News: Episcopal News Service October 20, 2015

 

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October 20, 2015


WORLDWIDE

Sudan and South Sudan ecumenical bodies hear of churches’ role in regional peace
Churches continue to play their role in peace building for South Sudan despite the dashed hopes of many in the world’s newest nation, the moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) said at a regional meeting.

English bishops urge greater UK response to refugee crisis
Church of England bishops have called on the British government to more-than-double the number of refugees it will resettle in the UK over the next five years.

South Asian church women discuss challenges and seek gender justice
Women from the Anglican and United Churches of South Asia share achievements in their work with women and girls and explore challenges in seeking gender justice in their region.

Schools aspire to reach out to refugees
Students from Anglican schools throughout the province of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia have prayed through the night as part of a 24-hour vigil for the refugees streaming out from Syria across Europe, and into camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

Wycliffe launches training program for indigenous leaders
Traditional seminary training has often left Indigenous theology students in a state of “befuddlement”—but a new program at the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College may help break that pattern, the Anglican church’s national Indigenous bishop says.

Anglicans and Catholics partner to help refugees
Across Canada, in small towns and major cities, there are people slowly working on projects about which they care deeply, but which even their friends and relatives and neighbours may know little about, or have little interest in. They continue to do the work because they believe it is important, and in small ways they are able to make positive changes. Much of that work, so often lumped under the vague umbrella of “social justice,” is done in this fashion: quietly, and out of sight.

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Details and info: 10-31 UBE event; 11-1 Installation; live webcasts; materials available; media credentials

Presiding Bishop preaches during Evensong in Geneva

Presiding Bishop preaches at Emmanuel Church, Geneva

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PEOPLE 

Wisdom Year begins at Newark Shared Ministries

Palmer Trinity School announces Valorie Baker as director of auxiliary programs

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle October 9, 2015

In This Issue
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
CONVENTION NEWS
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
October 9, 2015

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
The activity level at Diocesan House has been intense this week as the staff prepares for our upcoming Diocesan Annual Convention next week. But in the midst of this logistical whirlwind, I have also been aware of two world events that will serve as a somber background to our meeting.

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

EAP Wellness Seminars

If you are enrolled in any of the medial trust medical plans through Church Pension Group, you and your family have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is offering free, online seminars on various wellness topics throughout the year. See the program flyer for a list of dates, subjects and attendance information. 

From Scarcity to Generosity
[EVP] To live as a steward is counter cultural. So is being Christian. In Mary MacGregor’s ministry, she often uses this Funk and Wagnall’s Dictionary definition of steward: “One who is entrusted with the management of property, finances, or other affairs not his own.” This simple definition drives home the point that if we are to live as stewards we must realize that all we have is entrusted to us to manage, it really isn’t our own. Read more.

Social Media Sunday (#SMS15)
Social Media Sunday was started in June 2013. This now nationwide initiative was developed to: encourage social media use by and within churches not yet using social networking platforms; boost social media participation within churches already using social networking platforms; and demonstrate the power of social media to be and do church within — and beyond — building as well as in between times of gathering for formal worship. This year #SMS15 is an ecumenical effort. All are welcome and encouraged to participate on Sunday, October 25! Click here to learn how to get involved.

AZ Episcopalian Magazine

If you have not received the Fall 2015 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains information about Annual Convention and other great things going on around the Diocese. If you are not receiving the magazine by mail, contact your church to sign up (it’s FREE)!

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

Facilitator Training School Registration Open
St. Anthony on the Desert (Scottsdale) is hosting a Walking the Mourner’s Path Facilitator Training School from November 5-7. During the course, laity and clergy are trained specifically in the Christian ministry of grief and bereavement. The early registration fee is $350, or $250 if two or more from the parish or organization attend. Get the registration form here.

Dance Mixability Classes Offered 

 

What happens when people of all ages, stages, and ability levels move together? Grab a friend and get in the MIX! St. Stephen’s (Phoenix) is offering classes, based on contemporary dance techniques, that will include a mix of technical development, partner and group work, improvisation, and choreography to build towards a final performance. Classes meet each Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. through December 12. The cost is $6/class.

Learn About Centering Prayer
On Saturday, October 17, Good Shepherd in the Hills (Cave Creek) is offering a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. To register, contact  goodshepherdaz@msn.com.

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 (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers) 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 nine “OpenSpace” workshops. 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.

