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Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP p827
The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts
Wed, 16 May 2007 21:25:55 -0400 - Current Exhibition
Image and Likeness

Carole Baker, Curator

For this exhibition, artists were invited to observe Christ’s presence in the world in which we find ourselves. Of the work represented here, Curator Carole Baker says the artists "reveal the varied and apparently random ways Jesus makes himself present in our lives. Some reflect mountaintop experiences while some reflect the truth witnessed on the cross. But they share the understated affirmation that God continues to use artists to see and show the mysterious ways Jesus participates in all aspects of our lives."
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Wed, 16 May 2007 21:28:06 -0400 - Illustrated Word
A Pentecost Day by Judy Krum
Artwork, Filled with the Spirit, by Donna Shasteen

What a day! Judy Krum describes a Pentecost Day in all its glory.

the leaves marched in procession
behind the banner of the Dove,
        the spirit of newness and hope.
A Pentecost Day.

The poem is accompanied by a mixed media piece by artist Donna Shasteen that is inspired by Ephesians 5.18, "... be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs ...".
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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:04:21 -0400 -

The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, talks with Birmingham mayor William Bell during an interview at the 16th Street Baptist Church in BirminghamBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, visited one of America’s sacred sanctuaries on Saturday, touring the church where four African-American girls were killed in a 1963 bombing that galvanized the civil rights movement. As more than 300 protesters and supporters chanted and beat drums outside, the Dalai Lama held hands with Birmingham Mayor William Bell inside the 16th Street Baptist Church and said he was overjoyed to stand at the site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in the 1960s launched rallies for freedom for African-Americans. “Human rights starts from within," the Dalai Lama said. It does grow from earth." He said: ”Martin Luther King was important to the acceptance of civil rights.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:11:16 -0400 -

File photo of a man standing above the Bet Medhane Alem rock church during an Orthodox Good Friday celebration in LalibelaBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades after images of famine and communist purges filled TV screens and shaped the world's view for a generation. Yet Solomon's Ethiopian Tourism Organisation is making headway in the battle to change attitudes. "That aspect has definitely diminished: the old clichés, the old paradigm, the old mentality of Ethiopia being a country of famine and war, but rather now with a potential for economic growth," said Solomon, chief executive of the organization, a joint initiative between the state and private enterprise.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:59:03 -0400 -

Pope Francis gestures at the end of his weekly general audience on Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 22, 2014Pope Francis on Thursday branded life-long prison terms "a hidden death sentence" in an attack on "penal populism" that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture. In a wide-ranging speech to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, the pontiff said believers should oppose life-long incarceration as strongly as the use of capital punishment. "All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty -- whether it is legal or illegal and in all its forms -- but also to improve the conditions of incarceration to ensure that the human dignity of those deprived of their freedom is respected," the pope said in Italian. A sentence of life (without parole) is a hidden death penalty."

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:21:18 -0400 -

Actor Christian Bale addresses a press conference for the film Oscar-winner Christian Bale -- best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films -- will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined," said Sorkin, who is writing the script for Sony Pictures based on the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:09:22 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:24:04 -0400 -

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarization in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. ...

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:29:45 -0400 -

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis receives an autographed soccer ball by Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, left, and Bayern Munich's President Karl Hopfner, center, during a private audience with team and officials at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players Wednesday they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:45:14 -0400 - BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston church official who claimed in an autobiography that he was an enforcer for gangster James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that he looted his church's assets.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:16:31 -0400 -

Pope FrancisROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and in Iraq. During his three-day visit, the pope will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will also meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the Orthodox churches that make up the second-largest Christian church family after Roman Catholicism. ...

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:24:13 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:18:59 -0400 -

In this file photo, Sri Lankan Catholic devotees are seen gathering for mass on Good Friday, in Colombo, on April 2, 2010The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka on Tuesday asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:53:14 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:16:10 -0400 -

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:02:06 -0400 -

Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after a papal mass at St Peter's square on October 19, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos."

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:43:24 -0400 -

Pope Francis celebrates a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod. ...

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:37:08 -0400 -

The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and DivorceesAs a Vatican assembly on the family came to a close on Saturday, bishops ditched a document believed to signal a major shift in how the Church views gays and remarried Catholics, thus rejecting the vision of Pope Francis to chart a more ecumenical approach to ministering to Catholics around the globe. So sharply divided were the bishops that they could not even approve a watered-down version of the text that would provide ministering to homosexuals.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:02:17 -0400 - Gay advocacy groups in the United States have responded with disappointment after Pope Francis' attempt to extend a more welcoming hand to gays and divorced Catholics was turned aside by a synod of bishops in Rome Saturday.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:32:26 -0400 -

A tapestry showing late Pope Paul VI hangs on St Peter's basilica during a papal mass for his beatification the on October 19, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:35:41 -0400 -

Copies of the Osservatore Romano Vatican newspaper with a photo of Pope Paul VI on the front page are seen over empty chairs prior to the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate his beatification ceremony and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at the end of a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops discussing family life, marriage, divorce, sex and gay unions. Paul VI oversaw the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 world-wide church meetings which brought the Catholic Church into modern times. The parallels between Francis and Paul, and the divisive issues both men confronted, are significant. Here are 5 Things to Know about Paul VI.

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:44:43 -0400 -

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on October 15, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:21:03 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history. The document, issued at the end of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, pointed to deep divisions within the Church on issues such as reaching out to homosexuals and Catholics who have divorced and re-married in civil services. ...

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:11:22 -0400 - NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan that will replace a house of worship that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:10:17 -0400 -

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrives to attend the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on October 16, 2014 in MilanVietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:46:53 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:11:23 -0400 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:07:30 -0400 - A Pakistani high court has upheld the death sentence given to Asia Bibi, a jailed Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in 2010, whose case at the time played into an atmosphere of recrimination and spawned several murders of prominent human rights and political figures.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:56:58 -0400 - By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - A former minister of religious affairs in Myanmar was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday on charges of misappropriation of state funds and sedition, his lawyer said. Hsan Hsint, who was sacked on June 19, was handed a 10-year prison term and 100,000 kyat ($100) fine for sedition, lawyer Tin Tun told Reuters, and an additional three-year sentence for a charge of siphoning off state funds worth $10,000. Tin Tun said prosecutors failed to provide concrete evidence of Hsan Hsint's guilt. ...
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:36:32 -0400 -

Kenyan bishops called for a boycott of the country's tetanus vaccination campaignNairobi (AFP) - Kenya on Friday said a tetanus vaccination campaign was entirely safe and would save children's lives, dismissing claims by the country's Roman Catholic church that it made women infertile.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:56:02 -0400 -

A member of a gay activist group holds a sign in front of St. Peter's square in VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people. The alterations pointed to continued tensions between conservatives and progressive bishops at the closed-door assembly, known as a synod, which is discussing family issues such as homosexuality, divorce and birth control. ...

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:51 -0400 -

Pope Francis greets a Vatican Swiss Guard as he arrives for a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English.

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