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Weeks Ahead: Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., highlight events throughout the Episcopal Church
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1/11/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  On January 16, United States citizens will celebrate a national holiday, 15 years in the making, commemorating the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

Episcopal congregations will hold events and services throughout the weekend recognizing King and the significant changes he fostered in the fabric of American life.

  • WASHINGTON, D. C.: Story of Ruth will be focus of free lecture
  • NEW YORK CITY: Book reading and signing at Holy Trinity
  • INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: Theological Education Consultation
  • LOS ANGELES: Presiding Bishop’s L.A. visit will celebrate Christian unity and legacy of Dr. King
  • AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: Augusta Convocation and Integrity will host a conversation
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: Memorial Service for the Honorable Eugene Joseph McCarthy
  • NEW YORK CITY: Rejoicensemble will hold 10th annual Dr. King celebration
  • ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Taizé Service set to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Prayer service to honor Dr. King's ministry
  • BRONX, NEW YORK: Bronx Martin Luther King Day Celebration
  • NEW YORK CITY: Presiding Bishop will be celebrant at Huntington
  • NEW YORK CITY: Gomes to speak at St. James' Church parish dinner
  • CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS: Marked As Christ's Own Forever
  • SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Bishop Waggoner is keynoter for E. Washington Legislative Conference
  • SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Arts at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral to host first organ and voice concert
  • BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA: Epiphany West 2006: Welcoming Mystery: Theology, Space and Place
  • NEW YORK CITY: Intelligent Design: Theology and Science
  • THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: An all-Bach Evening
  • BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN: Seventh Annual "World Sabbath" pursues interfaith peace
  • ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Diocese of Atlanta to hold annual MLK Concert
  • FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS: Dr. Burnham will lecture at St. Paul's Church
  • NEW YORK CITY: Reconciliation theme of Trinity Institute's national conference

 


Today...


WASHINGTON, D. C.: Story of Ruth will be 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 programs@cathedral.org

 


NEW YORK CITY: Book reading and signing at Holy Trinity - 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 http://www.holytrinity-nyc.org

 

 

Coming January 13, 2006...


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: Theological Education Consultation - From January 13-16, more than 300 Episcopalians will gather in Indianapolis to begin addressing the "big questions" about the 21st century vocation of theological education in the Episcopal Church.

This consultation will bring together various stakeholders in the Church who have a passion for Christian education and formation for all ages: bishops, seminary deans and faculty, diocesan Christian educators, parish Church School teachers, clergy, youth and young adult leaders and staff from various ministry areas at the Episcopal Church Center.

Following this gathering and consultation of education and formation leaders in January, reports will be prepared for General Convention 2006 as well as a national body, "Proclaiming Education for All" (PEALL), charged with studying theological education in the church and making recommendations in 2009.

This consultation is being sponsored by the Office of Children's Ministries & Christian Education, Office for Ministry Development and Council of Seminary Deans.

(Note: Registration for this event is now closed.)

 

 

Coming January 14, 2006…


LOS ANGELES: Presiding Bishop’s L.A. visit will celebrate Christian unity and legacy of Dr. King – The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and its bishop, the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, will welcome the Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold to Los Angeles January 14 – 16. This visit will feature several major events, including an ordination of 14 new priests, an interfaith forum, a visit to an historic parish in L.A. and the diocese’s annual Eucharist and Forum in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

The theme for Griswold’s visit, “Making Common Cause,” reflects his concern for the Episcopal Church’s growth as an ecumenical and interfaith partner and as a force for justice and ministry in the world. His visit precedes the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25, as designated by the World Council of Churches).

Griswold’s itinerary is as follows:

  • January 14, 10 a.m. – Participant with ecumenical guests at ordination of 14 new priests currently serving in congregations throughout the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles. It will take place at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
  • January 14, 8 p.m. – Panelist in an interfaith forum on the role of religion in the modern world.
  • January 15, 10 a.m. – Celebrant and preacher at St. John’s Church, 514 W. Adams Blvd, (near USC campus), Los, Angeles, an Episcopal congregation founded in 1890.
  • January 16, 10 a.m. – Bishop Chester Talton will host the Presiding Bishop and the diocesan community at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, for the annual Eucharist and forum in honor of Dr. King. Bishop Julio Murray of the Anglican Diocese of Panama
    will deliver the keynote address followed by a panel discussion with the Presiding Bishop and Los Angeles bishops.

 


AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: Augusta Convocation and Integrity will host a conversation - The Augusta Convocation and Integrity/Georgia will hold "A Conversation with Gay and Lesbian Episcopalians,”January 14 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

All Augusta Convocation Episcopalians and others who are interested in hearing brief real-life stories from gay and lesbian Christians in the Episcopal Church are cordially invited to attend.

For more information call 706.481.0181 or email stanr@usca.edu. To attend the event call 706.798.1482 or email snyderpc@bellsouth.net.

