Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle October 2, 2015

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October 2, 2015


Canon Judith Conley
Diocesan Anti-Racism Committee Chair

One of my favorite quotes by Margret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist, is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens (if I may take the liberty, I would substitute Episcopalians) can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” This has been a part of my thinking, theology and my lifestyle for many years. If you can find a few like-minded, action-oriented people, you can cause change.


AZ Episcopalian Magazine

If you have not received the Fall 2015 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains information about Annual Convention and 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)!


Queer Christianity 101
St. Philip’s In the Hills LBGTQ+A Ministry is pleased to welcome National TransAdvocate, Vivian Taylor, for a one day retreat on Saturday, October 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Music Center at St. Philip’s. She is the former Executive Director for Integrity USA. The cost of the retreat is $25 and is payable on the day of the retreat. Lunch is included.

Organ Concert

Organist and composer Pamela Decker will premiere her new composition “The Martyrdom of St. Alban” and will perform other works for organ at St. Alban’s (Tucson) on Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. This new piece honoring the patron saint of a Tucson parish will be played on one of Tucson’s finest new organs. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 general, $10 seniors (60+), and $5 students.

Trinity Cathedral Hosts Guest Preacher
The Rev. John Christopher, Vicar of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Phoenix, is a cradle-born Episcopalian. John left all churches and religion at the age of sixteen, not to return until his mid-forties. In that in-between time, John became an addict and alcoholic. At the age of 36 John went into rehab and now has over 21 years of sobriety. On Sunday, October 11, Rev. Christopher will be the guest preacher at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services.

Arts at Nativity
Church of the Nativity is excited to present the inaugural season of Arts at Nativity! They have some amazing talent lined up, and quite a selection of styles of music to enjoy. Their space is intimate; you will have an opportunity to hear and see the artists up close as they perform. After each concert, enjoy refreshments and a time to talk with performers and fellow listeners. They promise unforgettable experiences! See the concert season flyer.

The Rev. Richard Mallory…
is now the Interim at St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson.


Workshop Changes
Workshop W4 in Session 2 has been changed. The new workshop is entitled “The Joys and Challenges of Ministry with Youth.” This replaces the panel discussion on after school programs. If you registered for the school programs workshop, you can attend this or any other workshop you wish.

Due to the many inquiries about the “OpenSpace” workshops, we have created another space is Session 1. This OpenSpace replaces the panel discussion on working with the homeless. If you registered for this workshop, you can attend an OpenSpace or any other workshop you wish.

Friday Lunch at Convention
If you don’t want to go off-site to eat lunch on Friday, the hotel will be selling food (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers) in the patio area near the pool for $10.00.

Open Space Workshops Clarification
Some workshops will be presented in a new format. Along with our usual scheduled topics, there will be an opportunity for nine “OpenSpace” workshops. There is no pre-set list of topics. The topics will be developed at convention. If you are interested in hosting one of these sessions, the request can be made at the registration area at Convention. Advanced requests will not be accepted.

Children’s Program
Registration for the children’s program at Convention is now open. It will begin on Saturday, October 17 at 8:15 a.m. and end at the close of Convention, and is open to children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. A Nursery Program for infants through pre-Kindergarten will be offered Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, from 10:30 a.m. (following the Eucharist) to close of Convention. Preregistration is required for all ages.

Details and forms for all of the above can be found on the Diocesan Convention webpage.



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, October 3

  • “How To Talk About Money” (StewU) @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • 3 Steps to Financial Freedom @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, October 4

  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Animal Blessing @ St. Mark’s, Mesa
  • Blessing of the Animals @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, October 6

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, October 7
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, October 8

  • 7th Annual Multifaith Pride Service @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson

Friday, October 9

  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Classical Afghan Music @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

4  All of Our Episcopal Schools
11  ASU Incarnation Campus Ministry, Mesa
18  Church of the Transfiguration, Mesa
25  St. Mark’s, Mesa

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Cliff & Sue Blinman,
    whose son, Todd Blinman, died
  • The Rev. John Christopher,
    who is recovering from knee surgery
  • The Rev. Canon Bill Rhodes,
    who died
  • Luisa Bonillas,
    who is receiving treatment for breast cancer
  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    who is dealing with health issues
  • The Rev. Ben Somerville,
    who is dealing with a serious health issue
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from multiple surgeries
  • Dorothy Stevens,
    whose husband, The Rev. Ernest “Lee” Stevens, passed away
  • 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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