SUMMER 2018 | VOLUME 80 | NO. 2
FROM BISHOP O’NEILL: THE CHALLENGE OF THE WIND
THE “E” WORD: EVANGELISM
PREPARING FOR GENERAL CONVENTION
HOOKED ON QUEST
From Bishop O’Neill: The Challenge of the Wind
04 ENGAGING THE WORLD IN LOVE 04
The “E” Word: Evangelism
06 RADICAL GENEROSITY 06
Holy & Hard Work
Loaves & Fishes
OUR HOUSE: THE CONTINUED LEGACY OF SLAVERY, RACISM, & WHITE SUPREMACY The Episcopal Church has an extensive history with racism, exclusion, and easy proximity to power structures. But we have only just begun to recognize our part in perpetuating these structures. We have just begun the work of looking inward to see how that legacy affects us still today.
THE “E” WORD: EVANGELISM EVANGELISM MATTERS Evangelism, in short, is not something we as Episcopalians feel comfortable doing or even talking about. And, yet, this is what is happening in the Church today as Episcopalians around the country are gathering for the sole purpose of discussing evangelism as part of our spiritual and baptismal lives.
Our House: The Continued Legacy of Slavery, Racism, & White Supremacy
Preparing for General Convention
CHILDREN, YOUTH, & YOUNG ADULTS
Hooked on Quest
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THE CHALLENGE OF THE WIND BY BISHOP ROBERT O’NEILL
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting…” —Acts 2:1-2
very summer of my childhood was spent in the northern reaches of Lake Huron on a spectacular body of water known as Georgian Bay. No radio, no TV, no Internet—just the islands and the water and the weather. That was where I learned how to sail. Sailing is about knowing how to catch the wind while never actually containing or controlling it— just capturing it and moving with it. It is all about positioning, about being oriented to and balancing natural forces. The art of sailing requires some knowledge, but mostly practice to learn. It’s easy to let out the sails and run with the wind, but turn upwind too quickly and you will have the experience of capsizing in a spectacular fashion. Tacking into the wind allows you
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to move against it, but pull too close and the sails will flap helplessly as all movement ceases. Fall off the wind too quickly, and once again you will likely take a cold bath. Perfectly orient yourself to the wind and move with it and you will feel the rush of a lifetime.
And so it is with the spiritual journey.
Our spiritual journey is all about leaving the comfort of the shore and orienting and positioning ourselves—orienting our hearts (the core of our being) and positioning ourselves (our minds, our My cousin Jim was a master. He would pull the boat bodies, our souls, our consciousness itself) in such close into the wind just a way that we learn to to upset the rest of us move with the living spirit and to make it exciting, of the living God. We “One thing about sailing is certain: If tightening the main learn to move with that sail, standing the boat you don’t get off the land and into the divine love that is always on edge, leaning back breathing within us and boat, if you don’t set off from shore, if over the high side and around us and through you’re not willing to take the risk of holding it there in a us, breathing life into all delicate balance with the getting splashed in the face or dunked in of us, breathing healing water racing below along into a suffering world, the water, you will never be able to find the gunwale and just breathing hope into a that mystical experience that happens screaming along. world that so desperately when all the forces do work together— needs to learn how to Sailing is all about when the sails and mast and stays and move as one with that relationship—the same breath of that keel and rudder come together with the relationship of the keel divine love. wind. The mystical experience of moving of the boat, the mast, the stays, the sails—and through the water as one. The good news? This way the wind. The wind, of of love can be learned— course, is the wild card. with some knowledge And so it is with the spiritual journey.” As Jesus says, it just and much practice—and “blows where it chooses” it is our life’s work to and does what it wills. A do so. Nothing is more gentle breeze can be like worthy of our time, our care, our thought, and our a consoling friend, just caressing the sails and making best effort. It is at the very heart of the Christian faith for a leisurely cruise. Or the wind can disappear and life. without so much as a word of explanation, and there you are out in the middle of the lake with the sun It will set us free. beating down and the water as glassy as a mirror and you going nowhere. Or the wind can turn on you Look at the words of the Baptismal Covenant on suddenly, forcing you to change your plans and your page 304. Look closely and you will see that these course unexpectedly. It can stir up waves and water, commitments have virtually nothing to do with belief upending your very life. and everything to do with learning to be human— about how we can choose to become fully alive and That’s just how it works. fully human by orienting our hearts and minds and bodies in a particular way; not just toward God but One thing about sailing is certain: If you don’t get off toward ourselves and all others and all of creation. the land and into the boat, if you don’t set off from shore, if you’re not willing to take the risk of getting We say in these commitments that we will invest splashed in the face or dunked in the water, you will ourselves in and be grounded in the Source of all life never be able to find that mystical experience that in an intimate, dynamic, and living relationship with happens when all the forces do work together— the living God—that divine dance of unbounded when the sails and mast and stays and keel and love, as Richard Rohr might say, who is Father, Son, rudder come together with the wind. The mystical and Holy Spirit. experience of moving through the water as one. 2 Colorado Episcopalian
We say that we will take time to be people of prayer—that we will make time to be still, be quiet, and to listen deeply for the voice of love speaking into our hearts. We say too that we will be intentional about drawing upon the wisdom of those who have gone before—that we will actually take time to learn from, and be inspired by, the mystics and scholars and monks and nuns and artists and activists whose work from across the centuries can illuminate our own path and give vision to our own lives. We say that we will draw upon, and remain connected to, the grace that is made manifest and visible in this extended community that we call the Church, the living Body of the living Christ here and now. We say that we will proclaim love, in word and deed, love manifest concretely in our lives and actions, in this world that longs to know what true love made human actually looks like. We say that we will seek and serve the love that is the risen Christ not just in a select few individuals but in all people—and yes that means all people, regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, tribe, religion, or political affiliation, even those we fear, even our enemies. We say that we will actively and proactively give our time and our treasure to work for that which is right and true and just in this world—that we will choose courageously to be peacemakers in this world that knows no peace. We say finally, that to be followers of Jesus, we will dare to open the eyes of our hearts wide and that we will look for, recognize, respect, and cherish the divine dignity that is implanted from birth in every human being on the face of the earth. It’s a tall order, this spiritual journey—this living into the commitments of our faith—and none of us can really do this on our own. But then again, there is this: the wind—the breathing, moving, liberating, empowering, challenging living spirit of the living God—always blowing through us and around us and in us and among us all, just waiting to be captured, to fill our sails and carry us into the heart of Life itself. This wind, this divine breath of divine love, this learning how to orient ourselves to it, how to catch it and move with it, constitutes, it would seem, the most promising challenge of our lives.
