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Weeks Ahead: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent
Daybook

3/1/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  Today, March 1, 2006, is Ash Wednesday, the first of the 40 days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services.

This day is observed as a fast in the church year of the Episcopal Church. The Ash Wednesday service is one of the Proper Liturgies for Special Days in the BCP (p. 264). Ashes are blessed for use on Ash Wednesday as a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality. The Hebrew Scriptures frequently mention the use of ashes as an expression of humiliation and sorrow.

A list of Episcopal Cathedrals, along with web links and contact details, is available online at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_51512_ENG_HTM.htm

Groundwork II: Digging Deeper for Change and Growth," a book of study guides and lesson plans for Lent 2006, has been available online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/groundwork since November 29, 2005 and was mailed to all congregations in the Episcopal Church in December 2005.

Based on the Year B readings for the five Sundays in Lent, the 2006 edition invites congregations to reflect on how they invite people into their midst and into the Episcopal Church.

Each chapter of "Groundwork II" begins by setting the theme of the Sunday's readings and then offers reflections from various voices on those readings. Activities based in three tracks round out each chapter. The tracks can either be used continuously or mixed and matched week by week as seems appropriate to the congregation and its context.

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  • PALM DESERT, California: Chanticleer to return
  • NEW YORK CITY: Daniel Berrigan, keynote speaker at forum
  • CHERRY HILL, New Jersey: The Diocese of New Jersey to meet in convention
  • ST. LOUIS, Missouri: Art & Soul Café to feature storytelling and jazz
  • PASADENA, California: All Saints Lent event to feature Chris Hedges
  • GRANTHAM, Pennsylvania: Youth Workers Conference set
  • FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: Francis H. Wade to speak at St. Thomas'
  • KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Workshop planned on parish communication
  • NEW YORK CITY: Panel discussion with U.N. Commission delegates
  • PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Executive Council set to meet
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Grace Cathedral to hold second screening of Wal-Mart film
  • NEW YORK CITY: International Women's Day Celebration offered at St. Bart's
  • WASHINGTON: Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice to open
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Thomas Bara to perform at Grace Cathedral
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: Andre Delbecq to speak at Saint James Center
  • RICHMOND, Virginia: First Jones-Murray Lecture offered
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Rodney Gehrke to perform in organ recital
  • AUSTIN, Texas: Registration is open for visitor's weekend
  • IVORYTON, Connecticut: Spiritual retreat set for high school students
  • PALM DESERT, California: Organist Frederick Swann to perform
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Free organ recital at Grace Cathedral
  • EVANSTON, Illinois: Prospective Student Days scheduled at Seabury-Western

 

 

Coming March 2, 2006...

PALM DESERT, California: Chanticleer returns -- After last year's sold-out performance, Chanticleer returns to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church on March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Praised by the New York Times for its "precise, pure and deeply felt singing," this Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble of 12 male voices, ranging from counter tenor to bass, is set to perform an evening of choral music.

Tickets are $40, $30, and $20. A reception will follow the performance.

For more information, call 760.346.2697 or visit http://www.stmargarets.org

 

NEW YORK CITY: Daniel Berrigan, keynote speaker at forum -- Daniel Berrigan, S. J., peace activist, poet, playwright, and founder of the Plowshares Movement, will be the keynote speaker for "Study War No More: Religion and the Contemporary Peace Movement."

Held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, March 2, 7 - 9 p.m., this event will include panelists Ibrahim Ramey, of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Muslim Peace Fellowship; Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; and G. Simon Harak, S.J., of the War Resisters' League and Voices in the Wilderness. It will be moderated by Helena Cobban, global affairs columnist for the Christian Science Monitor.

For more information contact mjrubenstein@stjohndivine.org or call 212 316-7440.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Coming March 3, 2006...

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey: The Diocese of New Jersey to meet in convention -- The Diocese of New Jersey will meet 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.

 

ST. LOUIS, Missouri: Art & Soul Café to feature storytelling and jazz -- The March 3, Art & Soul Café will feature "Wade in the Water: Parables and Jazz" with guest artist Lynn Rubright, author and storyteller, and jazz musicians including Dan Rubright. Drumming will precede the program at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.

The suggested donation is $15 for adults and $12 for students which includes a dessert and beverage. Childcare is provided.

For reservations, call 314.255.1636 or email lruffin@christchuchcathedral.us.

 

PASADENA, California: All Saints Lent event to feature Chris Hedges -- New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner, veteran war correspondent and dedicated peace activist Chris Hedges will challenge participants of the March 3 - 4 event at All Saints Church to live their faith in a way that makes a difference to the life within and to the world at large.

