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Risen Rhode Island’s Source for Episcopal News

Community Gardens; Blessing Each Other and Our Neighbors Resurrecting Haiti; What Deacon Buck Close Has Seen Close-Up April Showers Bring May FEMA

New Growth, Together


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Contents FEATURES 14

COMMUNITY GARDENS 14

Eight churches across Rhode Island have them, and at last year’s Diocesan Convention a resolution was passed calling your parish to explore starting one. What is all the fuss about?

HAITI CLOSE UP 21

Up close with the Rev. Deacon Buck Close from St. Georges’, Central Falls. Buck was in Haiti during the earthquake and returned there again shortly after to provide relief.

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Flooding across Rhode Island: what to do if your home has been flooded, what our churches are doing to help, and The Rev. Dennis Bucco’s flood story.

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From the Bishop Body Building Living the Journey Together

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Solar Sister in the Sudan Cathedral Restoration Update Mission Task Force Episcopal Charities Update Scenes

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Episcopal Life 28 Postlude 34

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A Prayer In Spring -Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, To which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends he will, But which it only needs that we fulfill.

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From The Bishop

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his is the time of year when the bareness of the earth gives way to an array of buds and flowers, greening trees, and the planting of vegetables. It is a time of hope and expectation as the earth greets us with freshness and renewal. The terrible waters of late March now sustain the land, from which fruit will appear in due season. Spiritual waters lead to a re-birth of the soul; from lifelessness to something hugely new and creative.

meets divine love. It is more than who “you” are or what “you” do. It is about how we can help each other see who Jesus is, and who we can become because of him.

When the disciples, those very first followers of Jesus, met the risen Christ in the course of their daily routine, they sprung into a new reality. In the up- We walk in the door of the Church and per room he appeared to them for just are welcomed for who we are, but the a moment and then he left. Yet, that new life unfolds when we leave just a moment of the Risen little bit differLord transformed them ent than how for ever. we arrived. It It is about is about seekAs people who live in the growing season; ing a life that faith we are called to the world canlook ahead with hope, the continual transformation not give. but it is the here and of the human heart now in which we live We’ve inheras it meets our lives. What we do ited a culture, now is an indication of a technology, divine love. the risen Jesus alive and a way of pubactive among us. The lic discourse, present gives us a glimpse of how we national expectations and global reare willing to lead our lives striving for alities. They were given birth by the a deeper, eternal reality. generations that preceded us and the contributions of those alive today have Every church seeks new members and been enormous. But though they be to develop interesting and informative the context of our lives they are not the programs. But, the Church is called measuring stick by which our lives are to be more than that. It is about the formed and sustained. growing season; the continual transformation of the human heart as it We are members of the Risen One, and

as our lives are shaped around his desires and promises we will reflect the character of Jesus. The here and now will spring forth with a new fruitfulness, and just maybe, the world will prosper in peace and goodwill. I am convinced that as we allow our lives to turn from the burdens of Good Friday, which we all carry, and towards our blessed Jesus, the heartache of the world with its profound disappointment, wars and famines, will be restored to its early goodness, and we will take to heart our place in the reconciliation of God’s extraordinary creation. We are all gardeners in God’s vineyard, breaking the soil, planting the seed, tending the fragile buds that lead to a joyous harvest. It is our duty and joy, nourished by God’s grace, to extend the Easter life into the heart of the world.

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BODY BUILDING

Congregational Development By Betsy Fornal Canon for Congregations and Clergy

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n Saturday February 27th Reggie McNeal, the author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, spoke to more than 200 members of our diocese about what it means to be partners with God in his redemptive mission in the world. Reggie’s message was both for us individually as followers of Christ and for us corporately as we gather together in our church communities.

We were quickly challenged to re- ity. We need to talk with one another think what we believe about ‘church’. about how we serve others wherever He turned our thoughts away from we find ourselves, not just in church buildings and the insider things we outreach programs, but in every aspect do together when we gather. Reggie of our daily lives. encouraged us to think of church as a verb – to be church for people wherev- God is busy on a mission of redemper we are and to meet the needs of the tion and transformation in the world world around us. He said “Our job and we are invited to be part of his work in progress. Reis not to ‘do church’ member, this is God’s well but to be the ...think of church mission and God’s people of God in an as a verbmission has a church. unmistakable way in It’s not the other way to be church the world.” around. The people for people to whom God is For example, Regwherever we are gie encouraged us and to meet the needs sending us are not likely to find their to become ‘blessing’ of the world way to our churches people by offering around us. to hear our message to pray for people on Sunday mornings, we encounter. Say what? You want me to offer to pray and may never do so. These are the for someone I don’t know? It’s really people whom God loves but who do not as difficult as it seems. As Reggie not yet know him and perhaps never attests, just ask “How can I ask God to will if we don’t get out there and be bless you today?” and let God take care church for them wherever they are! of the rest! Does your parish have a story about Reggie challenged us to discover the serving others in God’s name? We’d needs of the community around us love to hear about it! Email Ruth at and find ways to meet those needs. Risen@episcopalri.org to talk about To serve God by serving others is to how you can share your story.  give witness to God’s love for human-

TRANSITIONS as of January 2010

Churches in Self-Study • • • •

St. David’s-on-the-Hill, Cranston All Saints’ Memorial, Providence Transfiguration, Cranston Trinity, Cranston

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St. John’s, Barrington, Rector

Recent Calls • • • •

The Rev. P. Wayne Runner, Rector, Church of the Ascension, Wakefield The Rev. Anita Schell-Lambert, Rector, Emmanuel Church to begin May 9th. The Rev. Anne Marie Richards, Rector, Trinity Church, to begin mid-May. The Rev. Jonathan Huyck, Rector,

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Grace Church to begin Aug. 1st. The Rev. David Ames, Interim Rector, All Saints’ Memorial, Providence The Rev. Marsue Harris, Interim Rector, Trinity Church, Cranston The Rev. Mercedes Julian, Hispanic Missioner, Diocese of RI

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LIVING THE JOURNEY

Together; Christian Formation By Mary Ann Kolakowski Director of Christian Formation

all about the Kingdom, and for the ability to let go of ego, of anxiety, and of pride. I ask for grace that I might remember for whom and from whom all good things and all spiritual growth come.

Aware of the ways we may get in the way of others, even our own growth, we pray for the grace to take the risks to sow the seeds we discern as ours to sow and leave them to God’s time for growth.

We grow in relationship with and to Christ and to each other. “Other” can mean the person I happen to be sitting near in church, my next door neighbor, the people in West Warwick recently devastated by flooding, the people in our companion diocese of Ezo, in the Sudan or those persons we may never meet or know.

Let us seek and be about God’s Kingdom and all good things shall be ours.

It’s easy to think I know just the way lleluia! Christ is Risen! By the time things ought to go, the way this comyou read this, we will once again munity needs to grow. Yet, God’s time have had the glorious opportunity to is not our time and my ideas just may celebrate the great litnot be what God has in urgy of the Triduum mind. Still, I trust that Grow and remember that God will use my heart ever more deeply we belong in Baptism focused upon him and into to the one who was the mind and heart God’s Kingdom for his willing to die for us. work of reconciliation in of Christ. That’s right, for you the world. and for me. Remember that we also live Thinking personally, I again in him who was raised from the know that when I put God first, and dead. Death has no power over us! The allow myself to see things through the Kingdom of God prevails! light of Christ, I am well and things fall into place. They may not necesBut Seek ye first his kingdom and his sarily be the way I would have placed righteousness, and all these things shall them, yet my family and I are well. be yours as well. Matthew 6:33 More than that, from this place, I can see that wellness, name it, and if I have So in taking the opportunity this issue the courage, proclaim the Good News of Risen gives us to reflect on growth, to others. I am reminded by this part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, that when I As a member of the Body of Christ, put God and God’s Kingdom first, all the Church, I can think of the many the rest (especially those things I could ways we can and sometimes do grow as never even imagine) will follow. a community of faith. Grow ever more deeply into the mind and heart of Christ. I ask God for the grace to be a person

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The Charter for Lifelong Formation In July 2009, the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church approved adoption of The Charter for Life Long Christian Formation and identified the goal to see to it implemented in all dioceses. Many of us in RI are already involved in a life of faith which exemplifies or seeks to exemplify these aspects of our life together. All of us need to continue to strive to do so. Please join us for prayer and conversation by participating in opportunities to reflect on the Charter together.

Conversations on the Charter Sunday May 16, 2010

4- 6 PM at St.. Mark’s Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick The session will conclude with Evening Prayer

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tectural Committee of the Providence Preservation Society. While the plan features the restoration of the Cathedral it also integrates all of the Cathedral Close properties as far as possible for mixed-use development. Parking will be increased substantially and such issues as handicapped access and green considerations are at the forefront. The Cathedral offices and parish activities expect to share a common space with the Diocesan office. There will also be commercial rental space and apartments or condominiums. The garden areas and the charming old cathedral graveyard will be made accessible from North Main Street and at the same time compliment the Rogers Williams National Memorial across the street.

