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Weeks Ahead

9/6/2006
[Episcopal News Service]   

Events:

  • CLAYTON, Missouri: Speakers address debate over stem-cell research
  • PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Illinois: Silent auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Thanksgiving Eucharist for Bishop Creighton
  • FRANKLIN PARK, Pennsylvania: John E. Denaro to preach 9/11 memorial service
  • BERKELEY, California: Talk by prophetic Christian leader and author Jim Wallis
  • NEW YORK CITY: Phoebe Griswold to moderate Women’s Peace Forum
  • NEW YORK CITY: Episcopal Social Services of New York celebrates 175 years
  • BENNINGTON, Vermont: St. Peter's to host interfaith conference on disability
  • ALEXANDRIA, Virginia: Madeleine Albright to speak at VTS
  • TOPEKA, Kansas: Biblical scholar set to discuss latest work
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: Cathedral State Day honors Minnesota
  • SEATTLE, Washington: Training opportunity set to counter violence against women
  • NEW YORK CITY: The Seventh Annual Hobart Lecture
  • NEWARK, New Jersey: Diocese to meet in special convention
  • BARRINGTON, Illinois: Development seminar open to lay leaders and clergy

Music:

  • FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas' Church 'Rally Day'
  • SAN FRANCISCO:New Music in an Old Cathedral
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Organ recital at Grace Cathedral
  • BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Advent in Birmingham
  • PORTLAND, Maine: Haiti Choir coming to Maine



EVENTS


Coming September 7, 2006…

CLAYTON, Missouri: Speakers address debate over stem-cell research

With the issue of stem-cell research on the November ballot in Missouri, voters may be having trouble wading through the rhetoric from both sides on the issue. They will have an opportunity over two nights in September to hear both sides in an atmosphere far removed from the campaign trail.

The Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton is hosting a two-evening lecture series on the language of stem-cell research and its relevance to people's lives. The series begins September 7, at 7:00 p.m., with Dr. William B. Neaves, president and CEO of Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, discussing the scientific aspects of stem-cell research. The series concludes on September 14 at 7:00 p.m., with Dr. Robert P. George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, sharing his thoughts on the moral and social implications of the controversial subject. 

Both lectures will take place in the Great Hall at the church, 6345 Wydown Blvd., Clayton.  For more information, call 314.721.1502.


Coming September 9, 2006...

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Illinois: Silent auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina

On September 9, St. Hilary's Episcopal Church will host a silent auction to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gautier, Mississippi. The parishioners of St. Pierre's of Gautier and St. Hilary's of Prospect Heights, Illinois, will join together for this event where the silent auction will feature St. Pierre's famous gumbo along with many fabulous items to bid on. The auction will be held at St. Hilary's from 4–7 p.m.

For more information call 847.537.0590.


HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Thanksgiving Eucharist for Bishop Creighton

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will celebrate a Eucharist of Thanksgiving for Bishop Creighton on September 9, 1 p.m., at St. Stephen's Cathedral, Front Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

A reception will follow at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel and Towers, Market Square, Harrisburg (about a three-minute walk from the cathedral). Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be offered. All are welcome to give thanks to the Creightons for their ministry in the Diocese for the past 12 years.

If you plan to attend, please let your local parish office know, so that they can provide updated attendance totals to the Diocese. (Clergy, please vest with green stoles.)

For more information visit: http://www.diocesecpa.org/news.cfm


Coming September 10, 2006…

FRANKLIN PARK, Pennsylvania: John E. Denaro to preach 9/11 memorial service
 
The Rev. John E. Denaro, staff officer for church relations and outreach, Episcopal Migration Ministries, will preach September 10, 4 p.m., at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church's evening service of prayer marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
 
Denaro was working at New York City's Trinity Church, Wall Street (one block away from the World Trade Center) on that fateful day. After assisting with the evacuation of an elementary school, he spent the rest of the day at the Staten Island Ferry station helping the survivors. In the aftermath, he worked with Trinity's Television and Media department to document the rescue and recovery operation. A frequent chaplain at St. Paul's respite center, he offered insight on the work of God in the midst of disaster.
 
St. Brendan's Episcopal Church is located at 2365 McAleer Road, in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania.


Coming September 11, 2006...

