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[Episcopal News Service] 
  • HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA: Vestry leadership conference
  • DES MOINES, IOWA: Executive Council meeting
  • SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Second Sunday Concert
  • HOUSTON, TEXAS: Organ recital
  • NEW YORK CITY: Seminar for religious leaders
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: Story of Ruth focus of free lecture
  • NEW YORK CITY: Book reading and signing
  • LOS ANGELES: Presiding Bishop visits L.A.
  • NEW YORK CITY: Tenth Annual Dr. King celebration
  • ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Taizé Service at the Cathedral honors Dr. King
  • NEW YORK CITY: Presiding Bishop is celebrant at Huntington

Coming January 6, 2006…THE EPIPHANY

HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA: Vestry leadership conference – Kanuga’s Vestry Leadership Conference takes place January 6-8 under the theme “Tools for Vestry Leadership.” Participants will address the subject of conflict and how to make it work to a church’s advantage. This conference will equip vestries and clergy with the Appreciative Inquiry process, systems theory and other proven methods geared toward helping parishes and missions begin their year on the right foot.

Presenters include the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey of Davis, California, director of learning and leadership for the Episcopal Church Foundation, and her husband, the Rev. Barry Beisner, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Northern California.

For more information and registration, email Paul Bockoven or call 828.692.9136.

To make room for more vestries, spouses and family members are not encouraged to accompany clergy or vestry members attending this program.


Coming January 8, 2006...1 EPIPHANY

DES MOINES, IOWA: Executive Council meeting – The next meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is January 8-12 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa. Items on the agenda include completing the report to General Convention and acting on Episcopal Church budgets.

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Second Sunday Concert  - Cellist Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah, associate professor of music at Gonzaga University, will present a concert on January 8 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral.  He will be accompanied by pianist Rita Vasilyeva-Huber.  The concert will be preceded by an “Open Door” event at 12 p.m. where visitors are invited to explore the cathedral. Both events are free. 

For more information, call 509.838.4277.

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Organ Recital - Preceding Evensong, John Gearhart, director of music ministries at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston, will hold an organ recital on January 8 at 4:15 p.m.  He currently serves on the Diocese of Texas Music Commission, and has served on the board of the Greater Houston Youth Orchestra and chaired the Professional Concerns Committee of the American Guild of Organists.


Coming January 10, 2006…

NEW YORK CITY: Seminar for religious leaders - Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia University, will offer a course titled “Evolution, DNA, and the Soul” January 10-13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

This ground-breaking course will offer participants the biology background necessary to understand the complex scientific, medical, and ethical issues that emerge in pastoral care. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the theological and pastoral implications of recent advances in medical science, while gaining practical knowledge that will enhance their ministries. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore these issues outside of the classroom with a visit to museums or laboratory facilities in NYC. The course is led by Robert Pollack, professor of biological sciences and director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia University. He is a widely respected microbiologist, the former dean of Columbia College,  and author of seven books, including Signs of Life: The Language and Meanings of DNA and The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith: Order, Meaning, and Free Will in Modern Science.

For more information and registration call 212.662.4315 or visit


Coming January 11, 2006…

WASHINGTON, D. C.: Story of Ruth focus of free lecture - Washington National Cathedral will host a free lecture “Spread your cloak over me” January 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture will explore the story of Ruth, grandmother of King David, as told in the Old Testament. She arrives in Bethlehem—a widow and a foreigner—and, one night seeks protection from her kinsman. She makes a simple request, “Spread your cloak over me.”

Even today, many widows and orphans face a similar desperate plight. They embody for us the disenfranchised and neglected. How is care for them a matter of faith? How might we advance the protection of the vulnerable as a matter of moral responsibility and civic responsibility?

Join Dr. Hibba Abugidieri, assistant professor of history at Villanova University, the Rev. Katherine Grieb, associate professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary, and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, director of the religious studies program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, as they uncover what the three Abrahamic traditions teach about our care of these outcasts who shoulder the burden of survival.

For more information call 202.537.2221 or e-mail


NEW YORK CITY: Book reading and signing – A book reading and signing will be hosted by Church of the Holy Trinity on January 11 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the recent release of the Rev. K. Jeanne Person’s book “Where You Go, I Shall.”

Called “thoughtful and insightful,” the volume tells the stories of many of the Bible’s remarkable women who are widows, offering meditations on the scriptural narratives and invitations to prayer.

“Where You Go, I Shall” was co-authored by Jane J. Parkerton and Anne Winchell Silver – themselves widows - who reflect upon aspects of their own experience and needs that relate to the biblical stories.

For more information call 212.289.4100 or visit


Coming January 14, 2006…

LOS ANGELES: Presiding Bishop visits L.A. – Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold will visit Los Angeles during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 14 – 16 to share in a series of ecumenical and interfaith observances themed “Making Common Cause.” Bishop Griswold will be the chief consecrator for ordinations to the Priesthood at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and will visit the Los Angeles Baha’i Center, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the Cathedral Center of St. Paul.


Coming January 15, 2006…2 EPIPHANY

NEW YORK CITY: Tenth Annual Dr. King celebration – Rejoicensemble will present their 10th annual “Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”, concert at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church on January 15 at 3 p.m.

Admission to the concert is $20 and $15 students/seniors. For more information visit


ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Taizé Service at the Cathedral honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - The Taizé Community welcomes everyone to commemorate the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of St.Philip's Mikell Chapel. The Taizé worship service of simple songs, Scripture, and meditation focuses on God’s call to peace enabled by the ministry of reconciliation.

For more information contact the Rev. Bill Payton at or 404.365.1039.


Coming January 18, 2006...
NEW YORK CITY: Presiding Bishop celebrant at Huntington - Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold will serve as principal celebrant at the annual William Reed Huntington sermon and dinner at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City.

This annual tradition, in honor of Huntington, will be held on January 18, at 6 p.m. Huntington was rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Manhattan, and author of the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1888. The Quadrilateral is the document upon which all ecumenical dialogue between the Episcopal Church and other Christian churches has been based.

To register for the dinner visit

The cost is $25 per person.