Workshops will range from pastoral care to peace making - from finding your voice to balancing your spiritual life. Designed for members of all ages, the Lent Event weekend will include programs for children and youth with opportunities for worship and fellowship across the generations.

For more information visit: http://www.allsaints-pas.org or contact Christine Mackey-Mason at 626.583.2752 or cmackeymason@allsaints-pas.org.

 

 


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/.

 

FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: Francis H. Wade to speak at St. Thomas' -- The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade will speak at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, on March 4 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in MacColl Auditorium. His topic is titled "The Art of Being Together: Considering what it takes to make a life-long union." All are welcome. Wade, former rector of St. Alban's Church in Washington, D.C. and a renowned preacher, teacher and pastoral counselor, will offer three talks for couples looking to nurture their marriage commitment in the hopes of having a marriage that lasts a lifetime. Admission is $20.

Register by calling the parish office at 215.233.3970 or email info@stthomaswhitemarsh.org.

 

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: Workshop on parish communication -- Communication professionals from the Dioceses of Kansas and Southwest Florida will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, on March 4 to offer a workshop on parish communications for people in the Diocese of West Missouri. The workshop entitled "From Word to Web: Communications in today's church," will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Melodie Woerman, director of communications for the Diocese of Kansas, is organizing the conference that also will include Jim DeLa, director of communications for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, and members of Kansas' Communications Committee. This workshop grew out of the day-long event Woerman organized for the Diocese of Kansas last summer.

For more information call Woerman at 785-235-9255 or 800-473-3563, or visit http://www.diowestmo.org/documents/Brochure011606.pdf.

 

NEW YORK CITY: Panel discussion with U.N. Commission delegates -- On March 4, 3 - 5 p.m., the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will be the setting for a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Sponsored by Anglican Women's Empowerment (AWE), this program and panel discussion will feature women from across the Anglican Communion sharing hopes and concerns for a world in which Christian faith calls them to action.

Guest speakers include Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Matalavea, Anglican Observer to the UN; Angela King, former assistant secretary general to the UN and Special Advisor on Gender Issues; Jenny Te Paa, dean of Anglican Theological College, Auckland, New Zealand; and Abagail Nelson, vice president of Episcopal Relief and Development.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Coming March 6, 2006...

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Executive Council meeting -- The next meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is March 6-9 at the Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is the Council's final meeting prior to General Convention, June 13-21 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Coming March 7, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Grace Cathedral to hold second screening of Wal-Mart film -- "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price," a highly-praised new film by Robert Greenwald, will be shown for the second time at Grace Cathedral, March 7 at 7 p.m., in the Wilsey Conference Center.

The documentary tells the real story of the corrosive effects that Wal-Mart wreaks upon the communities in which it operates and the men and women it employs.

Admission is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Visit http://www.gracecathedral.org or call 415.749.6350 to reserve a seat.

 

 

Coming March 8, 2006...

NEW YORK CITY: International Women's Day Celebration offered at St. Bart's -- Women's rights leaders will meet at St. Bartholomew's Church, March 8, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. to discuss progress in the global struggle for women's rights and the status of current efforts to end the subjugation of women in the developing world. The day will also mark the conclusion of events surrounding the 50th annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Moderated by Bishop Suffragan Catherine S. Roskam of the Diocese of New York, speakers include Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen,
lecturer and author; Charlotte Bunch, founder and executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers; Gloria Feldt, immediate past president of the Planned Parenthood Federation and author; Noleen Heyzer, executive director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); Bianca Jagger, human rights activist and winner of the 2004 Right Livelihood Award; Dr. Speciosa Kazibwe, former Vice President of Uganda; and Vivian Stromberg, executive director of MADRE, a women's human rights organization.

The event is open to the public and there will be an invitation to contribute.

For more information contact Carol Coonrod at csc@thp.org or 212.251.9104 or visit http://www.womensdaynyc.org

 

 

Coming March 10, 2006...

WASHINGTON: 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.

 

 

Coming March 12, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Thomas Bara to perform at Grace Cathedral -- Thomas Bara, instructor of organ at the Interlochen Arts Academy, will perform works by Mendelssohn, Brewer, and Widor on the treasured Alexander Memorial Organ at Grace Cathedral, March 12 at 4 p.m.

Bara, formally of Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue, New York,  where he worked as assistant organist under Gerre and Judith Hancock, studied organ at the Academy, where he was awarded the "Fine Arts" and "Young Artist" awards upon graduation in 1987. He has performed widely, including concerts at the Royal Cathedral, Copenhagen; King's College, Cambridge; Saint John's Smith Square, London; and Saint Paul's Cathedral, London.

