Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle September 11, 2015

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September 11, 2015


by The Rev. Canon Gil Stafford
Canon Theologian

“So what is a Canon Theologian?” I’ve been asked that question a lot during my first month in this new role for the Diocese. It’s a simple question. I should have a simple answer. My job is to provide opportunities for people to think, talk, and write about their experiences of God.


Let Your Light Shine

[EVP] We tell stories all the time – to recount a recent success, to explain a point of view, to persuade. But do we think of telling stories as a way to gently help folks understand how God is working in the world and taking care of us? Read more.


Preparedness in Small Steps
[ERD] For communities facing large hazards and limited resources, preparedness activities can feel overwhelming. However, there are many small and low-cost activities that you can take to help lessen the impact of disasters on your congregation and community. Improving post-disaster communications can be as simple as creating a post-disaster check-in procedure, but the peace of mind it brings can be immense.

Chapel Rock Baseball Project
Chapel Rock Camp and Conference Center is working to build a baseball field. The field will not only serve future generations of church campers, but will also provide an important recreation opportunity for the local community. We want every kid to have the chance to play baseball (or softball) and benefit from that positive experience! Initial fundraising is about one-third of the way toward the $700,000 needed for Phase I of the project, and now it’s time to involve everyone in reaching this goal. Learn how you can help!


Two Weeks in July

Toddlers to teenagers showed up expecting something exciting to happen. The first week, there were 65 each day, Monday through Friday. There were 85 by the second week, and they were not disappointed. Read about the cross-border Vacation Bible Schools.




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.

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 eight “OpenSpace” workshops (4 in each session). 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.

Exhibit Tables
A few spaces for exhibitors at Convention are still available, however they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The participation fee is dependent on the type of exhibit you are planning. If you, your congregation, or your ministry are interested in an exhibit space, don’t wait.

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, September 12

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • How To Talk About Money @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, September 13

  • LoBros Concert @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Compline @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson

Tuesday, September 15

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, September 16

  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

13  Grace Church, Lake Havasu City
20  Church of Our Saviour Episcopal-Lutheran, Lakeside
27  St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

4  All of Our Episcopal Schools

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
  • The Rev. Pam Mulac,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Dorothy Stevens,
    whose husband, The Rev. Ernest “Lee” Stevens, passed away
  • The Rev. Dan Messier,
    who is recovering from shoulder surgery
  • The Rev. Becky Williamson,
    whose mother, Virginia, died
  • 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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