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Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags By Phyllis Strupp Posted Dec 13, 2011 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The size of Advent matters Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Advent Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events [Episcopal News Service] A bank recently foreclosed on yet another house in our neighborhood. The family of four had struggled to hang on financially for years, to no avail. One day they came home, and the locks had been changed. The wife was despondent, while the husband was enraged. That very night, he broke into their former home, ripped out all the custom cabinets, and hauled them away. By his reckoning, the bank stole his home, and he settled the score as best he could.Getting even tastes good to the aggrieved party. But Advent reminds us of a bitter truth: in the grand scheme of things, God is the aggrieved party and we are all the transgressors.The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s has become a great secular spiritual celebration, often referred to as “the holidays.” Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Christmas, Kwanza, and New Year’s get lumped into one big lit-up joyfest. Appetites for “picture perfect” holidays are fed by commercial interests pushing a parade of “must haves” or “must dos” that absorb money, time, and attention. Comparatively, Advent is a buzz kill, with the daily office full of doom and gloom readings from the ancient prophets. How easy it is, to avoid “celebrating” this somber side of Christmas. But if you want a traditional Christian version of the holiday season, Advent is a “must do” − and it doesn’t cost a penny!Advent and Christmas used to have more in common. In the 6th century, a penitent Advent season was added to the liturgical calendar. For centuries, Christmas was a more subdued religious holiday celebrated not at home but at church. Then came Charles Dickens, who helped to transform England’s Christmas celebration into a joyous event, marked by food, family, and charity with his popular story A Christmas Carol. This famous fable describes how the miserable, tight-fisted Ebenezer Scrooge got his groove back through reflection and metanoia (a spiritual paradigm shift, translated from the New Testament Greek as “repentance.”) So it is more about Advent than Christmas! Surely Dickens got his inspiration for Scrooge from the prophet’s words in Ezekiel 28:4-5:By your wisdom and understandingyou have gained wealth for yourselfand amassed gold and silverin your treasuries.By your great skill in tradingyou have increased your wealth,and because of your wealthyour heart has grown proud.Perhaps A Christmas Carol failed to popularize Advent because it is not so easy to conjure up the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The next best thing to a visit from these three spirits is the teachings of the Old Testament prophets.The lectionary year B is now in full swing, heavy on Advent readings from the prophets Amos and Zechariah with a sprinkling of Isaiah, Habakkuk, and some others. Two notable character traits of the prophets are:1. They understand measuring.2. They have a clue about what God is up to.The readings contain numerous references to measuring objects or time as a proxy for how God judges people. For example, Amos speaks of a plumb line (Amos 7:7-9) and a basket of ripe fruit (Amos 8:1-2) as a tool for understanding God’s judgment of Israel. Zechariah writes about God’s messages in terms of a man with a measuring line who plans to measure Jerusalem (Zechariah 2:1-2), a plumb line (Zechariah 4:10), a flying scroll thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide (Zechariah 5:1-2), and a measuring basket (Zechariah 5:5-11).So the prophets seem to be saying that God is just as fond of metrics as we are, but for spiritual matters rather than worldly matters. God uses spiritual metrics that we cannot grasp as easily as a fistful of dollars.These spiritual metrics have a goal: to fulfill God’s vision of how life on earth should be. The prophets really shine in describing compelling visions of what God is up to in the world, then and now. The “A+” for vision goes to Isaiah, Jesus’ favorite prophet, for the compelling way he describes the peaceful creation that God is creating:“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)“They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)In the reading for December 21, Habakkuk 2:1-3 has some great how-to advice on what we can do in our lives and communities to advance God’s vision:Write the vision;make it plain on tablets,so that a runner may read it.For there is still a vision for the appointed time;it speaks of the end, and does not lie.If it seems to tarry, wait for it;it will surely come, it will not delay.Advent calls us to reflect on whether our spiritual account with God is flush or overdrawn. This is a difficult task, which is why Advent lasts for weeks. If you’re concerned about how you measure up spiritually, don’t worry − God’s plumb line is made out of love. We have nothing to fear from coming clean with God, thanks to Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate on December 25.As the new year looms large, consider making a resolution to go deeper into the desert experiences of Lent and Advent in 2012.− Phyllis Strupp is the author of Church Publishing’s Faith and Nature curriculum and the author of The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert. She enjoys having her desert experiences in the desert! 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Submit a Job Listing By ENS staffPosted Nov 19, 2012 Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Consecrations, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET June 1, 2013 at 9:32 am Offenders? Really?Where is your Christian charity…..reserved only for those who agree with your liberal views? 