Diocesan News

News and Information January 14, 2012
  
Note: The Diocesan House will be closed Monday, Jan 16, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
 
In this edition
 
Introducing New AMRT Chair

Events
    Jan 15 & 16 MLK Events in E Tennessee
    Jan 21 ‘Red Tails’ Screens in Knoxville
    Jan 25 Kids First Child Advocacy Center ‘SOUP’S ON’
    Jan 27 & 28 Social Media for Pastors (view online)
    Jan 28, Safeguarding God’s Children, Kingsport
    Jan 29 All Saints Episcopal School Showcase
    Jan 29 Project Canterbury Open-House
    Jan 29 Interfaith Discussion on the Care of Creation
    March 28 & April 18 Safeguarding God’s People, Chattanooga
    May 10 – 12, Faith, Hope & Health

Opportunities
    Part-time Church Secretary, Thankful Memorial, Chattanooga
    Jan 23 Webinar: GreenFaith’s Certification Program
    Jan 26 Volunteer Opportunity at Project Homeless Connect
    Paid Internship Opportunity in Diocese of Kansas

News Features
    Religious Groups Given ‘Exception’ to Work Bias Law
    Haitians Quietly Mark Second Year After Earthquake
    Keeping the Dream – Through Service and Song

Sewanee News
    The School of Theology, Sewanee, Spring Lecture Series
    Applications Sought for the Lilly Summer Discernment Institute
    Tuition Change for The School of Theology

For Vestries

Lenten and Easter Resources

Around the Communion, the Nation and the World

Of Interest
 
 
Introducing New Appalachian Ministries Resource Team Chair
 
Megan Alden is a multiple year member of the AMRT and the chair of the diocesan committee for 2012. The Appalachian Ministries Resource Team’s vision is service to the people of East Tennessee. This team serves as a networking and information clearinghouse for the Appalachian region. We provide opportunity for ministry by connecting individuals and congregations with existing community service groups. We know that by helping to form these relationships we minister not only to those in need but also to those offering skills as volunteers, allowing them to grow into the vision that Christ has for each of us. Megan’s contact information and more information about the AMRT ministry may be found at the AMRT web page.
 

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Events
 
Events Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in East Tennessee
 
Jan 15 and 16 events in East Tennessee communities celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. are listed in the News Sentinel. Let’s all join our communities in person or in prayer for these events toward the realization of Dr. King’s dream.
 
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‘Red Tails’ Screens in Knoxville Jan 21
 
On Saturday, Jan 21, at 1 pm, the Knoxville African American Film Festival will sponsor a showing of the heralded George Lucas film, “Red Tails,” at Regal Cinemas Riviera, 501 Gay Street. The movie is about the historic role of the all-black Tuskegee Airmen and in World War II. As the war in Europe continued to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon resorted to unorthodox measures. One of these was mobilizing including untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Against all the odds these young airmen distinguished themselves in the skies to fight for their country. East Tennessee WWW II veterans and family members will be in the audience as an acknowledgement of their brave service to this country. There will also be a question and answer session following the movie. Contact Michael Moore for information, 865-360-6706.
 
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KidsFirst Child Advocacy Center
Jan 25, 7th Annual ‘SOUP’S ON’
Lunch 11 am – 1 pm, Dinner 4:30 – 7 pm
Tellico Village Christian Life Center
 
The mission of Kids First is to help heal the pain of child abuse. We are a private, non-profit agency serving severely abused children and their non-offending family members in the counties of Loudon, Morgan, Meigs and Roane. Your support of this event will directly help with this mission. We will be serving three homemade soups, Hunter’s Chili, fresh homemade bread, and dessert. Back by popular demand is the Blackfoot Potato and Sausage Soup, Tuscan Chicken and the Elvis Presley Vegetable. You can try all three soups and the Hunter’s Chili—it’s an all you can eat feast. Warm up your tummy and treat your friends and family to a bottomless bowl! See the event flyer here.
 