A CALL TO MINISTRY:
THE BISHOP SEARCH BY THE SEARCH COMMITTEE, THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN COLORADO
We are pleased to report that we are privileged to be in conversation with a number of faithful and gifted priests who have offered themselves to be in discernment with us as we seek to recommend to the Standing Committee a slate of nominees to be our next bishop. We are immensely grateful to you for your prayers, to all who have supported us in our work, and especially to those who have offered themselves to walk this path with us. Our charge is to complete our work in time for the Standing Committee to nominate four priests from among those participating in our process by the end of July, and we currently believe that we can meet that expectation. Please continue to remember us and those in discernment with us in your prayers in the time ahead. A Prayer for the Search Process: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, and those in discernment with us, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Search for Our 11th Bishop BEGINS WITH YOU Learn more at BishopSearchCO.org Colorado Episcopalian | Summer 2018 3
Colorado State Capitol. Photo courtesy Anthony Suggs
ENGAGING THE WORLD IN LOVE
The “E” Word: Evangelism
BY THE REV. BILL STANTON & THE REV. BRIAN WINTER
Evangelism, in short, is not something we as Episcopalians feel comfortable doing or even talking about. And, yet, this is what is happening in the Church today as Episcopalians around the country are gathering for the sole purpose of discussing evangelism as part of our spiritual and baptismal lives.
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hat comes to your mind when you hear the word “evangelism”?
As Episcopalians, we tend to shudder at the “E” word, preferring instead to profess that we are a people who follow St. Francis, who advised that we “preach the Gospel at all times. And when necessary, use words.”
One such gathering took place before Easter in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On March 15-17 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, more than 400 Episcopalians from 80+ dioceses around the country (with thousands more watching online) gathered for the 2018 Evangelism Matters Conference. The three-day conference was devoted to the practice of evangelism, which is the proclamation and embodiment of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The participants were diverse in race, age, sexual orientation, and theology yet united in their determination to listen and learn. They welcomed people where they were on their own spiritual journeys. The conference was filled with the voices and stories of speakers, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Reverend Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies. We heard Luisa Van Oss, the Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Sandra Montes, The Reverend Canon Frank Logue, and many, many more. There were talks on Cultivating an Evangelistic Parish; Prayer and Evangelism; Intro to the Beloved Community; Good News for Refugees and Immigrants; Evangelism through Healing and Deliverance; Indigenous People, Christianity and the Episcopal Church; Reaching Millennials; Storytelling, Communications, and Marketing; Building a Youth Ministry; Why Latinos Warrant a Serious Evangelistic Thrust; Evangelism and Church Planting among the Chinese Immigrants; and Evangelism for Churches in Transition. Preaching at the opening Eucharist, Bishop Curry, the Episcopal Church’s Chief Evangelism Officer, or as he says “CEO,” hewed to the conference message: “Evangelism is not about building a bigger Church, but building a better world.” We learned to acknowledge where the Church has fallen short in the past and learned to name those times in the history of the Church where damage was done in the name of evangelism—an evangelism manipulative and damaging to one’s culture, race, community, or individual well-being. Repentance is therefore part of real evangelism, where we model a turning around to find God and God’s love Carrie Headington, Canon Evangelist from the Diocese of Dallas, explained that “Evangelism equals overflow, the overflow of God’s love being shared with another.” It involves the sharing of stories—the stories of others, our own stories, and God’s story working in and through us. Sharing requires periods of listening and speaking while being fully present in heart, body, and mind. Evangelism asks that we seek Christ’s presence and work in a story, to name Christ’s presence, and then to celebrate that presence, for that is where the Good News is found.
