News: Episcopal News Service July 27, 2016: Video: United Thank Offering videos feature work of grant recipient / Church leaders respond to martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel

 

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July 27, 2016


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Church leaders respond to martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel
Church leaders have been responding to yesterday’s murder of French Roman Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel. Father Hamel was killed by supporters of Daesh as he and a small congregation celebrated Mass at the Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy. The assailants were subsequently shot and killed by French security forces.

UK government funds security at places of worship
The U.K. government have announced a £2.4 million ($3.1 million) fund to help secure places of worship in England and Wales.

Churches, mosques and temples have been invited to bid for grants if they can show that they are at risk of attack from religious hate crimes. Synagogues are excluded from the program because the government has provided a separate grant to the Community Security Trust, a charity that provides protection services to Britain’s Jewish communities.

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Sarah Snyder named Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisor for reconciliation

Mark Dov Shapiro named Rabbi in Residence for Western Mass. cathedral

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News: Episcopal News Service July 22, 2016: Episcopal churches go for Pokémon Go

 

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July 22, 2016


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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Dallas invites gamers to hang out and recharge their phones. Photo: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Episcopal churches go for Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go is a game, but Christie Tugend is ready to nominate it for a Nobel Peace Prize.

“In the middle of these contentious times, people are coming out of their houses,” said Tugend, parish administrator for Christ Church, Coronado, in the Diocese of San Diego. “They’re walking their neighborhoods and public places, gathering together at all times of the day, and interacting with one another with kind and friendly words and smiles on their faces. Barriers seem to disappear. Okay, so they’re walking around with their noses in their cell phones but still…”

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United Society reclaims familiar USPG name
The Anglican mission agency United Society is to resume using the more familiar name USPG by which it was known between 1956 and 2012. But the agency is not returning to its former full name of United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. The new full name will be the United Society Partners in the Gospel.

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News: Episcopal News Service July 21, 2016: From ‘swords to plowshares’

 

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July 21, 2016


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St. Alban’s Episcopal Church volunteers work around memorial crosses to transplant tomato plants in early June. Photo: Mike Scime/St. Alban’s

From ‘swords to plowshares’
It’s hard to miss the ministry that’s growing outside St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Heading up Emerson Avenue past 46th Street, any passerby – whether nourished or hungry, devout or spiritually unsure, striving to heal or prone to violence – is confronted by a sight both grim and hopeful: Dozens of white crosses stand as a memorial to the dead while surrounded by the bounty of God’s Earth, crops that eventually will provide fresh food for a neighborhood in great need of it.

Episcopal Divinity School to stop granting degrees in June 2017
Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to make plans for EDS’s future.

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Episcopal Church celebrates Bishop Browning’s life, bids him farewell
The Episcopal Church bid farewell to Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, the church’s 24th presiding bishop, on July 19 at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

Bexley Seabury consolidates in Chicago’s Hyde Park/Woodlawn district
Effective July 25, Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, will consolidate under one roof at Chicago Theological Seminary.

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Anglican Alliance helps to coordinate global response to South Sudan violence
The Anglican Alliance is helping to coordinate the response from Anglican churches and agencies around the world to the ongoing violence in South Sudan. A few days ago, they convened a conference call for partners across the Anglican Communion to hear from and speak with the leadership of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS) and its relief and development arm SUDRA (the Sudanese Development and Relief Agency).

Churches respond to ongoing violence in South Sudan
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has lamented the latest escalation of violence in Juba, South Sudan, saying it has “caused yet more appalling suffering for the people of South Sudan.” Williams, speaking in his capacity as chair of the British ecumenical development agency Christian Aid, said that the country’s people “have, over the past two and a half years, endured the terrible consequences of a return to war and the bitter disappointment of hopes denied or deferred.”

Faith-based groups at UN AIDS conference
The United Nations’ 21st International AIDS Conference got underway yesterday (Monday) as some 18,000 delegates from 183 countries gathered in Durban, South Africa. Before it began, faith-based groups from around the world held a pre-conference meeting to discuss their approach.

