Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle January 8, 2016

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January 8, 2016

I have spent the last couple of days meeting with my bishop colleagues from Province VIII (the western part of the Episcopal Church) near Fresno, California. Here, near the snow covered mountains of Yosemite, we had the opportunity talk, pray, and to hear the story of our host diocese, the Diocese of San Joaquin.


Theological Conversation for Laity

All lay people are encouraged to join diocesan Canon Theologian, The Rev. Dr. Gil Stafford, for a presentation and conversation entitled, “Richard Rohr, Contemplative and Mystic.” He will offer an overview of theological ideas focused on Rohr’s three books, The Naked Now, Immortal Diamond, and What the Mystics Know. There will be time for questions and conversation following the presentation. Sat., January 16 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) at St. Philip’s (Tucson); Sat., January 23 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) at All Saints’ (Phoenix); or Sat., February 6 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) at St. Thomas (Clarkdale). Please RSVP to the church.

AZ Episcopalian Magazine
If you have not received the Winter 2016 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains a wrap up of the results from the Diocesan Convention 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)!



Walking the Mourner’s Path
St. Philip’s In The Hills (Tucson) is offering a new series of the grief support program Walking the Mourner’s Path®: Transforming Grief into Joyful Living. The series is a Christ-centered, faith based, 8-week, non-denominational grief program and is open to anyone who has experienced a death within the last 24 months. Sessions are Tuesday evenings, January 12 through March 1, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The fee of $75 covers the cost of materials. Registration is required; contact Cameron Rau or for a pre-registration interview.

Helen Peel Memorial Organ Concert

This 2nd annual concert will be held at Trinity Cathedral (Phoenix) on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Craig Cramer, Professor of Organ at The University of Notre Dame will present a program of works by Bach, Dandrieu, Smyth, Fauchard, and Martinson. All are invited, and admission is free!

Immigration Presentation

On Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m., Father Sean Carroll will give an immigration presentation at The Church of St. Matthew (Tucson). Fr. Carroll is the Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national humanitarian ministry in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. He will give an overview of the migrant/immigration problem in the U.S. and how it impacts us here in Arizona. All are invited to attend.

Mental Health First Aid
St. Thomas (Clarkdale) is hosting a free training class on Friday, January 22 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., which is sponsored by Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley. It will cover first aid for mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. The class is open to the public. Register by contacting Barbara Litrell or (928) 649-0135.




Rev. Canon Richard Morrison, Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations, is constantly developing contacts with various organizations offering services to many different groups. As outreach opportunities become available for our churches, they will be shared here.

Focus on Economic Inequality
Arizona Faith Network is offering a free video engagement event on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ability 360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. All are invited to attend a guided viewing of Robert Reich’s documentary “Inequality For All” complete with small group interaction.



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 9

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Amahl and The Night Visitors Performance
    @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, January 10

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ Church of the Epiphany, Tempe
  • Intersection of Art & Faith Discussion
    @ Church of the Advent, Oro Valley
  • Taizé Service @ All Saints of the Desert, Sun City
  • Choral Evensong @ All Saints’, Phoenix

Tuesday, January 12

  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
Wednesday, January 13
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

10  St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
17  St. Mary’s Phoenix
24  St. Paul’s Sudanese Mission, Phoenix
31  St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is dealing with shingles
  • The Rev. Sam Hosler,
    who is recovering from spinal surgery
  • The Rev. Brigid Waszczak,
    who is receiving treatment for diverticulitis
  • John Bloxham, husband of The Rev. Sheila Hagan-Bloxham,
    who is recovering from surgery
  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is recovering at home
  • 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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