BERKELEY, California: Talk by prophetic Christian leader and author Jim Wallis

Christian leader Jim Wallis, author of "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," will speak about faith and politics at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley at 6 p.m., in an event co-sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union, the Sojourners organization, and the Beatitudes Society. The executive director and editor-in-chief of Sojourners, Wallis brings a progressive message that links personal values with public issues.

Doors will open at 5:15 pm. Following his talk, books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information contact David Myers 510.649.2420 or dmyers@gtu.edu.


NEW YORK CITY: Phoebe Griswold to moderate Women’s Peace Forum

Phoebe Griswold, founding member of Anglican Women's Empowerment and wife of Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, will moderate "Sudan to Chile: Women Waging Peace", a panel of international women peace advocates, September 11, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

This event is part of an international gathering of peacemakers sponsored by the Nobel Prize nominated September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Around the world, women play a crucial role in peacemaking. This panel brings together women peace advocates from Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, Sudan and several other countries, and a 9/11 family member, to talk about how their peace advocacy arose from personal experiences of violence and about the particular ways in which women wage peace worldwide. Various women’s peace organizations will have information tables during and after the event.

For more information, contact K. Jeanne Person, 212.289.4100, ext. 209, kjeanne.person@holytrinity-nyc.org.


Coming September 12, 2006...

NEW YORK CITY: Episcopal Social Services of New York celebrates 175 years

Episcopal Social Services of New York will hold its 175th anniversary dinner with guest of honor General Colin L. Powell September 12, at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

The Most Rev. and Mrs. Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church and the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Mark S. Sisk, Bishop of the Diocese of New York are honorary co-chairs.

To purchase a table or tickets call 212.972.2268 or email 175dinner@e-s-s.org

Episcopal Social Services, founded in 1831 as the "good works arm" of the Diocese of New York, reaches out to New Yorkers in need through programs in foster care and adoption, early childhood education, after-school programs, group homes for developmentally disabled adults, and community re-integration of former prisoners. Throughout changing times, its mission has remained unchanged: to help the disadvantaged build community and achieve self-sufficiency.


Coming September 13, 2006...

BENNINGTON, Vermont: St. Peter's to host interfaith conference on disabilit

"That All May Worship": From Barriers to Bridges: An Interfaith Conference on Religion and Disability will be held September 13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant Street.

This event is sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the National Organization on Disability, the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont Accessibility Committee, and the Bennington Interfaith Council.

Further information may be obtained by phone, 802.442.2911, or email: jvkrum@adelphia.net.


Coming September 14, 2006...

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia: Madeleine Albright to speak at VTS

Former Secretary of State and U.N. Representative Madeleine Korbel Albright will discuss her book "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs" on September 14, at 7 p.m., during a public forum at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. A book signing and dessert reception will follow the discussion in the Lettie Pate Evans Auditorium.

For more information call 703.461.1714 or email vdooley-burney@vts.edu.


Coming September 16, 2006...

TOPEKA, Kansas: Biblical scholar set to discuss latest work

Noted biblical scholar and author Dr. Ben Witherington III will visit Grace Episcopal Cathedral on September 16, 7 p.m., to discuss his latest book and September 17, 10:30 a.m., to serve as guest preacher at the worship service.

Witherington is the professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and the author of more than 30 books. His lecture "Rising to the Occasion: the Resurrection of Jesus, the Reception of the Spirit, and the Proclamation of the Church," is free, and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception and book signing.

For further information contact the Rev. Andrew Grosso at 785.235.3457.


Coming September 17, 2006...

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Cathedral State Day honors Minnesota

The state of Minnesota will be honored September 17 at the 11 a.m., service at Washington National Cathedral. As part of its national ministry, Washington National Cathedral has for many years individually honored each state in the union.

During worship services, the government and people of that state are prayed for.

Call 800.622.6304 for further information.


Coming September 18, 2006...

SEATTLE, Washington: Training opportunity set to counter violence against women

Faith Trust Institute will hold "Religious Resources and Roadblocks to Ending Violence against Women," September 18-20 in Seattle, Washington.

Open to clergy and religious leaders, this training will present a framework for understanding violence against women and for addressing the religious and pastoral issues it presents.

For more information contact Sandra Barone at 206.634.1903 ext.14, or email: sbarone@faithtrustinstitute.org.


Coming September 20, 2006...

NEW YORK CITY: The Seventh Annual Hobart Lecture

The Seventh Annual Hobart Lecture featuring the Rt. Rev. and Rt. Honorable Richard J. Chartres, Bishop of London, will be held September 20 at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine’s Synod Hall, in New York City.