So it is appropriate to take things one more step with the creation of a feasibility study and a design plan. While the concept plan was financed through funds made available to the Bishop, this stage requires support from a broader base. We have a goal $500,000 to raise for this phase. Your Project Update From Bishop Wolf and Dean Krauss of Cathedral Chapter elected to raise a tithe uring the last two years Bish- of the Diocese including the Bishop’s of- of the amount, $50,000, from the Catheop Wolf, Dean Krauss and fice, staff offices, the headquarters for Epis- dral Parish. As of this writing four donors the Cathedral Chapter have spent copal Charities and the Diocesan Resource have contributed $132, 000 toward the much time seeking God’s guidance Center and last but not least, the ancient larger amount and the cathedral parish has exceeded its goal through prayer and exploring what Cathedral of Saint with pledges $70,656. other dioceses have done when John. faced with enormous expenses to reImagine the Possibilities; $30,000 of this is in A committee of rephand, making a total of store their cathedral. This has been the restoration resentatives from the $162,000. Quite a few a particular challenge in such very of the Cathedral governing bodies more pledges are expectawkward financial times. and the and staff of the Dioed from the Cathedral redevelopment But we believe that God’s people cese met for several community, and those of the entire are empowered to boldly solve any months with John friends who are comCathedral Close! problem. As we embraced this at- Grosvenor, Principal mitted to this important titude, it became obvious that of Newport Collaband ambitious project. the way forward had to be seen in orative Architects, Needless-to-say, we wellight of the resources we actually to work out a concept plan. That rethinks come prayers and contributions toward have. Foremost we have a wonder- our use of this entire block, in an attempt these exciting plans from anyone in the ful quartet of ministries which oc- to be better stewards of the resource.This Diocesan family and the general public. cupy a whole block of the historic plan was presented to the Standing Com- Don’t miss this opportunity to contribut district of Providence: The Edwards’ mittee, The Diocesan Council, the Cathe- to new and life-changing ministries. Homes which provide low-income dral Chapter and Parish and at the Diocresidences; Hallworth House which esan Convention in October 2009 It was Contact Dean Krauss at the Cathedral office is a distinguished nursing and reha- received with great enthusiasm. It likewise (401.331.4622) or from Bishop Wolf ’s office bilitation facility; the headquarters has been very well received by the Archi- 401.274.4500 x223 for more info

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NewsBriefs women distribution network that is strengthened by women’s natural circles of family, friends and community. This directsales network brings the solar technology right to the women’s doorstep and provides income generation opportunities for the women.

Let There Be Light; Solar Sister in the Diocese of Ezo By Katherine Lucey

people of Ezo.

There are 1.6 billion people on the planet who don’t have access to reliable electricity. That’s one quarter of the world’s population. 70% are women and girls living in developing countries.

Solar Sister provides women with training and support to create solar micro-businesses, providing much needed household income for the women, and much needed light for their communities.

They rely on kerosene lanterns and The most important step to ending candles for light. They spend hours poverty is to create employment and each day collecting wood to burn for income opportunities. Solar Sister cooking and heat. They spend up to does just that by empowering women. 30% of their family The women sell soincome on energy that lar lanterns which is insufficient, hazardreplace the kero...to bring light, ous and unhealthy. sene lanterns and hope Unhealthy for people candles, providing and unhealthy for the clean, dependand opportunity planet. able solar light in to the people homes, schools of Ezo. Lack of access to elecand clinics. Sotricity is both a cause lar light enhances and an effect of unreeducation, immitting poverty. Our companion Dio- proves health and safety and provides cese of Ezo in the Sudan suffers from economic opportunity, enabling the acute energy poverty and its devastat- women to lift themselves, their famiing consequences, but the Diocese of lies and their communities out of povRhode Island is working with a social erty. enterprise called Solar Sister to bring light, hope and opportunity to the The women form a by-women, to-

In April, the Diocese of Rhode Island is bringing the Solar Sister program to Ezo. Women will be chosen by the Ezo Mother's Union on the basis of their entrepreneurship potential and economic need to become "Solar Sisters". These women will receive a "business in a box" of solar lanterns that bring clean, affordable light to their community. The Ezo program will be the first Solar Sister program in war-torn Sudan, where light is an important element of safety as well as opportunity. Keep an eye out in future issues of RISEN Magazine for updates about Ezo and the Solar Sister program there. You can also visit www.solarsister.org for current updates or just to learn more about the organization.  Solar Sister was founded by Katherine Lucey, the wife of The Rev. David Lucey, who is the Rector of St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Bristol, RI. To learn more about what you can do for our companions in Ezo, or to get involved with our Companion Diocese Committee, please email Mary Ann Kolakowski, our Director of Christian Formation, at maryann@episcopalri.org

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ing and mission colliding in your personal experience of being Christian and Church. It is important that our conversations in this process reflect the diversity that we find in our churches and communities, so we request your feedback on these key questions: • What are you doing when you feel most passionate and alive in the spirit?

The Where Mission Task Force Mission and Ministry Collide By Susan Wright

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he vitality of any organization depends upon a periodic review of its mission. The mission priorities of the Diocese of Rhode Island have long been the Hispanic Ministry, Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, Congregational Development, and Christian Formation. Last year a group of RI Episcopalians believed that it was time to look at these priorities again, and so they presented a resolution to Diocesan Convention in October calling for their review. The resolution was adopted by the clergy and delegates of Convention, and the “Mission Task Force” was created. The Mission Task Force will spend this year listening to you, parishioners, clergy, committees, and other leaders of our diocese as you reflect and express your sense of purpose, meaning and mission as Christians and Church in our communities and the world. Our goal is to present a report and resolutions to convention next October, which will articulate the energy and commitment of our diocese to new and/or renewed mission priorities. So far we have been busy at work. In February we began our communica-

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tion launch with an exhibit at Convocation and our blog. The months of March, April, and May will be spent in the actual listening process. We will seek feedback from the youth and adults in our parishes, the leaders of the current mission priorities, and the diocesan staff and committees. At this same time, Diocesan Council has convened four groups to review the effectiveness of our current mission priorities.

Listening Gatherings: • • • • • •

Sat, April 24th, 10 am St. Paul’s, Pawtucket Wed, April 28th, 7 pm Cathedral of St. John, Providence Thurs, April 29th, 7 pm St. Mark’s, Warwick Wed, May 5th, 6:30 pm, St. Columba’s, Middletown Sat, May 8th, 10 am Epiphany, East Providence Wed, May 12th, 7 pm St. Luke’s, East Greenwich

Clergy will gather: •

Wednesday May 19th, 10 am St. Paul’s, Pawtucket

The listening process is probably the most important part of our work. So we hope, dear reader, that you will be looking for opportunities to pray, reflect, and share your ideas with us about where you find mean-

What is your congregation doing that you can celebrate and share with other parishes?

What could we do as RI Episcopalians that would bring us together and make a difference in our community and the world?

In April and May we will be having regional gatherings to hear your reflections, and we also invite you to share your thoughts and enter into conversation with others across the diocese by going to the Mission Task Force blog http://mission-task-force. blogspot.com. We intend to use the latter part of May and June to synthesize, discern and meet with Bishop Wolf and Diocesan Staff about our findings. During July and August we will prepare our reports and formulate resolutions for October’s Convention in plenty of time for your review. We hope you’ll think about this in the days ahead and offer your feedback either on our blog at http://mission-task-force. blogspot.com or at one of the upcoming regional meetings. Feel free to email your thoughts to susandwright@gmail.com and visit www.episcopalri.org to find out more. Task Force Members: Modesta Pellot, Diocesan Council; Fran Gammell-Roach and The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick (chair), Standing Committee; Brian Ehlers and Scott Nicholson, appointed by Bishop Wolf. Deanery Representatives: The Rev. Pam Mott, Aquidneck; Jim Segovis, Central; Susan Wright (Secretary), West Bay; The Rev. Dcn. Ricky Brightman, Narragansett; David Isherwood, East Bay; and The Rev. Dcn. Buck Close, Blackstone. The Rev. Bill Locke is the Mission Task Force Chaplain. 


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speaker, Reggie McNeal 2 Youth from across the Diocese pose for a picture in front of St John the Divine in NYC on the Diocesan trip to Nightwatch 3 Reggie McNeal speaks at Convocation 4 Diocesan Youth walk the labyrinth in the Cathedral of St John the Divine, at Nightwach.

