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Contents FEATURES 13
5 2013 Lenten Programs
Celebrate lent with the Bishop, and begin a practice of Biblical study to last through the rest of the year as well.
13 Journey to lent with Bishop Knisely The Bible is a difficult book to jump into, but here are a few pages of background for the books Bishop Knisely has invited us to study this Lent.
18 The Bible in the Episcopal Church
The Bible is a foundation of our faith as christians, but how does the Episcopal church use it well and how could we improve?
20 Hot Cross Buns, an Invitation Learn the connection between Hot Cross Buns and Easter, and how you can use them as an invitation this lent. Recipes included!
From the Bishop 4 Episcopal Charities 6 ECC: Strangers but Once 7
Good Friday Walk in Tiverton 8 Ashes to Go 9 Scenes 11 Living Stones 12
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I think the Episcopal Church in Rhode Island can be a leader in returning the Bible to its rightful central place in our faith. We can do that by committing ourselves to read and study the lessons it has for us, and then by working together to apply those lessons to our personal and common lives. And the step to doing that is to open our bibles and read.
From Bishop Knisely The 13th Bishop of RI as of the November 17th, 2012 Ordination
ecently a study was published that listed the top ten most “un-biblical” cities in the United States. Providence was number one. The study claimed that our region was the least likely place for people to take the Bible seriously, to change the way they live their lives because of biblical teaching, or to simply read the Bible outside of Sunday worship. While there’s a part of me that wants to argue with the study’s findings, there’s another part of me that recognizes a grain of truth. I don’t think Providence is America’s least “biblically minded” city because there are no people of faith in the area. I think it stems from a discomfort with the way the Bible is often used as a bludgeon in social arguments. So far in my experience, Rhode Islanders are an extraordinarily tolerant
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Reading the Bible can be a daunting exercise. The word Bible means library, not book. The Bible isn’t a novel or a text book or even a single coherent story. It is a collection of stories and different forms of literature written over about three thousand years. Parts of the Bible are as different from each other as Beowulf is different from an article in the ProJo (And that’s only a time lapse of 1500 years.) You won’t pick up a Bible and find an easy read from Genesis to Revelations. It’s much better to create a plan of study that will introduce you to the major literature forms, the context in which they were written and how they have been understood differently over the intervening thousands and thousands of years.
people. When they see intolerance buttressed by biblical proof texts toward their neighbors, what I think happens is that the biblical witness becomes suspect I think because of the willingthe Episcopal Church ness to live and let live in Rhode Island that makes life here can be a leader what it is.
This Lent I encourage you to start this process. I invite you to read in returning the Bible with me over the next But as admirable as to its rightful central forty days, through the Gospel of Luke and its place in our faith. that is for our comsecond half, The Book mon life, the Bible is a foundation of our common faith. of the Acts of the Apostles. Or just When we reject the misuse of the Bible come and listen to the Gospel of Mark in debate, we must be very intention- read aloud in one sitting. Either way, it al about not also rejecting the Bible’s will start us on a journey of discovering rightful role in our lives. And for us to what the Bible is all about and how we use the Bible rightly in our common can receive its teaching today. It’s the life, we must first know what the Bible most exciting journey I’ve ever underis, and how powerful a witness to God taken, and though the end is not yet in sight for me, I invite you to join me its words can be. wherever you’d like on the way.
Lent 2013: The Bible with the Bishop
The Gospel of Mark
It takes less than two hours to read the entire Gospel of Mark out loud. The earliest and shortest gospel, Mark offers a concise and compelling account of the story of Jesus. Hearing the entire story at once is a different experience from reading selections on Sunday and hearing the story read aloud is different from reading it to oneself. The gospel becomes new, fresh and powerful—almost as if you were hearing the story for the first time. The Diocese plans to sponsor readings of the Gospel of Mark in Lent. Watch the e-Risen for announcements of when and where they will be held. Or recruit a good reader, set up a darken room with a light on a single reader and listen to the story of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. If you can’t get to a public reading, you can watch an online reading by Max McLean at http://www.youtube.com/MarksGospelOnStage
Max McLean is an American actor and narrator who is the president of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, a Christian organization seeking to speak Christ’s message in engaging diverse ways. Max is widely known for his narrations of the Screwtape letters, the book of Genesis, and the book of Mark. He explains the importance of hearing Mark read aloud by saying: “Sometimes I think our emphasis on dissecting each verse for pedagogical reasons can drain the gospel of its power as story and narrative. When we look at our own conversion many of us first fell in love with Jesus because we discovered who he is through the Gospels and then we were motivated to follow him. Hearing Mark’s Gospel told as narrative in one sitting can re-capture that effect for some people.” (Max McLean) Icon of Mark from the 18th cen. (Russian Orthodox Church) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Lent ReadingFollow Schedule: Luke-Acts along with Bishop Knisely at www.episcopalri.org February
Feb 20 - Luke 8 Feb 21 - Luke 9
March 8 - Acts 5
Feb 13 Ash Wed - Luke 1
Feb 22 - Luke 10
March 1 - Luke 20
March 10 - Acts 7
Feb 14 - Luke 2
Feb 23 - Luke 11
March 2 - Luke 21
March 11- Acts 8
Feb 15 - Luke 3
Feb 24 - Luke 12
March 3 - Luke 22
March 12 - Acts 9
Feb 16 - Luke 4
Feb 25 - Luke 13 & 14
March 4 - Luke 23
March 13 - Acts 10
Feb 17 - Luke 5
Feb 26 - Luke 15 & 16
March 5 - Luke 24
March 14 - Acts 11
Feb 18 - Luke 6
Feb 27 - Luke 17 & 18
March 6 - Acts 1 & 2
March 15 - Acts 12
Feb 19 - Luke 7
Feb 28 - Luke 19
March 7 - Acts 3 & 4
March 16 - Acts 13
March 9 - Acts 6
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The Episcopal Charities Celebration (above) was held on Thursday, January 24, at the
Shriners in Cranston. This was a great success with nearly 150 people in attendance; volunteers, donors, clergy, and representatives from the funded agencies. People met new friends and reconnected with old friends. Bishop Knisely spoke briefly, to congratulate the crowd for their part in this success. We were thankful for his kind words recognizing the uniqueness of this Fund, and for the inspiration he offered us.
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ECC: Strangers But Once W By the Rev. Meaghan Kelly, ECC Director & Coordinator for Youth & Family Ministry
inter is certainly upon us at the Episcopal Conference Center. The layer of snow on the ground gives the property a different feel in this season, but it only provides us with an opportunity for new and exciting offerings for the people of the diocese!
Island with our ministry.
That change starts now, so we’re busy planning away for the rest of the year. We’re hoping the snow will still be on the ground for our February Winter Camp which will take place during winter vacation from schools, Feb 18 – 22. When the weather is just starting to warm up we’ll offer a Sr. High Conference on Surviving High School, April 5th-7th. Registration forms for both of these events can be found on our website, www.eccri.org.