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Memorial Service for the Honorable Eugene Joseph McCarthy - A memorial service for the Honorable Eugene Joseph McCarthy will be held at Washington National Cathedral on January 14, at 11 a.m.

Tributes will be given by Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-MN), journalist Mary Alice Williams, and Senator McCarthy's daughter and son-Ellen McCarthy and Michael McCarthy.

The Rev. Dr. Harlon L. Dalton, associate rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. James of New Haven, Connecticut, will preach. The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, bishop of Washington, and the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, dean of the Cathedral, will officiate.

Folk singer Peter Yarrow, of famed singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary, will perform with his daughter, Bethany Yarrow.

 

 

Coming January 15, 2006...2 EPIPHANY


NEW YORK CITY: Rejoicensemble's 10th 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.

The program will feature David Hurd's "In Honor of Martin," a five movement work with text based on the Jamie McKenzie poem "Standing Tall," and "His Eye is on the Sparrow" an 11-minute tour de force of gospel styles based on the Civilla Martin and Charles Gabriel hymn, arranged by Danny Holgate and Carl MaultsBy, founder of Rejoicensemble.

Admission to the concert is $20 and $15 students/seniors. For more information visit http://www.rejoicensemble.org

 


ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Taizé Service at the Cathedral set to honor 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 bpayton@stphilipscathedral.org or 404.365.1039.

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Prayer service to honor Dr. King's ministry -  All are welcome to attend a service of Prayers for Justice and Peace on January 15 to honor the memory and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ecumenical service of hymns, prayers and a message will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church at 4 p.m.

This service is co-sponsored by the Utah Poverty Partnership, the Anti-Hunger Action Committee, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and the Coalition of Religious Communities of Utah.

 

 

Coming January 16, 2006...


BRONX, NEW YORK: Bronx Martin Luther King Day Celebration  - The annual Bronx-wide Martin Luther King Day Celebration sponsored by the Bronx Council will remember Dr. King's legacy on January 16 at 10 a.m., at Christ Church, Riverdale.

Each year, the parishes in the three Bronx Interparish Councils come together to give thanks for the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's service will be hosted by the Northwest Bronx IPC. The celebrant will be Bishop Mark S. Sisk, and the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Theodora N. Brooks, vicar of St. Margaret's Church, Bronx.

As a further tribute to Dr. King, the Bronx Council has established a Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the offering received on the day of the celebration goes towards this Fund. In 2005, scholarships were awarded to five deserving students from Bronx parishes.

Gifts to the Scholarship Fund may be made payable to the Bronx Council, earmarked: MLK Scholarship Fund, and sent to the Church of the Holy Nativity, 3061 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467. Attention: Richard Kelly, Treasurer.

 

 

Coming January 18, 2006...


NEW YORK CITY: Presiding Bishop will be 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 http://www.saintpeters.org/huntington.htm

The cost is $25 per person.

 

 

NEW YORK CITY: Gomes to speak at St. James' Church parish dinner - The Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes will be the featured speaker at St. James' Church Winter Parish Dinner January 18 at 7:00 p.m. Gomes is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University. He is the author of "The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart" and The Good Life: Truths that Last
in Times of Need."

To hear this renowned speaker and preacher download the invitation at http://www.stjames.org, or call or email Grace Beacham at 212.774.4231/ gbeacham@stjames.org by January 12.

 

 

Coming January 20, 2006...

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS: Marked As Christ's Own Forever - The Diocese of West Texas invites clergy, congregational leaders, and anyone called to the ministry of the baptized to attend "Marked As Christ's Own Forever," January 20-21 at Good Shepherd.

This weekend led by the Rev. John and Caroline Westerhoff, will include reflection, storytelling, and conversation about living every day as a follower of Christ.

Registration begins January 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. through January 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 per person or $500 per congregational team. Checks are payable to the Diocese of West Texas, and mail to Accounts Payable, PO BOX 6885, San Antonio, TX 78209.

For more information email or call Lou Taylor at lou.taylor@dwtx.org/888.824.5387.

 


 

Coming January 21, 2006...


SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Bishop Waggoner is keynoter for E. Washington Legislative Conference - Bishop  James Waggoner will be the keynote speaker at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference January 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at  the Unitarian Universalist Church. The conference, sponsored by the Spokane Interfaith Council, will include policy briefings on legislation impacting low-income and vulnerable communities, workshops on a variety of issues, and motivational stories.

The conference fee, which includes lunch, is $20.

For more information call or email Diana at 509.329.1410/mailto:509.329.1410/action@interfaithnw.org.

 


Coming January 22, 2006...3 EPIPHANY


SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Arts at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral to host first organ and voice concert - Arts at Saint Mark's Sunday Afternoon Chapel Concert will feature its first voice and organ concert on January 22 at 2 p.m.

