GIVING SHELTER By Lucy Chumbley
Photo by Tom Wolff
Cots are set up in the aisle at St. Jamesâ€™, Indian Head, which has hosted the Safe Nights program for five years.
2012 DIOCESAN CONVENTION See back cover
Churches around the Diocese of Washington have opened their doors this winter to offer food, shelter and fellowship to the homeless. In Prince George's County, St. Andrew's, College Park hosted Warm Nights, a weekly shelter for men, women and children, from February 12-19. The program is run by the county's Department of Social Services using church buildings and volunteers. Each congregation houses guests for the night and feeds them dinner and breakfast. In Charles County, St. James, Indian Head hosted Safe Nights, an interfaith program operated by Life Styles of Maryland, a La Plata-based nonprofit, from Nov. 6-13. And in St. Mary's County, St. George's, Valley Lee and Christ, Chaptico participated in WARM Wrapping Arms 'Round Many - a program initiated by faith leaders and social service agencies three years ago in response to the growing problem of homelessness. (St. George's hosted from Jan. 8-15, and Christ, Chaptico from February 5-12.) "St. George's was an initial leader in the conversation and a leader in the early program," said the Rev. Greg Syler, rector of St. George's. "But we've never done it alone - we partner with Ascension, Lexington Park and St. Andrew's , Leonardtown they send their folks to help monitor shifts." Volunteers from two neighboring see SHELTER, page 3
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Identifying our common diocesan goals
racial, socio-economic and theological he Diocesan Council, senior breadth that reflects our communities diocesan staff members and I and to strengthen our relationships gathered for a daylong retreat and seek reconciliation and healing on February 25. Joining us was Lisa Kimball, who serves as director of the where necessary. Center for Ministry of Teaching and To identify organizational models professor of Christian Formation and that best serve the needs of our conCongregational Leadership at the gregations and reflect good stewardVirginia Theological Seminary. ship of our resources, inspire renewed Kimball offered the commitment and keynote address at our generosity to God's Jan. 27-28 Diocesan work, and assure the Convention, and sustainability of the spent the day with us diocese and its instias we reflected on tutions. what we had heard I have taken these from those gathered at over-arching goals as the convention and my own, and have began to discern next asked six diocesan steps. leaders - from the Bishop Mariann We quickly realized Standing that diocesan leaderCommittee, ship has been in a discerning mode Diocesan Council and the for a long time, from the listening ses- Washington Episcopal Clergy sions at the beginning of the bishop Association - to regularly evaluate my search process to the council's parish work in light of them. These also are visitation initiative of the past two the goals that will inform and guide years. the work of the diocesan staff and the From all that has been expressed in a allocation of diocesan resources. At variety of venues, several common the February 25 retreat, the council goals have surfaced, first articulated in affirmed them, once again, as diocesan the 2011 Diocesan Profile: goals - not merely for the bishop and the bishop's staff, but all of us togethTo further our mission by evangeler. izing, teaching and seeking justice in Those of you who attended the the Diocese of Washington and Diocesan Convention told us you beyond. were eager to have more opportunities To move beyond maintenance to work collaboratively and to learn toward expansion of our ministries and to make the institutional changes from one another, as each congregation and diocesan institution seeks to necessary to support that vision. build its capacity for mission and To nurture the cultural, ethnic,
ministry. You also asked for more opportunities to learn specific ministry skills, such as faith formation for adults and youth, new member initiation, innovative liturgy planning, leadership development, youth ministry and better use of technology and social media. In the coming weeks, the council and I will invite you to be part of one of several pilot initiatives to build ministry capacity in your congregations. Congregations in southern Maryland already have begun collective work on this, as have others, and we seek to build on these promising beginnings. We discussed a number of possible focal points for conversations among congregational leaders facing similar challenges. Some examples include: inviting leaders of congregations that are on the threshold of significant ministry development but aren't sure how best to proceed to participate in a collaborative discussion; inviting parishes whose membership or Sunday attendance seems to have reached a plateau to explore ways to change that; and helping congregations that have become discouraged about their future rekindle a
vision for ministry. Later this year, we'll begin organizing learning opportunities, half- or all-day sessions on topics of broad interest and ministry development, along the lines of the workshop and keynote sessions of the Diocesan Convention. We'll ask those in the diocese with insights or knowledge to share to teach us, and we'll invite others from outside the diocese to teach us all something new. As our day together ended, I asked the council members to offer two words to describe how they felt about our work and the future before us: hopeful, excited, energized, expectant were among those offered. I added grateful to the list, for I remain grateful beyond words for the privilege of serving as your bishop. I felt the familiar feeling of butterflies inside, as I contemplated both the urgency and magnitude of the work before us. But I believe, as I know so many of you do as well, that the One who has begun such a good work among us will see it through to completion. May God bless us all, as people of The Way.
