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Daybook -- Today is Thursday, November 16, 2006. The Church calendar remembers Margaret, Queen of Scotland (1045-1093).
* Today in Scripture: Daily Office meditation: http://www.forwardmovement.org/todaysreading.cfm * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acp/index.cfm * Today in History: On this day in 1976, the United Church of Lanka was inaugurated at a ceremony in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). The church union involved the two Anglican dioceses in Sri Lanka -- Colombo and Kurunagala -- as well as the Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian Churches, and the Jaffna Diocese in Sri Lanka of the Church of South India. http://www.episcopalarchives.com/cgi-bin/ENS/ENSpress_release.pl?pr_number=76011
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A round-up of news from Episcopal dioceses since November 9:
ATLANTA: Alexander calls diocese to celebrate 100th year with worship, outreach http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79661_ENG_HTM.htm
HAWAI'I: Outgoing bishop calls for continued transformation http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79632_ENG_HTM.htm
KANSAS: St. David's, Topeka, begins recovery after arson fire http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79634_ENG_HTM.htm
MISSOURI: Bishop reiterates commitment to the Anglican Communion http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79745_ENG_HTM.htm
NORTHERN INDIANA: Convention backs bishop on Windsor Report http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79699_ENG_HTM.htm
OKLAHOMA: Hold to Episcopal Church's uniqueness, bishop tells convention http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79708_ENG_HTM.htm
OHIO: 'Grow, give, and serve,' bishop tells diocese http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79629_ENG_HTM.htm
PENNSYLVANIA: Standing Committee files complaint against Bennison http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79573_ENG_HTM.htm
UTAH: Convention considers eco-friendly strategies, expresses 'disappointment' in B033 http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79654_ENG_HTM.htm
VIRGINIA: Diocese, All Saints' Church agree on disposition of property http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79576_ENG_HTM.htm
VIRGINIA: Bishop saddened by vestry recommendation to leave Episcopal Church http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79765_ENG_HTM.htm
WEST MISSOURI: Convention supports stem-cell research, hears bishop's call for unity, evangelism http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79657_ENG_HTM.htm
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: Bishop calls convention to mission http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79663_ENG_HTM.htm
WEST VIRGINIA: Bishop calls for attention to Gospel, not conflict http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79626_ENG_HTM.htm
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AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA: Ndungane lectures in Melbourne on the 'Heartlands of Anglicanism' http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79750_ENG_HTM.htm
ENGLAND: Faith leaders back British finance bond for mass immunization of poor http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79760_ENG_HTM.htm
ENGLAND: General Synod holds first virtual question time http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79755_ENG_HTM.htm
ENGLAND, WALES: Anglican, Catholic bishops hold bi-lateral meeting http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79756_ENG_HTM.htm
INDIAN OCEAN: Antsiranana schools projects embody Millennium Development Goals http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79748_ENG_HTM.htm
JAMAICA: Anglican priest brutally murdered in Kingston http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79764_ENG_HTM.htm
RWANDA: New college to offer unique studies of reconciliation http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79752_ENG_HTM.htm
SOUTHERN CONE: Bishops renew position of 'impaired communion,' support developing new ecclesial structure in U.S. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79759_ENG_HTM.htm
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Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry leader Christina Hing receives Bishop's Cross http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_79740_ENG_HTM.htm
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Catalyst: "A Manual for Eucharistic Visitors" from Morehouse Publishing, by Beth Wickenberg Ely, 85 pages, paperback, c. 2005, $9.95
[Source: Morehouse Publishing] -- This revised edition of the classic Manual for Lay Eucharistic Ministers offers practical guidance on everything a Eucharistic minister or Eucharistic visitor does. (Eucharistic ministers help to administer the elements at the Eucharist, while Eucharistic visitors bring those elements to members of the congregation who can't be present). This guide, updated to include the new canons and procedures, also offers suggestions on how to prepare oneself spiritually to present the sacrament, what to do when visiting the sick or shut-in parishioner with the Eucharist, and how to prepare a sacred space in someone's home or hospital room.
Appendices include rites, suggested prayers and guidelines, services for commissioning and sending forth Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and a bibliography. Beth Ely also traces the changing customs and canons of lay administration of communion from the early churches to the present, and discusses the riches and mystery of the Holy Eucharist through the centuries.
To order: Episcopal Books and Resources online at http://www.episcopalbookstore.org or call 800-903-5544.
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