News: Episcopal News Service April 29, 2016

 

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April 29, 2016


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Houston-area residents hoping for FEMA aid after catastrophic storms
Although most of the water has receded, residents in Montgomery County are now facing a harsh reality after historic floods that devastated the Greater Houston area last week—many have uninhabitable homes and others have no federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Holding together in diversity – reflections on the ACC meeting in Lusaka
Having come back from Lusaka on 20 April, after 16 days in Zambia and Zimbabwe, once again the experience of a big Anglican Communion meeting has had an impact on my thinking about the Communion.

African Anglicans look to reduce El Niño’s hunger footprint
Anglican churches are prioritizing advocacy and practical responses to El Niño’s increasingly devastating impact on food security in the southern and central parts of Africa, says the Anglican Alliance’s facilitator in the region.

President Dilma Rousseff retains the support of Brazilian Anglicans
Anglicans in Brazil are continuing to stand-by the country’s embattled president, Dilma Rousseff, claiming that attempts to impeach her are a right-wing attempt to scupper her party’s endeavors to support Brazil’s poor and marginalized.

Tudor mystery over cathedral’s ‘Mrs. Shakespeare’ letter
Hereford Cathedral in the English Midlands is investigating possible links between a 400-year-old letter that was found hidden in the binding of an old book; and the family of playwright William Shakespeare, who was born 50 miles to the east in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue Committee issues communique

Presiding Bishop: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is vital to the church

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General Seminary appoints VP and dean of academic affairs

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News: Episcopal News Service April 26, 2016

 

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April 26, 2016


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Episcopalians from the Diocese of California gathered under a tree at Lone Tree Point along the East Bay in Rodeo, California, northeast of San Francisco for the April 23 EcoConfirmation, where participants reaffirmed their commitment to the environment. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

Episcopalians reaffirm their commitment to the environment
Three words, three additional words, is all it takes to expand the way Episcopalians are called to live out their faith to include care of the Earth.

In the Episcopal Diocese of California, the Baptismal Covenant’s fifth and final question that follows the Apostles’ Creed, the question reads: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of the Earth and of every human being?” The keyword, of course, being “Earth.”

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North Carolina bishops issue statement regarding HB2
In our baptismal covenant, we commit “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” For many, this is the most difficult promise in the covenant, as it calls us to move beyond our differences, expectations, fears, prejudices and misunderstandings about other people and meet them where they are. At times, it means standing up in the world and speaking truth to power, knowing that there will be resistance. This promise takes us out of our comfort zone and into the uncharted territory of God’s grace.

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Australia’s Christian leaders oppose aid budget cut
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has joined the leaders of Australia’s 12 Christian denominations in a letter published in The Australian newspaper to government Treasurer Scott Morrison, in which they call on the federal government not to proceed with the scheduled $224 million Australian Dollars (approximately £119 million GBP) cut to the country’s aid budget.

Reformation and unity in ACC’s ecumenical resolutions
A call for Anglicans to commemorate next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the commendation of a number of new inter-denominational agreements and reports were amongst a raft of ecumenical resolutions adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council when they met in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this month.

Liverpool Bishop : Hillsborough is a story of ‘loss, grief and pain’
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, has spoken of the “loss, grief and pain” felt by the victims of the Hillsborough disaster as a jury ruled that the 96 Liverpool FC fans who were killed in a crush at the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest in April 1989 were unlawfully killed.

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EYE2017 Mission Planning Team application deadline extended

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle April 29, 2016

In This Issue
PREPAREDNESS IS ALWAYS IN SEASON
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
April 29, 2016

PREPAREDNESS IS ALWAYS IN SEASON


Nicole A. Krug
Canon for Media and Communications

This Sunday, we will turn our calendars to May. We’ve recently had some cooler, and in some parts of the diocese, wetter weather, but overall the winter months didn’t bring as much precipitation as usual. It won’t be long before hotter, drier conditions will be upon all of us. That means wildfire season (which typically runs from late May through the beginning of the monsoon season) could start in earnest.

