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Weeks Ahead: Lenten materials available online
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2/15/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  "Groundwork: Digging Deeper for Change and Growth" is available for Lent 2006. This resource is aimed at encouraging personal and congregational transformation. It asks congregational members and leaders to dig deeply into the soil of their mission so that they may do serious and joyful learning about the Gospel and their community of faith.

The Lenten guide includes:

  • Lesson plans for a 5-week Sunday Morning Adult Form in Lent
  • Lesson plans for 5 Mid-week Adult Programs in Lent
  • Adaptations for use during the Easter Season
  • Use of Groundwork in retreat settings
  • Vestry Planning for Evangelism

Based on the Year B readings for the five Sunday in Lent, this latest edition invites congregations to reflect on how they invite people into their midst and into the Episcopal Church.

"Groundwork" was mailed to all congregations in late November 2005 and is available online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/groundwork

 

  • CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: Hammond to deliver annual EDS Absalom Jones lecture
  • PENSACOLA, FLORIDA: The Diocese of Central Gulf Coast meets in convention
  • EVANSTON, ILLINOIS: Hall's inaugural lecture explores ‘The Wild Free Ways of Wit and Art’
  • SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Awakening to the Sacred at St. John's Cathedral
  • THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: Musical performances in the Epiphany season
  • NEW YORK CITY: Disaster Chaplaincy Training
  • PORTLAND, OREGON: "Emerging Church" Learning Party
  • HOUSTON, TEXAS: Absalom Jones Festival
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: Day of Recognition for historically Black colleges
  • FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS: Clearing the Mind, Opening the Heart
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Five spiritual leaders in conversation
  • PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Celebration of Absalom Jones Day continues
  • PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Interfaith Event
  • SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Episcopal Urban Caucus Assembly
  • COVINGTON, KENTUCKY: The Diocese of Lexington meets in convention
  • FLORENCE, ALABAMA: The Diocese of Alabama meets in convention
  • MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: The Diocese of West Tennessee meets in convention
  • BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY: The Diocese of Kentucky meets in convention
  • SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON: Leadership Skills for Hispanic Communities
  • FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS: The Diocese of Arkansas meets in convention
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Organ In Sanity & Madness
  • CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY: The Diocese of New Jersey meets in convention
  • GRANTHAM, PENNSYLVANIA: Youth Workers Conference
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice

 

 

Today...

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: Hammond to deliver annual EDS Absalom Jones lecture -- Episcopal Divinity School's annual Absalom Jones lecture will be held February 15 at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Gloria White Hammond, who will also preach at the Eucharist on February 16.

Hammond is a co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and a practicing pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center.

Both the lecture and Eucharist will be held on the EDS campus in St. John's Memorial Chapel.

 

 

Coming February 16, 2006...

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA: The Diocese of Central Gulf Coast meets in convention -- The Diocese of Central Gulf Coast meets in convention February 16 -18.

For more information visit: http://www.diocgc.org/

 

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS: Hall's inaugural lecture explores ‘The Wild Free Ways of Wit and Art’—“The Wild Free Ways of Wit and Art: A Piety for the Present Moment” is the title of Dean Gary Hall's inaugural lecture as professor of Anglican Studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary on February 16, 7:30 p.m. in the Seabury Lounge.

Hall will report on what he has heard from “the wild and free voices addressing us out of the whirlwind.”

This lecture is free of charge and is open to the public.

For more information visit: http://www.seabury.edu/mt/archives/2006/01/the_wild_free_w_1.html#more

 

 

Coming February 17, 2006...

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Awakening to the Sacred at St. John's Cathedral -- Paula Gonzalez, SC, Ph.D., a futurist educator and environmentalist, will present two programs at St. John's Cathedral February 17-18.  Both programs will address how merging insights from science and spirituality can awaken us to "the awesome wonder of our planetary home."

The registration fee for the February 17 presentation is $15 and $30 for the February 18 workshop, which includes lunch.

The events are sponsored by the Gonzaga University Religious Studies Department and Spiritus, the spirituality center of the diocese, and St. John's Cathedral.

For further information, e-mail jennings@gonzaga.edu.

 

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: Musical performances in the Epiphany season --Continuing the observance of the Epiphany season, St. Patrick's  Episcopal Church will present two noted musical groups: the Alchemy Handbell Ensemble on February 17 at 7:30 p.m., and the Matt Harris Combo performing a jazz worship service on February 19 at 10:15 a.m.

The Alchemy Handbell Ensemble has appeared around the world under the leadership of Boude Moore, music director of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, Woodland Hills. Alchemy's song list will span the baroque masterpieces of J.S. Bach to the jazz standards of Dave Brubeck.

The Matt Harris Combo will incorporate their musical stylings into the worship. Harris, the director of jazz studies at Cal State Northridge, is an writer, arranger, and keyboardist who has played with Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Rita Moreno and Tom Jones.

Admission is free with donations to the St. Patrick's Music Program.

For more information about either event call Steve O'Connor at 805.495.6441.

