish and Agency Websites
• Allentown: Episcopal House … Here.
• Allentown: Grace … Here.
• Allentown: Grace Montessori School … Here.
• Allentown: Mediator … Here. Refugee Community Center … Here.
• Allentown/Bethlehem: St. Andrew … Here.
• Athens: Trinity … Here.
• Bethlehem: Nativity Cathedral … Here. Emergency Shelter … Here.
• Bethlehem: New Bethany Ministries … Here.
• Bethlehem: Trinity … Here.
• Bethlehem: Trinity Soup Kitchen … Here.
• Carbondale: St. James-St. George … Here.
• Clarks Summit/Glenburn: Epiphany … Here.
• Dallas: Prince of Peace … Here.
• Douglassville: St. Gabriel … Here.
• Easton: Trinity … Here. ARK Soup Kitchen … Here.
• Emmaus: St. Margaret … Here.
• Forest City: Christ Church … Here.
• Hazleton: St. Peter … Here.
• Hamlin: St. John … Here.
• Hellertown: St. George … Here.
• Honesdale: Grace … Here.
• Jermyn: St. James/St. George … Here.
• Jim Thorpe: St. Mark/St. John … Here.
• Kingston: Grace … Here.
• Lebanon: St. Luke … Here.
• Lehighton: All Saints … Here.
• Milford: Good Shepherd … Here.
• Montrose: St. Paul … Here.
• Morgantown: St. Thomas … Here.
• Moscow: St. Mark … Here.
• Mountain Top: St. Martin-in-the-Fields … Here.
• Mount Pocono: … Here.
• Nanticoke/Alden Station: St. Andrew … Here.
• Nazareth: St. Brigid … Here.
• Palmerton: St. John … Here.
• Pen Argyl: St. Joseph … Here.
• Pottsville: Trinity … Here.
• Reading: Christ Church … Here. SPARK … Here.
• Reading: St. Mary: … Here.
• Sayre: Redeemer: … Here.
• Schuylkill County: North Parish … Here.
• Scranton: St. Luke: … Here.
• Sinking Spring: St. Alban … Here.
• Stroudsburg: Christ Church … Here.
• Towanda: Christ Church … Here.
• Trexlertown: St. Anne … Here.
• Tunkhannock: St. Peter … Here.
• Whitehall: St. Stephen … Here.
• Whitehall: St. Stephen School … Here.
• Wilkes-Barre: St. Clement/St. Peter … Here.
• Wilkes-Barre: St. Stephen … Here.
• West Pittston: Trinity … Here.
• Wind Gap: St. Mary … Here.
[Bill] Please let me know if your website is not listed above. Also, let me know if you would like me to highlight something on your site. Please note, also, that a few of the websites need to be updated. Thanks.]
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• The trendy way faith leaders are saving the homeless … [Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News, April 28] The Rev. Connie Pearson-Campbell calls it a "God moment." She says divine influence put Ralph Johnson in her path last summer. She'd been at the city offices to learn whether building codes in Bozeman, Montana, allowed for tiny homes, residences generally smaller than 400 square feet. She thought the trendy spaces could fill a gap in the city's anti-homelessness efforts.
Johnson, an architecture professor at Montana State University, was in meetings about potential student projects. A city engineer sent one of his aides to catch the Rev. Pearson-Campbell before she left the building, telling her and Johnson they might be able to help one another. "Right then and there, the collaboration was born," said the Rev. Pearson-Campbell, a deacon at St. James Episcopal Church.