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Nicholas Knisely ordained as Rhode Island’s 13th bishop Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Tags House of Bishops, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Anthony Domenico says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says: The Very Rev. William Nicholas Knisely Jr. during his Nov. 17 ordination as 13th bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island. Photo/Richard Schori[Episcopal News Service] Nearly 2,000 Episcopalians gathered Nov. 17 at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, for the ordination of the Very Rev. William Nicholas Knisely Jr. as 13th bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island.Knisely, 52, succeeds the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, who has served as Rhode Island’s 12th bishop since February 1996.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori served a chief consecrator during the ordination. At a clergy meeting the day before, Jefferts Schori applauded Wolf as well as the Rhode Island search and transition committees, “thanking them for walking the diocese through such a healthy transition,” reported an article on the diocesan website. She told clergy, “where there is health there is promise, and this is a promising new era to begin together.”The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith, bishop of Arizona where Knisely previously served as dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, preached the ordination sermon. Smith congratulated Rhode Island for electing a “digital bishop” who knows how to speak the language of the 21st century and engage youth.Knisely was the first chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Communications and has served on various national and international bodies in that field. He maintains a personal blog called “Entangled States.”Smith’s sermon began with an unusual request – for all to pull out their cell phones and turn them on. The sermon ended with a similar exhortation – take that phone and tweet or post or check in online to let friends and family see faith in action.A reception followed the service. Afterward, the ordination’s fall cornucopia decor was scheduled to be donated to local Rhode Island food banks.Knisely was elected on the first ballot out of a slate of five nominees at the diocese’s annual convention in June.Knisely has been dean of the Phoenix cathedral since 2006. Before that call, he was rector of St. Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Brackinridge, Pennsylvania. He was curate at another St. Barnabas Church, this one in Wilmington, Delaware. He holds degrees in physics and astronomy from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the University of Delaware and a master of divinity degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.He was ordained to the diaconate in 1991 and to the priesthood in 1992. Knisely is married to Karen, and they have one daughter.The Diocese of Rhode Island includes 53 congregations, of which 43 are parishes, with 20,469 members and an average Sunday attendance of 5,601. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR People Rector Tampa, FL December 2, 2012 at 11:33 am The new Bishop has many challenges ahead of him, first among them, reopening the Cathedral, and second, getting a couple of parishes into line on the priesting of women – St. John the Evangelist in Newport is the worst offender followed by St. Stephen’s in Providence. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (3) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA November 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm Marvelous! Another scientist serving God in a very special way. Indeed, I feel hope and promise in the wisdom in this selection for Rhode Island. 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Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 4, 2018 at 4:18 pm We are lucky and blessed in my small congregation to have a bi-vocational priest, who is there for all Sunday services except when on vacation. The absence of a priest and regular Sunday Eucharists leads to the death of a congregation in my opinion. The regular Sunday Eucharist is the focal point of The Episcopal Church, and without it, the church will die a slow death. “Part time,” as in two Sundays a month, priest visits just are not enough to allow the church to grow. Tell a congregation which Sunday their priest will be on vacation and you will see how few will be there on Sunday! General Convention 2018 Task force proposes plans to meet ministerial needs in small congregations General Convention, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET R H Lewis VTS1963 says: The Rev. Kim Hobby says: The Rev. George Glazier says: June 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm I have served as a priest in a family/pastoral size rural congregation for 8 years. One of the biggest challenges small parishes face today is the need for technology and communication resources to meet our cultural demands for communication via a growing number of social media outlets. We also face a shortage of available volunteers to plan and lead church ministries because there is no such thing as a “stay at home mom” anymore – most people work 40-60 hours each week to make ends meet. Thus, the ‘unspoken’ expectations of clergy in small rural congregations to plan, lead, and do everything; and based upon this article, to do this without pay or as an additional “weekend job” instead of spending time resting or with their families. I do believe the church needs to find ways to educate clergy that are less expensive so they don’t come out of seminary with debt that prohibits them from serving in small rural congregations, but I’d like to see some consideration given to historical methods of training and service such as “reading for holy orders and yoked congregations” or newer methods like “online or distance learning” before taking the drastic solution of non-stipendiary and bi-vocational clergy solutions. Also, if church software