I remain grateful beyond words for the privilege of serving as your bishop.
BISHOP’S visitations&engagements Volume 81, No. 1, Winter 2012 Newspaper of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington ISSN 1545-1348 Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde Editor, Lucy Chumbley POSTMASTER Washington Diocese Church House Permit # 99291 Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and additional mailing offices. Send address changes to Washington Window, Episcopal Church House, Mount Saint Alban, Washington, D.C. 20016-5094 To correct an address, send previous and current address to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the above address. Advertising rates available at www.edow.org/window Call 202/537-6560 or e-mail email@example.com with story ideas.
March 1: Vestry meeting at St. Monica's and St. James' March 2: Hymn Sing at All Saints Chevy Chase March 3: Standing Committee Retreat March 4: Sunday visitation: St. Mark's, Capitol Hill March 4: Epiphany, D.C.: dedication of new parish hall March 7: St. Columba's Lenten Dinner and Program, 5:30 p.m. March 8: Christ Episcopal School visit March 9: National Cathedral School Chapel, 8:30 a.m. March 10: Absalom Jones service, St. George's, D.C., 11a.m. March 11: Sunday visitation: All Faith, Charlotte Hall March 12: St. Andrew's School
Board meeting 7 p.m. March 13: WECA meeting at St. Paul's, Rock Creek March 13: Diocesan Council March 15-21: Spring House of Bishops, Camp Allen, Texas March 24: Clergy installation: St. Paul's, Rock Creek, Allan Johnson-Taylor, 10 a.m. March 25: Sunday visitation: Ascension, Gaithersburg March 25: Clergy installation: Athanatious Choi and Korean Congregation at Christ, Rockville March 26: Hosting a People of the Way discussion and program with Brian McLaren on his book, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices at Washington National Cathedral.
Winter 2012 | www.edow.org SHELTER, from page 1 Roman Catholic parishes, Callaway Baptist Church and Bethesda United Methodist Church, also help with the program, Syler said. "To pull off the program you need a whole bunch of people," he said, noting that around 80 volunteers are needed for one week. Volunteers prepare and serve dinner and breakfast, serve as night monitors (three shifts each night, with one male and one female monitor per shift), wipe down the bathrooms and launder the linens for the church's 25 cots. "It's just a lot of work." At St. George's and Christ, Chaptico, guests and volunteers dine together family style at a large table. "It allows me and others to just sit with our guests and talk," Syler said. "We sit down and eat, and it's just dinner table conversation. And a lot of people from the parish come. We really intentionally set out to cut down on the divisions between us and them - it's all about forming one community together." St. James, Indian Head has been hosting Safe Nights since 2007, said coordinator Tom Peterson, who discovered the program when a fellow parishioner asked him to contribute a
pot of soup when Safe Nights was hosted by a nearby church. "I took it over and I was absolutely struck by the program going on and the need," he said. "I thought, we could do something about this." It was an "easy sell" to St. James', he said, and participation from the congregation has been strong, with most members contributing in some fashion. The church typically hosts from 15 to 20 people a night, but last winter, due in part to the harsh weather, there were record numbers of people seeking shelter, Peterson said. "We were packed," he said, with more than 30 people a night, and cots were set up in the nursery and in the nave in addition to the church hall. "There's families, there's expecting mothers," he said. "It's rewarding, but it's heart wrenching at the same time." While initially apprehensive about hosting WARM - at the time a brand new program - St. George's parishioners have embraced it with a passion, Syler said. "The guests are so grateful to be received with grace," he said. "And they're eager to give it back."