On Sunday, January 13th, over 200 people from around the diocese came up to camp for our Winter Open House: Soup and Songs with Bishop Knisely. We had a variety of wonderful soups donated from local chefs, there were hayEven while we’re rides around the Even while we’re busy busy with our winproperty, and with our winter events, ter events, we have songs and s’mores we have an eye turned an eye turned to were available in summer. We are to summer. the barn. It was very excited to be a beautiful afternoon at the camp and it was so won- offering online registration beginning derful to have it teeming with people this year, so signing up for camp will during a time when it’s normally a be easier than ever! Visit our Summer little quieter. Bishop Knisely spoke Camp page of the website and follow to the folks gathered in the barn. He the easy steps to register for camp. encouraged us to continue to love and While you’re there, notice that we also support our camp community, and have a system to accept online donareminded us about how important it tions for ECC. We strive to keep our is for us to change the state of Rhode
costs low so that the camp experience is available and accessible for everyone, but that means we rely on ECC’s friends and supporters to help make this ministry possible. Our online system allows for one-time or sustaining donations, and we appreciate gifts in any amount. Finally, we want to invite you to a very exciting event next month. Haley White, one of our ECC counselors, has decided that for her senior project in school she would like to plan a fundraiser for City Camp, our free summer day camp program that runs as an outreach ministry of ECC in the Olneyville section of Providence. On Saturday, March 9th at 6pm please join us at All Saints Church in Providence to hear the Prism of Praise Gospel Choir perform. This is sure to be a moving and joyful concert, and donations will be taken to support one of the most incredible ministries in this diocese. We hope to see you there! Check out ECC's new website
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Good Friday Walk in Tiverton The Rev. John Higginbotham, Holy Trinity Church,Tiverton, RI
ast year on Good Friday over year, and hopefully every year. 50 young people from Tiverton’s 5 churches took turns carry- I’ve long wanted to do a walk in reing a cross to 14 stations mapped membrance of the passion and death out around the town, in an in- of Jesus. I have wanted to be a priest terfaith Good Friday Walk. The from the time I was a small boy, and walk began and ended at Holy growing up I attended many a Good Friday remembrance of Trinity Church. . the Fourteen Stations The youth led walkers in prayers I know Good Friday of the Cross done in church, but by the time is a solemnity. and reflections at walking the stations of I also know that each station and the cross outdoors bejoy is a sign the event ended came common I was of God’s presence with a luncheon working in the family in our lives. in our parish business, and raising hall for all para family. Good Friday ticipants. All of Tiverton’s clergy turned out for from noon to 3PM was a work day. the walk, along with many adults I often thought that if I were ever a from area churches and beyond. priest, I would do a Stations of the Cross in whatever town I found myThe event was a great success. self. Well, that opportunity came, that A Good Friday Walk had never church was Holy Trinity and that town been done before in Tiverton, was Tiverton, RI. but we plan to do it again this
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The Good Friday Walk came out of the love and support of more than Holy Trinity, though. When I came to Holy Trinity Church the Rev. Paul Koumerian, who had been rector at the church for 15 years, put me in touch with the local clergy interfaith group. We met most Friday mornings for coffee, half an English muffin and lots of great conversation at the Amicable Congregational Church on Main Road in Tiverton. The Good Friday walk came out of the love and support of this interfaith group. There I met the ring leader and longtime Congregational Minister at Amicable, the Rev. William Sterrett. I also met clergy from other UCC churches, the Old Stone Baptist Church, the Roman Catholic Churches and a number of retired clergy. This group became a great support group for me. As a newly ordained priest who knew nothing about Tiverton or the churches in the area, they became a valuable resource for ideas I had for Holy Trinity Church and the community. I know Good Friday is a solemnity. I also know that joy is a sign of God’s presence in our lives. Everyone felt that joy and that presence of the Holy Spirit.
2013 Participants St. Stephen’s, Providence St. Augustine’s at URI St. Paul’s, Wickford Epiphany, Rumford St. Mary’s Portsmouth Trinity, Newport Emmanuel, Newport St. Mark’s, Warwick Transfiguration, Cranston Redeemer, Providence Holy Spirit, Charlestown St. Peter’s, Narragansett
Ashes to Go 2013
On Ash Wednesday in 2012, a handful of lay people and clergy from congregations in the Diocese of Rhode Island did something new: we took ashes outside of our church buildings and offered them to people on the streets. Of all the days in the Church’s year, we thought, Ash Wednesday is a day when God’s love and mercy meet people wherever they might be, whatever their connection to church or God has been.
By the Rev. Edmund Harris
ashes. The following Sunday, many of the congregations who had participated saw a surge in visitors and newcomers. One woman, who has since joined the Episcopal Church, said she saw us on the news and knew she “wanted to be part of a church that did something like that.”
Seeking to embody this, we stood at bus depots, train stations and even at the airport, imposing ashes on people’s foreheads and offering prayers. When people asked about who we were and what would compel us to stand out in the cold for hours, we told them about the Episcopal Church and invited them to come on Sunday.
This year it is happening again! This Ash Wednesday, Bishop Knisely coordinated with Church Beyond the Walls, an emerging ministry of Church of the Epiphany in East Providence to invite every congregation in the Diocese to join in taking ashes out into their local communities. To help equip congregations to participate, Church Beyond the Walls hosted an orientation at Epiphany on February 7 to help people prepare for the experience.
We’d been inspired by a similar program in the Diocese of Chicago called “Ashes to Go.” Although it turned out to be an incredibly simple, easily organized event, it made a huge impact on both those who offered and received
If your church accepted the invitation to participate, we’d love to hear your stories. Where did your congregation offer ashes in your local community? Where did you find the people in your community who are not coming to
church on Ash Wednesday? In coffee shops? Waiting on train platforms? Hanging out on park benches? Dropping their kids off at school? We’d love to hear how your encounters on Ash Wednesday changed others, yourself, even your whole congregation. If you have a story or photos to share, please send it to The Rev. Edmund Harris, Church Beyond the Walls Priest and Lead Organizer 434-5012 #14. For online Ashes to Go resources, visit http://ashestogo.org. To learn more about Church Beyond the Walls and how you or your congregation can get involved, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/pages/Church-Beyond-theWalls/265951900106983
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Same Sex Blessings
Task Force Update
By The Rev. Dcn. Jan Grinnell, Chair ishop Knisely appointed a task force to assist him in preparing guidelines for the use of the Same Sex Blessing liturgy that was approved at the 2012 General Convention. The committee was convened on January 14, 2013, and has been meeting weekly. Members of the Task Force include, Chair – The Ven. Janice Grinnell, Sue Hurn, Karen Whalen-Berry, The Rev. David Dobbins, The Rev. Edmund Harris, The Rev. John Pallard, The Rev. Joyce Penfield, and The Rev. Timothy Rich.
The Rev. Pam Mott Accepts call to join Western Mass Diocesan Staff The Rev. Pamela Mott has been called by the new bishop of Western Massachusetts to serve as one of two members of the Bishop’s Executive Staff. Mott has served as the rector of St. Mary’s since October 2004. She led the parish through several significant changes, the more visible being the construction of their recently completed new parish hall. Bishop Fisher has known Mott since 2001 when he was called as the rector of Grace Church, Millbrook , New York where she served as the assistant priest several years prior to his arrival. “I heard numerous stories of Pam's compassion, abundant pastoral skills and imaginative development of a family service that packed the church.” Mott will work as a team with The Rev. Rich Simpson. Their duties will include congregational development, campus ministry, pastoral care of the clergy, urban minis-
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try, collaboration among churches and social agencies, working with the deployment staff person, social justice and prophetic leadership, ecumenical relationships, oversight of our Missioners, support for our missionaries, visions of a new church, strategic planning, development of lay ministry, use of new forms of communication to convey the Gospel and a commitment to prayer. In a letter to the parish Mott wrote, “I was not looking for a new call and was excited to see what would unfold at St. Mary’s with a new building, the market, an unfolding strategic plan and other initiatives. I have spent months pondering this offer and have come to believe that this new adventure is a call from God.” Mott’s last Sunday will be in May to enable her to complete the school year at St. George’s where she is serving as the interim chaplain. St Mary’s will be embarking on a search for a new rector while Mott completes her time with them.