companies could provide diocesan licensing options for website development and maintenance, membership database and financial management packages, and formation curriculum then small churches could access the same tools that larger churches have a available to them for running the business side of church operations. The Rev Beverly Patterson says: June 27, 2018 at 7:13 pm I am the Canon Missioner for the Coastal Bend in the Diocese of West Texas and a graduate from Sewanee. Something that needs to be taken into consideration when training individuals for small church ministry is the variety of non-academic functions we must be prepared to handle. I have 4 small congregations, one is closed and I assist with closure and disbursment of the church property, one was seroiusly damaged by hurricane Harvey and I meet with contractors concerning repairs, I have taught people church finances, I have been the computer technician, I have pulled out moldy carpet, done a bit of gardening on top of sermon prep, hospital visits, Bible studies, etc that is fundamental to the position. Small church clergy must be prepared to wear many hats, often at the same time. You also must be creative on very small budgets with few volunteers who have limited skills in the area you must ask them to work in. Rev. Lou Divis says: June 27, 2018 at 7:25 pm I wonder why lay members were not included in the survey. I serve two small parishes that are not yoked, but could probably share more than the priest. I could use relief for the seminary education payments I will be making until I am 90. I could use database and financial management packages, and website maintenance. I could use a prayer team!! My Methodist friends serve 2-3 parishes and make it work somehow. There has to be another way. I am willing to serve on this Task Force New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books June 28, 2018 at 8:55 am I would echo the comments above. As a retired priest I serve a small but vibrant congregation in London, Ohio. This Task Force did not interview the one group that could help direct its work – the lay people in small congregations. I know that this would be a lot of work but without it the Task Force is just spinning its wheels. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC June 27, 2018 at 4:43 pm With 69% of E congregations falling into this category, strong measures are necessary if we are to survive as the denomination we now know. It would be pretty hard to survive as a denomination that only serves densely populated, largely urban areas. In my travels around the Midwest, I see lots of prosperous looking Methodist churches in countless small towns. They must know something we do not. There seems to be a bias against non-seminary trained clergy yet the majority of our churches simply cannot, or will not be able to, afford seminary trained clergy. This bias must be overcome. The “Flyover Church” might be a step in the right direction. Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET F William Thewalt says: Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing [Episcopal News Service] Although capacious churches, glorious choirs, multiple clergy and the smells and bells of Holy Day services may capture the imagination of Episcopalians, the reality is that the majority of congregations in the Episcopal Church tend toward the smaller size, with often dramatically different backdrops and ministerial needs than large churches.In fact, according to data presented by the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Congregations, 69 percent of Episcopal congregations have an average Sunday attendance of less than 100, placing them in the category of “small congregation.” To take this even further, bishops surveyed by the task force reported that a “substantial minority” of their congregations number less than 20 on an average Sunday.Recognizing these congregations’ unique needs and issues, the 78th General Convention three years ago asked for a task force to “develop a plan for quality formation for clergy in small congregations that is affordable, theologically reflective and innovative.”In other words, the task force was charged with recommending steps to provide the “resources to help God’s mission go forward” in small congregations, the Rev. Susanna Singer said in a telephone interview. And unless more and different resources are provided, she added, the traditional model of seminary-trained clerics serving small congregations cannot be sustained.Singer serves as chair of the task force and is also associate professor of ministry development at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.Among the issues facing small congregations is that many are located in rural communities and often remote locales that may not appeal to clergy, especially those fresh out of seminary, she said. Since most seminaries are in cities, Singer said seminarians tend to remain in urban areas.“The pool of people who are discerning ministries are not in rural areas,” she said. “Persuading traditionally formed clergy to move to rural areas is difficult for small congregations.”Another headwind that small congregations confront is their inability to pay a full-time rector or compete financially with what large, urban congregations can offer. Consequently, small congregations may need to rely on clergy who serve with little or no pay or have vocations in addition to the ministry.“The findings of the task force indicate that in the future, an increasing number of ordained ministers in the Episcopal Church will be non-stipendiary or bi-vocational,” the task force’s report concluded. “The data also shows that small congregations will depend more heavily on these clergy.”To confront these challenges, the task force will propose a pair of resolutions to present to the General Convention next month in Austin aimed at improving clergy and licensed lay leadership formation in small congregations and to provide funding for theological education and formation for those wishing to serve small congregations through nontraditional pathways.