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St. James’, Indian Head offers homeless guests a warm, safe place to sleep.
A SEASON OF LISTENING Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde chose to begin her episcopate with a period of focused listening. Her principal goal for her first 100 days in office, she told Diocesan Council members on Dec. 13, was to "listen, learn, begin to formulate some ideas, begin to present the starting off point, themes and initiatives to carry us through the first year." In a Nov. 12 blog entry, posted on the day of her consecration, she wrote: "My first task as bishop is to know you, to pray with you, and hear your hopes and concerns. … In these early days, I want to listen more than speak." This timeline, which runs across each page in this issue, shares some highlights from Bishop Mariann's first 100 days with us, the people of the Diocese of Washington, as we set forth on a new journey together.
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NOVEMBER 12: Mariann Edgar Budde is consecrated as the ninth Bishop of Washington at Washington National Cathedral, the first woman to serve as diocesan bishop in the Diocese of Washington. The occasion is doubly joyful as it is the first service to be held at the cathedral since the August 23 earthquake.
PRESIDING BISHOP Katharine Jefferts Schori serves as chief consecrator. Budde kneels before her for an examination, and is later vested by her family.
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BODY OF CHRIST INTERVIEW BY DIANE NEY PHOTOS BY TOM WOLFF
Christ Church, Chaptico Maddox Road Route 238, Chaptico, Md, 20621 Tel. 301/884-3451 www.christepiscopalchaptico.org Established 1640; 300 members. Priest-in-charge: The Rev. Christopher I. Wilkins
This column highlights different parishes in the church family of the Diocese of Washington. Here the Rev. Christopher I. Wilkins, priest-incharge of Christ, Chaptico, speaks about the life, history, plans and character of that congregation. WINDOW: You became priestin-charge here fairly recently. WILKINS: That's right, Sept. 1. WINDOW: What has struck you about Christ Church, about what draws people to it? WILKINS: Christ Church, Chaptico is some wonderful, inspiring people who really want to make a difference in their community and in the world. They understand how vital it is to have a healthy church community where we can renew our spirits and ourselves to do Christ's work. They're warm and welcoming and engaging. They know how to challenge each other and challenge me to do our best and excel. Most continued next page
NOVEMBER 13: Mariann Edgar Budde is officially seated as the ninth Bishop of Washington. As part of the ceremony, she symbolically knocks three times at Washington National Cathedral’s great iron doors and is welcomed in on behalf of the congregation by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, the cathedral’s vicar (she waits outside, at right, with verger Duke DuTeil). She then processes to the high altar and is seated in the Glastonbury cathedra – a chair made from the stones of Glastonbury Abbey that is the official “seat” of both the Bishop of Washington and of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. From the Canterbury pulpit, she preaches her first sermon as Bishop of Washington (below), centered around the day’s Gospel reading, the parable of Photos by Leta Dunham the five talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
God is calling all of us first to take our own life in Christ seriously, to tend to that life, to re-learn or learn for the first time the core spiritual practices that define a Christian. God is calling us to strengthen the ministries of our congregations... as the spiritual base camps where we gather for inspiration and renewal and strength, and from which we go out to help Christ heal and reconcile the world. Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, from her sermon on November 13, 2011