The objective of the committee is to provide the bishop with guidelines that he can review, modify, and approve for distribution to the Diocese. They hope to provide a draft by the end of February. The document will provide direction and assistance in implementing Resolution A049 which approved a liturgy for use in blessing same sex relationships in accordance with RI law and Canon law. It will include specific guidelines, standards, and policies applicable to the blessing and performance of civil unions. The task force is using Resolution A049, resource material from the National Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music, as well as documents from Province 1 and from other dioceses as input to the final document. Research is also being performed to understand the Rhode Island law for Civil Unions. The task force is sensitive to the issue of same-sex marriage that is currently being addressed in the Rhode Island legislature. It is expected that if this law is passed, that the current guidelines will be modified to include this option in the Same Sex Blessing Liturgy.
2 AROUND THE DIOCESE
1 The Diocesan Staff Christmas Party
at May House 1/4 2 ECC Gearing up for winter camp over February Vacation 3 Wine and cheese at the Episcopal Charities Gala on 1/24 4 The Rev. Cn. Linda L. Grenz and The Rev. Meaghan Kelly get silly at the Diocesn Staff Christmas Party
7 AND MORE
5 50 Diocesan Youth at Night-
watch at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC 1/26 6 Bishop Knisely at the ECC Open House laughing with ECC Marketing Manager Sara Clarke 1/13 7 Hay rides at
the ECC Open House. Over 200 attended on 1/13.
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was then used to divide needed work into a three tier priority list. St. Peter’s hopes to “truly honor our past and embrace our future” by addressing every item in each tier, but if they raise less than the full amount of money needed they will proceed with projects as close to the priority list as possible. In early January work began on the first few items, and they say “It is our fervent hope that through the generosity of everyone who loves our church — both the historic and the living stones — we will continue the legacy of faithfulness at the corner of Caswell and Central Streets.” Follow “The Living Stones Campaign” photo updates on their facebook page.
Living Stones at St. Peter’s by the Sea
By Ruth Meteer
ach week the congrega- They are calling their effort to address tion of St. Peter’s-by- these needs “The Living Stones Camthe-sea gathers in a mag- paign,” based on a letter their patron nificent 140 year old space, to saint wrote to the early church. In his worship and praise God. As with epistle, St. Peter encourages Christians many of Rhode Island’s historic to think of themselves as “living stones” churches, the and to build themselves building is a gift into a spiritual house. to tend not only built by the genSt. Peter’s accepts this to the historic stones erosity and vision challenge and has built of our beautiful church, a campaign around the of past generabut also to tions. It also can invocation “to tend the spiritual house not only to the historic be seen as a burcreated by the faith, stones of our beautiful den. Beautiful old witness and sacrifice church, but also to the buildings need of all our ‘living stones. spiritual house created special care, especially with New by the faith, witness England’s harsh winters and 21st and sacrifice of all our ‘living stones.’” century safety and accessibility To accomplish this St. Peter’s concodes to keep up with. ducted a Feasibility Study, in which St. Peter’s by the sea chooses to over 100 parishioners identified their see this as not a burden but as a priorities. The feedback from the study sacred responsibility and trust. RISEN Winter 2013
Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of our beautiful and holy church, and for the generosity and sacrifice of so many Christians who passed along this treasure to us. Inspire us today in our own efforts to preserve these historic stones, that future generations would count themselves blessed. Help us also to renew the living stones of the Church, that our lives and labor will make known the glory of your kingdom. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.
Journey to Easter with Bishop Knisely By The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz
Bishop Knisely invites you to join him on a journey to Easter by reading and reflecting on the life of Christ according to Luke, and the story of the early Christian community as recorded in the book of Acts (see page 4). The following pages will give you background information about these two books of the Bible, practical tools you can use in your reflections either personally or with a group, and what you might encourage your congregation to do to participate . Bishop Knisely will be writing daily at www.episcopalri.org where you can read and respond to him.
Author and Audience probably commissioned the combined work of Luke-Acts. Luke reports that he has carefully researched everything and he covers the story from Jesus, through the founding of the church and the spread of Christianity through Paul’s missionary efforts. His account is the first attempt to write a comprehensive history of the Christian stoLuke is also the author ry from the perspective of someone inside of the book of Acts. the Christian movement.
The Gospel of Luke is the gospel most clearly written for a Gentile (non Jewish) audience. Tradition says that author of Luke was a physician although there is no reliable evidence to prove that. It is likely that he was a companion of Paul as identified in Colossians 4:14.
We assume that he was educated, as his Greek is of the highest quality of anything in the New Testament. His Gospel is a wellIn fact, The Gospel of Luke has many similarities crafted literary work, like a novel in the most scholars assume to the Gospel of Matthew and follows the Greek tradition of the time and it is likely that he was writing for a cultured, predom- this is a two-volume set chronology of the older Gospel of Mark. But about a third of it is unique to the Gosinantly Greek audience. Scholars believe that was intended pel of Luke including the popular stories of that he lived in one of the Greek cities such to be read the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan as Antioch or in one of the cities of Asia as a single work. which are only found in Luke. Luke is also Minor, such as Ephesus or Smyrna. We can the only gospel that presents the Last Supinfer that the author knew the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Jewish scriptures) very well. per as a liturgy to be repeated, much as Paul describes it, The author may have been named Luke or may have written rather than describing it merely as the traditional Passover under the name of Luke—a common practice of the day. feast observed by all faithful Jews of the time. For convenience, we generally refer to the author as Luke. The Gospel of Luke focuses on women more than the other Luke is also the author of the book of Acts. In fact, most gospels. It is the only gospel that includes the annunciation scholars assume this is a two-volume set that was intended of the birth of Jesus to Mary and includes extensive writing to be read as a single work. Luke sets forth his task at the about Elizabeth. It also features more women among Jesus’ beginning of the Gospel. He is writing for Theophilus, who followers such as Mary Magdalene, Martha and Mary of Bethany.
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Luke’s View of Jesus Both Luke and Matthew start with a genealogy. Matthew’s genealogy goes back through King David to Abraham, which emphasizes Jesus’ Jewish heritage for Matthew’s Jewish audience. Luke’s genealogy goes back to Adam, which frames his Gospel for a broader audience and establishes a framework for a universal salvation rather than portraying this as the story of just the Jews. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is portrayed as a powerful, divine figure on one hand and as a philosophic teacher and martyr on the other hand. In Luke, Jesus begins his ministry as a Hebrew prophet, quoting the prophet Isaiah and establishing himself as a liberator. The miracle stories portray him as a healer and savior. Throughout the Gospel, he often functions as a teacher, much like classic Greek philosopher, Socrates. He is dispassionate, reasonable and while sometimes critical of society, he is mostly concerned about how his teaching impacts society. Unlike the other Gospels, he isn’t a rebel—he’s more of a social reformer, teacher and philosopher. In other words, a good member of the Greco-Roman world that Luke inhabits. In this Gospel, Jesus dies a martyr’s death. He is stoic—no dramatic “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Rather he commends his spirit to God, as any pious martyr would do. In Luke, Pilate isn’t the bad guy and Jesus is more of an annoyance to him than a political enemy. Pilate tries to get rid of Jesus by sending him to Herod to deal with. Luke puts more of the responsibility for Jesus’ death on the Jews. He
is writing to a predominantly Greek audience and probably is trying to present Christianity as acceptable to the Roman government, so he softens the role of the Roman authorities and heightens the role of the Jewish leaders. This antagonism towards Judaism reflects the movement of the early Christians away from being a Jewish sect to becoming a separate faith. It is now Christians telling the Christian story, not Jews telling a Jewish story.
