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Presiding Bishop visits refugee resettlement agency to learn process
In 2012, Ahmed and his family abandoned their lives in Homs, Syria, and fled across the border to Jordan where, without the ability to work and dependent on international aid for food, they struggled to survive.

Today, Ahmed, his wife, his parents and five additional family members, including a 2-year-old boy, are rebuilding their lives here with the help of the refugee and asylee programs offered by Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, one of 30 refugee resettlement affiliates partnered with Episcopal Migration Ministries in 26 dioceses nationwide.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issues update on investigation
“I am writing to bring you up to date on the investigation of our three colleagues who have been placed on administrative leave. I anticipate the investigators will complete their interviews in the next 3-4 weeks.”

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Applications accepted for refugee and immigration policy analyst

Deadline looms for young people who want to spend ‘Year in God’s time’ at Lambeth Palace

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Episcopal priest to head ecumenical climate justice ministry

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February 22, 2016


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One February day, a worker hand watered the seedlings in the greenhouse at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture in Terrier-Rouge, Haiti. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Haiti Episcopal college prepares students for agriculture, agribusiness
On a recent February morning a young Haitian man riding high on a John Deere tractor tilled the fields, readying them for the first planting of the year at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture, an Episcopal college located on 475 acres of fertile coastal plain in northern Haiti.

Miguelina Howell becomes first Latina Episcopal cathedral dean
The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell became the first Hispanic woman to be a cathedral dean in the Episcopal Church when she was installed Feb. 18 as the 10th dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Howell, an Episcopal priest born and raised in the Dominican Republic, was elected last November after serving as the cathedral’s vicar since fall 2013.

Presiding Bishop celebrates Feast of Absalom Jones in Detroit
Celebrating the Feast of Absalom Jones on Feb. 20, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry touched on his ongoing theme of the “Jesus Movement,” a message enthusiastically received at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.

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WORLDWIDE

New Zealand working group reports on same-gender relationships
A working group of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia tasked with proposing a pathway towards the blessing of same-gender relationships while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriagehas usggested two rites of blessing to be considered by this year’s General Synod.

Church responds to widespread cyclone damage in Fiji
The largest storm ever recorded in the region struck the islands of Fiji over the weekend, after causing widespread damage in Tonga. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is already working to assess the damage and begin its response.

Southern Africa bishops: Same-sex couples “full members” of church
Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church.

Ng Moon Hing installed as Archbishop of South East Asia
The new Archbishop of South East Asia, the Most Revd Ng Moon Hing, was installed Feb.22 during a service in Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. It was an appointment that could never have been anticipated when he was born into family of Buddhist Taoists; and it wasn’t until he was aged 20 that he discovered Christ and became the first person of his family to convert to Christianity.

First all-girl cathedral choir in southern hemisphere
The first all-girl cathedral choir in the southern hemisphere has been launched at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia. The choir is made up from 18 girls from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and gave a debut performance in the cathedral last week.

Churches’ Ebola response is model for future epidemics
The response of Anglican churches and other faith communities to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa can serve as a model for addressing other epidemics, the Anglican Alliance heard this week.

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Faith leaders unite in opposition to Oakland coal exports

Episcopal Health Foundation invests in 15 new grant partners

Anglican Church takes the lead on cross border malaria elimination

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Diocese of Maryland cathedral calls new dean

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February 16, 2016


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Ireland: Safety fears force Easter Day closure of Dublin churches

Pakistan: Terror attacks spark Peshawar school security review

Video: Archbishop Justin Welby unpacks Primates’ communiqué

Church of England unveils logo for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday

Australian Anglicans consult on climate change

George Takeli named as Archbishop of Melanesia

Brazil’s churches respond to Zika virus through Lent campaign

Canada: Toronto parish considers unique partner for refugee sponsorship

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle February 12, 2016

In This Issue
RESET OR DEFAULT?
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
February 12, 2016
This publication will be on hiatus for the next two weeks;
Canon Nicole Krug will be on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.

RESET OR DEFAULT?
No matter our age, most of us by now have spent a considerable amount of our lives using a computer. We are all creatures of the digital age, dependent, whether we like it or not, on our laptops, tablets, and smartphones. And like it or not, technical computer terminology has become part of our everyday vocabulary.

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

UTO Grant Reminder

The focus of this year’s UTO Grant is “the Fifth Mark of Mission.” The submission deadline to the diocesan reviewing committee is Friday, February 19 by 5:00 p.m., and must be emailed to diocesan UTO coordinator, Kerry Jo Hanstein. An application must go through the Diocesan Review Committee prior to being sent to Bishop Smith for final approval, signature, and submission. The application can be found on the UTO website.

Recovery Weekend

On Saturday, February 20 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., The Rev. John Christopher (board member for Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church) and Dr.Greg Mayer will be facilitating a workshop “The Episcopal Church and Recovery: For addicts or their loved ones” at Church of the Apostles (Oro Valley). John will share his journey through rehab and nearly 21 years of sobriety, as well as his call to the priesthood. Dr. Greg Mayer will describe common substances involved in addiction and their physical consequences. There will be open discussion and an opportunity for private discussion. A light lunch will be served. John will also preach at both Sunday services on February 21 at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

Community Garden
Have you ever thought about growing your own food? Here is your chance! St. Michael’s Community Garden (Coolidge) is having its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Bring your family and friends. Tour the garden and enjoy good eats!