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Episcopal Charities Campaign Update Our brochure asks, “Where will 2010 take us?” What will your answer be? First, let’s see where we’ve been. In 1952, the people of this Diocese answered the call of Bishop John Seville Higgins, founder of Episcopal Charities, to help those less fortunate in our communities. It began funding six local agencies with varying needs. In 2009, 57 years later, Episcopal Charities gave grants to 111 social service agencies. The needs of our Rhode Island neighbors continue to grow. Economic recovery will be slow for the people in our state. Funding from other sources to these agencies continue to cut back or disappear. Since its founding, Episcopal Charities has been a link between healers and those in need of healing. Our volunteers are busy gearing up for their parish campaigns. Our goal is $500,000. Pledges now total $155,000. We are off to a great start! But, we have more to do. When a representative from your church asks if you can help, please know how much your donation can do. The brochure you received recently in the mail has a long list of agencies that help people in the most desperate situations. For more information on what the agencies do, go to www.episcopalri. org/ Charities and click on Who We Support”.

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Pictured: Sidney Wallace, Kaitlin Oliveira, Makayla Horan, Gabrielle Freman, Harrison Bucco, Garmodeh Willie, and in the back, Skylar Cochran and Father Dennis Bucco

Sunday School holds a Yummy Fundraiser at St. Luke’s, Pawtucket

On Sunday April 18th 2010, St. Luke Episcopal Church Sunday School in Pawtucket held its annual bake sale. The money raised at the bake sale was donated to Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island. This year we raised $221.50, which more than doubled last year’s total. The annual event started last year when Paul O’Toole, the chair person of the charity for St. Luke’s, asked if the children of the Sunday School would help, and they were very excited. We have lot of volunteer bakers and donators to thank: Bob & Linda Lundgren brought raisin squares and cupcakes; Danny Bracewell, apple pies and apple squares; Ruth Bennett & Doris Landry, cookies; Joyce Kareemo, cookies; Missy Wallace, cupcakes and brownies; Cheryl Fetterolf, cookies; Evelyn Stevenson, cookies; Helen Williams, flag cake & strawberry cake; Aimee Robinson, fudge, blondies, and cupcakes; Barbara Ladd, apple crumb pie; and Barbara Stevenson helped with the planning. We do apologize if we have forgotten someone especially the person who baked the carrot cake. We would also like to thank every one who purchased the baked goods to help make this event a success.

Ways to Give: • • • •

Respectfully submitted by, St. Luke’s Sunday School Teachers

Donate online at www.episcopalri.org/charities Respond when contacted by our parish representative. Send your donation to us at 275 North Main Street, Providence RI. 02903. Include your name, address, phone, and parish. Call us at 401-274-4500 to learn more.

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Christ Church Westerly’s 175th Commemorative Treefall

By Fr. Christopher Pappas

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and a sign to use the front door.”

t was 2:50 AM on Sunday morning “There are power lines down in the parkand my 2 year old had been playing the ing lot and there’ll be no power or fire “let’s wake up Daddy game” for about 3 alarms in the church” he said. hours now. Having “Just block the parking deposited her in her lot entrance, and we’ll use bed with a kiss and a We stared candles” I said, “I’ll be at song , I tip-toed back at the huge fallen tree St. Peter’s today but Fr. to bed to get some for a while Jack can handle a candlesleep before the alarm as the wind lit service.” rang at 6 AM. I was whipped the rain “OK”, he replied soundjust entering that wonaround us ing dubious as we hung derful place of dreams up. when the loud, insistent sound of my iPhone demanded that I settled into bed and started sliding into I return to the world of the not sleeping. much needed sleep. I quickly fumbled for it, knocking over some books and a lamp in my unsuccess- “Who was that?” my wife asked. ful effort to not wake my wife. The caller “Walter” I replied. “A tree fell on the parID said Sexton, never a good call at 3:30 ish hall. We’ll have no power, there are AM on a Sunday morning. lines down in the parking lot and a hole in the roof. Can you believe he wants to “Yes” I mumbled. cancel church?” “It’s Walter, I’m at the church, a tree has been knocked over by the storm and hit My wife replied, “Do you think perhaps the Parish Hall, water is pouring through it might be a safety issue to continue with a hole in the roof and the power needs to services?” This information trickled into my conciousness like the water seeping be cut to avoid a fire.” into the parish house: a minute later, I “OK, Walter” I said. “Can you mop up called Walter back and said I’d be down in the hallway and put some of that yellow 3 minutes. police tape up so that people won’t wander I pulled up in front of the Parish Hall next over during church?” There was a pause. to Walter’s truck. There was indeed a mas“You’re not going to cancel church?” he sive Linden tree that had broken in half asked. “No I said, just put up some tape and crashed down on the roof of the Par-

ish Hall, right over my office. We stared at the huge fallen tree for a while as the wind whipped the rain around us. Wow! We ducked under the branches and entered into the dark building walking past buckets set up in the hall way to catch the water streaming down from the ceiling. The single flashlight played eerily over the ceiling as beads of water danced across it. Looking closer I noticed that the ceiling and the water drops coming through had a red look to them almost like blood. “Err, Walter” I said, “any reason why the dripping stuff looks like blood?” I tried not to think of the many horror movies that began with similar scenes. “It’s the resin in the ceiling” he said. “ Whew!” I said, “For a moment I thought I was going to have to call Fr. Ray for an opinion.” We then concluded that we needed to punch holes through the now bulging ceiling to allow the water to drain. I held the flashlight while Walter stood on a stool and pushed a screwdriver though it. A moment later water poured through the holes, and we thought we had the worst under control. “I guess we’ll start calling people in a few hours” I said. Returning home I updated our parish Facebook page about the situation, and as I called the Senior Warden I wondered if we could sell pieces of the tree as part of our 175th anniversary celebration to help our outreach missions. Imagine thatchurch services cancelled because of a single tree- yet nearly two feet of snow and wind in December didn’t cause us to close the doors.

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Community Gardens By Ruth Meteer

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What do the following eight churches in the Diocese of RI have in common this spring? St. John’s in Barrington, Church of the Good Shepherd in Pawtucket, Church of the Ascension in Wakefield, Epiphany in East Providence, Transfiguration in Cranston, St. David’s-on-the-hill in Cranston, St. Augustine’s in Kingston, and St. Peter’s-bythe-sea in Narragansett all have community gar-

started trying to cut costs by growing their own food wherever they can. Providence alone has at least 22 community gardens. That is a little more than one community garden for every square mile of the city!

October, when delegates you chose from your parishes along with clergy across the state, voted on, and passed the following resolution: RESOLVED, That each congregation is urged to take a fresh look at its property to discover if there is space that could be used for community gardens; and be it further

Many social service organizations such as Americorps Vista have started providing classes Community gardening to the urban unis as much about growing RESOLVED, That derprivileged on congregations are community how to save money urged to expand as it is about growing and eat healthier their outreach by produce. by gardening. Garsupporting those dens are gathering in their midst who people together are willing to unand greening our cities’ rooftops and vacant lots all over dertake this ministry of providing fresh produce for those in need. the country. Here in the Diocese of Rhode Island we have eight churches with community garden programs, and a handful of others considering starting one. The importance of community gardening to this diocese was expressed loudly at our Diocesan Convention this past

But what, specifically, does community gardening have to do with church? When asked, churches that are a few years into their garden projects give these responses: outreach, fellowship, feeding the hungry, stewardship of God’s creation, stewardship of our

Epiphany East Providence’s community garden in mid-summer 2009

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ou may already have heard some buzz around town about community gardens. In the secular world community gardening has been receiving much press. Movies such as “Food Inc.” and “Fresh”, which tell of the benefits of locally grown food, have been wildly popular this year. With the economic downturn people have SPRING 2010 / RISEN

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Tulips and “Gloria Victoria Blue Salvia” at Fox Point Community Garden in Providence. Photo: Ruth Meteer bodies, visibly being a welcoming and blessing presence in the world. These are all familiar missions, common to most Episcopal Churches. Many churches across the diocese even have one or two of these tasks in their official mission statement. Yet, how rarely do we have a chance to accomplish all of these things at once through a single program? At Convocation in February many of us heard Reggie McNeal challenge the Church to be a people of blessing, and to do so in new ways. He called upon us to especially bless the people who never have and never will walk through our buildings’ bright red doors. Well, Reggie, if we can’t bless people into our buildings, perhaps we can at least bless them into the yard. So far RI community gardens have provided fertile soil; a venue for outreach and interaction with the neighborhood, fresh produce to feed the

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hungry, deeper community among garden can be urban, suburban, or ruparishioners, education and classes ral, and can grow a variety of flowers on healthy lifestyles, and much more. and produce. It can be on your church When a church property or out in starts a community the community at garden project, it a school, at a hosA way for tells the world visipital, or on unused people to grow bly that the church land in the neightheir relationships, cares about the borhood. It can be grow their community, the understanding of creation, organized as one environment, and communal plot that and grow produce providing opportueveryone works in, nities for spiritual, or it can have many physical and emoindividual plots for tional development. Community gar- rent on one property. It even can be dening is as much about growing com- simply a program where your church munity as it is about growing produce. collects excess produce from the home gardens of parishioners and their willWhat are the Benefits of ing neighbors, to donate to local food Community Gardening? banks and soup kitchens. Basically, a community garden is a way for a group of people to gather and grow their relationships, grow their understanding of God’s beautiful creation, and grow produce that will help feed the needy. A community

Community gardening improves physical health by providing you with great exercise, fresh air, and more nutritious produce. Garden tasks, like hoeing, digging, and even harvesting, can provide you with as much exercise as a


workout at the gym. Homegrown fruits and vegetables are more flavorful and nutritious than store-bought produce. Fruits and vegetables begin losing flavor and nutrients as soon as they are harvested. Supermarket produce most often has traveled hundreds, even thousands of miles to get to the store, and during all that time its flavor and nutritional value becomes less and less. Gardening improves spiritual health by getting peoples hands deep into God’s creation, together. It is a pastime that anyone of any age or experience level can participate in, sharing their ideas, stories, tips and tricks, and building community while working together. Depending on how you set up your garden, your parishioners could be working alongside people from local schools or your neighborhood, chat-

ting about faith and what it is about God that leads your church to serve the community in this way.