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle July 15, 2016

In This Issue
POKÉMON GO
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
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July 15, 2016

POKÉMON GO: LOOK FOR PIKACHU AND FIND JESUS

 


The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair
Canon to the Ordinary

Wish you could wave a magic wand and cause young adults and youth to come to your church door? Look outside your church doors this week (literally), you may be a designated meeting spot for players of Pokémon Go.

 

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ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

 

 

On Friday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, along with their family and friends, to an exciting game of baseball as the D-Backs take on the Reds! You’ll have a chance to chat with Bishop and Laura Smith, and a portion of every ticket purchased will be donated to support an outreach ministry project to send water filters to South Sudan. Stay after the game for fireworks and concert! Get tickets here.

Safe Playgrounds for Children
[CPG] Playground safety is a two-pronged issue: First, the equipment needs to be safe, and second, children need to be properly supervised. As churches and schools prepare for day camps and summer fun, keep both equipment and supervision safety in mind. Read more.

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Churches Step Up to Serve Vets

 

 

You may already be aware of the work of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew and their priority for Veteran’s Ministries. As the Senior Vice President of the National Brotherhood of St. Andrew, I thought I would take a few minutes and update you on our activities here in Arizona. Read more.

 

 

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, July 16

  • Cursillo Weekend @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Clean Comedy Night @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, July 17

  • Cursillo Weekend @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Monday, July 18

  • Camp 60’s More or Less @ Chapel Rock, Prescott

Tuesday, July 19

  • Camp 60’s More or Less @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, July 20
  • Camp 60’s More or Less @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, July 21
  • Camp 60’s More or Less @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
Friday, July 22
  • Camp 60’s More or Less @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Hispanic Family Camp @ Chapel Rock, Prescott

PRAYERS
[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

July
17  St. Andrew’s, Tucson
24  St. Michael and All Angels, Tucson

August
7  St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
14  St. Alban’s, Wickenburg

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

The Rev. Bob Williams,
who has been diagnosed with kidney failure

 

  • Melissa and her unborn son, daughter-in-law and grandson of The Rev. Mary Piotrowski, who both died

     

  • The Rev. Canon Martir Vasquez,
    who is recovering from surgery

     

  • Robert and Mark, sons of Pixie Baker, Lay Vicar,
    who are experiencing numerous difficulties

     

  • The Rev. Tom Leonard,
    who is recovering from surgery & reoccurring health problems

     

  • The Rev. Ken Semon,
    who is undergoing treatment for cancer

     

  • 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

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News: Episcopal News Service July 18, 2016: RIP: Former Mississippi Bishop Duncan M. Gray Jr. dies after brief illness

 

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July 18, 2016

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RIP: Former Mississippi Bishop Duncan M. Gray Jr. dies after brief illness
“Mississippi has lost one of its great leaders with the death of Duncan M. Gray Jr.,” said the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage, bishop of Mississippi.

The Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr. was the seventh bishop of Mississippi, and died at his home in Jackson the morning of July 15. Gray served as bishop from 1974 through 1993.

The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson. Burial will be in Canton, Mississippi. Visitation with the Gray family begins on Monday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

“He was a breath of fresh air at all times, especially during the turbulent moments in the civil rights era. The Episcopal Church is indebted to him for his courage, his leadership and vision,” said Seage.

 

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Southern Africa launches Decade of Intentional Discipleship

Nice’s chaplain tells BBC city ‘stunned’ by lorry attack

Bishop asks world for prayers as Angola economy slumps

Canada: Seven bishops ‘publicly dissent’ from same-sex marriage vote

Canada: Primate says he can’t stop bishops from allowing same-sex marriages

Canada: In wake of same-sex marriage vote, some bishops fret for unity

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Christian leaders ask to meet with Trump, Clinton to discuss plans on hunger and poverty

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