 

NEW YORK CITY: Disaster Chaplaincy Training -- Disaster Chaplaincy Services (DCS) is offering the Disaster Chaplaincy Services 1 Orientation course on February 17, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Donegan Hall at Diocesan House, 1047Amsterdam Avenue.

DCS is a multi-faith chaplaincy organization that provides trained chaplains for response to emergencies, disasters, and crises in the New York tri-state area. DCS works with emergency response agencies such as the American Red Cross and the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

Recently, DCS chaplains have been deployed to events such as the NYC Hurricane Katrina Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC), uniformed service funerals, 9/11 Memorial events at Ground Zero, the Staten Island Ferry accident, and the SUNY Maritime College student fatalities.

If you are interested in this chaplaincy opportunity, call the Rev. Julie Taylor at 646.879.9029 or email jtaylor@dcs-ny.org.

 

 

Coming February 18, 2006...

PORTLAND, OREGON: "Emerging Church" Learning Party -- An "Emerging Church" learning party will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Episcopal 
Church, located at 8147 SE Pine Street, Portland on February 18, from  10 a.m. -5 p.m.

This event will include presenters from Church of the Apostles, a joint Episcopal-Lutheran "emerging church" congregation in Seattle.

The ecumenical "emerging church" movement is described as a "new approach to ancient faith," and has energized young adults to seek and live a committed faith-life.

The cost is $35 per person/$25 for students. A soup lunch will be provided. Child care is available upon request.

To register, visit http://www.seekhere.org/ or for further information call the Rev. Kurt Neilson at 503.254.8168.

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Absalom Jones Festival -- The Episcopal Diocese of Texas invites all to attend their Absalom Jones Festival on February 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, located at 717 Sage Road.

Bishop Herbert Thompson, retired bishop of Southern Ohio, will serve as homilist at the Eucharist.

Leading workshops will be the Rev. Dr. J. Carleton Hayden, an Absalom Jones scholar and author, and the Rev. Timothy Holder and the HipHopEMass Group from the Bronx, New York.

Hayden's workshop will explore, clarify, and discuss Episcopal sainthood in modern times, Afro-Anglicanism and the contributions of Jones as they pertain to the church today. Holder and company will demonstrate how to “sing a new Song” to Jesus Christ.

To register visit: http://www.epicenter.org/christianformation/calendar.html or call Janie Stevens at 800.318.4452.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Day of Recognition for historically Black colleges  -- The Episcopal Church Office of Black Ministries and the Association of Episcopal Colleges, under the auspices of Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, present "A Day of Recognition" at Washington National Cathedral February 18, 9 a.m. The event will honor the historically Black Episcopal Colleges: St. Paul's, Voorhees, St. Augustine's and Cuttington College, Liberia.

 

 

Coming February 19, 2006...

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS: Clearing the Mind, Opening the Heart - The concept of relationships as containers for spiritual and personal development is the theme of "Clearing the Mind, Opening the Heart," a two-part workshop to be led by Canon Susan Sims-Smith at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at Dickson Street and Highway 71B.

Workshop sessions will be held February 19 and April 2 from 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Sims-Smith, who specialized in couple's therapy for 25 years before ordination to the priesthood, is now the canon for special ministries and director of SeedWork for the Diocese of Arkansas.

The workshop will combine modern day psychological research on successful relationships with ancient spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation. Topics to be covered include communication, forgiveness, humor, and working with solvable and unsolvable problems. Couples will be able to use the time between the two workshops to do communication "home" work.

To register, call Mary Miller or Sunshine Slade at 479.442.7373.

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Five spiritual leaders in conversation -- In a special event co- presented with HarperSanFrancisco, five leaders from different spiritual backgrounds will discuss the new book by Rabbi Michael Lerner entitled "The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right," on February 19 at 1 p.m. at Grace Cathedral.

The interfaith panelists include the Rev. Alan Jones, dean of Grace Cathedral; Maha elGenaidi, president and CEO, Islamic Network Group; Lerner, author and editor of Tikkun magazine; the Rev. James McCray, senior pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church; and Fr. Stephen Privett, president of the University of San Francisco.

Admission is free. For information visit http://www.gracecathedral.org/ or call 415.749.6350.

 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Celebration of Absalom Jones Day continues - On February 19, the historic St. Thomas Church will hold their Absalom Jones Day service postponed from February 12. The Eucharist will be celebrated on the original altar used by Jones. The Rev. Nelson Pinder, national president of the Union of Black Episcopalians, will preach.

 

 

Coming February 21, 2006...

PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Interfaith Event -- Brotherhood and Sisterhood Week will be observed on February 21 with the first gathering of the New England Interfaith Discussions on Eradicating Extreme Poverty (NEIDEEP, pronounced "knee deep") from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church at 129 Miller Avenue.

The group aims to encourage others, including world leaders, to make the right decisions that will end conditions such as global HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty.

Scheduled speakers include representatives from Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (http://www.e4gr.org/),  Heifer Project (http://www.heifer.org/), 
and Bread for Life (http://www.breadforlife.org/).

