Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle April 22, 2016

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April 22, 2016

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.

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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.

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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).





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


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

24  Church of the Advent, Sun City West

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

Contact Information

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