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, October 10

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Pride Retreat: Queer Christianity 101 @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Dance Mixability @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix
  • Classical Afghan Music @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Integrity Arizona Chapter Meeting @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, October 11

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Organist Pamela Decker Concert @ St. Alban’s, Tucson
  • Taizé Service @ All Saints of the Desert, Sun City

Tuesday, October 13

  • “How To Talk About Money” (Stew U) @ Advent, Sun City West
Wednesday, October 14
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Friday, October 16
  • Diocesan Convention @ Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix

PRAYERS

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

October
11  ASU Incarnation Campus Ministry, Mesa
18  Church of the Transfiguration, Mesa
25  St. Mark’s, Mesa

November
1  SS Philip & James, Morenci

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is receiving treatment for a bleeding disorder
  • The Rev. Ben Somerville,
    who is recovering at home
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • 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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Announcement: Bishop Smith’s Statement on the Fatal Shooting at NAU

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I add my prayers and concern with those grieving of the loss of life at the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff this morning. At the same time, I once again call on our lawmakers to enact legislation to help prevent this tragic suffering. Arizona law, as it now stands, actually allows students to have guns on campus, which is only inviting such incidents.
I have spoken with Brad Eubanks, our diocesan chaplain at Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry in Flagstaff, who has been counseling and praying with students there. None of the members of our campus ministry was injured, but many are, of course, deeply shaken.

This weekend, I ask that you include the suspect and his family, the victims and their families, and the students and staff of NAU in your prayers.

Faithfully,

Bishop Kirk Smith

The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona | 114 W. Roosevelt Street | Phoenix | AZ | 85003-1406

 

 

Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle October 2, 2015

In This Issue
STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
CLERGY NEWS
CONVENTION NEWS
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
October 2, 2015

STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE


Canon Judith Conley
Diocesan Anti-Racism Committee Chair

One of my favorite quotes by Margret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist, is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens (if I may take the liberty, I would substitute Episcopalians) can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” This has been a part of my thinking, theology and my lifestyle for many years. If you can find a few like-minded, action-oriented people, you can cause change.

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
AZ Episcopalian Magazine

If you have not received the Fall 2015 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains information about Annual Convention and other great things going on around the Diocese. If you are not receiving the magazine by mail, contact your church to sign up (it’s FREE)!

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

Queer Christianity 101
St. Philip’s In the Hills LBGTQ+A Ministry is pleased to welcome National TransAdvocate, Vivian Taylor, for a one day retreat on Saturday, October 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Music Center at St. Philip’s. She is the former Executive Director for Integrity USA. The cost of the retreat is $25 and is payable on the day of the retreat. Lunch is included.

Organ Concert

Organist and composer Pamela Decker will premiere her new composition “The Martyrdom of St. Alban” and will perform other works for organ at St. Alban’s (Tucson) on Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. This new piece honoring the patron saint of a Tucson parish will be played on one of Tucson’s finest new organs. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 general, $10 seniors (60+), and $5 students.

Trinity Cathedral Hosts Guest Preacher
The Rev. John Christopher, Vicar of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Phoenix, is a cradle-born Episcopalian. John left all churches and religion at the age of sixteen, not to return until his mid-forties. In that in-between time, John became an addict and alcoholic. At the age of 36 John went into rehab and now has over 21 years of sobriety. On Sunday, October 11, Rev. Christopher will be the guest preacher at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services.

Arts at Nativity
Church of the Nativity is excited to present the inaugural season of Arts at Nativity! 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.

CLERGY NEWS
The Rev. Richard Mallory…
is now the Interim at St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson.
 

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 (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers) 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 nine “OpenSpace” workshops. 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.

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, October 3

  • “How To Talk About Money” (StewU) @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • 3 Steps to Financial Freedom @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, October 4

  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Animal Blessing @ St. Mark’s, Mesa
  • Blessing of the Animals @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, October 6

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, October 7
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, October 8

  • 7th Annual Multifaith Pride Service @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson

Friday, October 9

  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Classical Afghan Music @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe

PRAYERS

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

October
4  All of Our Episcopal Schools
11  ASU Incarnation Campus Ministry, Mesa
18  Church of the Transfiguration, Mesa
25  St. Mark’s, 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.

CLASSIFIED ADS
Contact Information

Phone: 602-254-0976
E-mail: nicole@azdiocese.org

 

 

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