The lecture series is named for Bishop John Henry Hobart, the third bishop of New York (1816 to 1830), remembered for his dedication, especially in pastoral ministry. During his episcopacy, Hobart increased the number of clergy in the diocese and established missions and churches into the far reaches of New York State. His commitment to education is evident as he was one of the founders of General Theological Seminary and was the reviver of Geneva College, now Hobart College.


Coming September 23, 2006...

NEWARK, New Jersey: Diocese to meet in special convention

The Diocese of Newark will meet in special convention September 23 at the Robert Treat Hotel, to elect the 10th Bishop of Newark. Candidates are listed online.

The Eucharist will be celebrated at Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral, 608 Broad Street, at 8:30 a.m.


Coming September 25, 2006...

BARRINGTON, Illinois: Development seminar, open to lay leaders and clergy

The Diocese of Chicago is sponsoring a congregational development seminary led by Kennon L. Callahan September 25-28 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, Illinois.

Callahan, author of "Twelve Keys to an Effective Church" and "Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church," will teach seminar participants how to grow generous congregations and givers who focus on ministry and mission to the real hurts, hopes and needs of their communities.

The fee of $250 includes registration and the program. The form is available online or by contacting Elizabeth Erickson at 312.751.4211.

For program information contact the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel at 847.823.4126. For accommodations contact the Rev. Leigh VanderMeer at 847.381.2323.


MUSIC


Coming up September 10, 2006...
 
FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas' Church 'Rally Day'

St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh invites all to reconnect, refresh, renew... and join them for "Rally Day" September 10, 11 a.m. Following the 10 a.m., festive service, come and enjoy an all parish barbeque, brass quartet, moon bounce, "Chippy the Clown," face painting, balloon animals, and silly songs. 

New ministry programs planned for this fall and winter including guest preachers: The Rev. Dr. Bill Rankin - October 1; the Rev. John Tampa - October 29; the Rev. Dr. Harry Attridge - November 12; and Diana Frade - November 19.

In addition, there are adult spiritual formation classes, special worship and music services and concerts, and a variety of programs for children and youth, pastoral care, community outreach, and volunteer ministry.
 
The fall worship schedule begins September 17 with three services: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11a.m.

Visit: http://www.stthomaswhitemarsh.org/ or call 215.233.3970.


Coming September 14, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: New Music in an Old Cathedral
 
Join Thomas Buckner, Edmund Campion, John Chowning, Frank Gratkowski, Earl Howard, Francois Houle, Joelle Leandre, Ishmael Wadada, Leo Smith, Frances-Marie Uitti, and David Wessel--cutting-edge composers, and performers--as they explore the acoustical splendor of Grace Cathedral's glorious space September 14-15, at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10-$25. Visit http://www.ticketweb.com/.

For more information call 866.468.3399


Coming September 17, 2006...

SAN FRANCISCO: Organ recital at Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is a space like no other space in the Bay area to experience the deep connection between art and spirit. All are invited to attend a free organ recital September 17, 4 p.m., featuring Ken Cowan of Westminster Choir College. 


Coming September 22, 2006...

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Advent in Birmingham

A Midday Musical Menu featuring violinist Alfonso Lopez, and pianist Michelle Tabor will take place on September 22, at 12:30 p.m., at the Advent in Birmingham.

Contact Timothy Tuller at 205.226.3505 or email tim@cathedraladvent.com for details.


Coming September 23, 2006...

PORTLAND, Maine: Haiti Choir Coming to Maine

The Haiti-Maine Companion Diocese Committee is pleased to announce that Les Petits Chanteurs, a 30-voice boy's choir and string quintet from Holy Trinity School of Music in Port-au-Prince, Haiti will be performing at the following Maine congregations from September 23-27:

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland

Sunday, September 24, 4 p.m.
Second Congregational Church, Newcastle

Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m.
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Thomaston

Wednesday, September 27, 7 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church, Bangor

Significant travel costs are involved in bringing this group to Maine. If you would like to offer financial support to help fund this endeavor, make checks payable to "The Diocese of Maine" and mailed to 143 State Street, Portland 04101 - Attn: Canon Vicki Wiederkehr, with "Les Petits Chanteurs" on the memo line. Should we be so blessed to receive more than the necessary monies to support the choir's travel, we will make a gift of any excess to Holy Trinity School of Music.