Winter 2012 | www.edow.org from previous page importantly, I've noticed they're hopeful about the future and about their call to ministry in that future. WINDOW: What is it you can bring to the community as Episcopalians, as people of faith, to the many issues we're all facing? WILKINS: I think of it this way: There are very few places that are like churches, where people choose to join to be part of a community that has a wide range of people, where we get to know each other and be in that community in ways we might not otherwise find. At our worships services, we find what we need to go beyond our comfort zone in order to renew ourselves in God and make our world a better place. WINDOW: What is Christ Church working on these days in the area of outreach? WILKINS: We support one of the local food banks as much as we can. We also participate in a county-wide program called WARM. Through WARM ("Wrapping Arms 'Round Many) various churches offer their parish halls for a week or so to provide shelter for homeless individuals
and families in the cold months. Christ Church participated in this last year and can't wait to get back to it again. WINDOW: Is homelessness a problem in St. Mary's County? WILKINS: It's a significant problem, has been for decades, and is getting worse. It's often a hidden problem, though, with some people living in the woods, for instance, which means that it's somewhat out of sight. It's not quite like the homelessness you see in the city. The county's Episcopal churches have taken the lead in years past to try to deal with our homelessness and make a difference here. WINDOW: There are so many needs in any community. How does your vestry decide where it's best to use your resources? WILKINS: I think what our vestry has typically done is look carefully at where we can best focus our resources to leverage the most benefit. One of my mentors taught me years ago that no-one can do everything. What we need to do is find what we're most passionate about and then try to make as much dif-
ference there as we can. So, for instance, Christ Church sponsors two or three families every Christmas, making sure they have food and gifts. We can't help all the families who need help at Christmas, so we choose to make the best possible holiday for these ones. WINDOW: What's ahead for Christ Church in the new year? WILKINS: Several things. We've been considering whether we should expand to include a weekend evening service to better meet the needs of the parish as it is and as it grows in the midst of its community. We've begun two formation programs, one for adults and one for children, which we hope to expand in the coming year. The adult one is called Wine and Bibles. We meet together to build our faith, talk about early Christianities, share an evening meal and say compline. Also, instead of Sunday school, we have what we call Friday School for our young people from kindergarten through high school. We gather for worship and a Bible story, which I get to read, then separate into age
groups for education, discussion and crafts. We have a common meal at the end. WINDOW: It sounds like a good way to reach young people and at the same time listen to what they have to say. WILKINS: It's a treat for me to hear what their world is like, especially those of our middle and high school students, as they strive to be Christians in a complex world and to make a difference in that world. Apropos school, I should mention that we're coming up on the 300th anniversary of the War of 1812. Christ Church, and much of Chaptico, was burned in that war, and it's still a bit of a sore subject. Remembering these things also lets us celebrate this church's unique, if not always salutary, role in America's tradition of religious tolerance and diversity, which is particularly important in the history of Maryland. As we help the Episcopal Church here grow and thrive in the future, we should remember where we've been and why, and concentrate on what makes us united, free, holy and whole.