This concert is part of the Cathedral's series of free organ concerts on most Sundays from September to June. Choral Evensong is sung every Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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

 

 

Coming March 17, 2006...

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: Andre Delbecq to speak at Saint James Center -- Dr. Andre Delbecq, the Jay Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy University professor at Santa Clara University in California, will be the featured speaker at the Saint James Center for Spiritual Formation's "Managing Organizational Change in Times of Crisis: Wisdom from the Spiritual Masters" program March 17, 7 - 9:30 p.m., and March 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., in Bishops Hall.

The program is open to all who are managing change in their business, organization, or personal life or who just want to learn about remaining spiritually anchored in times of turbulence.

Cost for the entire weekend is $60. One-day registration is $40. Students with ID's will be admitted at half-price. (A limited number of scholarships will be available for those in need.)

For more information contact the Reverend Robert Odom, director of the Center, at 225.387.5141 or rodom@stjamesbr.org

 

 

Coming March 18, 2006...

RICHMOND, Virginia: First Jones-Murray Lecture offered -- The inaugural Jones-Murray lecture, named for the Revs. Absalom Jones and Dr. Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray, the first Black male and female priests in the Episcopal Church respectively, will be held March 18, 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia.

The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis, rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

For additional information on the lecture, contact the Rev. Dr. Alonzo C. Pruitt, rector of St. Philip's Church at 804.321.1266 or email apruittstphilips@comcast.net

 

 

Coming March 19, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Rodney Gehrke to perform in organ recital -- Rodney Gehrke, director of music and liturgy at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, and professor of organ at San Francisco Conservatory of Music will play Bach, Mendelssohn, and Alain among others on the great Aeolian-Skinner organ at Grace Cathedral, March 19 at 4 p.m., preceded by a Choral Evensong at 3 p.m.

This concert is part 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 concerts@gracecathedral.org, or call 415-749-6350.

 

 

 

Coming March 24, 2006...

AUSTIN, Texas: Registration open for visitor's weekend -- Visitors Weekend at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, March 24 - 26, provides the opportunity to join with fellow seekers who are striving to be faithful to Christ or explore a renewed vision of what it means to live out the Gospel in our changing world.

Visitors Weekend at the Seminary of the Southwest is staged solely by seminarians. Visit http://www.etss.edu/VisWeekend06.shtml
for more information and a downloadable registration form. Registration deadline is March 10.

 

IVORYTON, Connecticut: Spiritual retreat set for high school students -- Happening is a spiritual retreat weekend March 24 - 26, at the Incarnation Center, designed to deepen the Christian experience of youth in grades 9-12. The weekend, which includes worship, prayer, youth talks, group discussion, fellowship, activities, games and singing will be supervised by clergy and youth leaders of the Diocese of New York.

The cost is $60 per youth. Financial assistance is available. A bus will be provided which will leave the Cathedral at 2 p.m. on March 24 and return on the evening of March 26.

All registration forms and further information are available at http://www.dioceseny.org/index.cfm?Action=Programs.Youth

Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, March 10.

For additional information contact the Rev. Canon Patricia Mitchell at 212.316.7433 or email pmitchell@dioceseny.org

 

 

Coming March 26, 2006...

PALM DESERT, California: Organist Frederick Swann to perform -- Now in his fifth season as Organ Artist-in-Residence at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Frederick Swann is set to showcase his dazzling technique and artistry on the organ, March 26 at 4 p.m.

This internationally acclaimed organist, who is serving his second term as national president of the 20,000 member American Guild of Organists, continues to give concerts on a limited schedule in the United States and abroad.

Tickets are $15, and free for full-time students. A reception will follow the performance.

For more information, call 760.346.2697 or visit http://www.stmargarets.org

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Free organ recital at Grace Cathedral -- Wolfgang Rübsam, known internationally for his many highly acclaimed recordings of the organ repertoire, will play excerpts from Bach's Art of the Fugue and two virtuoso showpieces of Max Reger on the treasured Alexander Memorial Organ at Grace Cathedral, March 26, 4 p.m.

This concert is part of the Cathedral's series of free organ concerts on most Sundays from September to June. Choral Evensong is sung every Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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

 

 

Coming April 2, 2006...

EVANSTON, Illinois: Prospective Student Days at Seabury-Western -- The faculty, staff, and students of Seabury -Western Theological Seminary invite prospective students to join them for Prospective Student Days, April 2 - 3. This program will allow those considering attending seminary to explore the curriculum, meet the faculty and experience worship and student life at Seabury.

Call Liz at 800-275-8235, ext. 28, or visit http://www.seabury.edu/mt/archives/2004/12/prospective_stu.html