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4/12/2006
[Episcopal News Service]   
  • WILMINGTON, Delaware: An ancient tradition revisited today
  • THE PLAINS, Virginia: Grace Episcopal to present the Passion of Christ with Carols
  • CLEVELAND, Ohio: Solemn concert set for Good Friday
  • BOSTON: Episcopal Church Women and MGH Chaplaincy to sponsor service
  • 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 to be explored at EDS
  • NEW YORK CITY: Conference to address tragedy in Darfur
  • WHITEROCKS, Utah: Paths Crossing XVlll scheduled for April 20-23
  • MOBILE, Alabama: Historians, archivists to meet in Mobile
  • NEW YORK CITY: Printed Bible lecture offered at GTS
  • AUSTIN, Texas: Gathering 2006 set for April 27-29
  • BRONX, New York: St. Ann's Day set for April 29
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Organ recital set for Grace Cathedral
  • THE PLAINS, Virginia: Festival of the Arts and Music weekend planned

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Today...

WILMINGTON, Delaware: An ancient tradition revisited today  -- Gregorian chant sung by the Men of the Choir with musical improvisations by David Christopher, organist, and guest artists Ana Hernandez and Ruth Cunningham can be heard this evening at 7 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.

The men of the choir begin the solemn strains of Gregorian chant from the balcony followed by the sounds of exotic instruments and the voices of Hernandez and Cunningham from somewhere in the nave. As the service progresses, the men sing while moving through the nave, enacting the ancient offices of Matins and Lauds while Hernandez, Cunningham and Christopher weave a hypnotic blend of musical improvisation.

For more information call 302.656.6628 or visit http://www.ssam.org

 

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.

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio: Solemn concert set for Good Friday -- The Trinity Cathedral Choir, Trinity Chamber Orchestra and community singers will perform in a solemn concert on April 14, at 8 p.m. The program will include J.S. Bach's motet O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, Gerald Finzi's Lo, the full final sacrifice, and Maurice Durufle's Requiem.

The performance is free but an offering will be taken. For more information call 216.771.3630.

 

BOSTON: Episcopal Church Women and MGH Chaplaincy to sponsor service -- On April 14, there will be a three-hour service of "Words from the Cross" from noon to 3 p.m. in the chapel at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, sponsored by Episcopal Church Women and the MGH Chaplaincy.

The Rev. Dr. John T. Townsend, retired Episcopal Divinity School professor, will read his adaptation of the "Passion," published by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Clinicians and chaplains from MGH and other area health-care institutions will offer reflections on the seven last words of Christ, and musical meditations will include pieces from J. S. Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," familiar hymns such as "My faith looks up to thee" and "O sacred head, sore wounded," and traditional spirituals, such as "Were you there."

Vocals and accompaniment will be provided by Robert Humphreville (piano and organ), Paul Guttry (baritone), John Bumstead (cello), and Keith Brinkley (tenor), who works in the MGH oncology and bone marrow transplant unit.

For more information call MGH Chaplaincy at 617.726.2220, or the Rev. Deacon Daphne B. Noyes at 617.354.2540.

 

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 concerts@gracecathedral.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 to 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 cmaynard@eds.edu or call 617.868.3450.

 

NEW YORK CITY: Conference to address 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 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 clevensailor@bellsouth.net. 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

 

AUSTIN, Texas: Gathering 2006 set for April 27-29 -- Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, Inc., presents Gathering 2006, April 27-29 at the Omni Hotel at Southpark in Austin, Texas.

Through four addiction workshops - gambling, food abuse, sex addiction and its impact on families and youth -  participants will be lead by a person knowledgeable in the particular area who will identify the systems, describe the feelings of the person afflicted, make a presentation of recovery modes and the organizations associated with the malady, and then lead discussion. For more information call 866.306.1542.

 

Coming April 29, 2006...

BRONX, New York: St. Ann's Day set for April 29 -- For the third consecutive year, St. James' and St. Ann's Episcopal Church in the South Bronx will join together to celebrate Earth Day on April 29. During this event to which children are especially invited, flowers are planted around the St. Ann campus followed by prayers for its ministries, a procession to the more than 200 year-old cemetery and a celebration of Holy Communion in English and Spanish. The event concludes with a lunch of Caribbean and Latin American food prepared by St. Ann's and hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by St. James'. For more information call 212.288.4100.

 

Coming April 30, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Organ recital set for Grace Cathedral -- Dr. Jeffrey Smith, director of music, will play Les Corps Glorieux, Messiaen's Easter suite for organ, April 30, 4 p.m., at Grace Cathedral.

This concert is one in Grace Cathedral's series of free organ concerts on most Sundays from September to June. Choral Evensong is sung prior to every organ recital at 3 p.m.

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

 

Coming May 5, 2006...

THE PLAINS, Virginia: Festival of the Arts and Music weekend planned -- The 59th Annual Neighborhood Art Show, Sale and Grace Church Concert series is set for May 5, 6, and 7 at Grace Church in The Plains, Virginia.

Artists of all media, ages and levels of experience are invited to exhibit. Adult entries are $15 each, with a limit of two. Each adult entry includes admission to the Gala Opening May 5, 6-8:30 p.m. Youth entries are $3 for lower school, and $5 for high school, and include admission for the May 6 and 7 showings from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All proceeds benefit charitable ministries of Grace Church. Entry forms are available online at http://www.gracechurch.net, or by calling 540.253.5678.