Join David Dahl, organist at Christ Church, Tacoma and Joseph Pettit, tenor in the Thomsen Chapel at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, as they perform original compositions by Dahl titled "An English Suite for Organ," and "An Italian Suite for Organ.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Cathedral Shop.

For more information call or email Heather Hodsdon at 206.323.0300 ext. 296/ hhodsdon@saintmarks.org

 


Coming January 24, 2006...


BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA: Epiphany West 2006: Welcoming Mystery: Theology, Space and Place - All are invited to attend this popular annual conference at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, January 24-28 which addresses important theological issues. This year's theme "Welcoming Mystery: Theology, Space and Place," will explore the meaning of buildings, sacred space and other places in liturgical, social and political contexts.

Presenters include Richard S. Giles, Dean, Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Poulose Maniyattu, Dean of Studies and Professor of Liturgical Theology, St. Ephrem's Theological College, Satna, India, Timothy Matovina, associate professor of Theology and director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and Lizette Larson-Miller, professor of Liturgical Leadership and dean of the Chapel, Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

For more information and registration call 510.204.0720 or visit http://www.cdsp.edu/call

 


Coming January 25, 2006...

 

NEW YORK CITY: Intelligent Design: Theology and Science - Some of today's foremost scholars and community leaders will gather at Church of the Ascension on January 25 at 6.45 p.m. to address the controversial topic, Intelligent Design: Theology and Science.

Panelists will include Dr. Robert Pollack, professor of Biology at Columbia University, Dr. Joseph Hough, president of Union Theological Seminary and The Rev. Mary Foulk, St Luke-in-the Fields, New York.

This event will be held in the Parish House and is free of charge.

 


Coming January 27, 2006...

 

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: An all-Bach Evening - The Arts at St. Patrick's program at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church continues on January 27 with Bach Cantata with chamber orchestra.

Join Steve O'Connor, St. Patrick's music director, as he plays a big three movement Bach Trio Sonata, accompanied with a Bach harpsichord suite and 25-minute long cantata for counter-tenor.

For more information call Jason Karpf at 805.558.9000.

 

 

Coming January 28, 2006...


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN: Seventh Annual "World Sabbath" pursues interfaith peace - The seventh annual World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation, an interfaith holy day, will be celebrated at Christ Church Cranbrook on January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

This interfaith service will feature speakers, leaders, and musicians from Muslim, Hindu, Swedenborgian, Antiochian Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, Baha'I, Sikh, Quaker, African-American, and Hispanic cultures and traditions.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 248.644.5210 or visit http://www.christchurchcranbrook.org.

 


Coming January 29, 2006...4 EPIPHANY


ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Diocese of Atlanta to hold annual MLK Concert - The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Concert sponsored by the Diocese of Atlanta and its Commission on Anti-Racism will be held at St. Bartholomew's on January 29 at 4 p.m.

The event attracts the participation of musicians throughout the diocese who perform an array of music by African-American composers, covering many styles and genres.

 

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS: Burnham will lecture at St. Paul's Church - The Rev. Dr. Frederic Burnham, senior fellow at the Bennett J. Sims Institute for Servant Leadership and former director of Trinity (Wall Street)Institute, will present two lectures on January 29 at St.Paul's Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas. At 10:00 a.m., he will speak of his experiences as one of the supervisors of ministry at St. Paul's Chapel (New York) in the aftermath of 9/11, "A Foretaste of the Kingdom: Finding God at Ground Zero."

His evening lecture, at 7:00 p.m., will focus on how individuals and organizations can confront even overwhelming challenges effectively as "Servant Leaders." "At Ground Zero, I witnessed the emergence of a unique kind of human community, one that had evolved spontaneously in the absence of hierarchical control and had a startling resemblance to the kind of community that Jesus espoused in his teachings." While in Fayetteville, Burnham will also meet with a group who are developing a Servant Leadership training program based at St. Paul's.

For more information, call or email Kaye Bernard, at 479.442.7373 ext. 40/ sophiawoman@yahoo.com

Information is also available at http://www.stpaulsfay.org

 


Coming January 30, 2006...


NEW YORK CITY: Reconciliation theme of Trinity Institute's national conference - Deep divisions in the United States and the world over issues of personal and cultural values, a growing chasm between the wealthy and the dispossessed, and the clash of religious traditions are the backdrop for this year's Trinity Institute conference.

"The Anatomy of Reconciliation - from violence to healing" is set to run from January 30 through February 1 at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.

The keynote speakers and preachers include James Alison; Bishop Michael Bruce Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina; Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ; Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons; and Miroslav Volf.

The full cost of registration is $300. Spouses and partners of full registrants may join the conference for $150. Retirees may register for $150 and seminarians will be charged $75. Those in religious orders may attend at no cost. The deadline for registering is January 16. You can register online or get a printable registration form at http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/institute/?2006

Conferences are also streamed on the Internet. For more information visit http:///www.trinitywallstreet.org/institute/?2006