How do Community Garden Programs Work? There are many different ways of setting up a community garden, and each has its benefits as well as its drawbacks. Which type you choose should depend on what your ultimate goals are, and what resources you have available to you. So far, three styles have been successfully implemented in Rhode Island Episcopal parishes. The first, most common type is an allotted plot garden. In this model a larger area is divided up into smaller plots which are rented by individuals or families. The second model is a single plot garden, one large garden that parishioners ro-

Plots at the Fox Point Community Garden in Providence. Photo: Ruth Meteer

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his type of garden program is one of the most common in the U.S. The garden space is divided up into separate raised beds or plots, and these garden plots are rented to parishioners and neighborhood people on an annual basis, for their own use. To learn more about this type of garden, get in touch with Epiphany, East Providence at www.epiphanyep. org. Many churches rent out plots for an annual fee of $20- $40, but reserve a couple “charity� plots to grow produce to donate. Depending on how many plots you have this rental charge could cover the costs of the garden. The people who rent the other plots will usually be willing to help take care of the charity plots and donate their excess produce too. Some churches even donate plots to certain needy families in the neighborhood who want to learn how to garden to cut costs and provide healthier food for their family. This type of garden is a great way to do outreach. Neighbors become more aware of your parish, as they are tending their plots among parishioners and chatting away about life, faith and what motivates your parish to be a blessing. SPRING 2010 / RISEN

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Single Plot Gardens

Some parishes, such as St. John’s in Barrington, prefer to create one large garden that everyone works in together. This type of garden far outstrips the amount of charitable produce allotted plots can grow, because your church can plan the whole garden and space your crops more efficiently. Churches usually schedule groups of gardeners to rotate through taking care of different parts of the garden. Inexperienced gardeners can learn from more experienced gardeners as they rotate through the different vegetable beds. This also builds community within your parish as people are working close together. The drawback to this model is that it doesn’t attract members of the community into the garden as easily as allotted plots do, and doesn’t provide space for people who may need to grow food to cut costs. One way to get around this drawback is to offer a class or mentoring program, where people can learn how to garden from your parishioners. Some schools will even count community gardening as service hours for students who need to fulfill a requirement, so it may be worthwhile to let your local schools know about the opportunity. Just remember, in this type of garden, that old saying “many hands makes light work” is right on.

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Early Spring at St. Johns Barrington’s Single plot “peace patch” garden tate working in side by side. The third is not in itself a garden at all, but is a network of home gardeners who help each other, share tips and ideas, and provide a service to collect and donate extra produce from around the neighborhood weekly. You can see that even if your parish doesn’t have land that would be appropriate for a community garden, and doesn’t have master gardeners to guide an endeavor, there are still ways to bless your neighborhood with spiritual food, feed the hungry, and build relationships in this way. Do you have the gardeners but not the land? Contact the owners of vacant lots, or talk to a city councilman. It is a win-win situation to have a garden instead of an empty lot. Empty city lots detract from property values, but

gardens add. Once you start looking around, you will notice many areas around town where a garden could improve the town. Community gardeners have been known to take over and transform (with permission) vacant lots, rooftops, schoolyards, hospital land, fields under powerlines, and even street medians! Do you have the land, but not enough interest within your parish to take care of the upkeep of a garden? Start an allotted plot garden and rent plots to people from the neighborhood who don’t have space to garden at home. You can reserve a few plots specifically for produce to donate, and the renters of the other plots will usually be willing to stop by the charity plot and help out too. What better way for parishioners to meet and develop relationships with the people who’s lives circle


Home Garden Program St. David’s on-the-Hill in Cranston has come up with a fantastic way to provide fresh produce for donation. This year they are starting a program which they are calling “Feeding the Hungry from our own Back Yards” or “Gardening for the Hungry”.

Herbs at the Fox Point Community Garden in Providence Photo: Ruth Meteer around your church without ever being touched by it. Another option is to pair with a nearby parish and share resources. This year, St Augustine’s, Kingston and St. Peter’s-by-the-sea are pooling resources to start a community garden, by firstly being in community with each other. The Rev. Casey Shobe explains “we’re only a few miles apart, theres no reason we can’t do this”. He is right. There is an Episcopal Church at least every 8 miles in Rhode Island so talk to your neighbors if you don’t think your parish can do it alone. Once you have a garden it can be a springboard for all sorts of other outreach opportunities. Your church can offer classes on nutrition and cooking, mentor children in gardening, teach the needy how to grow their own food

and cut costs, donate produce to local food banks and soup kitchens, and offer community service hours to highschoolers who need to fulfill a certain number of hours.

Where do we start? Are you intrigued but don’t know where to start? Stop by one of the churches currently running a community garden and talk to them about their program. Everyone is very excited about their gardens, and would love to share their sucesses and failures with you. You could even try renting a plot in their garden to experiment with how it will work at your church. The best way to get the ball rolling is with a brainstorming session. Gather together the people who express some

St. David’s is asking parishioners who already garden at home to consider setting aside a portion (a few rows) of space. The church will supply the plants for this space if the gardeners will tend them to fruition. The yield will then go to the Interfaith Food Pantry. This model is great if you are a parish with lots of people gardening at home, or not much land at church. The drawback is that even though you will be collecting and donating produce as a community, this type of gardening doesn’t promote outreach or provide fellowship time. One way to get around the seclusion is to pair a person who doesn’t have a garden but wants to help with someone who does. You can also have parishioners reach out and ask their neighbors if they would be willing to donate the excess from their gardens too. There is always that one neighbor who is up to her ears in zucchini. Perhaps she’d be intersted in community of believers that offers something more interesting do with it than bake bread. SPRING 2010 / RISEN

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School Gardens At Convocation this year Reggie McNeal suggested we start being a blessing people by serving in our local schools. One way to take his advice is to call up your local school and see if they would be interested in a garden program. School Gardens are wonderful resources. They can be used as outdoor classrooms where students learn lessons in a variety of subjects. They also can provide a constructive extra curricular activity to keep kids out of trouble. Sometimes students can even receive community service hours, if the produce is donated to food banks. Churches can volunteer to take care of the planning, upkeep, and after school mentoring in the garden. You’ll need to coordinate extensively with teachers, administrators and parents. All of these people will become aware of your church and hopefully have the opportunity to see the love of Christ as you serve the school. Getting teachers excited and involved early on will allow the garden to creatively serve many purposes. Your garden could teach students about Native American culture, attract insects for biological study, provide produce for food banks, French class cooking lessons, pigments and plant dyes for art class, teach latin and taxonomy, and more. The sky is the limit.

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Child’s Garden tools at Fox Point Community Garden Photo: Ruth Meteer interest in the project. Be clear that no gardening experience is necessary, as people of all talents and gifts will be needed. When you gather, discuss what your goals are, what your mission is, what special gifts and talents your parishioners have to offer and what your budget needs might be. Find one or two people with a passion for feeding the hungry and growing with God’s creation to lead the project. Pray about it, and think big. If God ordains that your parish bless people in this way, the details will work out one way or another.

•Who will the garden serve - youth, seniors, a special population or the surrounding neighborhood?

Questions to ask at your brainstorming session:

Even people who’s most valuable skills are not gardening can get involved in the project. Perhaps an outgoing member of your church is an organizer who could gather donations of plants and tools from local businesses. Perhaps someone else will write newsletter updates or keep a blog for the project. Perhaps you have some handy parishioners who can lead construction projects and repairs. Be clear

•Is there a strong desire and need? •What is the purpose of the garden? •What type of role will the garden play - food production, community building, environmental restoration, beautification, fellowship, outreach?

•Who are the potential supporters of the garden - businesses, neighbors, schools? •Who will benefit from the produce? Once you have a core group of people who have decided together what your goals are and what type of program will best accomplish these goals, think about what you’ll need people to do besides the actual gardening.


about these needs with your parish, and you’ll find many more volunteers than the core group who initially knew they wanted to be involved.

How Can We Cut Costs?

