News: Episcopal News Service September 25, 2015

 

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September, 2015


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A banner hangs behind the baptismal font in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Corktown, a neighborhood just west of downtown Detroit. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS

As more water shutoffs loom, church prepares to canvas neighborhoods
On any given day, some 10,000 Detroit residents, the majority elderly women and single mothers, turn on a dry tap.

It’s a persistent water crisis that has attracted international attention and condemnation amidst coverage of Detroit’s post-bankruptcy odyssey from ruin to rebirth as a city for investors, entrepreneurs, artists and creative types.

For more than a year, at the same time trendy restaurants opened, competition increased for downtown lofts and apartments, and construction began on a public-private $137 million light rail train stretching three miles along Woodward Avenue, the city’s poorest residents have faced water shutoffs.

Presiding Bishop, other faith leaders endorse Pope’s climate change imperative
In the wake of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Washington, D.C., Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and other faith leaders on Sept. 24 committed to five initiatives to address global climate change.

“Coming Together in Faith,” a two-day live-streamed interreligious summit, brought together faith leaders to issue a call to environmental action.

“Faith can and does move mountains,” Jefferts Schori said in an address to cathedral and online audiences, after inviting them just “to breathe” a breath of life, and to hope and to feel the creative potential inward while breathing out “your willingness to change the world in word and action.”

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Communiqué: International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue

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Anglican Alliance’s Europe consultation focuses on refugee crisis

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News: Episcopal News Service September 23, 2015

 

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September 23, 2015


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Canada: Same-sex marriage ‘theologically possible,’ says commission
The Anglican Church of Canada may want to look at same-sex marriages as partaking “in the same covenant” as heterosexual unions, but “on somewhat different terms,” and possibly involving alternate liturgies, recommends the report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon, released Sept. 22.

Archbishop launches monastic-inspired community for young Christians
Archbishop Justin Welby commissioned the first members of the Community of St. Anselm in a special service at Lambeth Palace on Sept. 18.

Communion urged to join movement for implementation of SDGs
The Anglican Alliance is encouraging the provinces of the Anglican Communion to join in the call for the ambitious implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all countries, for all people.

Melanesian brother murdered in Papua New Guinea
The Anglican Church of Melanesia has announced that a member of the Melanesian Brotherhood (Solomon Islands) in Popondetta, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, has been murdered.

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Lutheran, Episcopal leaders in DC to address role of faith and politics

EPPN Alert: Strengthen Nutrition Legislation

Presiding Bishop preaches in Radnor, Pennsylvania

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RIP: Author, lecturer Phyllis A. Tickle dies at 81

 


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News: Episcopal News Service September 14, 2015

 

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Presiding Bishop’s statement on refugees; congregational and individual response suggestions
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued this statement on the current worldwide refugee crisis:

The children of Abraham have ever been reminded to care for the widow and orphan and the sojourner in their midst, who were the refugees and homeless of the time. Jesus charged his followers to care for the least of these and proclaim the near presence of the Reign of God – in other words, feed the hungry, water the thirsty, house the homeless, heal the sick, and liberate the captives. We cannot ignore the massive human suffering in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, nor in Asia and the Americas. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and our lives are bound up with theirs. The churchwide ministry of Episcopalians has included refugee resettlement since the refugee crisis of World War II.  It continues today through the leadership of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and I urge your involvement, action, and support. Read about their work below, and share these
opportunities with friends and co-workers. You will discover anew the power of good news in the face of the world’s tragedies. 

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Audrey Cady Scanlan ordained as bishop of Central Pennsylvania
The Rev. Audrey Cady Scanlan was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on Sept. 12 during a service at The Forum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Arab Israeli schools strike in protest at Christian school funding cuts
Arab Israeli schools last week joined a “strike” in solidarity with Christian schools in Israel that have remained closed from the start of the new academic year in protest at what the Christian school leaders are describing as discriminatory funding cuts.

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Presiding Bishop preaches at St. Thomas, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Rachel C. Kessler appointed priest-in-charge of Harcourt Parish, Gambier, Ohio, Kenyon College chaplain

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle September 18, 2015

In This Issue
RIP CANON BILL RHODES
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
CONVENTION NEWS
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
September 18, 2015

RIP CANON BILL RHODES
Today, the Diocese said goodbye to a true “Pillar of the Church.” The Rev. Canon Bill Rhodes was laid to rest at Trinity Cathedral in a service attended by many of his fellow clergy and hundreds of his friends.

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Facility Manager’s Stewardship Role

The presentation of our church facilities directly impacts the recruiting of new membership. Potential members pass by your church facility every day, and when they do, they subconsciously judge the quality of your organization by the presentation of the facility. As church facility managers, we have been entrusted by God to maintain His facilities (Matthew 25:14), and we need to put these facilities to work in returning more souls to His flock. Read more.