Although we all have a story, we often may not know how to do everything storytelling requires of us. We require formation around the kind of storytelling that underlies true evangelism. Formation would help us to name Jesus’ loving presence in our lives. The Episcopal Church has embraced evangelism as one of its central pillars of the Jesus Movement. With evangelism, we “focus on accompanying our neighbors and communities as we all develop more loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God on the Journey.”1 The Evangelism Charter of the Episcopal Church states: “Every baptized Episcopalian has vowed to proclaim with our words and our lives the loving, liberating, and life-giving news of Jesus Christ. Through the spiritual practice of Evangelism, we seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people—then invite everyone to MORE.” We must then ask, what would the Episcopal Church look like if every baptized member adopted this charter and adopted evangelism as a spiritual practice? With three days of joy and energy of speakers, the conference also had the passion of a real revival. How uplifting it was to hear people speaking openly about their faith in multiple languages at a moment when the Church is in the midst of a culture change, filled with and fueled by the Holy Spirit. Evangelism does matter—and we as members of the Jesus Movement are called to embrace it. This is the call of Jesus who commanded his own disciples to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation. Mark 16:15 THE REV. BRIAN WINTER of Christ’s Episcopal Church, Castle Rock, and THE REV. WILLIAM STANTON of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Broomfield, made up The Episcopal Church in Colorado’s contingent to the 2018 Evangelism Matters Conference held March 15-17 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. They are committed to the Jesus Movement and to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. TO LEARN MORE about the Evangelism Matters Conference, please visit EvangelismMatters.org.
David Gartner and Stephanie Spellers adapted “Good News Everywhere: Introducing a Practical Theology of Evangelism and Social Media,” a white paper by Steve Pankey, Andy Doyle, David Gartner, Nick Knisely, and Stephanie Spellers, members of the Task Force on Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism. This adapted version was published in the Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vestry Papers in May 2017. 1
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HOLY & HARD WORK BY THE REV. CYNTHIA ESPESETH
Sherry Oommen from Queens, New York
Jake Demarais from Ticonderoga New York
WATER 2 Justin Redenz from Jefferson, Wisconsin
Simone Wahnschafft from Boston, Massachusetts Marco Evert from Orinda, California
Bridget Kuhn from Tampa, Florida Courtesy Americorps
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Icle Freeland from Poplar Grove, Illinois
Noah Dalbey from Silver Spring, Maryland
Gail Romer From Santa Clara, California
Malikah Bennett from Prince George's, Maryland Anthony Johnson from New York, Brooklyn
Austyn Lang from Quakertown, Pennsylvania
ll Saints’ in Loveland took a leap of faith four years ago. At a time when the church finances were not so strong and healthy, a consultant suggested that we give away the loose plate offering each month. It seemed like a counterintuitive initiative, but the vestry decided to try it. They decided to call it “Beyond Our Four Walls (BO4W),” and the money was designated for nonprofit service agencies in Larimer County. Four years and some $35,000 later, this leap of faith has increased our pledges, strengthened our budget, and brought us into contact with some amazing social service agencies. In April, our BO4W recipients were 12 AmeriCorps young adults who were staying in our church for two weeks during Lent. Called the “Water 2” team, these 12 AmeriCorps workers, ages 18 to 24, were in Loveland to help Loveland’s Habitat for Humanity build homes and work in their ReStore facility. All Saints’ gave each participant a grocery card to supplement their food while they stayed with us. (AmeriCorps participants get about $4 per day for food.)
Hosting the “Water 2” team was a delightful two weeks for All Saints’ with these young adults living literally in our midst, attending our Lent Forums, sharing our meals, and sometimes joining us in prayer. We would arrive in the morning while they were finishing up cooking their breakfasts, still in their sweatpants, and later we’d see them packing up their construction gear to head out for the day. It was like having one’s family all together under one roof. The gift they gave us were the stories they shared. Each of them shared why they decided to devote a year to AmeriCorps; what they had seen and heard in the various places they had served; what they were learning and how they were growing; and what they both hoped and longed for as they looked to their future. Their stories offered us insights into their worldview, which was fun for our older congregation. And they gave us insight into the state of our country from their young-adult perspective. One young man offered that as long as the churches and people in their communities stay involved and help each other, our country would remain healthy. That we could even imagine hosting these 12 amazing adults came from a vision All Saints’ had back in the 1980s. At that time the church was growing and began a renovation project that would eventually include multipurpose rooms, as well as men’s and women’s showers in the basement. In the years since that renovation work was completed, All Saints’
has hosted many groups from outside the church. When the Big Thompson River flooded in 2013, All Saints’ hosted and fed crews that came from all over the country to help with the cleanup. Through 137 Homeless Connection, a Loveland nonprofit agency, this space serves as an overnight cold weather emergency shelter. Several years ago, we hosted another community-run organization called Angel House, which provided temporary, week-long shelter for homeless families. Members of the congregation also provided meals for these families, building relationships and strengthening our community. All Saints’ mission is to call all people to unity with God and each other in Christ, a mission that we embody more than we realize. All Saints’ has been part of the Loveland community for 116 years, which means that as the only Episcopal church in Loveland, we are well integrated. Connections made within our community keep cycling back to make even stronger connections. In the 1980s, our then Rector, the Rev. Sathi Bunyan, was instrumental in starting the Loveland Habitat for Humanity. Since then, many of our parishioners have helped build homes for Habitat. And here we are, completing another part of the circle by hosting the AmeriCorps team to help build more homes. Almost every person at All Saints’ is engaged with some sort of service within the community, whether it is through a church-sponsored effort, or simply because the Spirit moves them to serve. Our holy and sacred service ranges from preparing and serving lunch at Loveland’s Community Kitchen, working in the clothing bank at House of Neighborly Service (a Loveland nonprofit umbrella agency encompassing many social services), being a mentor/tutor in one of the schools, to volunteering in the Loveland library, or calling on those unable to get out. Loveland still thinks of itself as a small town, functioning as a small town would by reaching out to help any and all who are in need. In the midst of this is All Saints’ Episcopal Church, with our huge Northern Colorado heart for pitching in to love and serve our neighbors where and how we can. We strive to embody our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. THE REV. CYNTHIA ESPESETH is the Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Loveland. TO LEARN MORE, visit allsaintsloveland.org. For a video about the AmeriCorps NCCC Water 2 Team, visit https://youtu.be/ A6KkM3GID4A. Colorado Episcopalian | Summer 2018 7
esus and his disciples are fresh off a tour of healing and teaching. They’ve worked so hard that they didn’t even have time to eat! So they slip off by themselves in a boat, going somewhere to get some much-needed rest and relaxation; except when they arrive, they are met with quite the opposite.