Refreshments and a vegetarian lunch will be served, and childcare is available with advance notice.

For more information and to RSVP, email mailto:pblair1@earthlink.net , or call 207.363.7376.

 

 

Coming February 22, 2006...

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Episcopal Urban Caucus Assembly -- The Diocese of Olympia will host the Episcopal Urban Caucus (EUC) in Seattle, 
Washington, February 22-25.

Themed "Weaving Together the Fabric of Justice," the gathering will focus on issues of economic justice, the environment, homelessness, First Nations, and Ethnic Migrations.

The cost is $270. For more information, call Peter Strimer at 206.325.4200/800.488.4978 ext. 313, email pstrimer@ecww.org or visit http://www.ecww.org

 

 


Coming February 23, 2006...

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY: The Diocese of Lexington meets in convention -- The Diocese of Lexington meets in convention February 23-25 at the  Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, Kentucky. For more information visit: http://www.diolex.org/convention2006/

 

FLORENCE, ALABAMA: The Diocese of Alabama meets in convention -- The Diocese of Alabama meets in convention February 23-25 at the Marriott 
Shoals Conference Center, in Florence, Alabama. For more information visit: http://www.dioala.org/.

 

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: The Diocese of West Tennessee meets in convention -- The Diocese of West Tennessee meets in convention February 23-25 
at Calvary Church in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information visit: http://www.episwtn.org/diocesan_convention.html

 

 

Coming February 24, 2006...

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY: The Diocese of Kentucky meets in convention -- The Diocese of Kentucky meets in convention February 24-25 at Christ 
Church, in Bowling Green Kentucky. For more information visit: http://www.episcopalky.org/

 

SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON: Leadership Skills for Hispanic Communities -- The Hispanic Ministry Leadership Skills Workshop is scheduled for February 24-26 in Sunnyside, Washington.

The Rev. Pablo Ramos will facilitate a study and reflection on baptismal ministry, leadership, and worship ministries.

For information, email Holladay Sanderson at holladays@spokanediocese.org or Linda Hale at jlhale@netaxcess.com

 

En Español: Taller Sobre Habilidades Para Liderazgo, 24-26 de Febrero -- Habrá un taller sobre habilidades para liderazgo el 24, 25 y 26 de febrero en Sunnyside.

El Rvdo. Pablo Ramos será líder. Los temas incluyen el ministerio 
bautismal, el liderazgo, y el ministerio de culto.

Para descubrir más información, comuniquen con Holladay Sanderson 509.624.3191 holladays@spokanediocese.org, o Linda Hale jlhale@netaxcess.com

 

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS: The Diocese of Arkansas meets in convention -- The Diocese of Arkansas meets in convention February 24-25, hosted by St. 
John's, St. Bartholomew's, Trinity, and St. Augustine's in Fort Smith, Arkansas. For more information visit: http://www.arkansas.anglican.org/

 

 

Coming February 26, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Organ In Sanity and Madness -- Grace Cathedral, located at Nob Hill, 1100 California Street at Taylor, San Francisco, will present "Organ In Sanity and Madness, a celebration-partly irreverent - of this King of Instruments," February 26 at 4 p.m., preceded by a Choral Evensong at 3 p.m.

The great Aeolian-Skinner organ at Grace Cathedral is one of the world's finest and most famous instruments of its kind. Its 7,347 pipes comprise a massive orchestral sound that perfectly complements the gothic-style cathedral's natural acoustics among soaring arches and stained glass.

This concert is one of the Cathedral's series of free organ concerts held most Sundays September through June. Admission is free.

For information visit http://www.gracecathedral.org/, email conncerts@gracecathedral.org, or call 415.749.6350.

 


Coming March 3, 2006...

CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY: The Diocese of New Jersey meets in convention -- The Diocese of New Jersey meets in convention March 3 - 4 at the 
Hilton Conference Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

For more information visit: http://newjersey.anglican.org/DiocesanConvention/index.html

 

 


Coming March 4, 2006...

GRANTHAM, PENNSYLVANIA: Youth Workers Conference -- Messiah College is offering a one day Youth Workers Conference March 4, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference is designed for both youth professionals and lay-workers.

Register before February 24, and the cost is $37 per person and $30 per person for groups of three or more.

For more information email mblackfo@messiah.edu, call 717.796.5252 or visit http://www.messiah.edu/offices/alumni/events/youth_workers_conference/

 


Coming March 10, 2006...

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice -- The fourth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice will be held March 10-13 in Washington, D.C.

The conference theme, "Challenging Disparity: The Promise of God, the Power of Solidarity," focuses attention on economic disparity and suffering at home and abroad.

Participants will gather to unify efforts for a more just world by examining urgent global issues and U.S. policy regarding the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, global economic justice, global security, eco-justice and U.S. domestic issues.

Speakers will include the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, chair of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches; the Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, senior pastor of Believers Christian Fellowship; and E.J. Dionne, Jr. Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.

For more information or to attend visit http://www.advocacydays.org, call 202.543.1517 or email info@advocacydays.org.