[Episcopal News Service – Tucson, Arizona] Peace and security that let them close their eyes and sleep at night; the ability to work and provide for their families: These are the things that female refugees – most of them single mothers – say changed most dramatically in their lives after they were resettled in Tucson.
“I’m really doing much better here. There’s food on the table. The kids are in school. I have clean water, milk and, most of all, peace,” said Murorunkwere Zaburiya, 58. “I can sleep in quiet.”
A Congolese refugee, Zaburiya arrived in Tucson seven months ago with five children, aged 10 to 26, after spending 18 years in a refugee camp in Rwanda.
Illiterate and not speaking a word of English, she became a member of a women’s empowerment group operated by Refugee Focus, which receives support from The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Episcopal Migration Ministries service through funding from the United States government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.
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NEW EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY IS UP AND RUNNING AT BROWNSBURG
AN EVENING OF COMMUNITY SPIRITUAL REVIVALAs a part of the Rev. Allen Rutherford's Lilly Endowment spiritual renewal grant, the parish of St. John's, Mt. Vernon was required to have their own renewal. One of their big ideas was to have an "old time spiritual tent revival" during the summer for the St. John's community and anyone else who would like to attend. So... they are doing it on 812-838-5445. ! There will be food, music, and God's word. Special guests include the Rev. Bobby Rich, noted author and evangelist Dan Goodwin, the worship team of Crossroads Bible Church with Pastor Chad Everett, singers and preachers Kyle and Stephanie Whitten, The Good News Troubadours and the Sound of Faith. St. John's welcomes Episcopalians from throughout the diocese to attend this free event. For more information, call the St. John's parish office at
YOUTH SUMMER LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
This will be a fun and exciting time hosted by St. Christopher's, Carmel. The weekend is designed to prepare our greatest resource for leaders: young people. During this weekend, our young people will explore a range of topics including: working with small groups, leading liturgy, collective decision making and much more. Youth can look forward to group and community building, sessions lead by adult volunteers and local clergy, breakout sessions, large group games, and community worship. The registration form is here.
NEXT WEEK FOR YOUR DIOCESAN STAFF
The diocesan office will be closed Monday, May 25. The rest of the week will find most of the staff at ACS training or other conferences, learning how to better serve the needs of the diocese. Please be patient. If no one is available to answer the phone, please leave a voice mail. We will be notified that we have a message and will respond as quickly as possible. Thanks!
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER
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Faithfully, John Oaks... on behalf of your diocesan staff.
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By Mary Frances Schjonberg |
[Episcopal News Service] Of the many ways the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society supports Episcopalians in their effort to live out the fourth Mark of Mission’s call to “seek to transform unjust structures of society,”Jubilee Ministries is one of the staunchest.
There are now nearly 700 Jubilee Ministry Centers across The Episcopal Church. (The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business and carries out mission.)
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There are so many ways to love, and to love better. Let’s concentrate on five for today.
1. Focus on one good quality.
Especially when you’re feeling critical and grumpy, ask yourself, What is one characteristic of this person that is wonderful and that I should not overlook? Focusing on a quality you appreciate can help you ease up on the one thing this moment that really irritates you. This can change the course of your feelings and your conversation.
Maybe you’ve been with this person for 40 years and you can finish his sentences. Still, there’s a lot there you don’t know and that you don’t see. You can’t get inside another person’s soul. Sometimes all you have to go on is what you learn by listening with attention and openness. Don’t assume you already know what he wants or why she is hurt, or what would make this person happy right now.
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From the Days of Deepening Friendship.....
Back when so many of us in this country were farmers, when more of us lived in the country than in cities, we understood in our very bones that spring was the season for planting. Some of us still sense this when the weather warms and the days grow longer. We plant vegetable gardens or create container gardens in our small city spaces. Spring breezes inspire us to dig in the dirt and begin our own little kingdoms of beauty.
Might we apply more broadly this metaphor of planting? Can we allow spring to inspire us to plant habits that can produce good work and well-being later on?
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has opened the application process for young Christians around the world to spend “a year in God’s time” at Lambeth Palace in London.
Christians aged 20-35 have the opportunity to spend a year living together as a community inspired by the ancient monastic traditions of St. Benedict, St. Francis and St. Ignatius. They will live according to a shared Rule of Life and follow a pattern of silence, prayer, worship, study and service to the poor.
The Community of St. Anselm will initially consist of 16 people living at Lambeth Palace full-time, and up to 40 people, who live and work in London, joining part-time.
Young Anglicans from around the Communion are invited to apply to join the community – with both male and female applicants welcome.
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Today, simply listen to Psalm 38. Allow its words to speak for aspects of what you’re going through. Click through to listen to this week’s audio “Psalm 38.”
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Joyous celebration of Frances Perkins’ feast day from Maine to D.C.
By Christiana Adams
[Episcopal News Service] In her many different roles as public servant but especially as secretary of labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cabinet, Frances Perkins exemplified these words, working steadfastly and ceaselessly to ensure that the poor and needy in our land “be maintained in health and decency.”
“Like Jesus who fed the multitudes rather than turning them away,” the Rev. Lu-Anne Conner ofSt. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine said, “when Frances Perkins saw the breadlines during the Great Depression, she understood that her work was to ‘go and do likewise.’” And she did – by helping to create Social Security, secure a minimum wage, shorten the work day and by end child labor.
“Celebrating the [May 13] feast day of Frances Perkins,” said Conner, “is particularly meaningful at St. Andrew’s because Frances Perkins worshiped here for 60 years.
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11 Gospel References to Mary, the Mother of Jesus
by VINITA HAMPTON WRIGHT on 05/12/2014
Where is Mary the mother of Jesus mentioned in the Bible? Today, let’s look at the Gospel accounts. Also included is a passage from Acts, believed to be written by the Gospel writer of Luke.
Matthew 1:16–25. She is named as the wife of Joseph, in Jesus’ genealogy. What follows is the Nativity story, the only one recounting Joseph’s response to learning that Mary was pregnant—he would “dismiss” her quietly rather than expose her shame. But an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and revealed the situation, instructing Joseph to take Mary as his wife, which he did. This passage skips over the journey to Bethlehem but simply states that Mary bore a son, and Joseph named the child Jesus.
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From the High Calling… one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I’m going to ask you to start praying for the Internet.
(Which I promise you was never a sentence I thought I would write in my life.)
We are in need of witness over argument, testimony over talking points, and such work is not brought by better SEO or updated plugins or the latest typography, but by the Holy Spirit of God indwelling every last bit of what we do, including every last bit of the Internet. For it is to the Internet, too, the Gospel is come. If the Gospel is a light to search out every darkness, then blogs and online shopping and all the vile and cruel and wicked and the Youtube comments and the this and that and that other thing—all of this, too, is being brought into line under the One to whom all things must bend.
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Our own Carolyn Tungate explains it all!
This month I’d like to write generally about the different fund drives in the Episcopal Church. If you haven’t been raised from the “cradle” in the Episcopal Church you may not know what these are and how they help others and maybe our selves.
One is the United Thank Offering (UTO). It was begun by a group of church women in 1889 to support women’s ministries. It has become a worldwide effort to meet compelling human needs and to expand the mission and ministry of the church for men, women and children throughout the world.
The United Thank offering is a way for each person to express thanks to God. Church members are encouraged to have a UTO Blue Box to put their loose change in daily in thanksgiving for the blessings of each day. The funds are then gathered twice a year, May and November, and sent to the diocesan office and then to national to support the projects proposed by the dioceses for themselves or their companion dioceses around the world. There is a UTO coloring book for the children which can be downloaded from the national Episcopal website.
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