Purpose and tone of Luke The Gospel of Luke, being written primarily for a Gentile audience, is trying to address the question of whether a good citizen of the Greco-Roman world can also be a good Christian. The Jews were always firmly set against the Romans, who were their conquerors and oppressors. But this gospel is written to Gentile citizens, so it seeks to convince them that they can be both good citizens and Christians. One of the other differences is the tone of this gospel. It is characterized by joy. Winter 2013 / RISEN
The story of the birth of Jesus is announced by angels as “good news for you which will bring great joy to all the people” after which they sing joyfully. The disciples are sent forth and return jubilant, because the fruits of their ministry exceeded their expectations. When Jesus healed the bent-over woman, the people “were rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.” (Luke 13:17). And unlike the Gospel of Mark, which ends with a sense of abandonment, the Gospel of Luke ends with a victorious account of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.
other to the point of sharing all that they had with each other. Initially Peter and the other apostles preach to Jews, who make up the majority of early converts. The spread of Christianity exacerbates the tensions between the Romans and the Jews and creates new conflicts between orthodox Jews and the Jews who are following these new and unconventional beliefs and practices. Persecutions against the converts begin to increase, led both by the Roman authorities and orthodox Jews.
The extension of the gospel message to Gentiles begins gradually with Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8: 26-40) and Peter’s dream about clean and unclean animals (Acts 10) through which God directs him The literary genre of “Acts” was comto accept and baptize Gentiles. But the mon—it records the great deeds of peoprimary advocate for the evangelization of Often known as ple or cities. Often known as Acts of the gentiles is Paul, who converts from being Acts of the Apostles, Apostles, this book is an account of how one of those Jews prosecuting Christian this book the disciples and followers of Jesus became converts to becoming the driving forces the apostles, evangelists and practitioners is an account behind the spread of the Christian faith. of the early Christian movement that ulof how the disciples The first major church convention is the timately became what we now know of as Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15) where Paul and followers of Jesus “the church.” While it is called the Acts meets with the Apostles and makes the became the apostles, of the Apostles, the book really focuses case for the inclusion of Gentiles. The relargely on Peter (chapters 1-12) and Paul sulting “Apostolic Decree” allows Gentile (chapters 13-28). Within that structure, men to join the faith without having to the book contains a series of reports on how the Christian undergo circumcision while upholding some of the Jewish faith impacts a series of cities or regions beginning with dietary and behavioral laws. This is, however, the point at Jerusalem then progressing through Judea, Samaria, Syria, which Christianity becomes a universal faith rather than a Asia Minor, Europe and finally, Rome. subset of the Jewish faith.
The Acts of the Apostles
The book begins with an account of the Pentecost event and how the early Christians lived and worshipped. At this point, the Christian community is small, very close to each
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The universality of the faith is the central theme of the Book of Acts. The idea that the teachings of Jesus and salvation were for all people was the most radical change incorpo-
rated by the early Christian community. The last chapter ends with Paul saying “Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!" (Acts 28:28).
Other themes In addition to the universality of the faith, the Holy Spirit is a dominant theme throughout the book. In addition to the Pentecost experience, the Holy Spirit is described as guiding the decisions and actions of the community and “fills” the apostles when they preach or heal. A parallel theme is that of prayer, which is emphasized in both Luke and Acts. The Believers Prayer in Acts 4:23-31 and the prayer of Stephen as he dies (Acts 7:59-60) are two key examples. The apostles appointed deacons to care for the widows, orphans and poor so they could devote themselves to prayer and to serving the word (Acts 6:4). Both Luke and Acts lift up the oppressed, the poor, and women. The appointment of deacons to care for widows and orphans is just one example. Others include collecting funds to help the congregation in Jerusalem when they faced difficult times and healing ministries of the apostles. The fact that women are mentioned by name (Lydia, Pricilla, etc.) is unusual and indicates that they were involved in the life of the early church. For example, Pricilla and her husband, Acquila, lived, worked and traveled with Paul in spreading the word about Jesus. Finally, Acts records a remarkable number of speeches and sermons—24 in all, which cover almost a third of the book. The speeches often include a full text and some have argued that they are the composition of the writer of Acts rather than the presumed speaker. While it is unlikely that anyone could record a speech verbatim, the writer seeks to present the essence of what Peter, Paul or the other speakers said at the time. It is interesting to note that this author does not seem to know about Paul’s letters as he does not quote from them or make any reference to them. The book traces Paul’s multiple missionary journeys and records how he established Christian communities in the cities he visited. He often lived in a city for a time, earning his living as a tent-maker. He and other early Christian faced beatings, harassment and imprisonment. Ultimately, Paul is arrested and sent to Rome where the book ends rather abruptly, perhaps indicating that the author intended to write another volume.
t is well known that most people in the early church didn’t read, that books were not available to the public and that manuscripts were memorized for public recitation. What most of us don’t remember is that books were not generally available until after the invention of the printing press in 1450. The ancient world was an oral culture and literature was conveyed by speaking, not reading. People memorized and recited long passages. For example, Homer’s poem, The Iliad, has 15,693 lines (about 600 pages) and takes hours to recite. While there were some privileged few who read alone and silently, almost all reading was done aloud for an audience. The Bible is a series of compositions that were composed for performance for audiences rather than a book of manuscripts meant to be read by readers.