Best of luck with your ventures. As you progress with your projects, please don’t hesitate to share your stories with the rest of the diocese. Submit them to risen@episcopalri.org and you may see them in future issues of RISEN Magazine, or on the diocesan blog at www.episcopalri.org

• Barter with your neaighbors for tools and services. Fresh produce can be as good as cash!

Resources: • Much of the information for this article was found online at www. communitygardens.org

• Check with Local Hardware Stores and Nurseries. They often have plants, mulch etc that are not fit to sell, which they may donate or give you at half price. St. John’s in Barrington even recieved gift card donations from their local Home Depot! Also, at the end of the season stores typically give away seeds, plants, and other seasonal materials.

• Farm Fresh Rhode Island has an extensive database of community gardens in Rhode Island. Find one your parish can participate in at www.farmfresh.org

• Contact your local City Service Departments Some cities have programs in place to help community gardeners, providing resources such as land, tool rental, and utilities such as water and electricity for little or no cost. Contact a City Council member to see what types of services may be available to you

• Rhode Island Food Bank’s “Community Farm” collects produce from community gardens! check out www.rifoodbank.org to learn more

St. John’s Barrington only spent $150 to start their single plot garden. here is how you can do it on the cheap too:

• Start your own plants from seed • Contact a local community gardening association to see if they offer plants or seeds free of charge • Check with local horticulture schools or programs - they sometimes sell plants, usually much cheaper than commercial growers, or may donate them.

• Keep an eye on the internet for grant opportunities. There are many out there and www.communitygardens.org is a great place to start!

• The Providential Gardener is a fantastic blog about community gardening in RI. Check out their links to other resources. http:// providentialgardener.typepad. com/ •

To learn more about gardening in RI read The Rhode Island Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Ocean State” by Barbara Gee. You can buy it on amazon, but the full text is also available at http://books.google.com for free! 

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Haiti Close Up

With The Rev. Dcn. Buck Close Deacon Buck Close, of St. Georges’ in Central Falls, has been involved in Haiti for nearly 40 years and is the Director of a 501(c)(3) called 1000 Jobs. When the earthquake struck, he was in a car just outside Port Au Prince. Here he tells us what he saw close-up that day, and what he has seen happen since.

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what had happened. It was several seconds, I was entering the town of perhaps a minute, before Jacky said that Croix des Bouquets on the it must have been an earthquake. But we outskirts of Port au Prince, also thought a power line might have falldriving along with some parten, because there was smoke immediately ners from 1000 Jobs/Haiti, and the smell of burning. when the earthquake struck. At We then quickly began to see the refirst, I thought we had hit somesults of whatever had happened–a long thing. Then the truck began to cinder block wall adjacent to the road rock from side to side while still and about eight-feet high had fallen, going forward, as if the vehicle was burying people who had been walka boat on a wavy sea. Around us ing on the sidewalk. Houses had colthere was chaos, other cars stopped lapsed and people were running into and people screaming. No one knew On the Day Of the Quake:


the street screaming, some of them injured. We were headed to my coworker Amelie’s house, which was in the area, and on our way we continued to see toppled buildings, injured people, and lost lives. We could not drive all the way to Amelie’s house because a wall had fallen across the road. Amelie lives in a rural setting–an open field with cinder-block houses in various stages of construction. Her house is a one-room cinder-block structure with a tin roof and neither water nor electricity. She built the house with her own hands after the death of her husband. Everything she owned was inside. When we arrived there on foot, I thought at first that the house had withstood the quake. As we got closer, it became clear that that was not the case. Three of the four walls were partially collapsed spilling ence she was attending back to cinder blocks and dust into the room and her headquarters at the Provinbreaking the bed and many other things. cial House of the Salesian Sisters One wall had buckled outward. The intein Port au Prince. We started on rior was a chaotic dusty mess with Amelie’s the first leg of what turning out few belongings strewn among the cinder to be a 7-hour odyssey through block, but she had no time to mourn the the streets of Port au Prince. loss of her home and all her possessions The drive would because her 9-yearhave normally old son, Olivier, was taken 30-40 missing. We waited The scenes we saw minutes, even there in the growing less if you facdarkness for about 45 were heartbreaking, tor out Port au minutes before he apPrince’s terrible peared. He had been frightening, traffic. When on a school bus when and in the end, we finally found the quake hit. Olivier Sr. Marie Claire, released an outpoursomewhat numbing. she had two ing of grief when he more passensaw his destroyed gers. There were home. We wanted now six of us crammed Amelie and Olivier to come with us, but Ameinto the cab of the small lie refused to leave her home for fear of robtruck. There was no room bers and because there was a young neighbor, to budge but we were all a girl of about 10 years, who was there alone. anxious to get to the ProWe had intended to try to travel next to our vincial House and find out driver Dieuseul’s house, but he then got a call how it had withstood the from Sister Marie Claire, the Provincial Supequake. rior of Haiti, who needed to get from a confer-

The seven hours seemed endless. The scenes we saw were heartbreaking, frightening, and, in the end, somewhat numbing. We saw hundreds of thousands of Haitians sitting or standing in and alongside the roads in the dark with nowhere to go and little or nothing to eat or drink; a woman begging us for our water, which we gave her; UN troops with automatic weapons vainly trying to be helpful; building after building turned to a fallen mass of cinder blocks and rebar piled up on the side of the road or in it; babies in mothers’ arms in the dark below my window, about six inches from the truck’s tires: traffic jams so dense that motorcycles could not move with them; power lines being held off the road by makeshift means so that we could pass; people relieving themselves right and left with no trace of modesty since there was absolutely no alternative; bleeding people; dead bodies; bodies being carried; dust and filth and more dust and more filth; hopeless stares from dusty faces sitting or lying in the street. It SPRING 2010 / RISEN

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A Week After the Quake: During the week of the 18th through the 24th, I went back to Haiti via the Dominican Republic (DR). On the night of the 17th I had finally gotten through to Sister Marie Claire via her cell phone. When I had asked her if they had enough food and water, she said that that was becoming a challenge and she asked me to come back to Haiti to help get a flow of water, food, and other necessities from the DR. The DR is overflowing with people trying to get to Haiti. There were was a scene of overwhelming devastalicopters let you know better. no trucks to rent so I rented a 12 tion and loss and it stretched from one We are planning to go back out passenger van…A friend of my end of Port au Prince to the other. shortly and check on Amelie, sister Francie, Chris Kouri, had Dieuseul, and some of the Sisvolunteered to go with me on 24 When we finally arrived at the Pro- ters’ other locations which did hours notice and he met me in vincial House, we saw that it had not escape the quake unscathed. Santo Domingo. We overloaded the withstood the quake. The Sisters and van with supplies the first morning the 45 orphans who live there with What I can say for sure is that and drove it to the border where we this earthquake will inflict more them were all outside in the darkunloaded it into the Sisters’ truck ness. Jacky, Dieuseul, and I slept misery on millions of people who for the trip to Port au Prince. Then in the truck to the extent sleep was were already at the very bottom we went back to possible. The night was filled with in terms of qualSanto Domingo (a ity of life. Port au sounds of screaming and grief and 5 hour drive) for singing. One very loud and didacPrince was difficult The night more supplies. A to top on the misery tic preacher bellowed out a sermon tire came apart just index before yesterthat lasted until about 2:30 or later was filled with sounds before we made and seemed to come from about a day. Now most of it back to the city foot from our vehicle. its residents, living of screaming and grief and we spent an in abject poverty, We remained outside until around interesting hour in have been stripped and singing. 5:30 and then went up the hill the dark beside a of the very few mateto the Provincial House and dehighway with cars rial things that they camped. I slept for a couple of and trucks whizpossessed. It is buried hours and had vivid and violent zing by at high speeds. I would still under endless piles of dusty rubble dreams that I found hard to disbe there if Chris’ persistence had not and they are picking through that entangle from the previous night’s finally paid off so that we could limp rubble in desperate attempts to salvage experience. Now it is the day afinto Santo Domingo. anything they can. It is difficult for a ter–very bright and sunny. From privileged U.S. resident–even one who The next morning, armed with a where we are you can look down spends much time here–to imagine how new vehicle, we shopped in SD and on most of Port au Prince and one can keep on trying to make a life then left for the border. This time we almost miss the fact that things for oneself and one’s family in the face of crossed into Haiti and went straight are not normal. But the sounds such total devastation. to the Provincial House to deliver the of emergency vehicles and hesupplies and spend the night.