Loaves Fishes BY RYAN EATON
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” —Mark 6:34-37 8 Colorado Episcopalian
Jesus had every right to be selfish. He could have easily told the people, “I need to rest.” The disciples were probably crossing their fingers that that would be his response. Instead, Jesus sees the needs of the people and chooses to show them compassion. The disciples endure the change of plans for the day, but by evening, they are ready to send folks away to buy their own food. However, Jesus’ response is probably one that they were not expecting, “You give them something to eat.” Many of us know the end of this story: Jesus takes five loaves and two fish, blesses and multiplies them, and everyone enjoys the abundance of food. He provides the miracle, but invites his disciples to participate in God’s work. That same invitation echoes through the centuries and is more pertinent today than ever before. Nearly one in 10 Coloradans struggle with hunger, not always having enough money to buy food. There is a good chance that someone you know could be struggling with food insecurity. Jesus calls us to be His hands and feet, modeling Christ’s love to our neighbors. In this spirit, Metro Caring, Denver’s frontline antihunger organization and The Episcopal Church in Colorado invite you to nourish our neighbors together. Help us ensure that our market remains stocked with nutritious food by donating some of our recommended food items. Volunteer with us and be a part of change we are making. Or connect us with others who can become partners in our goal of eliminating hunger at its root. Jesus took a small offering of loaves and fishes, multiplied it and provided a meal for all. He can do the same if we each answer his invitation and give what we can to end hunger in Colorado! RYAN EATON is Metro Caring’s Manager of Faith Community Engagement. TO LEARN MORE about how you can get involved with Metro Caring, please email email@example.com or call 720-5012387 to take action today.
Recommended Food Items for Metro Caring: • Beans, canned or dry
• Tuna or chicken (canned, in water)
• Brown or white rice
• Pasta, whole grain
• Pasta sauces (low sodium)
• Peanut butter (or other nut butters)
• Cereal, whole grain and low sugar
• Rolled oats (unsweetened)
• Milk or milk substitutes (shelf-stable)
• Fruit, canned (in juice, not in light or heavy syrup)
• Oil, olive or canola
• Vegetables, canned (no or low sodium)
• Nuts, unsalted
• Tomatoes, canned (no or low sodium) • Corn, canned (low sodium) • Soups, canned (low sodium) • Chicken/beef/vegetable stock and broth (canned and low sodium)
• Honey or agave • Seeds, unsalted • Fruit, dried, unsweetened • Apple sauce, unsweetened • Popcorn kernels (not microwavable)
• Stews, canned (low sodium)
Metro Caring is Denver’s leading frontline hunger-prevention organization. Simultaneously fighting hunger and promoting sustainability, Metro Caring annually receives and redistributes over 2.3 million pounds of nutritious food (72% fresh)—a majority of which would otherwise have gone to waste. Learn more about Metro Caring at metrocaring.org. Colorado Episcopalian | Summer 2018 9
OUR HOUSE The Continued Legacy of Slavery, Racism, and White Supremacy
BY ANTHONY SUGGS
Ku Klux Klan members march by office buildings on Larimer Street in Denver. Photo courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Photographic Collections, X-21547
Content Note: This article contains information about racism, violence, and slavery that may elicit strong reader reaction.
esolved, that the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church confesses that, despite repeated efforts at anti-racism training as well as racial justice and racial reconciliation initiatives including the passage of more than 30 General Convention resolutions dating back to 1952, the abomination and sin of racism continue to plague our society and our Church at great cost to human life and human dignity; we formally acknowledge our historic and contemporary participation in this evil and repent of it…. —Salt Lake City, 2015 On a chilly November evening in 1900, an African-American boy of 16 was murdered. He wasn’t killed by people rioting or in a mob-induced rage. Rather, a crowd of 300 coldly deliberate and unforgiving people calmly gathered to burn a teenager at the stake. This didn’t happen in Mississippi or South Carolina. It didn’t happen in Missouri or Arkansas. It happened in Limon, Colorado. This young man, John Porter Preston Jr., was not the only African-American to die a violent death. Countless men, women, and children of color have been killed by mobs fueled by racist and white supremacist beliefs. Yet most Coloradans don’t know the name John Preston Porter Jr. or the others like him whose lives were taken by violence and hate. Through time spent in community, conversation, and mutual discernment, the recently formed Race Task Force of The Episcopal Church in Colorado has decided that its work will focus on shedding light on the ways in which our own house, The Episcopal Church, has been and continues to be complicit in racism. This work will involve creating space for us to learn about and from each other and from those in our community who feel marginalized and excluded. It will involve diving deep into our own history to recognize, own, and repent for the “evil we have done and the evil done on our behalf.” It will involve listening, prayer, action, and (most important) love.
“Through time spent in community, conversation, and mutual discernment, the recently formed Race Task Force of The Episcopal Church in Colorado has decided that its work will focus on shedding light on the ways in which our own house, The Episcopal Church, has been and continues to be complicit in racism.”
