The Bishop’s Epistle: 17 Feb 2017, THE QUIET DISEASE THAT DESTROYS FAITH


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February 17, 2017



The Rev. John Christopher
Recovery Ministries

Hopefully the dramatic title piques your interest…this title is a statement of truth. This E-pistle is about addiction. Last year, the World Health Organization declared addiction as the number one disease in the world. Abuse, some of it inadvertent, with pain medications (opioids), heroin availability (at extremely low costs), and the ever-present and most abused substance–alcohol, has sent addiction and fatalities skyrocketing in the last few years.


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ECF Fellows Application Deadline Nears  



Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) Fellows are scholars and ministry leaders, both lay and ordained, who are making a lasting impact on the Episcopal Church. Since 1964, ECF has awarded 214 Fellowships to individuals pursuing advanced academic studies and special ministries with the aim of educating and equipping future clergy and lay leaders. Visit their website to learn more about the program and apply by March 10.



Thirteen Commandments for Your Church Website
[Scott Gunn] I spend a lot of time looking at congregation websites, between my work and my travel. It is not uncommon for me to be in a new city and to wonder about a Sunday or midweek service at a nearby church. And too often, I find that the websites are terrible. I mean really, really awful. This is not new, and I am not the first person to say this. Read more.

Peaceful Pastor Luncheon
On Tuesday, February 28 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Pathways of Grace (1500 W. Bethany Home Road, Suite 101, Phoenix), clergy are invited to a special luncheon to discuss and reflect upon ways to have a whole-hearted ministry, regardless of the circumstances. This is a time for clergy to be nurtured by great thoughts, nourishing food, inspiring stories and opportunities to bond with other clergy. The hosts will be Amanda Petersen and Teresa Blythe, UCC ministers and spiritual directors who are passionate about finding ways for clergy to be spiritually supported. The Rev. Erika Von Haaren, Vicar at St. Barnabas (Scottsdale), will share about the components of a whole-hearted life and ministry based on her experience and training in the Daring Way & Rising Strong research of Dr. Brené Brown. Space is limited; cost is $45. Register here.





Building Bridges Forum 



Over the next four months, Good Shepherd of the Hills (Cave Creek) will host a series of forums with the focus being on what it is like for minorities (Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, and Hispanics) living in the U.S. Each month, a speaker will share what it is like to live as a member of a minority in this country, that it, the kinds of challenges, issues, etc. faced by members of the community. The intent is to seek to build bridges of understanding, and to at least attempt to raise the awareness as to realities that minority groups in our country live with. On Friday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m., the first forum speaker will be The Rev. Bruce Jackson. Please RSVP by using the church event registration.

Special Movie Screening
On Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m., All Saints (Safford) invites everyone to bring and friend and come to the Sapphire Cineplex in Safford to watch The Shack and have a short discussion about it afterward. Contact Rev. Allison Cornell to get special admission tickets and snack vouchers.



The Rev. Anne Ellsworth… 



is now Assisting Clergy, Family & Children’s Ministries,
at St. James (Tempe).





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, February 18

  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Celebration of New Ministry & Installation of The Rev. Marianna Gronek @ Church of the Epiphany, Flagstaff
  • Omega Service @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
Sunday, February 19
  • Group Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
Monday, February 20
  • Presidents’ Day – Diocesan Office closed
  • Multi-Faith Prayer Service @ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Tucson

Tuesday, February 21

  • Clergy Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Tai-Chi @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, February 22

  • Clergy Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • The Red Book Study @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. James, Tempe
Thursday, February 23
  • Clergy Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • CPG Presentation to Presbyters @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
Friday, February 24
  • Centering Prayer Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Building Bridges Forum
    @ Good Shepherd of the Hills, Cave Creek


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

19  Saints Philip & James, Morenci
26  St. Andrew’s, Nogales

5  Church of the Apostles, Oro Valley
12  Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:


    Mary Richardson, wife of The Rev. David Richardson,
    who is receiving medical treatment



    Vicki Fitzsimmons, wife of The Rev. Jim Fitzsimmons,
    who is recovering from a broken arm



    The Rev. Sam Hosler,
    who had pacemaker surgery



    The Rt. Rev. Robert Shahan,
    who is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s


  • The Rev. Bob Williams,
    who has been diagnosed with kidney failure


  • 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

Phone: 602-254-0976
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1406
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