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Everyone at the Provincial House herself and her son near term is still living outdoors because the and the fact that her son will tremors continued throughout not have a school to attend for last week. The Sisters had been the foreseeable future. It worgiven about 20 tents by Food for ries her tremendously that he the Poor last year and they were will have nothing to do but sit now pitched on every remotely around for months. While I flat surface around the house. was able to help her with a cash These tents were full of women grant of $400, I really couldn’t and girls ranging in realistically offer age from 4 to 94. her any comfort With no electricity, about her son OlI cannot personally everyone basically ivier’s immediate got up at daybreak future. It is bleak. imagine having to sit around and went to bed as I cannot personsoon as the sun went ally imagine havin the heat and dust down. Chris and I ing to sit around “slept” in our van to for months with nothing to do in the heat and the extent that was dust for months possible given the with nothing to but wait. noise around us, the do but wait. Getmosquitoes, and the ting people jobs bucket seats. of any kind is vital. However I was able to tell The next day we went to the airport her and Dieuseul, our other direct to meet my sister Katy Close, MD employee, that we had received who was on her way to the Hopienough donations to be able to tal Albert Schweitzer to work. She help them rebuild their homes as had about 40 boxes of medicines soon as that is feasible. This was worth many thousands of $ and we had the considerable challenge of loading these all into our small 1000 Jobs pickup while about 50 Haitian men and boys competed aggressively to “help” us. Those of you who have been to the airport in Haiti can appreciate the scene. We were “rescued” by Dieuseul, our driver, who gave the most aggressive of the “helpers” $20 on the condition that he would allocate it among the group. As the helpers descended on this misguided man, we made our escape with me perched on the top of a pyramid of boxes in the 90 degree heat. I am definitely too old to repeat that ride.

welcome news. She will also be contacting the 24 women who work in our Port au Prince coops this week – assuming that they are all alive – to let them know that they will be paid during the weeks of lost production. So, while the lives of these 26 people have not been rendered easy, they have had some good news as a result of generosity, and have something to hope for in the not-too-distant future. Putting everyone back to work with real jobs is the next step. The Reverend Deacon Buck Close is the Founder and President of 1,000 Jobs Haiti. 1000 Jobs came into existence for the sole purpose of facilitating the creation of fair and decent jobs in Haiti. This is the 1,000 Jobs passion, and will remain their driving force. To reach their goal of creating an initial 1,000 jobs in the Central Plateau of Haiti, they seek ideas that can be transformed into sustainable businesses and companies, and they form partnerships with small and medium enterprises that share their vision. 

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etween March 12th and April 12th 2010, the weather here in Rhode Island brought new meaning to the old saying about April showers bringing May flowers. This year’s deluge of April rain also brought FEMA.

or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to register for disaster aid. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Anyone interested in registering online can do so at www.fema.gov

“We don’t want anyone with disaster damages to miss this opportunity for asIn Rhode Island’s highest recorded rainfall sistance,” said Federal Coordinating Ofof the past 100 years, ficer Gracia Szczech. homes were flooded “Individual disaster from Providence to assistance may include the sound of the rain Newport. The worst grants to help pay for changed for them flooding occurred in home repair, tempoas it hit the roof Cranston and Warrary housing, some wick along the Pawuninsurable items or of the church, from tuxet river, which disaster-related unema threatening sound soared to 20ft above ployment.” into one of flood level. Many of peacefulness The fact is, though, you may still be haulthat FEMA isn’t always ing waterlogged boxes enough, and can’t help of photo albums and everybody. To fill in the gaps Churches and drowned laundry machines out your basereligious organizations across Rhode Island ments, or out of your first floors for that have been stepping in to house people dismatter. placed by the flood, as well as to distribute If so, the good news is that you can apply food, water and clothing to those who have for FEMA aid all the way through May lost just about everything. 28th. Just call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

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The Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island is collecting donations to give to “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” a relief organization in Warwick. At the Diocesan House we have received sympathetic emails and offers of spiritual support from our companion Diocese of Louisiana, who is still years later rebuilding after Katrina’s flooding. The Rhode Island State Council of Churches has paired many churches with outside funds or volunteers from the many aid organizations who have sent people to RI to help rebuild homes and businesses. At the request of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, St. John’s in Barrington opened their doors to nine workers from Christian Disaster Relief, Inc. The men, from the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite in Southeastern PA, spent two days working as flood relief volunteers in Warren and Bristol. Dinner and breakfast for the men were generously donated by Casual Catering and Bruegger’s Bagels. When the same men returned the follow-

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ing week it was the church of the Transfiguration, Cranston who took them in. “I think every Episcopalian in the Diocese can be proud of the hospitality that these volunteers offered to the workers on behalf of the church” said Trainsfiguration’s interim rector, The Rev. Mary Korte. “It is an example of being the blessing to each other that we were asked to be as part of the keynote address from this year’s Diocesan Convocation.” The Church of the Transfiguration sits in the Edgewood section of Cranston, near the worst of the flooding. The building survived with little damage but some of the church’s families were hit hard by the floods. Families have lost their homes, and parishioners are generously housing each other. “You can only imagine how they are feeling if you have never been through such a devastating experience” Rev. Korte says. During Holy Week, an ecumenical Service of Healing was held at Transfiguration. Some of those in attendance commented that the sound of the rain changed for them as it hit the roof of the church, from a threatening sound into one of peacefulness, but that evening the church pianist arrived home to find her house in Coventry flooded. She was unable to return to it until more than a week after Easter, but was offered housing and money to help by another Transfiguration parishioner. In an effort to offer relief to flood victims outside the parish, Transfiguration opened its food pantry and became a water distribution site for FEMA. The water arrived on Good Friday, a few days after the floods, and nine volunteers arrived from the church to unload the water and to provide immediate relief to affected people. The Rev. Mary Korte notes that through this all “New people have been arriving at Transfiguration, perhaps because the church’s openness and strength is apparent…We volunteer for the sake of and the Glory of God.” Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way, in order to live our Baptismal Covenant, and answer when called, “I will with God’s help.” 

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Flooded for Holy Week

-The Rev. Dennis Bucco

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his is my first year at St. Luke’s Pawtucket, and I had been thinking about and planning Holy Week for some time. Being the first Holy Week on my own, I knew it would be very busy. I also knew that I needed some flexibility in my plan for any curve balls; however, I never would have anticipated the situation I found myself in on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. My daily routine began ordinarily enough, when I went downstairs to make the morning pot of coffee. For some reason unknown to me, only cold water flowed from the faucet. I decided to check on the furnace, and as I turned to go down the last few steps into the basement I saw the crystal clear water, eighteen inches of it, which the furnace motor was underneath. I had no idea at the time, but a three week process of pumping and clearing out our basement was about to begin. We had to leave our house because of our lack of heat and hot water. I thought it would recede quickly, but our planned two night stay in a hotel lasted until Easter Monday, when we moved into my wife Midge’s mother’s house for another two weeks. The people of Saint Luke’s were incredibly understanding and supportive of us. They immediately sent a group of people to clear out our basement and offered

sound practical advice throughout the process. Bishop Wolf contacted me and offered prayers, support, and encouragement, which helped put my mind at ease. Our neighbors, the Grays and the Jedsons, set up a series of pumps and together we pumped water out of our basement eighteen hours a day for two weeks. I can not imagine how much worse it would have been without these peoples help. Once the water finally receded Jim Rezendes, a Diocesan Council member, helped remove drywall. So many other people helped us with food, advice, and encouragement that I could not possibly list them all. I would never want to experience another event like this again but throughout the ordeal I realized how blessed Midge, our son Harrison and I are to be part of several caring communities. It was not the Holy Week and Easter that I would have planned, but I am thankful for the way it turned out. St. Luke’s is a wonderful parish filled many faithful people. The flood made me think about how fortunate I really am in life and how much more difficult life can be without a faithful community and friends to help us when we need it. On Easter Sunday we were so full we ran out of bulletins. I will never forget Holy Week and Easter of 2010 and I would not change a thing if I had the chance.  SPRING 2010 / RISEN

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CHURCH AIDS HAITI’S REBIRTH By Mary Frances Schjonberg EASTER’S PROCLAMATION OF resurrection sounded poignant in the streets of Port-au-Prince when it arrived almost three months after the Jan. 12 magnitude-7 earthquake that devastated a wide swath of Haiti. After climbing over the ruins of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s Holy Trinity Cathedral Feb. 8, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said that the diocese’s physical nature would rise again, albeit undoubtedly in a changed form. Episcopalians across the church have aided the beginnings of that resurrecA girl looks out from her wooden bed under a makeshift tent at an Episcopal Diocese of Haiti camp for earthquake survivors set up at College Ste. Pierre, a now-ruined diocesan school in Port-au-Prince. Photo/Julie Platner

tion. Contributors have been “incredibly and wildly generous,” Episcopal Relief & Development President Robert Radtke said. Dioceses and congregations large

COMMENTARY

CHURCHWIDE

DIOCESAN DIGEST

and small have staged fundraisers from

Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bonnie Anderson

Council calls church to stand with Haiti

Glasspool gets church’s full consent

spaghetti suppers and concerts to an

p. B,C

p. D

p. F

effort in Virginia to supply the Haitian diocese with 10 “small and fierce” trucks to deliver aid to remote villages. Executive Council

(to page D)


THE PRESIDING BISHOP’S MESSAGE

EASTER MOVES US TO STRETCH OUR FAITH by Katharine Jefferts Schori “THE PEOPLE WHO sat in darkness

have seen a great light.”