IN THE NEWS Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde receives nationwide media attention in the weeks surrounding her Nov. 12-13 consecration and seating. News coverage includes: Nov. 3: Lexington Park Leader Nov. 4: SoMdNews.com (The Gazette): New bishop of Episcopal diocese hears St. Mary's concerns Nov. 10: ABC 7 News Nov. 11: Washington Examiner (Q&A plus story): National Cathedral reopens with consecration of new bishop Nov. 11: Telemundo Nov. 11: The Washington Post: Mariann Budde, Diocese of Washington's next top bishop, has plans for reviving the Episcopal Church
NOVEMBER, 2011 Nov. 11: Interfaith Voices Radio Nov. 11: Channel 4’s Doreen Gentzler interviews Mariann Edgar Budde during the 6 p.m. newscast. Nov. 12: Huffington Post: National Cathedral Reopens; New Bishop, Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, is Consecrated Nov. 13: Mariann Edgar Budde’s first sermon as Bishop of Washington is posted on the Washington Post’s website. Nov. 14: Episcopal News Service: Mariann Budde consecrated as Washington's ninth bishop Dec. 8: Washington Post: Right Rev. Mariann Budde reaching out for a more vital Episcopal Church Dec. 21: Bishop Mariann is a guest on The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR
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INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS CHANGES At the start of her episcopate, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde makes some key changes to the diocesan communications effort. Among these are a redesigned weekly e-mail bulletin, above, a new and increasingly vital Facebook presence (Episcopal Diocese of Washington), the Bishop’s Blog, which includes a weekly reflection of a spiritual nature, and a growing following on Twitter (@Washdio). Additional changes are planned for the diocesan website, edow.org -- look for two new online features in the near future -- and the Window. Your newspaper will look a little different as we begin to make some changes. We say goodbye, with much gratitude, to longtime columnists, Margaret "Peggy" Treadwell, whose Family Matters column has helped readers navigate life challenges from parenting to retirement; and to Martin Smith, whose column, Bearings, offered a reflection on the spiritual life. We also bid farewell to movie reviewers Beth Lambdin, who reviewed current films, and Judy Russell, a teacher of music and performing arts at Beauvoir, who reviewed children's films, with many thanks for the good work they have done.
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NOVEMBER, 2011 NOVEMBER 17: Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde attends her first Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation Board of Trustees meeting (and further meetings on Jan. 19, Feb. 10 and Feb. 16). NOVEMBER 19: Installs the Rev. Sherill Lee Page as rector of Ascension, Lexington Park. NOVEMBER 20: Conducts her first Sunday visitation: NOVEMBER 22: Joins the Parish Administrators group for its St. Andrew’s, Leonardtown. monthly meeting at All Souls, D.C. NOVEMBER 27: Sunday visitation to Christ Church, Kensington.
NOVEMBER 27: Invites the diocese to read and reflect on a book together during Advent. The book she selects, Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living, by John McQuiston II, is a small primer in which McQuiston seeks to “translate” the insights of St. Benedict into his own words, for his own time. The bishop offers weekly reflections on the book during Advent on her blog.
DECEMBER, 2011 NOVEMBER 29: Dedicates a new stained glass window at St. George’s, Glenn Dale.
DECEMBER 1: Leads a Clergy Day for diocesan clergy with the theme “Telling Our Stories.” DECEMBER 4: Sunday visitation to St. John’s, Lafayette Square.
DECEMBER 6: Attends an Episcopal Relief and Development reception in her honor. DECEMBER 7-9: Attends a conference for new bishops in New York. DECEMBER 10: Installs the Rev. Deborah Meister as rector of St. Alban's, D.C. DECEMBER 11: Sunday visitation to St. John’s, Beltsville. DECEMBER 13: Presides at the monthly Diocesan Council meeting (her first as bishop). DECEMBER 14: Preaches at the annual staff Christmas Service at Washington National Cathedral. DECEMBER 15: Speaks to Beauvoir Elementary School first graders. DECEMBER 16: Presides at the Festival of Lessons and Carols at Washington National Cathedral.
DECEMBER 18: Sunday visitation to Redeemer, Bethesda.
DECEMBER 17:Attends a Christmas party for seminarians with the diocesan Standing Committee and the Commission on Ministry.
DECEMBER 21: Interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show. DECEMBER 24-25: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Washington National Cathedral: presides and preaches at the 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. services.
DECEMBER 21: Bishop Mariann and her family, husband Paul Budde and sons, Amos and Patrick, visit the top of Washington National Cathedral’s Gloria in Excelsis Tower, where repair work is under way following the August 23 earthquake.
I invite you to take a moment to ponder the miracle of your very existence.
Bishop Mariann, in her Christmas Day sermon at Washington National Cathedral.
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JANUARY 4-5: Bishop's Advisory Council at Virginia Theological Seminary.