Biblical storytelling is a spiritual discipline that entails the lively expression, interpretation and animation of a narrative text of scripture One way to recapture the Biblical story is to literally tell the story. Doing so requires memorizing the story and learning how to tell it so it is told as a story, rather than recited as a reading. The Network of Biblical Storytellers (http://www.nbsint.org/resources) has an online video and other resources to help you learn how to do that. They also sell a DVD: How to Learn and Tell a Biblical Story ($22.50; http://www.nbsint.org/store). Your congregation may already have people who have natural skill or theatrical experience and are willing to learn and tell a story during worship or Bible study. You might want to start with a small group until you have some experience and then tell one of the lessons of the day at worship. Biblical storytelling is a spiritual discipline that entails the lively expression, interpretation and animation of a narrative text of scripture that has first been deeply internalize and then is remembranced, embodied, breathed and voiced by a teller/performer as a sacred event in community with an audience/congregation. Winter 2013 / RISEN
The H oly Bible
in the Episcopal Ch urch By The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz
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s Bishop Knisely mentioned in his article, a recent Barna survey identified the most and least “Bibleminded Cities” in the United States, and in a survey of 96 cities—Providence-Bedford came in dead last! So we have lots of work to do. But what does the study mean by Bible-minded? “Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. This definition captures action and attitude—those who both engage and esteem the Christian scriptures.” The Episcopal Church is a very biblical church. An Episcopalian is most likely to hear Scripture within the context of the Eucharist where three lessons and a Psalm are read and where most of the other parts of the liturgy are either based on Scripture or are direct quotes. So Episcopalians who attend worship regularly tend to hear more Scripture than members of most other denominations. The fact that the Scriptures are read in worship does not, however, mean that we hear them, much less engage them at a deep level. Our bishop’s invitation to read Luke-Acts with him this Lent encourages us to do more than just listen to the reading of Scripture. We are invited to engage in a dialogue with the Scriptures and with each other. This is important—and challenging work. As Verna Dozier, a prominent 21st Century Episcopalian Theologian said: “Studying the Bible is hard work. It takes the commitment of a lifetime. No work, however, is more important for the laos, the People of God. The Bible recalls our past, undergirds our present, and shapes our future.” (Equipping the Saints 1) There are many ways to study the Bible. One free, downloadable resource is “In Dialogue with Scripture” available from Leader Resources. You can find it at http://leaderresources.org/sites/default/files/In_Dialogue_with_Scripture. pdf ). It includes five articles about studying the Scriptures and nineteen different methods for use in group study. One example of a group study method from “In Dialogue” is provided to the right.
THE QUESTI ONS METH OD 1. Set up the room with chairs in a circle leaving one chair empty. Ask someone to read the passage. 2. Invite participants to imagine that they have never heard this passage before and they know nothing about the Bible or Christianity. Ask them to take a few minutes to write down all the questions that come to mind. In particular, ask them to identify what strikes them as crazy or odd; what doesn't make sense or what doesn't seem to fit. 3. Go around the circle and ask each person to add one question to the list until all the questions have been written on newsprint (or have each person add others' questions to their own list). 4. Identify which question(s) are most burning or would need to be addressed first. If you have a nonChristian inquirer present, rejoice and invite that person to identify the questions. If you do not have an inquirer, ask the group to imagine that someone who is not a Christian is sitting in the empty chair. What do you imagine that person would want addressed first? 5. Take each question you have identified and go around the circle inviting each person to say how he or she would respond to that question from a non-Christian. Consult concordances if needed. After each round of responses, invite anyone who wishes to take the nonChristian role temporarily to ask for clarification or ask additional questions. Then move on to the next question. 6. After the group has responded to all or most of the questions identified, invite someone to read the passage again. 7. Ask participants to reflect in silence and then say what they believe God, in this passage, is saying to them and their community. Close the group meeting with prayer. Winter 2013 / RISEN
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Ho Cross Buns U An Easter Invitation
have to confess: I love hot cross buns! The soft slightly sweet dough dotted with small currants or raisins with just a wiff of spices all topped with a white icing cross evokes a response in me. They remind me the joy of entering the neighborhood bakery with my mother, smelling the familiar aromas and seeing the beautiful buns with their pristine white crosses just waiting for me!
nion wafer. Protestant England attempted to ban the sale of the buns by bakers but they were too popular, and instead Elizabeth I passed a law permitting bakeries to sell them, but only at Easter and Christmas. English Bread and Yeast Cookery, Elizabeth David [Penguin Books:Middlesex UK] 1979 (p. 473-5)
The actual name ‘hot cross bun’ did not emerge until the I also recall sitting quietly at my grandmother’s kitchen table 1700s in England and has been immortalized a nursery licking the icing from a hot cross bun while she served af- rhyme which you may recall (see center). ternoon tea to her friends and neighbors in the living room. The fact that these wonderful treats were only available dur- So our much beloved hot cross buns have been a custom ing the week preceding Easter made them all the more de- kept for centuries as part of our preparation for Easter. lightful. I don’t remember a time when hot cross buns were Now, here is a modern day twist: not part of my Lenten experience; perhaps it is the same In Manchester, England, a few years back, the hot cross for you. Just seeing them recalls bun emerged as a way in which church the comfort of sharing time with members could get out of the church friends and neighbors as we preHot cross buns! and serve their neighbors – known and pared for Easter. Hot cross buns! unknown. Each day in Holy Week,
As you can see, I am hooked on One ha' penny, two ha' penny, members of the church stood on a busy sidewalk and gave coffee and hot cross Hot cross buns! hot cross buns, enough so that buns to those who passed by on their If you have no daughters, I did a little research to discover way to the train station. They also inGive them to your sons how and why these delightful cluded a short leaflet on Easter and one One ha' penny, treats became a custom passed that explained why they were doing down generation to generation. Two ha' penny, this. Their encounters enabled them Historians tell us that the pagans Hot cross buns. to talk briefly to those who received ate small loaves with crosses at the their gifts of coffee and buns but the time of the Spring festival which impact did not end with those conversations. The members was adopted by Christians in several cultures for consumpthemselves learned that they could start to do evangelism by tion on Good Friday with the cross depicting Christ’s crusimply saying, ‘would you like some coffee and a hot cross cifixion. bun?’ From Father Francis Weiser in Handbook of Christian As we enter Lent this year, perhaps there are some at your Feasts and Customs pg. 208 church who might want to try to connect with neighbors "It was a universal custom (and still is in Catholic using hot cross buns! Imagine if a small group were to comcountries) to mark a new loaf of bread with the sign mit to hit the sidewalks of your community even for an of the cross before cutting it, in order to bless it and hour or two in Holy Week, to share the warmth of coffee thank God for it. On special occasions the cross and hot cross buns and the warmth of friendship with your was imprinted on the loaf before baking, as on the neighbors. If you’re very ambitious, you might even invite Christmas loaves in southern France and in Greece, a few of your fine bakers – and every church has those – to the Kreuzstollen (cross loaf ) in Germany, the cross make the hot cross buns or better yet, to teach others in bread of Mid-Lent among the Slavs. On Good Frithe church to do so. This has all the makings of a fun inday, loaves bearing an imprinted cross (Karfreitatergenerational project, sharing the gift of baking with our glaib) are eaten in Austria. In England, from the end younger members who then can take to the streets with the of the fourteenth century, buns were baked with a warm buns and coffee! cross marked on them. They are said to have originatFor those who have never baked hot cross buns (and that ed at Saint Alban's Abbey in 1361, where the monks includes me), I’m including two recipes I have found, one distributed them to the poor. " a more traditional yeast dough and one made more like a However, according to food historian Elizabeth David, the scone. Since yeast and I do not get along, I’ve tried the the buns were seen by Protestant English monarchs as a danger- scone version and it is delicious, especially dunked in coffee! ous hold over of Catholic belief in England, being baked Hot Cross Bun Recipes from the consecrated dough used in making the commu-
Quick & Easy Hot Cross Buns
1 cup whole wheat flour (white flour can be used) 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 1 tbsp. shortening (or butter) 1 tbsp. honey ½ tsp. cinnamon ¼ cup raisins 1/3 cup milk Flickr Creative Commons License http://www.flickr.com/photos/citrusandcandy/4469188869/sizes/o/in/photostream/
¼ tsp. vanilla
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Cut in the shortening with a fork until it looks like coarse crumbs. Add the honey, cinnamon and raisins and toss lightly. Make a well in the middle and pour in the milk all at once. Stir it around quickly with a fork and form a ball. 2. Divide the ball into 6 small ones. Grease a baking sheet and place the 6 balls on it, about 2 inches apart. With a knife cut a deep cross through the top of each ball. Bake them at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 3. When the rolls are slightly cool, dribble the frosting mixture of confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla over each Recipe from: http://www.cooks.com/rec/ view/0,164,132179-252197,00.html
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Traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns 5 cups all purpose flour, divided 2 pkg active dry yeast 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 1/4 cups milk 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cup currants or raisins 1/3 cup candied orange peel 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons water
Combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, heat milk and butter to very warm (125°F). Add to flour. Beat on medium speed of mixer for 1 minute. Add eggs. Beat another minute. Stir in currants, orange peel and enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding additional flour as needed. Try not to add too much flour; dough can be slightly sticky to the touch. (Put oil on your hands to prevent sticking if necessary.) Place in a buttered bowl, turning to butter top. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down dough; turn onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half; divide each half into 9 pieces. Form each piece into a smooth round ball. Place balls of dough in two buttered 8-inch square baking pans. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Brush lightly with egg yolk mixture. Bake rolls in preheated 375°F degree oven, 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from pans.Cool on a wire rack. Drizzle frosting (see below) across the top of each bun in the shape of a cross. Makes 18 buns.