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
TENS Extends Early Bird Registration
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) will be holding their Annual Conference from June 2-4, 2016 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. This year’s keynote presenters are: Sister Simone Campbell, author of A Nun on the Bus; The Rev. Jim Clark, Rector of Saint Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart. Register before May 9 to receive the Early Bird Rate. 


Bishop Smith Authors New Book

 

In 597, Augustine of Canterbury arrived in England, carrying with him a gift from Pope Gregory the Great–an illuminated Gospel book. More than 1,500 years later, while attending the 2008 Lambeth Conference, Bishop Kirk Smith, who is also a medieval historian, was given the opportunity to sit with the book and meditate on its meaning today. In Augustine’s Relic, Bishop Smith uses this great volume as a starting point for a contemporary conversation on mission, communication, continuity, and unity that ties together past, present, and future. Order your copy today!

Stewardship Community of Practice Rescheduled

Due to illness, the two Stewardship Community of Practice events (featuring Jerry Keucher) on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, 30 at St. Augustine’s (Tempe) have been CANCELLED. They have been RESCHEDULED to Friday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. More information will be available soon.

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Golf Tournament 

 

 

The Youth of St. Matthew’s (Chandler) are hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. (shotgun start). It will be held at the Superstition Springs Golf Club, and the cost is $85/player. Come out for golf, lunch, raffle prizes and a silent auction! Contact Kadi Strong to register.

Songwriting Workshop
Bobby Jo Valentine’s musical style falls broadly in the “folk/hopeful pop” category, and his songs are beautiful pairings of trenchant lyrics and unexpected music. He will be holding a workshop/master class for budding singers and songwriters on Saturday, May 7 at St. Mary’s (Phoenix) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., which will include lunch. The class will be especially helpful for youth and adults who are exploring songwriting as a vocation or serious avocation. To attend, please RSVP to Fr. Craig Bustrin.

National Day of Prayer
On Thursday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Church of the Advent (Sun City West) will be hosting speakers from 10 different religious traditions to speak about their faiths and then offer prayers for our nation. The complete schedule can be found on their website. The public is invited to come for an hour or stay all day.

Spiritual Support Group
Sometimes feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and despair become overwhelming, or persist longer than expected. There is no pleasure or solace in simple things enjoyed before, and it’s a struggle to get through the day. Sharing with others is good medicine for depression. Grace St. Paul’s (Tucson) is offering a time-limited support group for a safe place to share, listen, and be together during the journey. The group is facilitated by The Rev. Chris Ledyard and Karen Hanson on Saturdays from May 7-June 11 at 10:00-11:15 a.m. Contact the church office at 520-327-6857 to reserve your space.

 

 

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, April 30

  • Patronal Festival Weekend Ride
    @ Sts. Philip & James, Morenci
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Fronteras Gathering @ St. Andrew’s, Nogales
  • Canon Theologian Book Discussion w/ Laity
    @ Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
  • Canon Theologian Book Discussion with Deacons
    @ Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, May 1

  • Patronal Festival Weekend Ride
    @ Sts. Philip & James, Morenci
  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale
  • Arizona Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians Meeting
    @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix
  • Harp Concert @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, May 3

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, May 4
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, May 5
  • National Day of Prayer Service
    @ Church of the Advent, Sun City West
  • Annual Retired Clergy Dinner @ University Club of Phoenix
Friday, May 6
  • First Fridays @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

PRAYERS

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May
1  Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant, Surprise
8  Annunciation Campus Ministry at ASU, Tempe
15  Church of the Epiphany, Tempe
22  St. Augustine’s, Tempe

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from a fall
  • The Rev. Rick Wilson,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss,
    whose brother, Warren, died
  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    whose mother, Trish, died
  • Makenzie, granddaughter of The Rev. Bill Forrest,
    who is undergoing chemo treatments
  • The Rev. Ed Gustafson,
    who is in hospice care
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is in hospice care
  • 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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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle April 22, 2016

In This Issue
LOVE WORKS
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
April 22, 2016

LOVE WORKS
Thursday morning, your Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations, Richard Morrison, and I attended the Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. As representatives of a “mainline” church, we were definitely in the minority, being the only two “collars” among the 400 or so attendees. Most were from Evangelical churches of a markedly conservative bent. Oddly enough, the Governor himself did not attend.