The people of Haiti are finding new

of worship. That people developed a

life in the midst of death and struggle.

community that could practice its faith in

As a nation and a people, they repeat-

a strange land, insisting that God was

Lent in a very different way this year.

edly have practiced resurrection through

present among them even in exile. Jesus

When Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin and I

centuries of slavery, oppression, inva-

insists that that light is present even in

spoke just before Ash Wednesday, we talked about how this year would

sion, corruption and privation. The joy of their art forms – music and painting

the midst of Roman oppression and that

The Diocese of Haiti has observed

be different. He noted that the people of Haiti would need to practice saying “Alleluia” so

in particular – gives evidence of the hope that is within them as

he will gather a community to remember that light and practice seeing and discovering it. The Christian community is meant

that when Easter came they

a people. They know, deep in their cultural DNA, that God is

to be a mutual hope society, with each

could enter in with joy. In the

continually bringing new life out

one offering courage to another whose

of death. Yet each person must

hope has waned, insisting that even in

midst of grief and darkness, it can be exceedingly difficult to believe that resurrection is a possibility. Nora Gallagher makes a similar point in her book “Practicing Resurrection.”

discover and nurture that hope. It is made far easier in community.

the darkest of night, new life is being prepared. That work is constant – it will

The shared hope of a community is essential. Most human beings cannot

not end until the end of all things.

long survive the evil and death of solitary

in and year out, in time of earthquake

And still the community persists, year

We are not born with the ability to

confinement or a concentration camp. It

and war and flood, in time of joy and new

insist on resurrection everywhere we

is the shared sense of suffering and the

birth and discovery. Together we can

turn. It takes the discipline and repetition

shared nurture of even tiny embers of

shout, “Alleluia, he is risen! Indeed, he is

that forms an athlete – in this case, a

hope that offer life. The greatest cruelty

risen, Alleluia!” even when some among

spiritually fit Christian. We practice our

of places like Guantanamo and Abu

us are not quite so confident as others.

faith because we must – it withers and

Ghraib is the removal and destruction

For indeed, the body of Christ is rising

atrophies unless it’s stretched. We must

of such hope. The absence or discon-

and risen when even a small part of it

continue to give evidence of the faith that

nection from other people as sources

can rejoice and insist that God is renew-

is within us.

of hope leads to suicide and even that

ing the face of the earth and light has

mysterious ailment in young children

dawned upon us.

Easter prods and provokes us with an immense stretching exercise. God has renewed a life given to the evil of

called “failure to thrive.” The Christian community is about

this world on behalf of those with no

shared hope in resurrection. The promise

other helper. That earth-shattering and

quoted at the start of this article, first

tomb-shattering rebirth has planted the

made in Isaiah 9:2 and recalled in Mat-

seeds of hope in each one of us. Yet

thew 4:16, first buoyed hope among a

those seeds do not produce fruit without

people exiled in a foreign land, without

struggle.

the support of familiar leaders or places

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Alleluia! Keep practicing that joyful shout. Someone needs to hear its truth. Alleluia!

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THE HOUSE OF DEPUTIES PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

A CHURCH BEYOND THE END OF THE ROAD by Bonnie Anderson

response to current needs.

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH has re-

over the years. It is natural

sponded to the devastation caused by

for these congregations in

the magnitude-7 earthquake in Haiti with

the Episcopal Church to want to

unexpected and astonishing generosity.

do everything possible to assist their

Development, we need to be advocates

brothers and sisters in Haiti. However,

for Haiti. It is important to understand

began before the Jan. 12 earthquake,

Haiti Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin asked

that, just as the relief and rebuilding effort

Episcopal Relief & Development has

in a Jan. 21 letter that, unless the people

will unfold in stages over the coming

experienced a generosity of giving from

who want to come and help are “certified

months and years, so will the advocacy

Episcopalians that has enabled its relief

professionals in relief and recovery, they

effort, and that is where Episcopalians

effort to secure food, water, vehicles for

must wait.”

can assist best, right from home.

Building upon a partnership that

supply deliveries, fuel and shelter. Many congregations in the Episcopal Church have forged important and mutually supportive relationships with congregations and individuals in Haiti

In addition to continued generous giving to Episcopal Relief &

In his letter to Robert Radtke, Epis-

Even as Haiti stories recede from the

copal Relief & Development president,

front pages of our newspapers, we must

Duracin added:

be aware that the political and policy

“We will need them [people who want

debates about how best to assist Haiti’s

to come to Haiti] in months and years to

rebuilding will require our voices in the

come, but at this point, it is too danger-

arena for the foreseeable future. We will

ous and too much of a burden for our

need to rely on Duracin and the people

people to have mission teams here.”

of the Diocese of Haiti to tell us how they

Duracin has appointed a 15-member commission that is assisting him in coordination and organization of the diocese’s rebuilding effort as well as its

want to rebuild and how our advocacy can help them. For the rebuilding of Haiti, it is evident (to page F)

that the involvement of

Editor’s Note

This depiction of the nativity of Jesus was part of the world-famous reredos fresco in the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s Cathédrale Sainte Trinité (Holy Trinity Cathedral) in Port-auPrince. Photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg

WELCOME TO Episcopal News Quarterly – the revamped Best of Episcopal Life. On these pages, you will find a condensed collection of news that has appeared on the Episcopal News Service’s website (www.episcopalchurch. org/ens) and in our Episcopal News Monthly print publication. With each issue, you will get a slice of the life, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. This new publication is just one medium we use to tell the story of how Episcopalians live out the gospel. Those ways range from the traditional ink-on-paper medium to the church’s 140-character-per-tweet Twitter page (http://twitter.com/iamepiscopalian). The media multiply; our goal remains the same: Tell the story in compelling, surprising and engaging ways. The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Quarterly editor episcopalchurch.org/ens

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TOP STORIES HAITI, FROM PAGE A

recently challenged the entire church

diaspora that included much of the coun-

“Everything we have done for 149 years

to raise $10 million for the diocese’s

try’s intellectual capital have hampered

we will do for another 149 years.”

rebuilding.

the efforts to serve its people.

Meanwhile, Jefferts Schori has discour-

“The Diocese of Haiti has had a major

The Rev. Canon Oge Beauvoir, a Haiti native and another Episcopal Church

aged dioceses and congregations from

impact for 150 years on the nation of Haiti,”

missionary working with the diocese, said

deciding on their own to rebuild a specific

Jefferts Schori said. “They will again, but

that, faced with destruction, loss, death

Haitian church or diocesan ministry build-

it’s going to be a number of years before

and injury all around him, “if we are still

ing, or from going to Haiti too soon.

they are able to function at the same level

here today, the Lord has a mission for us:

they were before the earthquake.”

to show his love and care.”

“The priorities are going to need to come from the Diocese of Haiti – the

Haiti’s future may well look very much

priorities and the strategy – and it’s going

like its past in one very important aspect:

to be some months before they begin to

its service to the Haitian people.

emerge,” she said, adding that the dio-

Since Eglise Episcopale d’Haiti’s

HOW TO HELP

There are three ways to donate to Episcopal Relief & Development:

cese would not be ready to host mission

founding in 1861, it has preached and

• Go to www.er-d.org/donate-select.php

trips in the early months after the quake.

practiced a “gospel of wholeness,”

• Call 1-800-334-7626, ext.5129

according to Duracin and others. The

• Mail a gift to Episcopal Relief &

“It is very difficult for us to plan for the future now because we have so many

Rev. James Theodore Holly, one of the

Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield,

people who have been injured, so we

Episcopal Church’s first African-American

VA 22116-7058. Please write “Haiti

have to take care of them,” Haiti Bishop

priests, founded the diocese and became

Fund” in the memo of all checks.

Jean Zaché Duracin told ENS via tele-

its first bishop after leaving New Haven,

phone from Port-au-Prince on Feb. 4.

Conn., for Haiti with 100 emigrants.

In mid-February, the diocese was

“For 149 years, the diocese has taken

FRAUD WARNINGS ISSUED

caring for 25,000 to 30,000 survivors in

the lead in caring for the people of Haiti

CHURCH OFFICIALS HAVE warned

more than 60 settlements, according to

through our schools, through our medical

about fraudulent e-mails soliciting money

Abagail Nelson, the development agen-

clinics, our feeding programs, our water

in the name of Episcopal Diocese of Haiti

cy’s senior vice president for programs.

programs, through our churches, through

Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin to help vic-

the music program, through taking care

tims of the magnitude-7 earthquake that

the poorest and least-developed country in

of abandoned handicapped children,”

devastated parts of Haiti on Jan. 12.

the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent

said the Rev. Lauren Stanley, an Epis-

of its people living on less than $2 per day.

copal Church missionary to Haiti and

copal Church-appointed missionary to

Its history of violent political instability and a

Duracin’s liaison in the United States.