The Episcopal Church has an extensive history with racism, exclusion, and easy proximity to power structures. But we have only just begun to recognize our part in perpetuating these structures. We have just begun the work of looking inward to see how that legacy affects us still today. For example, Episcopalians celebrate the Rev. Absalom Jones. He was the first African-American priest in The Episcopal Church. Yet we rarely recall how Jones was routinely excluded from the pulpits and pews of Episcopal churches. We rarely recall that Jones was born a slave, or that his owner, Benjamin Wynkoop (another Wynkoop, Edward, gave his name to the Denver street by that name), was a vestryman, warden, and benefactor at Christ Church, Philadelphia. Yet our first African-American priest spent nearly 40 years a slave to another Episcopalian.
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Top: The Rev. Absalom Jones. Photo courtesy Wikipedia
Bottom: The Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk. Photo courtesy the Library of Congress/ American Memory (Digital ID: cwpb 06715 Source: digital file from original neg.) Public Domain
As a church, we also rarely talk about our involvement with and support for the Confederacy. We rarely mention that Jefferson Davis, the one and only president of the Confederate States of America, was a devout Episcopalian. We rarely talk about Leonidas Polk, Bishop of Louisiana. It was Bishop Polk, cousin to a U.S. president, who initiated the Southern Dioceses’ separation from the larger church to form the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America. And it was Bishop Polk (“Sewanee’s Fighting Bishop”) who forfeited his church posts when the Civil War broke out to serve as a general in the Confederate Army. Polk would die during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864. The “Fighting Bishop” received one of the most elaborate and well-attended funerals of the Civil War, attended by fellow bishops from both North and South. The legacy of glorifying white supremacist clergy, like Leonidas Polk, who owned upwards of 200 slaves, blinds us to the church’s participation in, and bloody defense of, the institution of slavery. The work of addressing our history will involve reframing ways in which we have traditionally viewed the church and its relation both to slavery and to systemic racism. It is difficult, necessary, holy work, and it will bring new life and healing for all who participate in it.
Colorado is often regarded as a forward-thinking and egalitarian state. In 1893, it became the first state in the Union to recognize women’s right to vote (27 years before the federal government did so). In 1894 Colorado elected the first-ever women to the state legislature. However, incidents like the extra-judicial execution of John Porter Preston Jr. reveal a darker undercurrent to Colorado’s history. For every story of adventurous and hearty settlers is another of genocide and forced removal of those truly native to Colorado: the Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Ute, Kiowa, and countless others. For every story of women’s suffrage is another—of women, particularly 12 Colorado Episcopalian
women of color, being brutalized, oppressed, excluded. As we dive deeper into our own history, we shall work to dismantle the ways in which we prioritize the stories of white settlers and forget those who were oppressed, displaced, and killed by them. We will work to be honest and courageous with how we address the pain woven into our state’s history—a history with which The Episcopal Church in Colorado is inextricably linked.
Given what we know (and are learning) about our history as a church and a state, we must now decide what to do with that information. Will we continue with business-as-usual both in our personal lives and in our communities? Will we dive deeper as we increasingly comprehend our roles in upholding and benefiting from racism? Will this new understanding help us to discern what our role will be in the healing? There is no getting around the vastness of the work— no getting around it, over it, or under it. The only way forward is through the work of dismantling racism in our hearts, homes, and communities. Therefore as we move through, together, we shall be approaching the work in many different ways. There will be personal, self-reflective work. Conversation in community will allow us to learn more about the ways in which racism and bias taint our relationships with each other. We will be creating spaces where we are able to be brave and courageous in facing our own biases and the biases of our communities. We will be loving and compassionate with one another as we journey through this holy work. This work also involves looking at the structures of our institutions to look for the legacy of racism in our midst. For example, as it stands now, the Colorado state constitution allows for legal slavery. Article II, section 26 states that slavery is prohibited, except as punishment for a crime. The Episcopal Church in Colorado is working with a coalition of faith communities seeking to end this legal form of slavery in Colorado in proposing a constitutional amendment that will go to the voters of Colorado this November. We would love for you to join us in this work of healing. I believe it is the very same work that St. Paul describes in 2 Corinthians as the “ministry of reconciliation.” If you feel called to be a part of this ministry, please email Advocacy@EpiscopalColorado.org or contact Darren Armstrong, Chair of the Race Task Force, at firstname.lastname@example.org. ANTHONY SUGGS is a Colorado Episcopal Service Corps member and the Advocacy & Social Justice Coordinator for The Episcopal Church in Colorado.
Preparing for General Convention Austin, Texas — July 5-13, 2018 BY THE REV. KIM SEIDMAN
PLANE TICKET? CHECK. HOTEL RESERVATION? CHECK. ENERGY BARS? CHECK.
his July I am joining thousands of Episcopalians who are headed for Austin, Texas. We will be attending the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Bishops and lay and clergy deputies from 109 dioceses across 17 countries will gather July 5–13 to share in the governance of our church. Ministries like the National Altar Guild Association and Episcopal Church Women schedule their meetings to overlap, and seminaries and church-related organizations offer their presence and resources as well. On peak days nearly 10,000 Episcopalians are sharing best practices in ministry and discerning the work of the Spirit. General Convention has been described as part legislative assembly, part bazaar, and part family reunion (Episcopalians love trinitarian descriptions). After attending two General Conventions—once as a volunteer and once as a deputy—I imagine a kind of church triathlon: an endurance feat with different stages of worship, legislation, and resource gathering, fueled by caffeine and carbohydrates and best completed in comfortable shoes. There’s really no description to adequately convey the experience. If you can register as a guest or volunteer for a day or two, please do. Recognizing that General Convention can feel far removed from daily life and parish concerns, the decisions made at our triennial gathering can have
real and lasting impact. This is where we elect many of our leaders, approve our budget, and declare what is our common prayer and witness in the world. What happens here is the official public record of what the Episcopal Church believes. General Convention is the body of Christ at work, witnessing that:
OUR WORSHIP MATTERS.
