[Episcopal News Service]
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9. During Holy Week, Christians commemorate, through various observances and worship services, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Day.
Easter Day is the annual feast of the Resurrection, the Paschal Feast or Christian Passover, and the eighth day of cosmic creation. Faith in Jesus' resurrection on the Sunday, or third day following his crucifixion, is at the heart of Christian belief.
Many Episcopal cathedrals and churches will be holding services throughout Holy Week. Please check with your local Episcopal Church for details of services in your area. 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
- WASHINGTON, D.C.: Frederick Buechner and panelist set to discuss his writings
- FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas' Lenten Series concludes
- NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey: Sarah Dylan Breuer to speak at Christ Church
- LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: Lenten series at Calvary Episcopal Church
- CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: President's Symposium to be held at EDS
- BERKELEY, California: Seminarians to pilot new program for LGBT allies
- SAN FRANCISCO: Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ at Grace Cathedral
- ATLANTA, Georgia: Episcopal Church's director of mission featured on 'Day 1'
- THE PLAINS, Virginia: Grace Episcopal to present the Passion of Christ with Carols
- SAN FRANCISCO: Grace Cathedral to host Easter Day Jazz Evensong
- WASHINGTON, D.C.: John Shelby Spong to speak at Washington Cathedral
- CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: Da Vinci Code will be explored at EDS
- NEW YORK CITY: Conference to address the tragedy in Darfur
- WHITEROCKS, Utah: Paths Crossing XVlll Conference scheduled for April 20-23
- MOBILE, Alabama: Historians, archivists to meet in Mobile
- NEW YORK CITY: Printed Bible lecture offered at GTS
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Frederick Buechner and panelist set to discuss his writings -- Acclaimed author and Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Frederick Buechner, will be honored April 5 at Washington National Cathedral.
Buechner will also participate in a panel discussion about the impact of his writings on American religious life.
This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Cathedral College and HarperSanFrancisco. Doors open at 6:15 pm. A book signing will follow the discussion.
For more information, call 202.537.2221, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.cathedral.org/cathedral/register/buechner2006sp.shtml
FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas' Lenten Series concludes -- St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh concludes its Wednesday Lenten series on April 5, 6-8 p.m., in MacColl Auditorium.
The gathering, called "Ethics and Bioethics and our Culture" will be led by the Rev. James R. Squire, chaplain at Episcopal Academy.
Activities for children and youth will be provided. For more information call the parish office at 215.233.3970 or email email@example.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey: Sarah Dylan Breuer to speak at Christ Church -- The Gay & Lesbian Experience: A Christian Inquiry over Dinner, continues on April 5, 7-9 p.m. at Christ Church with Sarah Dylan Breuer, editor of The Witness magazine. She will speak on the topic of Anglicanism and Homosexuality. All are welcome to attend; admission is free.
For more information, call 732.545.6262 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: Lenten series at Calvary Episcopal Church -- Calvary Episcopal Church concludes its 20th Anniversary Lenten Recital and Lunch Series on April 5. The recitals are at 12:05 p.m., followed by luncheon at approximately 12:30 p.m. Both events are designed to fit into a one hour time period and are free of charge.
The 2006 series is dedicated to the memory of and in thanksgiving for the life of Robert M. Nash, who, with his wife Sissy, participated with other volunteers in the preparation of the lunches.
The recital series in his name will feature The Redden Family Singers.
Mary and Alexander Redden are soprano and bass soloists, respectively, with the Bach Society and at Calvary. Their two children are also singers, and will join their parents in this final recital in the 2006 series.
Donations will be accepted by Dean David DuPlantier at the New Orleans Cathedral to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Coming April 8, 2006...
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: President's Symposium to be held at EDS -- "What is, exactly, The Bible?" is the theme of Episcopal Divinity School's annual President's Symposium, April 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Symposium provides a forum for people of faith to explore core theological issues of the Christian faith from a variety of perspectives. The 2006 symposium builds on the dialogue that began with the first two symposia, "What is Sin?" and "What is Salvation?"
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by March 31 to email@example.com or call 617.682.1514.
BERKELEY, California: Seminarians to pilot new program for LGBT allies -- A four-hour session to train allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in the faith community context will be offered, free of charge, April 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tucson Common Room at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP).
Four seminarians at CDSP are piloting the workshop, "Beyond Good Intentions: Equipping the ministries of LGBT allies," which is offered in conjunction with the seminary's Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL). To register send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit: http://www.cdsp.edu/ or call 510.204.0720.
Coming April 9, 2006...PALM SUNDAY
SAN FRANCISCO: Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ at Grace Cathedral -- On April 9, 3 p.m., at Grace Cathedral, four of America's leading early music artists, the Novello Quartet, present the rare quartet setting of Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ. Alan Jones, dean of Grace Cathedral, will offer meditations on the last words of Christ to introduce each movement of the work. Admission is free.