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Social Media for Pastors
View Online Jan 27 and 28
 
An event will be held at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, that is structured to help churches engage members and visitors through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Livestream, Ustream, blogs or other social media sites. Participation is available via the web; see details here.
 
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Safeguarding God’s Children
Jan 28, St. Paul, 161 East Ravine Rd, Kingsport
 
St. Paul, Kingsport, will offer a Safeguarding God’s Children training on Jan 28 beginning at 10 am. Those interested should call the office at 423-245-5187 to register.
 
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You’re Invited
All Saints Episcopal School Afternoon Showcase
Jan 29, 2 – 4 pm
3275 Maple Valley Rd., Morristown

> Concerts and performances
> Student work on display
> Classroom tours
> Fantastic artwork
> Demonstrations of all kinds
> Alumni and student basketball games
> Chess wizardry
> Door prizes and refreshments

Bring your child, bring a friend and come see what All Saints’ has to offer. Whether you are an alum, part of the school community, or curious about educational opportunities, we know you will delight in our students’ accomplishments. We look forward to seeing you!
 
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Project Canterbury Open-House
Jan 29, 7 pm
 
All parishioners in the southeast part of the diocese are cordially invited to join the Project Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry for a special open house during the weekly student gathering atChristChurchon Sunday, Jan 29. Students will gather for Dinner at 6:14, and the open house event will begin with Eucharist at 7 in the nave with The Rev.WilKeith presiding. After worship there will be a dessert reception in your honor. This is an excellent opportunity to experience this new ministry for yourself and to learn about how you can be supportive! Please contact Campus Missioner Zack Nyein or Matt Harbison with questions.
 
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Interfaith Discussion on the Care of Creation
12:30 pm, Jan 29 at Grace Church
20 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga
 
Please Join Us at Grace Episcopal Church on Sun, Jan 29, for an Interfaith Discussion on the Care of Creation. We will begin at12:30 pm for lunch and fellowship. The panel will convene at 1:30 and will feature speakers:

● The Rev. Jerry Cappel — Associate for Faith Formation at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Louisville,Kentucky. Jerry is also Environmental Coordinator for Province IV.

● Rabbi Bill Tepper — Rabbi of the Mitzpah Congregation, a Reform Synagogue inChattanooga.

●Mohsin Ali — A Chattanooga adolescent psychiatrist, devout Muslim, and recent lecturer on Islam at the Thorne Sparkman School of Religion.
 
There is no charge for thisevent, but so we can plan adequate lunch, please register by sending an email with the number in your party to greenteam@saygrace.net.
 
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Safeguarding God’s People in Chattanooga Area in Spring
 
Reserve March 28 or April 18 on your calendar for Safeguarding God’s People training in the Chattanooga area. The trainings will be held 9:30 am – 2 pm. More details to come.
 
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Faith, Hope and Health
Registration Open for 2012 NEHM Conference
May 10 – 12, DeKoven Center, Racine, Wisconsin
 
Registration is now open for National Episcopal Health Ministries’ 2012 conference with keynote speaker Edwina Gateley. Get information here; register here.
 

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Opportunities
 
Part-time Church Secretary Position Open
Thankful Memorial, Chattanooga
 
Thankful Memorial is looking to fill a part-time position of Church Secretary, 10-14 hours a week, paid hourly. Some flexibility of scheduling is possible. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this position, please ask them to e-mail the Rev. Leyla King at thankfulrector@comcast.net . Competency in basic Word and Excel are required.
 
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Webinar Jan 29: GreenFaith Cert Program
Tuition Subsidies Available
 
Tuition subsidies are available for the May 1, 2012 application deadline for GreenFaith’s Certification Program (http://greenfaith.org/success-stories/episcopal-church-partnership-certification). To learn more about the program and the tuition subsidies being offered, GreenFaith is offering a free webinar on January 23, 8 – 9 pm EST. Sign up today.
 