Every day, General Convention gathers for worship. If you’ve never heard thousands of Episcopalians sing “Lift High the Cross” or proclaim the Nicene Creed, it is a profoundly moving experience. The daily Eucharists are crafted with care and attention to our international composition. In worship, we catch a glimpse of the vision described in Revelation, where every tribe and tongue and people and nation gather together as one body around the throne of God. We are fed in word and sacrament, reminded of our primary identity as beloved children of God as we attend to the business of the church.
OUR WORDS MATTER.
The book of Genesis tells the story of God speaking creation into existence. And we, who are created in the image of God, also have the power to create whole new worlds with our words. General Convention is the church laboring over the language of how to be the body of Christ in the world. Over eight legislative days, bishops and deputies prayerfully consider hundreds of resolutions addressing everything from new liturgies, to social justice and advocacy positions, to organizational structure. These resolutions can be proposed by bishops, dioceses, deputies, or committees. Many are the outcome of years of study and can be read in the Blue Book prepared ahead of every General Convention. Colorado Episcopalian | Summer 2018 13
Our Colorado deputation has been meeting since January to study the resolutions coming forward. To date, proposals cover a range of topics, including:
Nearly every resolution can have funding implications, so the budget will evolve throughout Convention until its approval towards the end.
• Book of Common Prayer revisions • Evangelism and leadership in underrepresented communities • Safeguarding training on social media • Racial justice and reconciliation • Stewardship of creation
Elected at Diocesan Convention in 2016, your Colorado deputation asks for your prayers. Please know that any of us will be glad to share our experiences as well as discuss the possible impact of resolutions passed by the Convention. And, consider if you might like to offer yourself to this ministry for the next triennium.
The Episcopal Church is the largest legislative body in the world. More than 800 deputies and nearly 300 bishops sit in the two houses. Resolutions must pass both houses in identical forms to become effective. While acknowledging that General Convention may be too large for its own good, consider for a moment the premise of our governing body: lay and ordained leaders crafting, debating, and voting on the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the church. General Convention holds a space for Episcopalians to have real and substantive conversation. It encourages engagement and relationship, across any and every kind of difference one can imagine. Whether testifying in open hearings before committees, speaking for or against resolutions in legislative sessions, or in chance encounters in the exhibit hall, General Convention keeps us talking—a profound witness to a polarized world. Our conversations here matter.
OUR STEWARDSHIP MATTERS.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. What we fund in our budget shows our mission and values. The Joint Standing Committee for Program, Budget and Finance strives to propose a triennial budget that reflects what the church wants. The draft budget for 2019-2021 is balanced at nearly $134 million dollars, the majority of income being from anticipated diocesan commitments. Just as parishioners practice stewardship to their local parish, and the local parish to the diocese, so the diocese supports the ministry of the larger church. The expense categories for the triennium include evangelism, racial reconciliation and justice, creation care, ministry of the Presiding Bishop, mission within and beyond the Episcopal Church, and finance, legal, and operations. Many of these departments include grant funding that dioceses can apply for to fund grassroots ministries. Since the last Convention, nearly 80 new congregations have been established as a result of evangelism training and new church plants—a single example of our shared ministry. 14 Colorado Episcopalian
THE REV. KIM SEIDMAN is the Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield.
COLORADO DEPUTATION TO THE 79TH GENERAL CONVENTION Larry Hitt, Co-Chair and Senior Deputy Good Shepherd, Centennial, & St. John, Breckenridge Zoe Cole St. Andrew’s, Denver Dianne Draper Good Shepherd, Centennial Erica Pomerenk St. Thomas, Denver Scott Michael Pomerenk St. Thomas, Denver Chuck Theobald Grace and St. Stephen’s, Colorado Springs George Wing Chapel of Our Saviour, Colorado Springs The Rev. Kim Seidman, Co-Chair Holy Comforter, Broomfield The Rev. Scott Turner St. Martha’s, Westminster The Rev. Brian Winter Christ Church, Castle Rock The Rev. Bob Davidson St. Bartholomew’s, Estes Park The Rev. Paul Garrett Non-Parochial
CHILDREN, YOUTH, & YOUNG ADULTS
Hooked on Quest BY TINA CLARK
Youth at Spring Quest 2018. Photo courtesy Michael Ryan
s a Quest newcomer in the fall of 2017, I had no idea what to expect. As a veteran youth minister and leader of the Young Episcopalians in Service (YES) Colorado, I knew that travel is always a formative, and transformative, experience for young people. And although I’d wanted to take part in Quest, the youth from my parish had been reluctant. “We won’t know anyone,” they demurred, summoning the usual host of reasons not to attend!
“I have a birthday party...soccer game...hockey tournament...dance recital that weekend.”
And my favorite: “What if it’s too Jesus-y.” What made the difference? Strong relationships among the kids— developed through YES missions over several years across our wonderful Front Range churches. Instead of excuses, I began to hear openness. “Tina, why don’t we go to Quest this year?”
