News: Episcopal News Service November 25, 2015

 

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November 25, 2015


CHURCHWIDEUnited Thank Offering Board presents December challenge

The board of the United Thank Offering has presented a challenge to The Episcopal Church to benefit a special grant of $30,000 for Episcopal Migration Ministries. Deemed Advent: Journey from Gratitude to Hope, the United Thank Offering board is challenging Episcopalians to support refugee welcome in the United States through its 2015 Ingathering Challenge.

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Girls in School; Girls with Dignity: commitment during 16 Days and beyond
For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, we have joined together as a faith-based coalition to focus on ending violence against girls and young women in education, confident that all activism promoting equal and respectful relationship is good news, all year round, wherever and whoever we are.

The 16 Days begin on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.

Archbishop in Jerusalem shares Christmas Message, Litany for Peace
The Most Rev. Suheil S. Dawani, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, has issued his 2015 Christmas message and encourages the use of a Litany for Peace in the Holy Land.

Queen Elizabeth speaks on Christian unity and Primates Meeting
Queen Elizabeth II has opened the 10th five-year-term of the Church of England’s General Synod with an address which spoke of major advances in Christian unity and the need for prayer for January’s Primates Meeting.

Archbishop Welby speaks of heartbreak following Paris attacks
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has spoken of the “utterly heart-breaking” attacks in Paris earlier this month, during an interview for the BBC television worship program Songs of Praise.

Church of England launches online prayer drive
The Church of England has launched an online campaign to encourage a renewal of prayer life in the nation; but the organizers could not have expected that the launch of its new website would have received quite as much publicity as it has – thanks to a decision by the UK’s three largest cinema chains to ban an advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer.

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Episcopal Relief & Development invites Episcopalians to build church presence on asset map

EPPN: support criminal justice reform

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News: Episcopal News Service November 20, 2015

 

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November 20, 2015


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A Syrian refugee boy is seen shortly after arriving at a beach in a raft overcrowded with migrants and refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos, Nov. 20. Balkan countries have begun filtering the flow of migrants to Europe, granting passage to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan but turning back others from Africa and Asia, the United Nations and Reuters witnesses said on Thursday. Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

In Los Angeles, Episcopalians partnering with others to help refugees
After three years in a Jordanian refugee camp, the Syrian family of four – soon to be five – arrived Nov. 12 at the Los Angeles International Airport with the few possessions they’d stuffed into suitcases and bags.

Awaiting them was a welcome team from All Saints Church in Pasadena, and Raffi Manser, a caseworker for the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service.

The church is partnering with IRIS, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and one of about 30 affiliate agencies of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s resettlement service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, which has resettled refugees nationally for more than 75 years.

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Church of Sweden, Episcopal Church celebrate partnership and common mission
The longstanding partnership between The Episcopal Church and the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden was formally celebrated during a Eucharist service at Uppsala Cathedral on Nov. 18 at the close of the church’s General Synod.

Former Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined the celebration, during which Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén offered a prayer for The Episcopal Church and Jefferts Schori offered one for the Church of Sweden.

Europe: Convocation hosts interfaith evening for peace and dialogue
A few days after a series of terrorist attacks devastated France and Lebanon, Muslim and Christian leaders gathered in Paris on Nov. 17 for an evening of discussions about peacemaking efforts and the role of religion in education, promoting dialogue and bringing an end to violence around the world.

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle November 20, 2015

In This Issue
CHALLENGE NUMBER THREE
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
November 20, 2015
This publication will be on hiatus next week.
Wishing everyone a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!

CHALLENGE NUMBER THREE: DISABILITIES
Over the past few weeks, I have been writing to you about the implications of the presentations we heard at our Diocesan Convention by the Morrison Institute. They challenged us to think about three groups of “neighbors” that we need to be aware of when we ask ourselves the question posed to Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”*

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Advent Resources
Do you or your church need a little help or want to try something different for Advent? Or do you have a resource you’d like to share? ECF Vital Practices has put together a list of free resources
from near and far.

Fellowship Application Now Available

Since 1964, the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has supported over 200 scholars and ministry leaders throughout the Episcopal Church, fostering innovation in theological formation and ministerial leadership in challenging times. The Fellows who are selected have a significant track record of going on to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church in transformative ways. The 2016 Fellowship application is now available.

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

Holiday Bazaar
On Saturday, December 5 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., join St. Michael & All Angels (Tucson) for their 22nd International Holiday Bazaar. There will be gifts, food and music. This is your opportunity to shop for unusual holiday gifts while helping over 25 nonprofit organizations!

Advent Family Night

Christ Church of the Ascension (Paradise Valley) invites the public for a service and dinner theater on Friday, December 4. At 6:00 p.m., enjoy Lessons and Carols, followed by a family dinner and presentation of “Family Portrait” and “Santa Claus & the Salvation Army” by Christ Church Players. Tickets are $20/adult, $5/child, $50/family. Please contact the church office at 602-840-8210 for reservations.

