Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle January 22, 2016


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January 22, 2016


Canon Nicole A. Krug
Canon for Media & Communications

It’s that time of year again! Only a few weeks ago, the Christmas decorations were packed away, and now Lent is right around the corner. In between those two big, liturgical events, churches are working to fit in an annual meeting.


Unchain to Hope and Freedom Conference

The Diocesan Anti-racism Committee and the AZ Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invite everyone to attend “Unchain to Hope and Freedom: Believing Black Livers Matter!” from February 12-14, 2016 in Phoenix. The conference will include workshops, panels and conversation. The keynote speaker is The Hon. Byron Rushing, Vice President of the House of Deputies in the Episcopal Church and the Majority Whip of the Massachusetts State Legislature. The cost is $25 plus processing/tax. Register here.

Teach Them to Forgive Workshop

On Friday, February 26 from 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at St. Philip’s (Tucson), Dr. Rob Voyle will offer a workshop for clergy, chaplains, parish leaders, psychologists, counselors, coaches, and spiritual directors. Learn how to behaviorally distinguish resentment, forgiveness, and reconciliation; use the three faces of compassion (tenderness, fierceness, and mischievousness) as agents of transformation in the world; and create simple and effective strategies to lead a person from a state of resentment to a state of sustainable forgiveness. Cost (before 2/15) is $125. Register here.

Naco Wellness Report
The Naco Wellness Initiative (a Jubilee Ministry) serves the border region of southeastern Arizona and northeastern Sonora, Mexico, where 80% of the population lives below United States poverty standards. Affordable nutritional food is difficult to find in the region, resulting in devastating health effects and declining household economic conditions. Read more.




Good Grief Spiritual Support Group
Grief isn’t logical; neither is acceptance, but sharing your struggle with others can mysteriously help the healing process. Grace St. Paul’s (Tucson) grief group is a place of solace. The goal is to support each other during the grieving process. The group will meet for 7 weeks, beginning Saturday, February 13, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. If interested, please call Rev. Chris Ledyard through the church office (520-327-6857). Limited space available; materials will be provided. Please note this is not a therapy group.

Career Pathways Outreach

St. Andrew’s (Glendale) is hosting an Arizona Career Pathways Outreach session on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. If you are unemployed, in a dead-end job, welfare dependent and/or underserved, or living at/below 150% of the U.S. Poverty Guideline, this event is an opportunity to learn about education, peer monitoring and job placement assistance in the allied health professions or utility industry.


The Rev. Nadine Martin…
has retired as Deacon at St. Matthew’s (Tucson).

The Rev. Canon Richard Morrison…

gave the opening prayer at the Arizona State Senate session on Wednesday, January 20.



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, January 23

  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • “Richard Rohr: Prophet & Mystic” – A Gathering for Laity
    @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Dr. King Movie Night @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, January 24

  • Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
    @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • The Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Concert
    @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • Matter of Heart – An Introduction to Carl Jung
    @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

Tuesday, January 26

  • “Jesus: The Book Study” – A Gathering for Clergy
    @ All Saints’, Phoenix
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of
    The Rev. Kenn Katona @ St. Peter’s, Casa Grande
Wednesday, January 27
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • “Jesus: The Book Study” – A Gathering for Clergy
    @ St. Thomas, Clarkdale
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Taizé @ St. James, Tempe
Thursday, January 28
  • CPG Healthcare Summit
    @ Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

24  St. Paul’s Sudanese Mission, Phoenix
31  St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

7  Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
14  Chapel Rock, Prescott

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Scott Jones,
    whose mother-in-law, Maria Irizarry, died
  • The Rev. Sam Hosler,
    who is recovering from spinal surgery
  • 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



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