In the nine months since that chance encounter, the pair have launched a broad community effort they hope will address chronic homelessness. Along with Bozeman's Human Resource Development Council, a nonprofit that addresses homelessness in the city, they've planned and begun collecting donations for Housing First Village, a tiny-home development that will include dozens of single-occupant units, a traditional warming shelter and a resource center providing health care checkups, counseling and other social services. 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. CHECK
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In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• The man to blame for our culture of fame … [Jon Meacham, NYTimes Book Review, April 18] It’s gone now, replaced by a small, unobtrusive park, but in the middle of the 20th century the Stork Club, on East 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, was the center of an emerging national culture of celebrity. As Daniel J. Boorstin wrote in his landmark 1961 book The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Event in America, fame, which had once been based largely on achievement or on high birth, was becoming more a matter of “a person who is known for his well-knownness.” And the Stork Club was the temple of the high priest of this new cult of fame for fame’s sake, the columnist and broadcaster Walter Winchell, who presided over a mélange of stars, athletes, politicians and the merely notable from the club’s Table 50.
In Winchell’s reporting, “The death of ten thousand people in Ethiopia was followed immediately by a Hollywood divorce or romance,” Neal Gabler wrote in his brilliant 1994 biography Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity. “Dozens of these items raced past listeners each program, not only abutting one another but most given the same urgency and drama. Nothing was differentiated.” Winchell’s reach was enormous. One listener recalled “strolling one Sabbath evening for six blocks through a residential section of Birmingham [Alabama] and never losing a word of W.W.’s broadcast as his voice came through a succession of open windows.” Read on.
• Woody Allen's Annie Hall … turned 40 a few weeks ago. Do you remember this? “The food at this place is really terrible, and such small portions.”
• Redeem the Times: A remembrance of Dan Berrigan … [NCR, Art Laffin] Throughout history the Word of God has been powerfully revealed through the prophets. One such prophet has been Daniel Berrigan, who called the nation away from idolatry and war making to God's way of nonviolence, justice and peace. April 30 marked the first anniversary of the death of Dan, renowned Jesuit priest, peacemaker, and poet. He and his brother, Philip, who died in 2002, were prophets of peace and nonviolent resisters who made many sacrifices and endured long imprisonment for speaking truth to power, and for calling the nation and church to follow the nonviolent Jesus. Read on.
• The founding mothers of U.S. Mother's Day were West Virginia Methodists … [United Methodist News Service] The celebration of Mother's Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, but the mother of Mother's Day in the United States was Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, a Methodist from West Virginia. Her daughter, Anna, led a successful campaign in the early 1900s to have Mother's Day recognized as a national holiday. Read on.
Requiescant in pace [• New item •• Repeat]
• Robert Spillman, 86 … noted architect and civic leader, died May 1 in St. Luke's Hospital where he was born in 1931. He was an active member of Nativity Cathedral. He served as president of Spillman Farmer Architects from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. Obituary here.
• Two poems for Jane Teter … by Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril. Here.
• Jane Snyder, 90… died April 29. She was a member of St. Stephen's Whitehall. Obituary here.
• Eileen O'Neil, 91 … died Dec. 22. She was a member of St. Mary's Reading where she served as a lector, chalicer and a member of the vestry. Obituary.
• Jonathan Demme, 73 … the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock ’n’ roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died April 26 at his home in Manhattan. Read on.
• Cousin Bobby … Demme directed a 1992 documentary, Cousin Bobby, about his cousin Robert Castle, a white Episcopal priest who had served an inner-city church in Harlem for many years, and who died in 2012 at 83. Castle was fairly conventional at an earlier stage of his life. Then came the 1960s and social upheaval, and, for him, a crucial and influential friendship with Isaiah Rowley, a Black Panther leader in Jersey City, N.J. At a time when the Panthers were feared and hated, Castle found Rowley to be a natural leader, sane and inspirational, and gradually the white priest was drawn into circles that were alarming to many members of his congregation. He was once the speaker at an AIDS Memorial held at Nativity Cathedral in Bethlehem. Castle obituary.
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
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item •• Repeat]
• Khan Academy … a tour through five major world religions. • Buddhism, • Christianity, • Hinduism, • Islam, • Judaism.
• Khan Academy … an introduction to the Protestant Reformation.