Advent Movie

Start Advent off with joy and fellowship with a screening of the film Elf (Rated PG–2003) on Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s (Litchfield Park). Popcorn and Christmas cookies will be served. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring guests! This is an excellent opportunity to invite friends and family outside the faith community. If you have questions, please contact Claudine Pease-Wingenter.

Advent Quiet Day
Need some time for quiet reflection and meditation in the middle of all the hectic activity? Everyone is welcome to join St. Mary’s (Phoenix) on Saturday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.for an in-town retreat in the Benedictine monastic style. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the full Prayer Book Daily Office, and, most of all, to experience some intentional quiet time with others amidst the hectic shopping season. A soup and salad lunch will be provided. Please contact the church to RSVP for lunch.

 

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, November 21

  • Diocesan Men’s Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Dance Mixability @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, November 22

  • Diocesan Men’s Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
    @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • Icons: The Human Face of God Opening Reception
    @ Church of the Apostles, Oro Valley
  • Jacob Adler, Solo Piano @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale

Wednesday, November 25

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Taizé @ St. James, Tempe
Thursday, November 26
  • Thanksgiving Day – Diocesan Office Closed
Friday, November 27
  • Thanksgiving – Diocesan Office Closed
Sunday, November 29
  • Advent Lessons and Carols @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson
Tuesday, December 1
  • Rectors/Vicars Roundtable (Northern AZ)
    @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Clericus Luncheon (Northern AZ) @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Interfaith Healing Service @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Thursday, December 3

  • Best Skills-Best Churches: Legal Aspects of Governance

Friday, December 4

  • Deacon’s Assembly @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Advent Family Night @ Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
  • First Fridays @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

PRAYERS

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November
22  Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
29  Church of the Resurrection, Parker

December
6  St. Paul’s, Payson
13  All Saints’ Church & Day School, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Kimball Arnold,
    who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is recovering at home
  • 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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News: AZ Crusillo September Newsletter (Issue 55-1)

AZ Cursillo Newsletter
Issue: # 55 – 1

November 2015

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Secretariat

Cursillo 
Dear The Rev. Victor,

Be thankful to God!

Upcoming Cursillo Weekend
July 14 – July 17, 2016

 

Greetings,
 
As Secretariat President, I am pleased to announce that we have scheduled weekend the next weekend #117 for July 14 – July 17, 2016 at the Chapel Rock Conference Center in Prescott. It will be a coed weekend. After much praying and consideration, the Secretariat has selected Virginia Reutter from All Saints in the Desert in Sun City to be the Rectora. Over the next few weeks she will be seeking Cursillistas to be part of the weekend team.
 
To help Virginia in this process of selecting another outstanding team, we are asking those who will be able and willing to serve to fill out an application and submit it as soon as possible. Don’t wait until someone contacts you . . . pray about it and complete the application. If you have never served on a team, now is your time to step forward for a real blessing by serving others. It will renew, deepen, and strengthen not only your commitment to Christ and his Church, but also your understanding of The Cursillo Ministry. It is impossible, being on one weekend to grasp all that is offered, but each weekend that you have the privilege to serve on a team gives you new insights and multiple of new blessings. Each weekend is the same but different, with different team members and candidates. The Holy Spirit uses all our experiences and differences to create a very special time for all.
 
What are the requirements to be on a team?
  • Currently be participating in a group.
  • Willingness to be a servant to others.
  • Be a team player.
  • Immerse yourself in the process, with prayer, study, preparation and participation.
  • Attend all the team meetings to support the team.
  • Sing with joy and a loud voice even if you have trouble staying on key!
You can find the link for Cursillo Team Application on the left of this newsletter.
 
It is also time to start thinking and praying about sponsoring candidates for the weekend.  The application forms and information in the Quick Link, talk to your clergy, the members of your group and to God to identifying potential candidates.  Deadline for Application April 1, 2016.
 
It takes all of us to do our part with the Holy Spirit to spread God’s Kingdom on earth.
 
Cost for the weekend:
 
Single Occupancy Linen –  $375.00
Double Occupancy Linen –  $300.00
 
Pray for the weekend, pray for Virginia and the team, pray for the candidates, and pray for your Secretariat. We are praying for you and Christ is counting on you.
 
Peace and Joy,
 
Ed 
 

 

Arizona Episcopal Cursillo Ministry

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th Day Reunion – “Weave Us Together”
Who should attend?  All Cursillistas those having attended a Cursillo Weekend, and all who have attended a similar or equivalent weekend retreat are welcomed and encouraged to come!
 
