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(1) Spring forward, one hour ahead, this weekend.
(2) Find the March issue of In-Formation in Bethlehem here. It's Canon Anne Kitch's faith formation newsletter.
(3) See the new online entry of the Diocese of Bethlehem, the blog of our Evangelism Commission. ShareTheBread's
purpose: "to share and live God's love by telling, showing and pointing
to what we have seen and heard, highlight the work of our diocese in
evangelism, and share ideas, resources, articles, news stories and
discussion starters so that you may become a more proficient and eager
sharer of the bread of life."
(4) What's in the major newspapers? Summary here.
Trip Trepagnier and
Daniel Gunn have returned from a Diocese of Bethlehem mission trip to
Kajo Keji. Read more and see two photos here. More to come.
Watch Brian McLaren's keynote address on evangelism and faith sharing at the recent Convention of the Diocese of Washington.
(1) Online with the Diocese of Bethlehem:
Diocesan Life: here.
The DioBeth website: here.
The newSpin blog: here.
Faith Formation News: here.
The ShareTheBread blog: here.
Life is Tasty, the youth ministry website: here.
AWE, the children's ministry website: here.
The Spin Cycle (daily, weekly and blog): (A) For sprinters: todaySpin is uploaded almost daily to the newSpin blog. It's what you are now reading. (B) For joggers: newSpin, the e-newsletter,
is published online weekly and sent to nearly 1,000 email addresses.
(3) For slow and steady pacers: newSpin, the blog may be read here to catch up with the sprinters and joggers.
(2) The video-sharing site, YouTube, is being used by a wildly
diverse collection of pastors, rabbis, imams, gurus, and pious
laypeople to celebrate and explain their creeds. These aren't glitzy
televangelists. In keeping with the YouTube ethos, many simply fire up
camcorder and go. But low cost and infinite range, plus the
mini-video's ascent as one of the culture's preferred ways of imbibing
information, means vastly increased exposure for clerics who would
otherwise have tiny flocks. "For years, people in my business talked about how the Internet was
going to revolutionize religion the way the printing press helped
create Protestantism, but it didn't happen," says Steve Waldman,
founder of the multi-faith website Beliefnet. But with the rise of YouTube, he thinks the unassuming, grass-roots
religion clips like the ones that follow [Time Magazine] "could be the beginning of
that kind of transformation."
(3) Deacon Larry Holman points us to this short piece in Newsweek (The Good, the Bad, the Bible) with the subhead, "The story of Dinah isn't a story they taught me at Temple Sinai's Hebrew school in 1980."
"At first glance, Christian doctrine and economic exigencies seem
unrelated, but in recent days I have come across two different ways of
bringing them together." [From Stanley Fish, writing on the NYT Blog "Think Again." His piece is called "Faith and Deficits." Hat tip to Andy Gerns]
(1) Diocesan Training Day is Saturday, March 28, at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. Register online here.where you will also find more info, brief descriptions of the workshops and a map. Find detailed descriptions of workshops here. One of the workshops will be on ChurchPost. The
Diocese of Bethlehem is the first Episcopal diocese to equip all of its
parishes with ChurchPost. You may use this web-based communication tool
to create email groups and to create attractive online newsletters.
Trinity Easton uses ChurchPost to create weekly online newsletters.
View one here. Anne Kitch uses ChurchPost to create Faith Formation News. Bill Lewellis uses ChurchPost to create the newSpin newsletter. To learn more about ChurchPost, look here ... or email Kat Lehman.
(2) The Commission on Ministry
invites talented, committed, hard-working people to volunteer for
consideration as members of Regional Discernment Fellowships (RDF).
[Read more here.]
The COM needs two lay persons to round out a new RDF, hoping to get
this group started in the next week or two. Training will be provided.
Please contact Monica Lewellis at email@example.com.
(3) Ian Douglas to lecture in Bethlehem, March 26. Deadline to register is March 16. Find info here.
(4) Evangelism/Stewardship Workshop, Beating the Boundaries, at the Cathedral, Bethlehem, April 25. More info here.
Our historic emphasis has been on the practical, as contrasted with the speculative, side of religion. We understand Christianity as a way of life, a matter of practice, rather than theory, in which religion and morality, theology and ethics are one ... We are bound together by our liturgy rather than doctrinal emphasis or social organization. Orthodoxy for us is right worship and not right belief. Our life of prayer shapes our beliefs and behaviors. [From "A People Called Episcopalians" by John H. Westerhoff]
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