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Diocesan Digest - May 25

[Episcopal News Service] 
  • MARYLAND: Eastport parish named outstanding at convention
  • MINNESOTA: Girl Scouts note Episcopal women's leadership
  • WESTERN NEW YORK: Week of Prayer will celebrate community

MARYLAND: Eastport parish named outstanding at convention

[SOURCE: Diocese of Maryland] St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Eastport (Annapolis), Maryland, was given the 2006 Bishops' Award for Outstanding Congregation during the Diocese of Maryland's 222nd convention May 5-6.

The congregation was founded in 1899 as a mission of St. Anne's Annapolis and became a parish in 1979. Its mission includes a thrift shop and a food bank. The full citation of the award is available at

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold was the convention banquet's keynote speaker.

The convention adopted resolutions that:

  • support U.S. Congressional efforts to ensure that every U.S. citizen, natural or lawful resident alien is provided with comprehensive and affordable health care coverage;
  • affirm diocesan support for the federally funded and state-administered nutrition program known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) and affirms the responsibility of the diocese to minister to those in need;
  • pledge 0.7% of the diocese's annual budget to fulfill the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and encourage the congregations and individuals of the diocese to do likewise, and asks the bishop to appoint a global missions committee to recommend to the Diocesan Council where the MDG monies should be sent;
  • commit the diocese to research how it may have profited from slavery and subsequent systemic and institutional racism and how the diocese might respond;
  • call upon the 75th General Convention to study, document, and report on the enslavement of Africans and their descendants, the legacy of slavery, and the establishment of systematic and institutional racism within the United States of America and the Episcopal Church "so that we as a people of God can come to make a full, faithful and informed accounting of the legacy we inherit and better understand how we can work, both individually and collectively, to ‘repair the breach;'"
  • encourage every parish and mission to establish a Committee on Caring for God's Creation as part of its stewardship responsibility, undertake activities to care for God's creation through sermons and adult and church school education, and establish a Creation Sunday for special emphasis on environmental awareness and its theological appropriateness;
  • authorize the continuation of the work of the Special Task Force on Relationships, established by Resolution 2005-5 to "Establish a Commission to Study and Recommend Appropriate Pastoral Responses to Couples Living in Relationships Other than Marriage;"
  • ensure participation of young people on diocesan council and the cathedral chapter;
  • set wage and benefits standards so any employee of any congregation be paid a wage of not less than $9.30 per hour, that health benefits be available to any employee working at least 20 hours per week and require annual reviews of all lay employees and clergy with provision for merit increases and cost of living adjustments;
  • support the inclusion of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the Book of Lesser Feasts and Fasts and
  • support the United Nations Convention on the Eliminations of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

MINNESOTA: Girl Scouts note Episcopal women's leadership

[SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune]

The Girl Scouts' Northern Pine Council honored two Episcopalians during its recent annual Growing Strong Leadership Lunch.
Mary Lewis, a Duluth, Minnesota, native, has a long history of community involvement that includes serving on the boards of Northwood Children's Home, the Courage Center and the Arrowhead Council of Churches. She also was active with the Depot Foundation and the St. Louis County Historical Society. She is an active member of St. Edward's Episcopal Church.

Ann Mars, also a Duluth native, taught piano for 24 years and was active in the Duluth Music Teacher's Association. She has been involved with Matinee Musical, Tweed Gallery, Junior League, and the Well-Baby Clinic and participated in a Red Cross program that transported polio patients to the Rehabilitation Center, now the Polinsky Rehabilitation Center. She is an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and has participated in the healing ministries of the Order of St. Luke the Physician. Mars is a reading partner at Laura MacArthur School and volunteers at St. John's School.

WESTERN NEW YORK: Week of Prayer will celebrate community

[SOURCE: Diocese of Western New York] As part of its celebration of a Year of Community, the Diocese of Western New York will begin an Octave of Prayer at midnight on Sunday, May 28, that will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4.
Members of the diocese's 63 congregations began registering for this Octave of Prayer in late March. More than 200 individual registrants have each committed to a specific 30-minute period of prayer for the diocese, the church and the world during the eight days. Two special services offered by diocesan congregations will mark the first and last days of the Octave.
The Rev. Steven Metcalfe, rector of Calvary Church, Williamsville, will lead a 5:00 p.m. Eucharist on May 28 at Calvary Church to celebrate the Octave of Prayer and the Feast of the Ascension. The Calvary Parish Choir and the combined Cathedral Choir of Boys, Men and Girls, directed by Debi Overton, organist/choirmaster for Calvary, and Drew Cantrill, organist/choirmaster for St. Paul's Cathedral, will sing during the service.
The conclusion of the Octave of Prayer will be celebrated on Sunday, June 4, when the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Parkside Lutheran Church in Buffalo will offer the Office of Compline on behalf of the Diocese of Western New York and the Upstate New York Synod. The service, which begins at 8 pm, will take place at Good Shepherd. Leading this service will be the Very Rev. David Selzer, rector of Good Shepherd, and the Rev. Ann J. Salmon, pastor of Parkside Lutheran.