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March
2006
Water ways
“The death of a young married person as vibrant and well known as Jinx in a small Southern town such as Vicksburg is similar in my mind to what would happen if an asteroid hit a fishing hole.  The ripple effects on family, friends and an entire community is astronomical,” said the Rev. Michael Nation, rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where the family worships.
Coping on the river
Seamen’s Church Institute, founded in 1834 by a group of Episcopal churches, built a visible presence on the dangerous New York waterfront. In 1931, The New York Times reported that 8,000 to 12,000 merchant seamen visited the institute every day.
Friends on the river
For several years now, the Sunday school children at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue have warmed the hearts and bodies of the men and women who work on the nearby Mississippi and Missouri rivers as part of the Ministry on the River arm of the Seaman’s Church Institute. Each Christmas and Easter, the children and other volunteers at St. Peter’s pack boxes for the 55 or so towboats that work or pass through the port of St. Louis.
New Jerusalem bishop
Anglicans in Jerusalem celebrated the consecration of Suheil Dawani, a 54-year-old native of Nablus, West Bank, in January. Dawani will succeed  Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, who presided over the consecration, upon the latter’s retirement next year.
Presiding bishop candidates
Four nominees for presiding bishop were announced on Jan. 25 by a committee of bishops, clergy and lay people established by the last General Convention. They are J. Neil Alexander, bishop of Atlanta; Edwin F. Gulick Jr., bishop of Kentucky; Katherine Jefferts Schori, bishop of Nevada; and Henry R. Parsley Jr., bishop of Alabama.
Partnership helps poor
A warehouse, the result of a partnership between the Diocese of Honduras and Food For the Poor, soon will be the conduit for some $35 million in goods and services for that struggling country.
Sobering assistance
Late-onset abuse often occurs unintentionally after a life-changing event, like retirement, death of a spouse or other loss.  Removed from a job, feeling a loss of identity and finding they suddenly have more free time, a retiree who used to have one drink a day may have two or three.  A once-weekly golf outing followed by drinks now happens four times a week.
A midlife quest
He never felt at risk in Afghanistan, he said, although during his first missile attack, “I couldn’t decide whether to put on my pants and run to the bunker or climb under my bed.”  Fourteen months later, when the duck-and-cover siren went off during his last missile attack, Grizzle simply returned to the gym to finish his workout.
‘Faith in 3-D’
Forging a partnership among three denominations, a youth conference on a grand scale was created over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend as “Faith in 3-D” brought 2,200 teens to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Contemporary icons
The Pennsylvania native who attended a Quaker private school said that despite being a lifelong Episcopalian, she was unfamiliar with iconography and the Stations of the Cross. She immersed herself in the topic, poring through books, visiting museums and searching for paintings and sculptures amidst the encyclopedic quantity of Christian art.
From annoyance to love
There was a time when I considered the season of Lent to be a very great annoyance, an interminable 40 days of earnest soul-searching, deprivation of favorite treats and, at least for the implacably Anglo-Catholic, an adherence to the rules of fasting that only can be described as bullheaded.
Musician aids storm relief
In the beginning, there is just that voice singing I Will Kindle my Fire. The voice is honey, a canary. It is the wide-ranging voice of Elisabeth von Trapp, who prayerfully presents “sacred sounds” on her latest compact disc, Love Never Ends. Those sounds range from Hildegard’s 11th century to today, from folksong to hymn, from gospel to cabaret.
Chimeras a myth no more
When researchers at Stanford University recently inserted human embryonic stem cells into the brains of fetal mice, these cells were found to have transformed into functional human brain cells when these mice were born.  The human brain cells had migrated to various regions of the mouse brain, where they integrated with the cells living there.
Time for ‘Columbus Tea Party’?
Maybe “no taxation without representation” could be the alternative theme for General Convention 2006.  We could have our own Columbus Tea Party, declare once again that we do not exist solely at the discretion of England or Nigeria or whomever in whatever kind of hat proposes to tell us how much it costs this year to be told to repent of what God is doing among us.
‘One day at a time’
We are helped here by calling to mind the experience of our forebears, the children of Israel. One of the enduring motifs of the Lenten season, and indeed Easter itself, is the journey of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt through the wilderness into the Promised Land.
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