JANUARY 6: The Rev. Francis Wade is appointed by the Cathedral Chapter as interim dean of Washington National Cathedral.
JANUARY 1: Bishop Mariann appoints the Rev. Carol Flett as Interfaith Liaison for the Diocese of Washington (and later attends an expanded Abrahamic Roundtable discussion at St. Alban's, D.C., on February 29). FLETT
JANUARY 8: Hosts an evening of pastoral listening and vocational exploration for unemployed clergy of the diocese. WADE JANUARY 10: Installs the Right Rev. James Magness, bishop suffragan for federal ministries, as a canon of Washington National Cathedral (right, with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori).
JANUARY 8: Sunday visitation to Epiphany, Forestville. JANUARY 15: Sunday visitation: St. Stephen and the Incarnation (below).
JANUARY 16: Gives the welcome at Washington National Cathedral's annual Martin Luther King Jr. service (below). Photo by Donovan Marks
JANUARY 17: Attends a meeting of the Washington Episcopal Clergy
Association at St. Paul's Rock Creek (WECA also held a Jan. 6 reception in her honor at St. John's, Broad Creek).
JANUARY 19: Meets with the Dean Search Committee. JANUARY 22: Sunday visitation to Holy Communion, D.C.. JANUARY 23-26: Attends a New Bishops and Spouses Conference in Richmond, Va., sponsored by the College for Bishops. Five other bishops and bishops-elect and their spouses who were elected in 2011 attended. The group discussed topics ranging from transitions and leadership development to family life and the roles and expectations of spouses or partners. JANUARY 27-28: Presides at the 117th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, held at Washington National Cathedral. See back cover.
JANUARY 20-21: Hosts a Jan. 20 ordinand's retreat for John Derek Daniels, Jane Milliken Hague and Marian Teresa Humphrey, who are ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 21 at Washington National Cathedral. Photos by Donovan Marks
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JANUARY 26: Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde announces she will extend the suspension of the diocesan ordination process through at least December. A task force charged with assessing the diocese's need for clergy leadership and developing a streamlined process of discernment and selection is now being convened with the support of the diocesan Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee, and will begin its work in March. In addition to improving communications and streamlining the Bishop Mariann process, the group will address the "need to face deeper questions about the future of ordained leadership in the Episcopal Church," Budde writes in a letter to the diocese. This includes "identifying the kind of clergy leadership needed now, how best to encourage those with the skills and attributes the church needs to consider ordination, and how to reorient our congregations and diocesan resources toward spiritual renewal and structural transformation.”
FEBRUARY 10-11: Bishop Mariann celebrates the Eucharist, offers a homily and dances with 260 young people from 25 parishes at the annual Diocesan Youth Lock In at Washington National Cathedral (right, opposite, and below). The program, “God Makes Sense: Let Me Show You,” includes worship led by the Sloane River Project, which blends music from the sacred, secular, and spiritual traditions.
FEBRUARY 2: Installs the Rev. Kym Lucas as rector of St. Margaret’s, D.C. FEBRUARY 4: Confirms 57 candidates from 11 congregations in the diocese during a 10 a.m. Service of Confirmation at Washington National Cathedral. FEBRUARY 5: Sunday visitation: Ascension, Silver Spring. FEBRUARY 6: Joins members of the Fellowship of St. John, an organization of retired clergy, spouses/partners and survivors, for a luncheon, Q&A and Eucharist at All Saints, Chevy Chase. FEBRUARY 7: Speaks out in support of the marriage equality legislation under consideration in the Maryland legislature in the Washington Post’s On Faith section, arguing that there are sound biblical foundations to support it. “It is, as always, my intention to be respectful of Christians who interpret Scripture differently while at the same time be clear that it is possible to come to a position affirming marriage equality on the basis of Scripture” she writes.