Cream Cheese Frosting: 3 oz cream cheese, softened 1 c confectioner’s sugar 1 tsp milk Beat cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add up to 1 teaspoon of milk or just enough so that the frosting is a good consistency for drizzling. (If it becomes too watery, add more sugar) Recipe from: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,164,132179-252197,00.html
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a conciliator is appointed to lead Communion in a dual role, he also will become primate of all england, the “first bishop” of the Church of england. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who confirmed on ishop Justin Welby of Durham, a former oil executive who emerged in the Church of england as a critic of nov. 9 that Queen elizabeth ii had made the appointment corporate excess, becomes the 105th archbishop of upon recommendation of the church’s nominating commisCanterbury and leader of the anglican Communion sion, ended weeks of speculation about who would succeed when he is installed in a legal ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral, archbishop rowan Williams. Williams plans to return to academia at Cambridge unilondon, in February. versity after 10 turbulent years as the leader of the anglican Communion, whose unity became increasingly weakened by growing divisions and defections. Welby, 56, who said in an interview in a British financial newspaper in September that he was unable to escape “a sense of God calling,” has had what some have described as a meteoric rise in the Church of england. after 11 years in the oil industry in Paris and london, he trained for the ministry at St. John’s College Durham and was ordained in 1992. Since then he has risen rapidly in responsibility from vicar to parish rector, canon residenitiary at Coventry Cathedral, dean of liverpool and, last year, bishop of Durham. Welby was chosen over three others considered by Photo/RNS/Durham Cathedral the church’s nominating Bishop Justin Welby knocks at the doors of Durham Cathedral during his installation By Episcopal Journal
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commission — uganda-born archbishop John Sentamu of york, Bishop Graham Jones of norwich and Bishop richard Chartres of london. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Welby brings to his position a knowledge of the immense challenges of the world in which the anglican Communion seeks to be a partner and to bring healing and reconciliation. “He has experience of churches in several parts of the communion, which should serve him well,” she said. Welby attended an episcopal House of Bishops meeting earlier this year and was at the church’s General Convention in los angeles in 2009. “i give thanks for his appointment and his willingness to accept this work in which i know his gifts of reconciliation and discernment will be abundantly tested,” the presiding bishop said. at a news conference, the archbishopto-be stressed his role within the Church of england and said he is “utterly optimistic” about the future of that church. Bishop Shannon Johnston of the Diocese of Virginia, which has a companionship relationship with the Diocese of liverpool, said Welby is a conciliator who will be able to hold the communion together. “He and i differ on the question of the blessing of same-sex unions,” Johnston told the New York Times, “but that has enriched and deepened our relationship and our engagement with one another.” He also praised Welby’s skill in personal and ecclesial diplomacy. President of the House of Deputies
the rev. Gay Clark Jennings told Episcopal News Service that she has left every international gathering of anglicans with the same conviction: most people in the anglican Communion are eager “to work together for the sake of the Gospel, whatever our difference over specific theological points. “We need an archbishop of Canterbury who wants to facilitate that cooperation and encourage the partnerships that are waiting to be born,” Jennings said. in a statement, the rev. lowell Grisham, co-convener of the Chicago Consultation, a group of episcopal and anglican bishops, clergy and lay people who support the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in the episcopal Church and the worldwide anglican Communion, praised the selection of the new archbishop. “Bishop Welby is known for his pragmatic approach to conflict resolution and his personal courage as an agent of reconciliation. We pray that these qualities will guide his tenure as archbishop and help foster the relationships based in mission that are the essence of the anglican Communion,” the statement said. “We are heartened that archbishopelect Welby decried homophobia in his opening press conference, and we hope that he will listen with an open heart to the voices of the millions of faithful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians across the anglican Communion.” Welby’s background in business and finance and his opposition to same-sex marriage make him popular with conservatives within the Church of england
and with the evangelical anglican provinces of africa and asia, Religion News Service reported. His work as a peace negotiator on Williams’ behalf has won him the respect of Muslim and Jewish leaders. “One of his many roles will be continuing the interfaith work of his predecessor and advancing the special connection between believers,” said rabbi Jonathan romain, a spokesperson for Britain’s liberal reform Jewish movement. “The more multi-faith Britain becomes, the more such work is needed, and he has already distinguished himself in this area.” american-born Christina rees, a leading member of the General Synod and the archbishops’ Council, said that while Welby takes a traditional approach on same-sex marriage, he is nonetheless flexible and prepared to change his mind to do the right thing. “He’s known to be a visionary and strategic leader, and he is prepared to take risks and is extremely astute,” she said. last March, when Williams announced his plan to step down, he said his successor would need “the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros.” a highly respected theologian, scholar and poet, Williams found his role difficult in both the Church of england and the anglican Communion as its members fought over the position and inclusion of gays and women in the church. “not everybody in the anglican Communion or even the Church of england is eager to avoid schism or separation,” he once warned. n
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Three years later, many Haitians still in tent cities Joseph Constant and Rosemari Sullivan Episcopal News Service
n minutes, Haiti was forever changed when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. nearly 300,000 people lost their lives, hundreds of thousands were injured and the property loss was inconceivable. all major institutions in Port-au-Prince were destroyed or damaged, including the national Palace, historic art treasures and Holy trinity Cathedral, the episcopal Church’s national cathedral that was constructed in 1929. Three years later, the devastation is often more visible than the progress that has been made. Haiti was not without its challenges before the earthquake. Considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti suffers from unemployment, extreme poverty and lack of access to basic needs — education, health care and food. add a devastating earthquake to this mix, and the challenges seem so overwhelming. and yet, whenever we visit Haiti, we are constantly reminded of the spirit of our brothers and sisters and their faith that gives them hope. recently, we worshipped with parishioners at St. Peter’s episcopal Church in Mirebalais in a service that continued for more than three hours. it was filled with heartfelt prayers, choirs of all ages who filled the church with music, a moving sermon and Holy Communion. God was so present in our time together. This faith, this deep conviction, is what continues to fill Haitians with hope for a new day. at last, three years later, there are signs of progress. The reality on the ground is that much has been and is being done. new roads connect communities. Schools have been opened in all kinds of existing structures, and new buildings are under construction. Health care continues to benefit from Partners in Health’s efforts, and a new state-of-the-art, 320-bed teaching hospital has opened in Mirebalais, less than 30 miles from Port-au-Prince. But while there are small signs of progress, the work has really just begun. The episcopal Church in Haiti has a long history of mission. For over 150
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A tent city in Marassa, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, three years after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. More than 360,000 people throughout Haiti are still living under tarps, including about 5,000 inhabitants of these makeshift camps northeast of Marassa. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori visited the country at the invitation of Haitian Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin and preached at the site of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince at the earthquake commemoration on Jan. 12. The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Haiti have announced the selection of a team of Arlington, Va., architects to design a new cathedral to replace the one destroyed in the earthquake.