Quest youth retreats help our young people grow deeper in their relationship with God. Quest incorporates general sessions led by entertaining and powerful speakers, interactive small group time, an engaging band, and plenty of community-building activities to help foster spiritual growth throughout the weekend and beyond. No two Quest events are the same. Youth are encouraged to explore, ask questions, and dive into each theme in hope that the weekend will help them grow individually in their faith and corporately as a member within the Church. 225 adults and youth attended the Spring Quest weekend.
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“Tina, we need to go to Quest!” “Tina, there’s a Quest this fall. Will you take us, please?” So it was that this past October one could find me bound, with two youngsters, for our first-ever Quest, where we had a fantastic weekend. Between the fall and spring Quests, I had moved my ministry from St. Barnabas to Saint John’s Cathedral. In March, two leaders and nine youth from Saint John’s Cathedral had signed up for the retreat. We are hooked. So why go to Quest?
Quest is about friendship—giving our Colorado youth time and space to connect with each other outside their parish and around the diocese. Quest is about reconnecting with friends made during previous YES and Quest trips. It is powerful relational ministry.
and prayed together. Bonds of friendship built in this way run much deeper than those formed by a mere weekend away from home. Perhaps the best testimony to Quest can be found in this screenshot of a text a young person sent to his dad: Can I go back in the fall pleasepleasepleaseplease It can be challenging to describe just why taking our youth away from home, spending time in a stunningly beautiful location, singing and laughing and learning and worshiping together, is so impactful. But it is, and if the youth from your church are not yet participating in this diocese-wide youth retreat, I encourage you to join us this October! TINA CLARK is Director of Christian Education for Saint John’s Cathedral.
Designed by youth for youth, Quest provides an accessible, passionate, theologically sound, scripturerelated program, relayed through skits and peppered with music from the Full Armour band. Speakers are dynamic and engaging. I believe every young person at Quest walked away inspired, uplifted, and challenged. The youth from my own parish talked about feeling closer to God, knowing better who it is God calls them to be, and feeling more engaged in their spiritual lives. What a gift!
FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
Program, small groups, and free time are well balanced at Quest, giving kids a number of ways to connect and play together. Some of the girls in our lodge room met for the first time on Friday evening. By the time we drove away, on Sunday, they had become fast friends planning all the ways they would stay connected. They’d laughed together, sung and danced, played
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Above: The Rev. Will Fisher and the Rev. Cesar Hernandez lead the Eucharist at Quest. Below: Youth during worship with the Full Armour Band. Photos courtesy Elizabeth Cervasio
Your adventure awaits!
Rising 3rd-8th Graders, June 17-23
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Age 15-17 and 18+ needed for Cathedral, Creator, Explore, and Cosmos camps
Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative Year 1*
Rising 3rd-9th Graders, June 24-30
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All of our programs are led by trained lay and clergy leaders who model servant leadership and hospitality.
Registration and more information can be found at EpiscopalColorado.org.
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By the Grace of God, in the Power of the Holy Spirit...
The Episcopal Church in Colorado Ordination Saturday, June 16, 10:00 am, at Saint Johnâ€™s Cathedral, Denver Please join with us in the ordination of five individuals to the Sacred Order of Deacons and Sacred Order of Priests. All clergy in The Episcopal Church in Colorado are invited and encouraged to attend as we shepherd and usher in this brand-new class of clergy. Clergy may vest in albs and red stoles.
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SATURDAY, JULY 28
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
This conference will be live in person at the Office of the Bishop, Denver, as well as available via a Zoom video conference for those who live a long distance from Denver. The Caffeinated Church Conference is centered around creative church collaboration. Increase your creative output through hands-on training in the areas of graphic design, marketing/advertising, layout/design, and website development. We will discuss best practices, budgeting and resources for small to large parishes, challenges that we face, and more. Meet with leaders from other churches engaged in creative design and innovative communications. On all fronts, we as the Church desire to raise the level of creativity in marketing, promotion, and communication with the end result of relevance and changed lives. Through creative collaboration, we can encourage one another, grow through resourceful idea-sharing, and discover the potential within our gifts of creativity inspired by our Creator.
LEARN MORE AT CAFFEINATEDCHURCH.ORG “The work of the Caffeinated Church has not only deepened the life of St. Timothy’s, but also the shared ministry of the people of the diocese. The Caffeinated Church workshops have already met profound needs in our churches by challenging us to rethink our understandings of ministry and evangelism.”
“As the priest at a “ transitional size” congregation, there are many needs and ministries that need to be filled, and limited resources, both in leadership time and financially, to be able to train people and empower them for increased leadership roles. Caffeinated Church offers some amazing training and resource time for me and some of my staff/volunteers that has proven indispensable.”
—The Rev. Nick Myers
—The Rev. Brian Winter
Clergy Pilgrimage to Spain Nov. 6-16, 2018
For more than a thousand years, millions have made their way through the varied landscape of Spain, traversing what’s known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James. The clergy of The Episcopal Church in Colorado are invited to make this journey in the Fall of 2018. Designed especially for clergy, we will experience the spiritual renewal of walking the Camino firsthand, share a unique opportunity to deepen relationships with colleagues from around the diocese, and learn how to lead our own parish group pilgrimages. Clergy traveling on this Familiarization Pilgrimage to Spain will be awarded a discount on a future Camino pilgrimage of 20 or more participants when arranged through Worldwide Pilgrimage for travel in 2019 or 2020. This clergy pilgrimage is not just a great backpacking trip, but a chance for pilgrims to experience their faith and calling like never before. Contact the Reverend Canon Greg Foraker, Missioner for Faith Formation, at Greg@EpiscopalColorado.org or learn more at EpiscopalColorado.org/ClergyPilgrimage.