The GreenFaith Certification Program is a nationally-recognized two-year program which helps congregations “green” their worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
 
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Volunteer Opportunity
Project Homeless Connect
Jan 26, National Guard Armory, Chattanooga
 
Each year the Regional Homeless Coalition sponsors Project Homeless Connect. It is an event that brings together the area homeless community with the various service providers in the Chattanooga area. It will be held at the National Guard Armory, 1801 S. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga,on Jan 26, 9 am – 1:30 pm. If you want to volunteer, go to Project Homeless Connect Chattanooga and register.
 
Gently used clothing and other items will also be collected for Project Homeless Connect – see this list for needed items.
 
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Paid Internship Opportunity
in the Diocese of Kansas
 
Campus Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas:  Young adults interested in opportunities to further vocational discernment while exercising gifts for ministry are encouraged to consider serving one or two years in-residence as a campus ministry intern for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Position description and application may be found here. For more information, email the Rev. Michael S. Bell.
 
 

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News Features
 
Religious Groups Given ‘Exception’
to Work Bias Law
 
In what may be its most significant religious liberty decision in two decades, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time recognized a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws, saying that churches and other religious groups must be free to choose and dismiss their leaders without government interference. Read the New York Times article here.
 
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Haitians Quietly Mark 2nd Year After Earthquake
Diocese Rises Up to Continue Ministry to Country
 
The streets of Port-au-Prince were empty Jan. 12 but the churches were full as residents of the Haitian capital remembered the day two years ago when a magnitude-7 earthquake devastated vast parts of southern Haiti. “Some people stayed home to reflect quietly,” Episcopal Diocese of Haiti Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin told Episcopal News Service. Read the ENS story here.
 
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Keeping the Dream – Episcopalians Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Through Service and Song
 
Episcopalians across the nation are bolstering their Jan 16 celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by adding deeds to words, service to song. In Savannah, Georgia, laity and clergy, children and adults alike, will march as the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church choir joins those from with other churches to belt out gospel tunes from atop a parade float. Read the full ENS story by Pat McCaughan
 
 

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Sewanee News
 
The School of Theology, Sewanee, Announces Spring Lecture Series
 
Lectures are open to the public; more information may be found at the School of Theology web site.
 
Jan 31 and Feb 1 — The Rev. Dr. Judith Maltby will address two issues in the worship of the early modern Church of England: the use of the Bible in worship and the debate over the use of worship books versus the practice of extemporaneous prayer. Read more.
 
Feb 16 — Dr. Cristina Vanin’s lecture,Paying Attention: Thomas Berry and Ignatian Practice, will focus on the age of global environmental crisis. Read more.
 
Feb 29 — Dr. J. Kameron Carter will lecture on what is perhaps the key question of Christian life and thought today: the question of the articulation of Christian identity to racial identity (including nationalism), on the one hand, and the making of the modern, Western citizen, on the other. Read more.
 
March 12 — Kathleen Coleman will lecture on Christians in the Roman arena. Details to follow.
 
April 10 — Stephen Burnett and Bonnie Burgess will lead a three-hour presentation on financial management in parishes. Read more.
 
April 23 and 24 — The Rev. Canon Martin Sealy will deliver two lectures — the first will focus on Christian Muslim relations. The second will focus on preaching in the Anglican tradition. Read more.
 
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Applications Sought for the Lilly Summer Discernment Institute
 
The Lilly Summer Discernment Institute is now accepting applications from undergraduate students at colleges and universities across the nation interested in exploring careers in ministry and/or service for the summer. The program, which has space for 12 students, will run June 4 – July 28, 2012. All applications are due by March 1, 2012, and must be submitted online. Students interested in exploring vocations in ordained ministry or service with non-profit organizations are encouraged to find full-time placements with substantive exposure to the type of work that interests them. The program provides a $2,400 stipend for their work and some travel support. Past internships have been in parishes, shadowing clergy, leading youth ministry, studying monastic life, working with disabled adults and children, the homeless, rural medical care, orphanages, refugee assimilation, and more.
 
