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March
2005
Ad-vance preparation
To build membership and increase public awareness of the Episcopal church, General Convention in 2003 included in the budget $750,000 to be spent over three years. This campaign is scheduled for late summer and early fall, but preparation already has begun and more than $200,000 of the budget has been spent.
Ultimately we failed
In 1994 the Diocese of Southern Ohio partnered with the Episcopal Media Center (at that time known as the Episcopal Radio & TV Foundation) to use a clever TV and print advertising series to attract new members.
Our efforts paid off
We encouraged congregations to take a critical look at their physical plant and their signage and make alterations that would improve the setting for guests.   Before the seven-week ad campaigns, we mailed congregations sheets detailing ways in which to make guests feel welcome.
A sliver of hope
After a sober analysis of the facts on the ground in Israel and Palestine, English professor Hanan Ashrawi, a former elected member of the Palestinian Authority and an Anglican, said that she placed her hopes in the resilience and faith of the Palestinian people and on communications’ technologies, which make it is less likely that people will have to suffer in silence.
General Convention executive named
The Rev. Gregory S. Straub, 56, rector of Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, Md., has 14 years of experience as secretary of his diocese’s convention. He will take up his new post April 15, which is 14 months before the 2006 General Convention convenes in Columbus, Ohio.
Saturday night ceremony
Choosing the “high church” or Anglo-Catholic format for the new service also was deliberate. As parishioner Cathy Scherer observed, “We love this neighborhood. Nice people, wonderful restaurants, lots of architectural character. We begin our Saturday evenings with Holy Communion at St. Mark’s.”
A biblical marathon
Episcopal youths from eastern Kansas retreated from the world in January for a weekend to practice early Christian traditions of reading aloud and meditating on the Bible.
A father's love
Since their arrival, father and son have been welcomed to Dallas by the extended church family at St. Luke’s, including its active Brotherhood chapter of St. Andrew. If the Ulrichs are puzzled by the Muslim practice of multiple wives, the Sa’eeds are just as perplexed by men who wear earrings.
A virtual congregation
On any given Sunday, an individual seeking to participate in live worship with members of Trinity Episcopal Church at its 11:15 a.m. service can do so virtually, by logging on to the parish’s website, www.trinitywallstreet.org.
Celebrate the Resurrection
All growth that is not toward God is growing to decay, declared George MacDonald, a Scottish minister, novelist and poet. An excellent time to accelerate spiritual growth is Easter and the 40 days that precede it. Here are 15 suggestions for making the most of Easter.
As time goes by
We are creatures of time, so immersed in the tides of before and after, of yesterday, today and tomorrow, that we have a hard time in getting our minds around the concept of eternity, that mysterious quality of what Eckhart called “the Godhead,” that place where the mind of God does indeed hold all things, cherish all things and know all things.
Ask not WWJD … but HWFC
WWJD?  For many evangelical Christians -- including President Bush -- "What Would Jesus Do?” offers a reassuring mnemonic when faced with challenge.  But if we’re to learn anything lasting from the murderous tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean after Christmas, it’s that theological shorthand is never enough.
A new Lenten discipline
Imagine yourself sitting alone on a favorite stretch of seashore. A stranger approaches along the beach. It is the Lord. As he approaches, you become aware of an expression on his face that makes it clear that his intention is to thank you for all that you do for him. How do you feel? What does Christ say?...
Freedom in the Spirit
Each one of us lives with particular assumptions and certitudes that allow us to construct and arrange patterns of meaning and self-understanding.  What we often do not realize is that these elements that make us feel safe and secure also can be a form of bondage and constriction, which is not characteristic of the resurrection life.
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