Grae Dickson has joined the staff at Cathedral Ridge as its new executive director. He comes to us with tremendous experience in all aspects of running a retreat, camp, and conference center and a huge passion for this lifegiving work. Grae will live onsite at Cathedral Ridge and he, his wife, Laura, and son, Graeme, are excited to begin this new adventure in their lives and to experience all Colorado has to offer. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, into a deeprooted Mississippi Episcopalian home, Grae says that at an early age he developed many of his core values, including a love of God developed through the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, and good ole Southern Hospitality. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 35 years of involvement with Christian summer camps. Most recently Grae served as executive director for the Gray Center in the Diocese of Mississippi. In addition, he has served as summer camp director, Center for Formation and Mission board member, and member of several diocesan committees. Grae has also been highly involved on the national level as a speaker at conferences and leader for national events. When asked what he brings to Cathedral Ridge, Grae says he believes his love of the church and enthusiasm for camp and conference ministry will take Cathedral Ridge to the next level. Directing Cathedral Ridge into the future is Graeâ€™s primary focus and he cannot wait to establish new relationships that will help enhance the mission of The Episcopal Church in Colorado. Grae looks forward to meeting you on your next visit to Cathedral Ridge. He can be reached at Grae@CathedralRidge.org. LEARN MORE at CathedralRidge.org.
BUILDING CHURCH CAPACITY FOR MISSION & MINISTRY
LEGACY GIVING PROGRAMS: GOOD FOR YOU. GOOD FOR YOUR CHURCH. HOW WILL PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO YOU WHEN YOU’RE GONE? Churches with strong stewardship ministries know that planning for the future—having a vision for the future—inspires their parishioners to give. Legacy giving programs at heart are an educational ministry that can be transformational for both the church and the member.
SIMPLE. CONSISTENT. ACCESSIBLE. COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY: We have too many committees and not enough people to serve! Sound familiar? Establishing a Legacy Giving program does not need to be difficult. The Foundation has templates and example communication material easily customized for your Church—large or small.
Talking about end of life planning and giving isn’t something the Church should do. Legacy giving conversations are pastoral in nature. These conversations are about faith, meaning, and the spiritual values we want to pass on. u
Legacy giving will reduce annual giving. Most legacy gifts come from long-term estate assets while annual giving generally comes from current income. u
Only wealthy people can leave a legacy gift. Individuals of all income levels make charitable intentions. Giving is about generosity, not dollar amount.
Legacy giving will decrease the amount I leave to my family. What is important to you and what legacy will you leave? Leaving a gift to the church reminds our family and loved ones what gave meaning and purpose to our life—look at your estate planning as a spiritual act.
It’s too complicated. There are simple ways to make a legacy gift. 70-75% of all legacy gifts are bequests, followed by retirement and insurance plan beneficiary designations.
Let the Foundation help you establish or revitalize your Legacy Giving program. Contact Scott Asper (email@example.com) or Pennie Goodman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and schedule a time convenient for you to learn more about how we can serve you.
The purpose of the Colorado Episcopal Foundation (COEF) is to strengthen capacity for mission and ministry by stewarding the financial resources of The Episcopal Church in Colorado.
In the past 5 years, the Colorado Episcopal Foundation handled $5,600,000 from 503 stock transactions to benefit congregations across Colorado. Stock gifts processed by the Foundation continue to grow year-overyear and offer our churches support in ministry, capital campaigns, and special giving.
SOME MYTHS ABOUT LEGACY GIVING:
Now in our 35th year of service, the Foundation supports the financial stability of Episcopal congregations and institutions so that vital ministries can be sustained.
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PERSPECTIVES Far Left: Bishop O’Neill and Bishop Gonia of the Rocky Mountain ELCA participate in the March for Our Lives, March 24 in Denver. Left: JJ DeVoe from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs, speaks at Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver. Below: Youth from churches across the diocese march together at Civic Center Park. Photos courtesy Fred Mast
Left: Episcopal Service Corps Members enjoy the High Ropes Challenge Course at Cathedral Ridge. Photos courtesy the Rev. Canon Rebecca Crummey
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Top: Confirmation, Reception, & Reaffirmation at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Glenwood Springs. Photo courtesy Robert Huber
Left: Parishioners from The Episcopal Church in Colorado attend the Latino Leadership Retreat at Grace Church, Carthage, Missouri. Photo courtesy Cesar Hernandez
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Left: Members of the Junior Daughters of the King at their retreat at Cathedral Ridge, May 4-6. Photo courtesy Kristin Tate
Below: Program Directors of The Episcopal Service Corps met in Denver for their annual meeting April 9-14. Photo courtesy the Rev. Canon Rebecca Crummey
Below Left: The Rev. Janet Fullmer from St. Philip in the Field, Sedalia, and Pastor Julie McKnitt from Well of Hope ELCA, Castle Rock, imposing ashes on Rod Walker. Below Right: The Rev. Janet Fullmer, the Rev. Brian Winter, and Pastor Julie McKnitt offer Ashes to Go in Castle Rock. Photos courtesy The Rev. Brian Winter
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