For more information call 415.749.6355 or email email@example.com.
ATLANTA, Georgia: Episcopal Church's director of mission featured on 'Day 1' -- The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler, director of mission for the Episcopal Church, is featured in the April 9 installment of "Day 1," a nationally broadcast weekly radio program also accessible via streaming audio and podcast on the Internet at Day1.net.
For the past three Sundays leading up to Holy Week, Lemler has been heard preaching a sermon and answering questions during a five-minute interview conducted by the program's executive producer and host, Peter Wallace. Lemler last preached on "Day 1" in 2002.
For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program's Web site, www.Day1.net.
Coming April 14, 2006...GOOD FRIDAY
THE PLAINS, VIRGINIA: Grace Episcopal to present the Passion of Christ with Carols -- On April 14 at 7 p.m., the Grace Episcopal Church Choir, soloists and cellist under the direction of Samuel Carabetta, organist and choirmaster will present a Meditation on the Passion of Christ with Carols. The carols, readings, and gospel narratives heard and sung will help give a particular focus to the passion of Christ in preparation for his glorious resurrection.
Child care will be available. For more information, visit http://www.gracechurch.net or call 540.253.5177.
Coming April 16, 2006...EASTER SUNDAY
SAN FRANCISCO: Grace Cathedral to host Easter Day Jazz Evensong -- Join the Boys of the Choir with vocalist Pat Yankee, accompanied by Bob Schulz and his Frisco Jazz Band on April 16, 3:00 p.m., for choral music in a magical acoustical setting.
Choral Evensong is a captivating service of music and prayer, lasting 45 minutes long with no sermon. All are welcome. Admission is free.
For more information visit: http://www.GraceCathedral.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 415.749.6350.
Coming April 18, 2006...
WASHINGTON, D.C.: John Shelby Spong to speak at Washington Cathedral -- Missiles unleashed, car bombs detonated, wars waged - all in the name of God. Individuals, social movements and nations invoke God to justify violence and bigotry. On April 18, 7:30 p.m., the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, retired Bishop of Newark, draws us back to an image of God that is affirming and loving of all. He will speak on "The Promise of Jesus: Abundant Life for All."
For more information call 800.937.8728.
Coming April 19, 2006...
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: Da Vinci Code will be explored at EDS -- This spring "The Da Vinci Code" goes from the New York Times best seller list onto the cinema screen. In preparation for the release of the Da Vinci Code movie, Episcopal Divinity School is putting together an engaging discussion on the content of the Code on April 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Register through April 7 at email@example.com or call 617.868.3450.
NEW YORK CITY: Conference to address the tragedy in Darfur -- The systematic, state-sponsored killings and rapes in Darfur have been called the worst humanitarian crisis of this century. Join Nicholas Kristof, Mark Malloch Brown, Juan Mendez, and Tragi Mustafa on April 19, 7 p.m., in a discussion on ending the atrocities in Darfur and why you are the best hope for peace and justice.
This event is free and will be hosted by the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West.
For information contact: Leslie Doyle at 212.874.5210, ext. 144 or visit: http://www.nysec.org.
Coming April 20, 2006...
WHITEROCKS, Utah: Paths Crossing XVlll Conference scheduled for April 20-23 -- "To Dance with the Bear," a conference for covenanting and nurturing partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous Episcopal congregations, will be held April 20 - 23.
For more information visit: http://pathsx.freeshell.org.
Coming April 25, 2006...
MOBILE, ALABAMA: Historians, archivists to meet in Mobile -- Episcopalians, history lovers or those wishing to learn more about the Gulf Coast are invited to attend the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists (NEHA) annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama, April 25-29, 2006.
Each year professional, volunteer, trained and amateur historians and archivists gather to share information, hear papers, and learn about the host diocese. This year members of the Episcopal Women's History Project will also participate.
The cost of the conference is $160 for members and $190 for non-members. Included in the cost are several meals, bus trips and the conference presentations.
For more information please contact: Kit Caffey at 251.626.0053 or Carolyn Levensailor at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration form may be downloaded at http://www.diocgc.org/NEHA.php
Coming April 27, 2006...
NEW YORK CITY: Printed Bible lecture offered at GTS -- Paul Needham, librarian at the Scheide Library at Princeton University, will lead a lecture April 27, 7 p.m., titled "Printed Bibles from Gutenberg to King James at the General Theological Seminary (GTS) in New York City.
This inaugural event for the recently formed Friends of St. Mark's Library of GTS, who promotes the library as a distinguished collection of rare books and a scholarly resource, is open to the public. A reception will follow.
For more on St. Mark's Library visit http://www.gts.edu/library.asp