years, it has been a leader in education and health services. today, more than 80,000 children receive education and training from the schools associated with the episcopal Church. The church has been a leading provider of health care, operating three major hospitals and a network of health clinics. The episcopal Church has been working to support its partners in Haiti, and through episcopal relief & Development, it is responding to immediate needs for clean water, temporary housing and employment. as important as responding to these needs, so too is the need to support spiritual and cultural services for Haitians. Holy trinity Cathedral has been one of these centers, a primary gathering place. Before the earthquake, institutions affiliated with the cathedral included a primary and secondary school, a convent, and a music school that housed the country’s only philharmonic orchestra. Holy trinity Cathedral housed what was once
one of the largest organs in the Caribbean. The murals of biblical stories in Haitian motifs on its walls were painted in the 1950s by some of Haiti’s foremost artists. after the earthquake, rebuilding this institution was of significant importance to Haitians of all faiths, and the episcopal Church has committed itself to this effort. recently, the episcopal Church and the Diocese of Haiti announced the selection of Kerns Group architects of arlington, Va., to design the new cathedral, which will incorporate the three surviving murals. it will take years to recover from both the emotional and physical turmoil of the earthquake. Haitians are eager to move beyond the tent cities that have stayed far too long. They are eager to rebuild their country through sustainable ways. and as much as we need to provide access to clean water and food, we also need to continue to look beyond the immediate horizon to more permanent development. n
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encouraging relationships is key for deputies’ president administration. The task force’s report will be given to the next General Convention in 2015. “The leadership of the church needs to look more like the kingdom of God and less like a parish directory of the 1950s,” Jennings said, describing the need to restructure. “For those of us who feel wistful for the overflowing Sunday Schools and worship services of the 1950s, that can be hard to hear. “nothing — no structure task force, no evangelism campaign, no mission ini-
leaders, people of color and other people who haven’t always been at the table. “i have strong relationships with t last year’s anglican Consultamany bishops, and i am absolutely comtive Council meeting in new mitted to making the House of Deputies’ Zealand, the new president relationship with the House of Bishops of the House of Deputies said better. i will try to be working toward the a lay church member from Singapore kingdom of God all the time, and i want whom she met seemed well informed all of us there together. about developments in the united States. “i dream of a church in which, when “But when he asked me about my the Holy Spirit asks us to roll up our role as president of the House of Depusleeves and get to work, we do it,” she ties, he could not believe what i told said. him,” the rev. Gay Jennings told parin looking forward, Jennings ticipants at a recent gathering in said she is heartened by some St. louis of members of all the factors that create our “Dna as episcopal Church’s commissions, episcopalians,” including: committees, agencies and boards • a process of shared decision (CCaBs). making that includes clergy and “Clergy and laypeople voting laity; to make decisions in the church? • a history of a church that, Scores of lay and clergy volunteers in the words of the late Presiding appointed to official church comBishop John Hines, takes its place missions and committees with the “humbly and boldly alongside approval of bishops? This could of, and in support of, the disposnot be,” she recalled him saying. sessed and oppressed peoples of Jennings, who became the first this country for the healing of our woman priest to head the House national life”; of Deputies upon her election last • a 1976 decision to change summer, said she wished he could the canons governing ordination see the episcopal leaders she was Photo/Dick Snyder addressing. “you all — bishops, The Rev. Gay Jennings, the first woman priest to serve to make them equally applicable clergy and laypeople together — as president of the House of Deputies, at a recent meet- to men and women; • a call by former Presiding form the youngest and most di- ing of Executive Council. Bishop edmond Browning “that verse group of appointed leaders” tiative — is going to save the episcopal there will be no outcasts,” which has reever to serve in those roles, she said. Of those appointed to leadership Church that those of us over age 50 re- verberated throughout the church in a positions on the CCaBs by Jennings member from our childhoods. But doing variety of ways; • a move toward full inclusion of and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts all of those things and more in new ways Schori, 37 percent are age 40 or under, will allow us to create a new episcopal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered episcopalians at all levels of the church’s and nearly half are age 50 and under. Church,” she continued. “We are also setting out to do our governance and ministry. two-thirds of them will be serving on a “i believe that the episcopal Church CCaB for the first time, Jennings added. work in the face of shrinking budgets,” During the conference, Jennings Jennings said, alluding to the decline in longs to be transfigured — changed sponsored a “tweetup,” giving those the wider church’s budget for the next into the likeness of Jesus — from glory who use twitter an opportunity to meet three years. (The 2012 General Conven- to glory. We need leaders, new and old, one another and talk about how they can tion accepted a three-year budget that is who are ready to bring about the transuse social media to advance episcopal nearly $4 million less than was requested formation that is required for mission for the 2010-12 triennium.) and ministry in the 21st century,” Jenministry. Despite these challenges, Jennings nings said. Jennings admits the church currently “We need to start practicing restrucfaces major challenges. in addition to said she sought the president’s office their responsibility for carrying out busi- because she wants to work with leaders turing right now. We’re called to give up ness as usual, Jennings and Jefferts Schori across the church. “[i want] to change some of our old ways of doing things, have appointed 24 members of a special the way we do business in the next trien- give up some of our power to make room task force to examine current decision- nium. For the episcopal Church in the for new leaders, and give up some of our making bodies and present to the next 21st century, we have to find ways to entrenched positions to see if we can’t just make practicing restructuring look a General Convention a plan that will re- move forward together.” among her goals: “fostering young lot like practicing resurrection.” n form church structure, governance and By Dick Snyder
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n resourCes For lent
Chocolate can lead to a growth in faith and discipleship Journey to easter leaderresources, $29.95 Journey to Easter is a five-session program based upon the 14 Stations of the Cross. it includes original line drawings by Mary Kenny that can be reproduced and used with the program, on bulletin covers or framed as artwork. The program is designed to help participants learn about the Stations of the Cross and how to worship using the Stations. it will help participants understand Jesus’ feelings and experiences on the way to Calvary and identify with the persons — good and bad — who were involved in his Crucifixion.