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
Summer Camp Registration Open
Summer Camp at Chapel Rock is a blast whether you are a first-timer or have been coming forever! Come experience God’s love in a real community. Camp is designed to engage the youth campers: their questions, discussion, feedback, and participation in worship make the Chapel Rock Youth Camp experience incredibly powerful. And the younger children can expect adventure, lots of surprises, great cabin mates, new friends and old friends, great games, creative campers choice, thrilling water carnival, late night swimming, awesome counselors and plenty of opportunities to grow in the wonder of the warmth of God’s unconditional love! Scholarship assistance is available. Don’t delay; register now!


Conflict Resolution from a Referee

 

[EVP] Friday night was a doozy. Not because of a church fight, but because of that evening’s high school soccer match. From the sidelines, I had the opportunity to watch a senior referee react, respond, and manage a conflict. A fight broke out. In less skilled hands it could have ended the game. Conflict may be inevitable, but how one reacts, responds, and manages it can be the essential difference in either fostering restoration or having to abandon the field. There is much the local church might learn from his example.  Read more.

AZ Episcopalian Magazine

If you have not received the Spring 2016 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains everything you need to know about Summer Camps, the new Elder Spirituality Ministry, and lots of 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
Roth-Buchholz-Gibson Trio Concert 

 

 

All are invited on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. to St. Philip’s In The Hills (Tucson). Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) concertmaster Lauren Rustad Roth, TSO cellist Theodore Buchholz, and pianist Tannis Gibson complete this powerhouse ensemble presenting virtuosic chamber music for violin, cello, and piano. Works include a wide-ranging program featuring the powerfully expressive trios by Shostakovich and Dvořák plus the enchanting Fantasy Pieces by Schumann. The suggested concert admission is $20 per person ($10 for students).

 

 

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, April 23

  • Youth Group Rummage Sale @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Saturday Night Life Worship Service
    @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • 2nd Sotheby West ‘Not Annual’ Art Auction
    @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Taizé @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, April 24

  • Bishop’s Visitation & Installation of The Rev. Daniel Richards
    @ Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
  • Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
    @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • Roth-Buchholz-Gibson Trio Concert
    @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

Wednesday, April 27

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Taizé @ St. James, Tempe
Thursday, April 28
  • AFN: A Community Conversation on Living Wage
    @ Papago Buttes Church of the Brethern, Scottsdale
Friday, April 29
  • Patronal Festival Weekend Ride @ Sts. Philip & James, Morenci
  • Stewardship Community of Practice w/ Jerry Keucher
    @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe

PRAYERS

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

April
24  Church of the Advent, Sun City West

May
1  Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant, Surprise
8  Annunciation Campus Ministry at ASU, Tempe
15  Church of the Epiphany, Tempe

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from a fall
  • The Rev. Rick Wilson,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss,
    whose brother, Warren, died
  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    whose mother, Trish, died
  • Makenzie, granddaughter of The Rev. Bill Forrest,
    who is undergoing chemo treatments
  • The Rev. Ed Gustafson,
    who is in hospice care
  • The Rev. Richard Devenport,
    whose mother, Nancy, died
  • Pat Burke, wife of The Rev. Norm Burke,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Jeffrey Reed,
    who is having surgery
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is in hospice care
  • 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
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1406
Sent by nicole@azdiocese.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

 

 

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