Evensong and VTS Reception

Everyone is invited to Trinity Cathedral (Phoenix) at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 28 for Choral Evensong and a reception afterward hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary in the Olney Gallery. Present at the reception will be the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) director of development, Linda Dienno, who will share updates and news from the Seminary. Many diocesan clergy hail from VTS and several are helping with plans for the reception, including the Very Rev. Troy Mendez, The Rev. Canon Whitney Kirby, The Rev. Nick Roosevelt, and The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson.

Sacred Illuminations: An Iconography Workshop
St. Mary’s (Phoenix) is hosting an iconography workshop from February 29-March 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day. Come learn an ancient way of prayer and contemplation through the art of “writing” an icon. No former art experience necessary! Brenda J. Fox, Iconographer, will walk you through a step by step process of learning to create an icon from start to finish. This is a time of contemplation in prayer and painting. Icons are painted in acrylics. The cost is $325 and includes all art supplies. Class size is limited. Full workshop and registration information are available on the event flyer.

Anniversary Celebration
The public is invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Imago Dei Middle School (Tucson) on Saturday, February 20 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Carriage House. Experience James Beard Award-Winning Chef Janos Wilder’s hearty selection of appetizers. The keynote speaker is Rev. John H. Finley, with special guest Rev. Dan Heischman. Tickets are $150/person, and can be purchased online.

 

 

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, February 13

  • Camp 60’s More or Less: Winter Renewal
    @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Province VIII/AZ Antiracism Committee/Union of Black Episcopalians Conference @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Stewardship U: How to Talk about Money
    @ St. Alban’s, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Anglican Rosaries Workshop @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Saturday Night Life Worship Service
    @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Integrity Arizona Chapter Meeting
    @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, February 14

  • Province VIII/AZ Antiracism Committee/Union of Black Episcopalians – St. Absalom Jones Celebration
    @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé Service @ All Saints of the Desert, Sun City
  • Choral Evensong @ All Saints’, Phoenix

Monday, February 15

  • President’s Day – Diocesan Office Closed
Tuesday, February 16
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, February 17
  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, February 18
  • Rector/Vicar Roundtable (Southern AZ)
    @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Clericus Luncheon (Southern AZ)
    @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Compline @ All Saints’, Phoenix
Friday, February 19
  • Songs of Clandestine Correspondence
    @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe

PRAYERS

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February
14  Chapel Rock, Prescott
21  St. Luke’s, Prescott
28  All Saints, Safford

March
6  Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Jon Skaug,
    who is receiving treatment for pneumonia
  • The Rev. Susan Harte,
    who is recovering from back surgery
  • The Rev. Melinda Archer,
    who is recovering from lung cancer
  • The Rev. Scott Jones,
    whose mother-in-law, Maria Irizarry, died
  • 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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CHURCHWIDE

Nominees accepted for Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries
Nominees are being accepted for theEpiscopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries. Based in Washington D.C., the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a
member of the staff of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Atlanta bishop greets immigrants, encourages the homeless on Ash Wednesday
Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Robert C. Wright spent Ash Wednesdaygreeting immigrants and encouraging people experiencing homelessness.

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Church in Brazil gives Lent environmental focus
The Anglican Church in Brazil – the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil – has teamed up with its national ecumenical partners to focus on the environment in the run-up to Easter. In his Lent message, the Primate of Brazil, Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, says that members of the National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil had adopted Our Common Home: Our Responsibility as their theme for their Lent reflections.

Ugandans urged to pray for elections on Archbishop Janani Luwum Day
The Archbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, has called on Christians to observe next week’s observance of martyred Archbishop Janani Luwum – for the first time a public holiday in Uganda – as a day of prayer for the national elections which take place two days later.

NIFCON: ‘Majority of Muslims seek to follow the way of peace’
When Muslim bus passengers thwarted an attempt by Al Shabaab terrorists to single out and massacre Christian passengers in Kenya in December last year, they not only saved lives, but they may have also “given terrorism-weary Kenyans new inspiration to defy Al Shabaab and pursue peace,” the new issue of the Christian Muslim News Digest, produced by the Anglican Communion’s Network for Interfaith Concerns (NIFCON) suggests.

Makgoba calls church to prayer as South Africa debates state of the nation
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa is calling for prayers for proceedings in Parliament in the coming days, when Members of Parliament will debate the state of the nation.

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Ashes to Go brings church to the streets of New York City
The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for evangelism and reconciliation, is one of many Episcopalians who brought Ashes to Go to the streets on Ash Wednesday.

The Community of St. Anselm on their year in God’s time
The Community of St. Anselm, launched by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last year, speak about their “year in God’s time.”

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Called to Transformation ABCD facilitator formation workshops announced for 2016

Deadline nears for 2016-2017 Conant Grants applications

EPPN Lenten Series: Engaging the Beloved Community

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