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COMUNIÓN Los versos 40 al 45 del capítulo uno de San Marcos relatan una historia interesante, algo simpática diría yo. Se trata de un hombre con Simón Bautista lepra que se acercó a Jesús con una petición "si quieres puede sanarme". Nos cuenta el evangelista que inmediatamente Jesús extendió su mano, lo tocó y le dijo "quiero; queda limpio". Entonces le ordenó que se fuera y que no hablara del hecho con nadie, sino que se presentase ante el sacerdote llevando la ofrenda de su purificación de acuerdo a como prescribió Moisés. El relato de Marcos no nos reporta si el hombre, una vez limpio, fue o no fue ante el sacerdote con la ofrenda requerida; nuestro entendimiento nos lleva a pensar que un judío devoto, temeroso de Dios y respetuoso de la Torah, pondría eso en el primer orden de su lista de prioridades. De lo que
sí nos da fe el evangelista es que el hombre, apenas dejó a Jesús, comenzó a divulgar la noticia de su curación, trayendo como consecuencia que Jesús ya no pudiese presentarse abiertamente en público. Tengo que confesar que esta historia siempre me ha resultado simpática, de cierto modo despierta en mí una sonrisa de niño travieso que fácilmente delata mi complicidad y admiración por la persona a quién Jesús limpió de la lepra. ¿Cómo no entenderlo? ¿Quién podría embaular en el pecho tanta alegría sin que se le desborden los sentidos? Además, ¿cómo se puede guardar un secreto tan obvio? Dicen de las hormigas que cuando encuentran un turrón de azúcar se pasan la información besándose, es decir, tocando sus picos, conforme se encuentran con las demás; no se lo guardan para ellas solas, es parte de su ser hormigas. La historia de Marcos nos dice que a pesar de que Jesús comenzó a quedarse en las afuera de las ciudades, mucha gente acudía a verlo para que los curase de sus enfermedades; ¿será que la curación del hombre del relato fue pasando de boca en boca? En muchas ocasiones este tipo de historia nos ayuda a releer claves,
especialmente si estamos tratando de responder a las preguntas que nos surgen cuando vamos a nuestras congregaciones y nos encontramos con unos números estáticos o, en el peor de los casos, en decreciente. Aunque es cierto que no hay respuestas simples para estos tipos de preguntas, no es menos cierto que podemos comenzar a responder al estilo antiguo de las hormigas, contando nuestras historias de boca en boca. Cuando pienso en el Ministerio Latino en la Iglesia Episcopal y de modo muy particular en nuestra Diócesis, no puedo dejar de reconocer ni de observar con actitud admirada, la capacidad de contar historias que tenemos los Latinos, la energía de pasar de boca en boca las cosas que si cuentan de nuestro encuentro personal con Jesucristo, tesoro personal que valoramos y que no nos cuesta compartir con otros. A eso se debe que estemos creciendo, no tanto a las prédicas o a los programas que ofrecemos, sino a la capacidad de nuestra gente de contar sus historias de una forma apasionada, convincente creíble y contagiosa. Que Dios les bendiga. Padre Simón Bautista Canon for Latino Ministries
WHAT’S COOKING? Since its publication last fall, our diocesan cookbook has sold more than 600 copies, raising more than $5,300 for the diocesan Hunger Fund. The cookbook, titled Hunger No More: Food and Fellowship from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, is packed with recipes from around the diocese and the stories that accompany them. If you haven't yet got your copy, or are looking for a gift that gives back, the cookbook is available to order online at www.edow.org/cookbook ($20 donation plus shipping). The Hunger Fund provides grants to agencies in the District and the four adjoining Maryland counties that supply food to hungry, impoverished children and adults in the region. To learn more about the work of the Hunger Fund, visit www.edow.org/hungerfund.
FEBRUARY 12-15: Bishop Mariann visits St. Paul’s Piney and Region 6.
FEBRUARY 16: She participates in the Fresh Start program at St. Alban’s, D.C. -a diocesan-led program that seeks to foster healthy relationships among clergy, their congregations and the diocese during critical periods of transition. Encouraging open and honest discussion of transitional issues affecting both clergy and congregations, the program’s goal is to build a culture in which the mutual ministry of the clergy and congregation starts off on the right foot.
