The Bishop’s Epistle: 3 Mar 2017, SEND A KID TO CAMP

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March 3, 2017



When I lived in Los Angeles before I was elected a bishop, I noticed that every Spring the Los Angeles times would run a very successful fundraising campaign. The Times solicited money to send thousands of kids to camp each summer, and always succeeded. Every day, readers like myself would see a “thermometer” of funds collected on the front page of the paper, often along with either pictures of kids at camp, or stories of their experiences there. Every year, the Times reached or surpassed its goal. In a way, they had an easy sell. Who wouldn’t want to send a kid to camp?


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How to Kill Your Church by Misusing the Internet





[Scott Gunn] This is the third post in the three-part series on church websites. As a friend of mine says sometimes, the church isn’t dying. We’re killing it. And too often we’re doing a pretty good job killing the church with our internet presence. Read more.

Aligning Money with Mission
[ECF] Money follows mission: if your church’s mission is compelling, people will be motivated to give generously to accomplish it. As church leaders, it’s our role to make sure that the financial resources so generously given by our members truly help accomplish our mission. But what’s the mission of your church? Read more.






Quarterly Speaker Series





What does criminal justice reform mean? In the United States it is reform aimed at fixing perceived errors in the criminal justice system. Goals include decreasing the prison population, reducing prison sentences and eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. Rebecca Fealk from American Friends Service Committee in Tucson and Judge Pyle, Judge for the United States District Court, will discuss this topic at the Church of St. Matthew (Tucson) on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Building Bridges Forum
Over the next few 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 is, 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 Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m., the forum speaker will be Imam Ahmad Shqeirat. Please RSVP by using the church event registration.

Free Enneagram Workshop
An Enneagram is a 9-pointed symbol that is used to illustrate different dominant personality types. The Enneagram represents a body of ancient wisdom that can offer insight, awaken the soul to it’s true self, and help transform our life and relationships. All are invited to attend this free workshop with presenter Susan Pietzsch at Church of the Apostles (Oro Valley) on Friday, March 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register by March 13 by emailing the church office, putting “Enneagram Workshop” in the subject line, and including your contact info.






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.





Phoenix Works Workshops
Arizona Faith Council, a network dedicated to ensuring all faith-based organizations within the State of Arizona have access to human service technical assistance, and to one another, as they serve within their communities, has released their March 2017 list of Phoenix Job Skills Workshops. See the list here.







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, March 4

  • Lay Leadership Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Produce on Wheels With Out Waste
    @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Quiet Day @ Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Omega Service @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
Sunday, March 5
  • Chapel Rock Sunday
  • Bishop’s Visitation
    @ Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministries, Flagstaff
  • Lay Leadership Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Arizona Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians Meeting
    @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix
  • Greatness Circle @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Group Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
Monday, March 6
  • Diocesan House Closed – Post Lay Leadership Retreat

Tuesday, March 7

  • Tai-Chi @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, March 8

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, March 9
  • Rectors/Vicars Roundtable (Central AZ)
    @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Clericus Luncheon (Central AZ) @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Lent Illuminated @ All Saints’, Phoenix
Friday, March 10
  • Centering Prayer Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

5  Church of the Apostles, Oro Valley
12  Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
19  Church of the Resurrection, Parker
26  St. Paul’s, Payson

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:


    The Rev. Dan Tantimonaco,
    who is recovering from surgery



    The Rev. Chuck Sowinski,
    who will be having surgery



    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

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The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1406
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