Know Chocolate for lent By anna l. liechty and Phyllis Vos wezeman leaderresources, $13.95 lent is an appropriate time for reflection and study so that believers comprehend the significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Know Chocolate for Lent offers a thematic approach for communicating the message of lent and easter to children, youth and adults, using the growing of cocoa beans and the manufacturing of chocolate as a metaphor for the growth of faith and discipleship in the Christian life. This resource will help the entire congregation reflect on the significance of the gifts that they often take for granted — the gift of chocolate and the gift of faith. People of all ages can experience the connection between the process that leads to chocolate and the process of becoming a Christian, connecting God’s gift of the rainforest and God’s gift of the church. The book provides the focus for a wide variety of seasonal experiences including creating visuals, decorating worship centers, providing special holiday services, preaching sermons, reading Scripture and sharing children’s messages. it includes adult education sessions, a women’s retreat called “a Chocolate Feast: Celebrating God’s Goodness,” family RISEN devotions and2013 activities. 28 Winter
words of truth—words of life leaderresources, $29.95 The words of Jesus as he hung on the cross are among the most significant ever spoken. During his time of deep suffering and pain, Jesus showed honest emotions — courage, despair, dignity and acceptance. Words of Truth—Words of Life helps the reader explore the meaning of Jesus’ seven last words so that we can be close to him in his experience, and so that his courage and fidelity can give meaning to our lives.
Disciples on the way: 40 Days of lent By Carol Mead Forward Movement, $4 “in Jesus’ earthly life, he taught his followers that discipleship required commitment, sacrifice and a determination to turn the world toward God. Jesus’ message to us is much the same, so we are called to spend this season of lent learning how to serve Christ intentionally, faithfully, and joyfully.” —Carol Mead experience a lenten journey that will prepare you to walk throughout your life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Carol Mead reflects on discipleship and the season in these daily meditations for the 40 days of lent.
Holy week Forward Movement, $3/bundle of 5 Holy Week begins on the day best known as Palm Sunday, though it is also called the Sunday of the Passion. The service begins with the liturgy of the Palms, when the Gospel account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is read. in most congregations, palm fronds or palms folded into crosses are distributed, and the people process into the worship space singing. to enter fully into Christ’s resurrection, Christians must first follow him in his Passion. Observing Holy Week, the week that precedes easter Sunday, is an invitation to do so. This pamphlet explains all of the worship experiences available during Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through tenebrae and Holy Saturday to easter Sunday.
love set Free: Meditations on the Passion according to st. John By Martin l. smith Church Publishing, $10 in this book of meditations, writer, author and retreat leader Martin l. Smith shows how, in the Christian mystery, love itself must be crucified and die to be reborn as the grace of communion ... love set free.
living the resurrection: reflections after easter C. Franklin Brookhart Church Publishing, $14 Franklin Brookhart takes stories of the resurrection and illuminates a way for Christians and seekers to explore life in the new creation. tying the Gospel narrative to our lives as followers of Jesus, he proposes a means for transforming people and churches through living into the resurrection with the risen lord. to order any of the above books or pamphlets, go to: leaderresources.org churchpublishing.org forwardmovement.org —Compiled by episcopal Journal
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Music holds clout for this new Jersey artist By Jerry Hames Episcopal Journal
“When i hear music, i see colors,” said Corrine Collymore Peters, a new Jersey artist, describing her paintings, created on large canvases and graced with her broad strokes and swirling colors. Throughout her life, from her early days as an art student at St. John’s university in new york and at the Graduate School of Fine arts at Villa Schifanoia in tuscany, where she received a master’s degree, music has been her creative companion. “i found when i switched music, the colors often changed, the intensity changed,” she said, explaining the effect music has on her moods and her finished work. as a result, whether through the symphonies and choral music of Vaughan Williams, hard rock, or the pop songs of the rolling Stones and The Who’s Tommy, the paintings of Collymore Peters found their own voice. at the Villa Schifanoia, she began to develop an alternative to abstract painting, which uses a visual language of form, color and line to create compositions that may exist independent from visual reality. “My experience in Florence changed a lot of my thinking,” she said. “i began to realize that for me, art has to be readable. a lot of time with abstract art, especially in the ’70s, artists had to translate their work. “i came to the conclusion that i want
paintings to grab and hold on to you. ‘II’mwantthemynarrator of the story behind it, and I don’t want people to pass it by.’
– Corinne Collymore Peters
Corinne Collymore Peters, a member of Episcopal Church & Visual Arts and the National Association of Women Artists, in her studio in Cranbury, N.J., with one of her current works, a 9-foot by 6-foot painting she calls There But for the Grace of God Go I.
people to be able to understand what’s going on in my heart. i want my paintings to grab and hold on to you. i’m the narrator of the story behind it, and i don’t want people to pass it by. “My approach is a readable and understandable narrative style, combining concepts of abstraction and realism.” a cradle episcopalian born of Jamaican-american parents, Collymore Peters grew up in Queens, the easternmost of the five boroughs of new york City. like her father, who sang in the choir of The solution depicts a teenaged Mary and a muscular Joseph with the Christ Child. In the background is Eve, handing to Adam the apple taken from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Photo/Courtesy Corinne Collymore Peters
Grace episcopal Church in Queens, she said that she, too, has a natural affinity for sacred music: she sings in the choir of her parish, St. David’s episcopal Church in Cranbury, n.J., where four panels, each four feet by six feet, of a work she calls Lift Every Voice and Sing are exhibited. Size is yet another characteristic of her work. She prefers to work on canvases that are measured not in inches, but in feet. all of her works are large, from the floral series she painted after the death of her mother to the series of paintings developed in collaboration with fellow artist ruth Councell for the Diocese of new Jersey’s program to combat racism. “The size of the canvases provides the space to enter the images inside the frames,” she said. “The deceptively simple images and use of color allow the eye to wander and explore the dialogue of n life more deeply.” Winter 2013 / RISEN 29
Dear Readers Every year the last few weeks before lent I hear a murmur rising in church communities, both online and at coffee hour. It usually sounds lik a whole chorus of people asking “what are you giving up for lent” as they try to plan the season. Before you ask me, I’m giving up shopping.
Some people sacrifice something benign they dearly love such as chocolate, wine, shopping, or facebook. Other people give up an addiction, to learn a healthy moderation with things such as chocolate, wine, shopping or facebook. (although they always appear back on facebook with equal gusto come Eastertide. Right?). Some churches even do programs where something is given up together, in a shared experience where you can hold each other accountable. If your church is doing this, I’d love to hear your stories of how it affected your spiritual life together. You can email me at email@example.com. But this year, in this issue of RISEN, the Bishop and Diocesan staff are actually asking you to take on something new in Lent, the spiritual discipline of Bible study. Now, this issue isn’t meant to encourage a lenten giving up of giving things up. Rather, we hope you take a little of all that time you’re not spending on facebook anymore, and spend some of it having a fresh new experience with the holy book that is one of the basic foundations of our faith. Ruth Meteer, Editor
New Ministry in RI
The Rev. Dcn. Jan Grinnell has been appointed Archdeacon by Bishop Knisely. The Rev. Grinnell currently serves at St. Augustine’s at URI, in Kingston Rhode Island.
The Rev. Joan Testin has been called as Rector of Emmanuel Church in Cumberland. Joan is currently serving in the Diocese of Easton in Maryland. She and Emmanuel will begin their new ministry togehter in mid-March
The Rev. Christine Purcell has arrived at Christ Church in Westerly, and began ministry there in late January.
The Rev. Rebecca Gettel was ordained priest February 10th, 2013 at Grace Church in Providence.
• The Celebration of New Ministry event for the Rev. Erik Larsen and St. Columba’s, Middletown will be held on February 24th, 2013. He began as Rector in October, 2012. RISEN Winter 2013
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