Haiti and Duracin’s liaison in the United

Even before the earthquake, Haiti was

The Rev. Lauren Stanley, an Epis-

States, told ENS Feb. 12 that she

ANGLICANS ASSISTING CHILE By Matthew Davies The Anglican Diocese of Chile is developing a plan for short- and long-term

home in Santiago. One of the most affected areas is the city of Concepción, where the diocese

fected by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake on

has three congregations and where

Feb. 27, leaving almost 400 people dead

many of the 500,000 residents are still

and damaging some 1.5 million homes.

without electricity and continue to be hit

gone and sending trucks full of water,

by powerful aftershocks. Episcopal Relief & Development said

milk and food, because they have noth-

it would help the diocese buy supplies

ing,” Bishop Hector Zavala said in a

and would help as additional needs

March 22 telephone interview from his

were assessed.

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Chris Dobson, ecumenical and global partnership officer for the Church of England’s Diocese of Bristol. The e-mail

relief to isolated communities most af-

“We are going where no media has

learned of the latest scam from the Rev.

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Dobson received was not from Duracin, the postal address listed did not belong to the bishop or the diocese, and the email address given was fake, she said. In late January, the Rev. Charles Robertson, canon to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, also warned of fraudulent e-mail asking for money in Duracin’s name. Donating to Episcopal Relief & Development is “the far safer way to support the people of Haiti,” he said.


churchwide they are in growing communities, have a

COUNCIL CALLS CHURCH TO STAND BY HAITIANS by Mary Frances Schjonberg

clear mission and purpose, follow up with visitors, have strong leadership and are involved in outreach and evangelism. • Approved a revised 2010 budget based on the 2010-2012 budget General Convention passed in July. • Issued the church’s first statement on the war in Afghanistan. Rooting it in

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

the Episcopal Church’s “longstanding

RECENTLY pledged to stand

belief that war is inconsistent with the

by the Diocese of Haiti as it

teachings of Jesus Christ,” the resolu-

continues to minister to earth-

tion remembers “with sorrow those on

quake survivors and plans its

all sides of the hostilities in Afghanistan

long-term rebuilding efforts,

who have been wounded, traumatized

while challenging the church to

or killed”; supports the goal of a just and

raise at least $10 million to help

lasting peace in Afghanistan; calls on

pay for that rebuilding.

the Afghan government to end corruption and strengthen its security forces;

Meeting Feb. 19-22 in Omaha, Neb., the council

and prays for the well-being of U.S.

said that “Haiti’s recovery and

troops in Afghanistan. • Passed a lengthy resolution on

reconstruction must be directed

Middle East peacemaking efforts, ac-

by the Haitian people” and

knowledging “the tragic histories of the

affirmed the authority of Haiti Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin and the leaders he appoints “to request and direct the resources required to rebuild

Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico Bishop David Alvarez receives the Communion cup Feb. 19 from the Rev. Terry Star, a fellow Executive Council member from the Diocese of North Dakota, at the start of the council’s four-day meeting in Omaha. Photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg

the damaged institutions and impacted congregations of the diocese.”

Jewish and Palestinian people as victims of injustice, wars, dispersion and exile, the existential fear and insecurity this has created for both peoples and the distress their conflict has caused throughout the

gest, essentially our flesh.” In her opening remarks, Presiding

Middle East” while recognizing the com-

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, council

mitment of Israelis and Palestinians to

by outgoing council member and Dio-

president, said of Haiti that “our destinies

the land they regard as their homeland

cese of Connecticut Bishop-elect Ian

and, I would say, our salvation are tied

and respecting their national aspirations.

Douglas, grew out of his colleague the

up with each other.” She encouraged

Rev. Mark Harris’ call to the council to set

Episcopalians “to learn about the history

plan for itself and established a strate-

aside a tithe from the rest of the church’s

of our relationship between the United

gic-planning committee.

2010-2012 budget toward reconstructing

States and Haiti. There is much there to

the church in Haiti. “The hurt to the fam-

repent of, and there’s much to learn from.”

The $10 million challenge, proposed

• Accepted a 2010-2012 strategic

ily” in Haiti, he said, “requires a pledge

Also during the meeting, the council:

on our part that doesn’t come from the

• Heard that church membership and

The 40-member Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention. Additional coverage of the meeting

largess or the abundance of our lives, but

Sunday attendance continued to decline

is available at

comes from the core and, I would sug-

in 2008 but that congregations grow when

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/ens/.

episcopalchurch.org/ens

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diocesan digest

BONNIE ANDERSON, FROM PAGE C

the international community will be necessary, ensuring that rebuilding efforts are not piecemeal and left to the whims of individual donors, but rather are cohesive and coordinated with the wishes of the Haitian people. Last summer, Haiti’s government produced a well-acclaimed

GLASSPOOL GETS CHURCH’S FULL CONSENT

development strategy brief for the World

By ENS staff

government’s own capacity both to lead

Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In the wake of the earthquake, such a strategy is more important than ever. The long-term effort will require a concerted international effort to rebuild the Haitian and to provide adequately for basic

DIOCESE OF LOS Angeles

“profoundly grateful” to

redevelopment needs such as social

Bishop-elect Mary Douglas

those who supported

services, education and infrastructure.

Glasspool has received the

her discernment. “I am

required number of consents

also aware that not

this a diplomatic priority in the coming

to her ordination and conse-

everyone rejoices in this

months and years. This is an area where

cration from diocesan stand-

election and consent,

every Episcopalian can be an advocate

ing committees and bishops

and will work, pray, and

with our own government on behalf of our

with jurisdiction.

continue to extend my

brothers and sisters in Haiti. The Episcopal

own hands and heart to

Church’s Office of Government Relations

rine Jefferts Schori’s office

bridge those gaps, and

in Washington, D.C., is equipped to assist

announced March 17 that

strengthen the bonds

us in our advocacy efforts.

Presiding Bishop Katha-

the presiding bishop had confirmed receiving consents

Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop-elect Mary Glasspool

from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and also had reviewed the evidence

The U.S. government should make

of affection among all

Our continued support for Haiti is

people, in the Name of

most important. By expanding our idea

Jesus Christ,” she said. Glasspool and Bishop-elect Diane

of what it means to be family, even those congregations that have long-term

of consents from a majority of standing

Jardine Bruce will become bishops

relationships with congregations and

committees sent to her by the Los Ange-

suffragan during their ordinations and

individuals in Haiti can see new ways

les standing committee. The announce-

consecrations May 15. Jefferts Schori will

to be involved and in partnership that

ment did not include the tallies for both

be the chief consecrator. The presiding

embraces and encourages a new and

consent totals. However, the diocese

bishop’s office announced on March 8

sustainable Haiti.

announced March 10 that, according to

a successful consent process for Bruce.

a then-unofficial tally, Glasspool had re-

Both were elected in early December.

ceived 61 standing committee consents,

Glasspool, 56, is the second openly

For now, let us all set aside our own personal needs to be of assistance and instead concentrate on hearing what is

gay partnered priest to be elected a

asked for and on praying for new and

bishop in the Episcopal Church. The first

expanded visions of partnerships. Let

said after the announcement that “the

was Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New

Episcopal Relief & Development do the

standing committees and bishops have

Hampshire, elected in 2003.

work it is so good at doing on our behalf.

five more that the majority needed. Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno

demonstrated through their consents

Glasspool has served as canon to

First relief, then development.

that the Episcopal Church, by canon,

the bishops in the Baltimore-based

Sit tight. We don’t know yet what

creates no barrier for ministry on the

Diocese of Maryland for eight years.

God will ask us to do, but let’s prepare

basis of gender and sexual orientation,

During her 28-year ordained ministry, she

ourselves for the long haul with Haiti.

among other factors.”

has served congregations in Maryland,

Glasspool said that she was

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Postlude

Dear Readers

,

Mission Task Force Listening Gatherings:

• •

At our Diocesan Convocation this past February many of us heard Reggie McNeal challenge us to be a blessing people, to be out in the world blessing all people, not just the people who wander in through our doors. Reggie’s message was one of hope for the church, hope that we can partner with God on his mission and grow together in that mission. This issue of RISEN was inspired by that challenge. It is a collection of stories about what is currently happening in the world and how the church is growing together by blessing people in what have been some of the hardest times they’ve seen. It has been a rough year for many. The bad economy, the earthquakes, the floods, unemployment and foreclosures, on top of the normal every day stresses and troubles have been devastating for some people. But it is also spring. Plants are coming back to vibrant life before our eyes, and the Easter season is 50 days long. This is the perfect time of year for us to grow together and resurrect these troubled times, as Christ was resurrected, and as the trees regrow their leaves every year. What is your church doing to grow together into a blessing people? Send me a letter at risen@episcopalri.org to let me know and we can talk about running a story in the next issue of RISEN Magazine, to let the whole diocese know what being a people of blessing means at your parish, and what it could mean at theirs too! I look forward to hearing from you.

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