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Tuition Change for The School of Theology
 
The Board of Regents of the University of the South has approved a change to the tuition at The School of Theology that reduces the tuition from $18,730 to $14,980 per year for new students beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. Read more here.
 
 

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For Vestries
 
The Vestry Resource Guide
 
“Serving on a vestry is an adventure in faith. And The Vestry Resource Guide is the ultimate companion to help each and every vestry member embark on that adventure.  See the resource contents and order the guide from Forward Movement Publications here, or call 800-543-1813.
 
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The Vestry Papers
 
“If, as Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says, “Mission is the heartbeat of the Church,” then the vestry is the life-giving oxygen that keeps the heartbeat on a steady course,” says the Episcopal Church Foundation in its Vestry Papers e-news. The focus of Vestry Papers this month and next is Real Basics for Vestries, offering strategies for congregations looking to try different ways of addressing familiar challenges. See Upcoming ECF Webinars: Winter 2012 as well as more resources and informationat the ECF web site.
 
 

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Lenten and Easter Resources
 
Lenten Meditations Available in English and Spanish through Episcopal Media Center
 
Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce that both the print and electronic versions of its 2012 Lenten Meditations will be available in English and Spanish. Co-authored by a group of Episcopal Church leaders from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, this year’s devotional booklet focuses on how Christians can work to promote health and fight disease while preparing their own lives for healing during the Lenten season. More information here.
 
Note that Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday is on the first Sunday in Lent, Feb 26 – more information here.
 
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Forward Movement is offering a several resources; click here for information.
 
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Anglicans Online shares a list of Lent and Easter Resources here
 
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Lent and Easter resources for you and your church available from CSS here.
 
 

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Around the Communion, the Nation and the World
 
> New generation explores intersection of faith, service, community. Saint Hilda’s House interns have been serving as chaplains for Occupy in New Haven, Connecticut. They have held services, especially compline, regularly and helped organize others to offer different types of spiritual support such as meditation. Read the ENS story by Sharon Sheridan here.
 
> Episcopal Relief & Development Welcomes Five New Members to its Board of Directors. The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson (Louisiana), Meredith A. Brown (Long Island), Lindsay Coates (Washington) and Judith Morrison (Washington) begin their terms effective January 1, 2012.  The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls (Ex Officio) began his Board term in September 2011, upon the retirement of the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Episcopal Church, Linda Watt. Read the story here.
 
> National Cathedral appoints Francis H. Wade interim dean. Search process also announced for new dean. Wade has been called on a part-time basis to focus on spiritual guidance and support to the cathedral during its search and transition to a new dean. Canon Kathleen A. Cox, the cathedral’s executive director and chief operating officer, will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the cathedral. Wade will take up his new position on Jan. 6, according to a press release. Read the story here.
 
> Local communities reach deep, reach out and rebuild. After a year of disasters, Episcopalians embrace the power of partners. In a year of extraordinary natural disasters – tornadoes, fires, floods and earthquakes – Episcopalians are reaching out nationally and internationally through prayer, financial assistance and “boots on the ground” relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts, and are forging creative partnerships in the process. Read the ENS story by Pat McCaughan.
 
> Paul Nix of Atlanta, GA has been named interim Legal Counsel for the Episcopal Churchto fill the post vacated by the retirement of Tom Duggan, Esq., at the end of 2011. Nix will hold the position until a search for a permanent Legal Counsel is conducted following the 77th General Convention in July. The appointment, effective January 9, was made by Bishop Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church. Read the story here.
 
 

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Of Interest
 
> Religion and Humor: Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon says even he was surprised by the overt religious imagery in his newest CD, “So Beautiful or So What.” In a rare interview about spirituality, Simon talks about his profound interest in God and spiritual issues, and how all of that gets expressed in his work – see the video at PBS Religion and Ethics.
 
> Pay it forward – Feeling down: Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc8ZbVcdHpg

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