What is the Fourth Day Reunion? This year the Fourth Day Reunion is a day retreat, where all Cursillistas have an opportunity to meet one another, renew old acquaintances, and establish new friendships. 
The date this coming year is February 27, 2016.
Deadline for Registration is February 6, 2016
 
Why should I attend Fourth Day Reunion? Fourth Day Reunion provides you an opportunity to learn and further grow in your faith, spirituality and closeness to Jesus/God/Holy Spirit.
Where is Fourth Day Reunion? Fourth Day Reunion is held from at 
All Saints in the Desert, 

 

9502 W Hutton Drive, 

 

Sun City

 

 AZ 85351

The time is from 9 am to 6 pm.
                                                            
 How much does it cost to attend Fourth Day Reunion? The cost is a free will offering. The application process is contained on the attached application, and is also available in the Arizona Cursillo Newsletter.
 
Come for the fun, learning, praise, singing and worship 
and community building.
 
Brochure and Registration form are located in the Quick links on the left side.  Please copy, post and distribute to your Cursillo Community. 
 

 

Any question please contact Steve Cifone at stcfn456@aol.com

 

 

 

Future Upcoming Events:
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We are looking for what is happening in your Cursillo Community. Let us know and how can we support you! If you are hosting an Ultreya at your church or something that needs to be announce. You can contact Dan Basche at dsbasche@juno.com or Steve Cifone at stcfn456@aol.com.

 

So here are some upcoming community events. Ultreyas can be held anywhere in the state, Northern, Central and Southern regions. Just a reminder that Ultreya are open to anyone!
*********
 
St Luke Episcopal Church Prescott invites you to the Ultreya from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the Parish Hall, on following Saturdays:
 
*January 23, 2016
*April 18, 2016
*June 18, 2016

 

St. Luke’s is located at Highway 89 and Ruger Roads, Prescott, AZ 86301.

 

 

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4th Day Reunion – “Weave Us Together”  February 27, 2016.   All Alumni Cursillistas including Clergy are invite to come listen, talk, sing, pray, learn and have fun. Free Will Offering 
 
Location:  All Saints on the Desert – Sun City
Contact Steve Cifone at stcfn456@aol.com
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2016 Cursillo 3 Day Weekend is to be held at the Chapel Rock Conference Center in Prescott, AZ on the weekend of July 14th – 17th, 2016. This will be a Co-Ed Weekend. We urge you to pray for the Weekend, for Team and then for Candidates to make the Weekend. Look for information in future newsletter. 
 

 

 

If we are missing your scheduled Ultreya, please let us know Dan Basche at dsbasche@juno.com or Steve Cifone at stcfn456@aol.com.
As a reminder that if you know that someone is not receiving a newsletter please print and pass onto them, thank you!

 

Sincerely,
Secretariat
AZ Cursillo

 

 

info@azcursillo.org
AZ Cursillo | 4908 E Fountain St | Mesa | AZ | 85205

 

Episcopal Church Media Release: Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society presents special important webinars: Syrian refugees in the USA

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Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society presents special important webinars: Syrian refugees in the USA

 

Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society presents
special important webinars: Syrian refugees in the USA


Thursday, November 19 and Monday, November 23

[November 18, 2015] To help understand the current situation with Syrian refugees, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will present two live webinars, both 60 minutes long, on Thursday, November 19
and Monday, November 23 to examine this emerging refugee crisis.

Presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Episcopal Migration Ministries
and Episcopal Public Policy Network, the live webinars will begin at 2 pm Eastern on November 19 and 8 pm Eastern on November 23.

“These webinars will explore the current situation and how Episcopalians can be involved in this ministry of welcome,” noted Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission. “The webinars are ideal tools for discussion groups, adult forums, and as a basis for preaching points.”

The webinars will be available on-demand.

For more than 75 years, The Episcopal Church has welcomed refugees to the United States, helping them find safety, security and new lives as American citizens. Now, with at least 60 million people displaced from their homes and lives, the global community is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.

Presenters
Leading the webinar will be: Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relations and Engagement; Lacy Broemel, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Office of Government Relations Manager for Online Communications and Operations; and Deborah Stein, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Registration
Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, November 19, 2 pm – 3 pm Eastern webinar register here.

Monday, November 23, 8 pm – 9 pm Eastern webinar register here.

The webinar will be available on-demand following the event.

Episcopal Migration Ministries
Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement service of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Each year this ministry works in partnership with its affiliate network, along with dioceses, faith communities and volunteers, to welcome refugees from conflict zones across the globe.

The Episcopal Public Policy Network
The Episcopal Public Policy Network
is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country, supported by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. The Episcopal Public Policy Network is part of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Office of Government Relations, located in Washington, DC. The actions, programs, and ministry of the Office of Government Relations are based entirely on policies approved by the Church meeting in General Convention or by the Executive Council.

For more information contact Duvall, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org.

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addresses Syrian refugee crisis: “Be not afraid!”  here

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