“To meet the need of small congregations for clergy and to avoid burdening these clergy with substantial debt, new strategies to provide funding for their theological education are needed,” the report said.To prepare its recommendations, the task force first identified specific areas to concentrate its focus. These include what capacities and skills are considered most necessary for clergy and lay leaders in small congregations, how to financially support those seeking ordination to serve in small congregations, how to encourage more under-represented populations to serve as lay leaders and ordained ministers, and how to better share and make available formation, theological and educational resources.The task force also conducted a survey of bishops, canons and chairs of commissions on ministry to obtain their input. Although lay members of small congregations were not specifically included in the survey, a number of those surveyed had experience in these settings. The task force considered surveying small and rural congregations but concluded it was not feasible to obtain a representative and valid sampling.Based on its work, the task force concluded that there is “already a wealth of resources available for leadership formation” from many different cultural and theological orientations. The problem, however, is the lack of awareness of the existence of the resources, the lack of staff to access them, and a “siloing” effect that hinders the sharing of resources throughout the Episcopal Church.“Small dioceses don’t have the kind of staffing to find the resources,” Singer said. “People only know about a narrow sliver of what’s out there.”Another area of identified needs was “for robust discernment and formation for clergy and lay leadership so that small congregations … may be most effectively served,” the task force said.Availability of “appropriate and culturally-sensitive vocational discernment and formation materials and strategies for clergy leaders called from ethnic minority communities” was also found to be lacking, according to the report. And “there is also a clear need for greater availability of suitable resources in Spanish.”When the task force submitted its report for the General Convention’s Blue Book, it requested $900,000 in Resolution A022 to create a “Formation Networking Team” to serve as a referral hub for existing and specially developed resources for the discernment of clergy and lay vocations, formation and training.The task force met the early deadline requirements for submissions to the convention’s reports but has also done “substantial work” and interviews after its initial report was submitted, Singer said.Based on its subsequent work and interviews, the task force intends to submit a substitute resolution that combines its proposed Resolutions A022 through A026. The substitute resolution will reduce its budget request to $300,000 by relying more on part-time team members with minimal stipends “just so we have a chance” to get its funding approved, Singer said.Another significant change planned for the substitute resolution concerns renaming the proposed Formation Networking Team name as the Theological Education Networking Team (TENT) to make it “more indicative” of its purpose and goal, she said.The task force also submitted Resolution A027, which would direct the Executive Council to establish a committee to “develop and implement a plan to provide need-based central scholarship funding to individuals pursuing theological education to serve as priests or deacons” in small congregations in non-stipendiary positions or on a bi-vocational basis.Singer said the task force was presented with an “enormous task” but focused its work on generating a plan that is doable and a start, not the “do all, end all. It’s very concrete and specific and will probably open the doors for other developments. It provides a stepping stone.”— Mike Patterson is a San Antonio-based freelance writer and correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. He is a member of ENS General Convention reporting team and can be reached at [email protected] Comments (8) By Mike PattersonPosted Jun 27, 2018 Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska June 29, 2018 at 12:51 am The solution will come from the laity. Surveying only clergy guarantees failure.Parish administrator and licensed lay leaders, supported by part time clergy is a good solution. Seminary trained clergy will demand high salaries they have large debts to pay.Circuit rider clergy as a resource to trained and licensed lay leaders is a good solution.Ask and invite lay leaders to your task force. Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab June 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm Have we forgotten the work done in Northern Michigan and other locations as to building local teams: a person for administration , a deacon, a priest and/or a pastoral care . There was a great deal of work done on Total Common Ministry in various places ( Nevada & Navajo Area) .Has that been taken into account ? Some Lutheran work has used the concept of the CircuitRider as in the “olden days”. I have done some similar service in the Dio. of Albany. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS
Why does America pray?Whether it be even-keeled smooth sailing or unsteady waters, Americans have long turned to prayer to seek wisdom, demonstrate thankfulness, and discover peace in their lives. Prayer sustains us through uncertainty, grief, and trauma. Prayer allows us a time of reflection, for expressing our hopes, desires, and fears. Prayer offers strength in the face of trials and tribulations, and redemption when we stumble.On National Day of Prayer, we rededicate ourselves to the culture of prayer and to reconnecting with God. “Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.” Mahatma Gandhi Every day, people use the wisdom and revelations gained from prayer to spread kindness and to make our world better. Faith communities in Apopka, in America and globally have helped feed the hungry, heal the sick, and protect innocents from violence. Communities with love and understanding turn to prayer to inspire their work, which embodies a timeless notion that has kept humanity going through the ages — that one of our most sacred responsibilities is to give of ourselves in service to others. The threats of poverty, violence, and war around the world are all too real. Our faith and our earnest prayers can be cures for the fear we feel as we confront these realities. Helping us resist despair, paralysis, or cynicism, prayer offers a powerful alternative to pessimism.Prayer is hope. It’s a conversation with God. “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.”H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Through prayer, we often gain the insight to learn from our mistakes, the motivation to always be better, and the courage to stand up for what is right, even when it is not popular.Each of us can be an author in our collective American story, and in participating in our national discourse to address some of our Nation’s greatest challenges, we are reminded of the blessing we have to live in a land where we are able to freely express the beliefs we hold in our hearts. We as a praying nation will continue to stand up for those around the world who are subject to fear or violence because of their religion or beliefs. As a Nation free to practice our faith as we choose, we must remember those around the world who are not afforded this freedom, and we must recommit to building a society where all can enjoy this liberty and live their lives in peace and dignity.On this day, may our faith enable us to sow the seeds of progress in our ever-changing world. Let us resolve to guide our children to embrace freedom for all, to see God in everyone, and to remember that no matter what differences they may have, we will always be united by our common humanity.Say a prayer for someone you love today, and pray for the United States and for Apopka. Enjoy your time with God.Happy National Day of Prayer everyone! “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”Martin Luther Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSNational Day of Prayer Previous articleApopka High School Debate Team Prepares for National TournamentsNext articleSammie Smith Inspires a Sold-Out Apopka Prayer Breakfast Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here
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WaterAid raises £20,000 at Glastonbury festival Donations to WaterAid from festival-goers currently stand at £20,000 but income is still being counted.The charity’s End Water Poverty campaign collected over 12,000 signatures during the weekend, representing 15% of all those at the festival. The campaign calls for water and sanitation for all, and festival-goers were urged to sign up and increase the pressure on governments to prioritise spending on water and sanitation.Celebrities pledging support for the campaign included Mark Owen, Andrew Marr, Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters, Phill Jupitus and Stephen Merchant. Advertisement Tagged with: Events Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 33 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The event was a very soggy affair for most of those there. “This year’s conditions were the hardest yet said Duncan Wilbur, WaterAid’s Corporate and Events manager But despite this, we had the most positive response we’ve ever had from festival goers. All our volunteers were fantastic, and we’d like to thank them for their amazing efforts despite the dreadful weather!” Howard Lake | 27 June 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 December 2007 | News Tagged with: Recruitment / people 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Coalition, said: “Claire’s achievements in Merseyside are tangible proof of how markets can be used to serve communities. The Coalition will be drawing on her wealth of experience to continue the fight to place social enterprise at the heart of the economy.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New Chair at Social Enterprise Coalition Liverpool-based entrepreneur Claire Dove is to be the new Chair of the Social Enterprise Coalition, the national body for social enterprises.Claire Dove MBE, DL has been involved in the social enterprise movement since the early 1980s and will replace outgoing Chair Baroness Glenys Thornton.Dove is the CEO of Blackburne House Group, an organisation which runs a number of social enterprises providing career opportunities for women in non-traditional sectors such as construction and IT. Advertisement
Ohio State University plant pathologist Anne Dorrance says scouting is a must for growers who planted corn or soybeans despite wet fields. Dorrance suggests those farmers dig up a few plans to make sure the mesocotyl is healthy – as that will help the plant get established. If molds or fungi have gotten to the plant – she says that white section of the plant will be brown and rotting – and farmers may have to replant. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmers Should Scout Wet Soils SHARE Farmers Should Scout Wet Soils SHARE While some farmers in the U.S. are hoping for rain, DTN reports those in the eastern and northern Corn Belt want the rain to end for now – as rain-soaked soils have delayed planting for farmers in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Plant pathologists say young corn and soybean seedlings that sit in wet soils can become easy victims for molds and fungi. Flooded fields can also harm corn plants, and heavy rains can leave a thick crust on fields that can distort or suffocate seedlings. DTN Meteorologist Bryce Anderson predicts near to above normal precipitation in the Midwest through June. By Gary Truitt – May 26, 2014 Previous articleFair Oaks Breaks Ground on Pork Education CenterNext articleDon’t Plant, Don’t Eat, Don’t Serve Gary Truitt