FEBRUARY 22: Ash Wednesday. Preaches at the Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at Washington National Cathedral.
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Our cartoon is drawn by Bob Erskine.
PEOPLE OF THE WAY People of the Way, a diocesan initiative to explore what it means to be followers of Jesus as Episcopalian Christians, begins in Lent with the study of a book by Brian McLaren: Finding Our Way Again: the Return of the Ancient Practices. All are invited to join in with the book study. Thirty-five parishes have convened discussion groups, and many others have chosen to engage in individual reflection and study.
The Bishop's Office is sponsoring the following events: March 7, 11:15 a.m. to noon: Online video chat with Bishop Mariann March 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Diocesan discussions at Ascension & St. Agnes and St. Paul's, Piney March 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Diocesan discussions at St. Andrew's, Leonardtown and St. Bartholomew's, Laytonsville March 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Diocesan discussions at Christ, Kensington and Epiphany, Forestville March 26, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Evening with the Bishop and Brian McLaren -- location to be announced. Please visit the diocesan website, edow.org/peopleoftheway, for event details and tips for self-reflection, the People of the Way Facebook page, facebook.com/edowpeopleoftheway for chat and daily reflection, and Bishop Mariann’s blog, edow.org/bishops_blog for a weekly reflection.
FEBRUARY 23: Bishop Mariann lunches with seminarians from Virginia Theological Seminary. FEBRUARY 25: Diocesan Council Retreat (see page 2). She meets with members of council and senior members of the diocesan staff to identify goals and begin to set in motion the work and ministry for the year ahead, which she says will be “building on convention; continuing a path of leadership in a few key areas that would signal to the congregations that we’re on a path to renewal.” FEBRUARY 26: Sunday visitation: Good Shepherd, Silver Spring.
FEBRUARY 26: Cycling enthusiasts from around the diocese meet at St. Dunstan’s, Bethesda to begin to plan the Bishop’s Bike Rides and to take a “warm up” ride on the Capital Crescent Trail. One-day rides will take place in April, May, June, September and October, details to come. There’s plenty of work ahead for the diocese this year, but as Bishop Mariann said in her convention address, it’s just as important to make time to relax and have fun together!
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PHOTOS BY LETA DUNHAM
WE WILL, WITH GOD’S HELP Deputies from around the diocese gathered at Washington National Cathedral on Jan. 27-28 to take part in the 117th annual Diocesan Convention: We Will, With God’s Help. Convention deputies: Attended a pre-convention workshop on Growing a Congregation in Theory and Practice led by Bishop Mariann and Lisa Kimball of VTS. Heard Bishop Mariann’s first convention address, in which she set out her goals and hopes for the Diocese of Washington in 2012. Passed a $3.6 million budget to carry out the mission and ministry of the diocese in 2012, which included funding for two new staff postions; a Canon for Congregational Development and a Youth Missioner. Passed resolutions calling for the Episcopal Church to Fund a Community and Tribal College Mission Initiative; on Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict; and on Endorsing Statehood for the District of Columbia. Elected lay and clerical nominees to serve on the diocesan Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry, Disciplinary Board, Diocesan Council, and as deputies to the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
A full report of the elections and the complete text of the resolutions adopted can be found on the convention website, http://www.edow.org/convention, along with video of the pre-convention workshop (and accompanying handouts), Bishop Mariann’s address and Lisa Kimball’s keynote.
117TH CONVENTION Convention Secretary Barbara Miles and Canon to the Ordinary Paul Cooney join Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde at the head table (clockwise from top); the Rev. Janice Robinson offers a prayer; Bishop Mariann delivers her address to the convention on Friday night; Virginia Theological Seminary professor Lisa Kimball offers the keynote on Saturday to an attentive audience.