Episcopal Life Daily January 23, 2008
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Today's Episcopal Life Daily includes:
* TOP STORY - San Joaquin: 'Moving Forward, Welcoming All' conference to host online audience January 26 * TOP STORY - Archives will launch African American web exhibit * DIOCESAN DIGEST - EUROPE: Bishop hosts France Culture radio discussion on Week of Prayer, Iraqi Christians * DIOCESAN DIGEST - SOUTH CAROLINA: Lawrence consecration as bishop set for January 26 * WORLD REPORT - CHINA: New generation of Christian leaders elected to serve TSPM/CCC * WORLD REPORT - KENYA: Calls mount for truth and reconciliation commission * MISSION - Episcopal Women's Organizations explore new media opportunities * OPINION - Christian unity a mandate, not an option * DAYBOOK - January 24, 2008: Today in Scripture, Prayer, History * CATALYST - Episcopal Haiku
San Joaquin: 'Moving Forward, Welcoming All' conference to host online audience January 26
[Episcopal News Service] When Episcopalians in the Diocese of San Joaquin gather on Saturday, January 26 for "Moving Forward, Welcoming All" at the Church of the Saviour in Hanford, California, they will welcome an online audience.
Viewers may access the live video stream, to be carried via Episcopal Life Online, by logging on to http://www.episcopalchurch.org.
The video stream will also bring Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's greetings to continuing Episcopalians gathered at the Central California Valley historic church, starting about 10 a.m. Pacific time (11 a.m. Mountain, 12 a.m. Central, 1 p.m. Eastern), said Mike Collins, Episcopal Life Media Video/Multicast Unit director.
"The situation in the Diocese of San Joaquin is something that is on the minds of Episcopalians across the country," Collins said. "We felt it was important to provide live streaming coverage to the wider church as well as to show support for those who remain in the diocese."
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_94204_ENG_HTM.htm
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Archives will launch African American web exhibit
[Episcopal News Service] The Archives of the Episcopal Church is planning the launch of an electronic publication and online exhibit titled, "The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice" later this month.
The multimedia exhibit, which will be available here, will cover the period of enslavement to the present, with emphasis on the Civil Rights era, according to a news release from the Archives. As an educational resource for church settings, the exhibit is designed to expand on the strength of reader input and future research, the release said.
A portion of the exhibit is currently installed at the Archives in Austin, Texas.
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_94197_ENG_HTM.htm
More Top Stories: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/elife
EUROPE: Bishop hosts France Culture radio discussion on Week of Prayer, Iraqi Christians http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81803_94194_ENG_HTM.htm
SOUTH CAROLINA: Lawrence consecration as bishop set for January 26 http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81803_94196_ENG_HTM.htm
More Diocesan news: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81803_ENG_HTM.htm
CHINA: New generation of Christian leaders elected to serve TSPM/CCC http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81808_94203_ENG_HTM.htm
KENYA: Calls mount for truth and reconciliation commission http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81808_94200_ENG_HTM.htm
More World news: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81808_ENG_HTM.htm
Episcopal Women's Organizations explore new media opportunities
By Joan Gunderson
[Episcopal News Service] At the annual meeting of the Council of Episcopal Women's Organizations (CEWO) January 10-12, at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City, those present received a quick course in reaching new audiences through blogs, Facebook, YouTube, iPods and other electronic forms of staying in touch. They also received helpful hints for their existing web pages and newsletters. It was all part of a lively set of discussions that focused on identity, visibility and networking.
By the end of the meeting some groups were exploring the possibility of a pilot YouTube project.
Conversations with staff in Episcopal Life Media and Women's Ministries focused on both how these centers could better serve the groups and how the groups could better use the resources available to them. It was noted that the reorganization of the church center will provide opportunities for women's organizations to work with the help of the Women's Leadership and Ministries Office in the Mission Leadership Center, and connect with program officers in the other program areas.
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81799_94199_ENG_HTM.htm
More Mission: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81799_ENG_HTM.htm
Christian unity a mandate, not an option
By Matthew S.C. Olver
[Episcopal News Service] The following op-ed appears in January 23 editions of the Dallas Morning News.
The work for Christian unity is often lumped together with causes like nuclear disarmament and the eradication of world hunger: great ideas but practically impossible. For Christians, however, the organic, visible unity of the Church (i.e. "ecumenism") is not an option but a mandate.
One major result of the multiplication of Christian traditions, denominations and ecclesial communities, is profound confusion. It is common to hear Baptists referred to as members of a different "religion" than Roman Catholics or Methodists, when, in fact, they share a baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. St. Paul explains that baptism is an encounter with the death of Jesus, which is to say, baptism is an encounter with the saving work of Christ on the cross. As the Second Vatican Council affirmed, "Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only."
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/80050_94201_ENG_HTM.htm
More Opinion: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/80050_ENG_HTM.htm
On January 24, 2008, the Church calendar remembers the ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, first woman priest in the Anglican Communion (1944).
* Today in Scripture: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/82457_ENG_HTM.htm * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acp/index.cfm * Today in History: On January 24, 1573, John Donne, poet and dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, was born.
"Episcopal Haiku" from Church Publishing, Inc., by Sarah Goodyear and Ed Weissman, 114 pages, paperback, c. 2007, $10
[Source: Church Publishing, Inc.] The Episcopal Church's rituals and foibles, character and characters, beauty and liturgy -- 17 syllables at a time.
Stand, sit, kneel, stand, kneel: It's quite a good workout for a Sunday morning.
Blessing animals is a joyous day at church. Who has ugly pets?
-- and many more!
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More Catalyst: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/83842_ENG_HTM.htm