 

In Case of Disaster…
[EVP] In the face of devastating loss, what are some of the key things a church community needs to do? It’s essential that your congregation have a disaster recovery plan–covering both occasions when your building is empty as well as occasions when it’s full of people. Here is a list of things to include as you plan.

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Morning Coffee & Textiles

On Saturday, September 19, St. Michael and All Angels (Tucson) Summer team volunteers invite everyone to hear timely stories and see photos from rural Guatemala, and to get up-to-date on a chaotic election year. The formal program begins at 9:30 a.m. Presenters include medical students, a nurse, a public health specialist, and generalists. Maya textiles available for purchase. For more information, contact Ila Abernathy at ilaa@mindspring.com.

 

Teeing it Up for Mission Golf Tourney
St. Luke’s (Prescott) is hosting its first ever benefit golf tournament on Saturday, October 24 at 8:30 a.m.! If you’re a golfer join us and bring a friend or two or three! Cost is $70 per player for golf, prizes and lunch following. Following the tournament, lunch will be served at St. Luke’s, prizes awarded, and general silliness. Register here. For more information contact Lucy Kemper at lucylee@cableone.net.

Arts at St. Augustine’s
St. Augustine’s is excited to present the inaugural season of Arts at St. Augustine’s! They have some amazing talent lined up, and quite a selection of styles of music to enjoy. Their space is intimate; you will have an opportunity to hear and see the artists up close as they perform. After each concert, enjoy refreshments and a time to talk with performers and fellow listeners. They promise unforgettable experiences! See the concert season flyer. (*Correction: the October concert is on 10/9.)

 

CONVENTION NEWS

Workshop Changes
Workshop W4 in Session 2 has been changed. The new workshop is entitled “The Joys and Challenges of Ministry with Youth.” This replaces the panel discussion on after school programs. If you registered for the school programs workshop, you can attend this or any other workshop you wish.

Due to the many inquiries about the “OpenSpace” workshops, we have created another space is Session 1. This OpenSpace replaces the panel discussion on working with the homeless. If you registered for this workshop, you can attend an OpenSpace or any other workshop you wish.

Friday Lunch at Convention
If you don’t want to go off-site to eat lunch on Friday, the hotel will be selling food (burgers, hot dogs and chicken) in the patio area near the pool for $10.00.

Open Space Workshops Clarification
Some workshops will be presented in a new format. Along with our usual scheduled topics, there will be an opportunity for eight “OpenSpace” workshops (4 in each session). There is no pre-set list of topics. The topics will be developed at convention. If you are interested in hosting one of these sessions, the request can be made at the registration area at Convention. Advanced requests will not be accepted.

Exhibit Tables
A few spaces for exhibitors at Convention are still available, however they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The participation fee is dependent on the type of exhibit you are planning. If you, your congregation, or your ministry are interested in an exhibit space, don’t wait.

Children’s Program
Registration for the children’s program at Convention is now open. It will begin on Saturday, October 17 at 8:15 a.m. and end at the close of Convention, and is open to children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. A Nursery Program for infants through pre-Kindergarten will be offered Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, from 10:30 a.m. (following the Eucharist) to close of Convention. Preregistration is required for all ages.

Details and forms for all of the above can be found on the Diocesan Convention webpage.

WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

 

Please go to the Diocesan Calendar for more detailed information about these events and others including services such as Taizé and Compline. Use our Find a Church feature to locate a church listed below.

Saturday, September 19

  • Morning Coffee & Textiles with Guatemala Team @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • 3 Steps to Financial Freedom @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, September 20

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St Anthony on the Desert, Scottsdale
  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson

Wednesday, September 23

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Friday, September 25
  • The Art of Dance @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe

PRAYERS

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September
20  Church of Our Saviour Episcopal-Lutheran, Lakeside
27  St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

October
4  All of Our Episcopal Schools
11  ASU Incarnation Campus Ministry, Mesa

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Cliff & Sue Blinman,
    whose son, Todd Blinman, died
  • The Rev. John Christopher,
    who is recovering from knee surgery
  • The Rev. Canon Bill Rhodes,
    who died
  • Luisa Bonillas,
    who is receiving treatment for breast cancer
  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    who is dealing with health issues
  • The Rev. Ben Somerville,
    who is dealing with a serious health issue
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from multiple surgeries
  • Dorothy Stevens,
    whose husband, The Rev. Ernest “Lee” Stevens, passed away
  • The Rev. Jeffrey Reed,
    who is undergoing treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • The Rev. Channing Johnson,
    who is receiving treatment for melanoma
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is recovering at home
  • All members of the Armed Forces,
    especially those who are serving overseas
  • Those affected by recent weather, natural disasters, and
    civil unrest

The above names will stay on this list for up to four weeks. If someone needs to remain on this list for a longer period, or to have others added to this list, please contact Nicole Krug at nicole@azdiocese.org.

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