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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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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:45:12 -0400 -

Pope Francis talks to a group of nuns during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 10, 2014Washington (AFP) - A 17,000-name petition in support of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States deemed too liberal by the Vatican has been delivered to the Holy See, organizers said Monday.


Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:55:16 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:23:30 -0400 -

Photo taken and released by Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on September 12, 2014 shows emergency workers transporting a man after he was pulled out from the rubble of The Synagogue Church of All NationsLagos (AFP) - Rescue workers have pulled three more bodies from a collapsed guesthouse at a megachurch in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos, raising the death toll to 45, emergency services said on Monday.


Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:50:59 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it's not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend trip to majority Muslim Albania despite reports of Islamic militants returning from the Mideast.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:51:33 -0400 - A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 190 children being "rescued", along with the detention of dozens of people, a state newspaper said on Monday. Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people who speak a Turkic language, has been beset for years by violence that the Chinese government blames on Islamist militants and separatists. Hundreds have died in violence in Xinjiang in the past 18 months, prompting a sweeping crackdown by the government, including on religious activities. Last month the government said it had "rescued" 82 children in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi from religious schools known as madrassas, and that campaign appears to be continuing.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:40:42 -0400 -

Pope Francis, left beneath a baldachin, weds twenty couples inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Forty A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday. In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.


Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:09:22 -0400 -

Sara Pisano, left, and Danilo Spagnoli, just married by Pope Francis, smile during the wedding ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Pope Francis married 20 couples Sunday, including some who already live together and those with children, technically a sin in the eyes of the church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.


Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:03:48 -0400 - The number of people killed in the collapse of a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of Nigeria's best-known Christian evangelical pastors rose to 41 on Sunday, rescuers said, as they worked to clear the wreckage. The five-story building in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos collapsed on Friday, and Farinloye said some 130 people had been pulled out alive with varying degrees of injury. Local media showed a mound of flattened concrete and twisted steel wires at the compound belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, which is headed by "Prophet" T.B. Joshua, who has followers across Africa and around the world. "We have 41 dead now," Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman in Lagos for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:31:14 -0400 -

Pope Francis officiates a mass at the wedding of 20 couples in St.Peter's Basilica at the VaticanPope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive. In the first wedding he has performed in his 18-month-old papacy, Francis took each couple through their vows in turn -- including Gabriella and Guido, who already had children and thought such a marriage would be impossible, official broadcasting service Radio Vaticana said. "Some already live together, some already have children." The ceremony was the first of its kind in the Vatican since Pope John Paul II presided over a wedding in 2000, when he was the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics. His approach contrasts with that of his predecessor, the German Pope Benedict, who said that threats to the traditional family undermined the future of humanity itself.


Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:11:37 -0400 - At least 17 people were killed when a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of Nigeria's best-known Christian evangelical pastors collapsed, rescue officials said on Saturday. More than 100 people were hurt when the building collapsed on Friday at the compound in the Ikotun neighborhood belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations. "We are still working," Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman in Lagos for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told Reuters. He earlier said the lower floors of the building located in the church compound had already been operating as a guest house.
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:13:15 -0400 -

In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 file photo, an Italian Alpine soldier plays a homage with his trumpet to the fallen soldiers of World War I, ahead of a concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I at the Redipuglia memorial in Northeastern Italy. The largest Italian war memorial, Redipuglia encases 100,000 Italian soldiers killed in battle, 60,000 of those whose identity remains unknown and 40,000 who are identified, sometimes with just an initial. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini, File)REDIPUGLIA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.


Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:57:35 -0400 -

Pope Francis prays at the World War I memorial in Redipuglia, northern Italy, on September 13, 2014Pope Francis on Saturday denounced those who profit from the "madness" of war at a ceremony in the north west of Italy to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Around him, neat rows of graves lined Italy's largest military graveyard in the region of Veneto, near the Slovenian border, home to the more than 100,000 soldiers killed during the Great War. Pope Francis said the same "greed, intolerance (and) the lust for power" was driving conflicts in the world today.


Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:32:04 -0400 -

Pope Francis walks inside the Austro-Hungarian cemetery at Fogliano in RedipugliaBy Stefano Rellandini REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried. The pope began his brief visit to northern Italy by first praying in a nearby, separate cemetery for some 15,000 soldiers from five nations of the Austro-Hungarian empire which were on the losing side of the Great War that broke out 100 years ago. In the past few months, Francis has made repeated appeals for an end to conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and parts of Africa.


Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:39:22 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful — not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already live together and those with children, technically a sin in the eyes of the church.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:04:31 -0400 -

FILE - In this April 20, 1999 file photo former Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley laughs as he poses for a photo with school children. Paisley the fiery Protestant leader has died in Northern Ireland aged 88 his wife Eileen said Friday Sept. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Paul Faith) UNITED KINGDOM OUTDUBLIN (AP) — The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast. He was 88.


Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:39:30 -0400 -

J166122907DUBLIN (AP) — For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never."


Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:26:30 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Turkey at the end of November, traveling to a country on the front lines of the Islamic militant surge that has forced tens of thousands of Christians to flee their homes.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:57:54 -0400 - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri Lankan and Vatican officials said Friday.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:38:29 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul at the end of November, his first trip to a predominantly Muslim nation, the Vatican said on Friday. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the exact dates and the program for the trip, which will last several days, were still not fixed. Francis is expected to be in Istanbul on Nov. 30, the feast of St. Andrew, at the invitation of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians. ...


Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:49:36 -0400 - LONDON (AP) — Wife of Ian Paisley says the fiery Protestant leader has died in Northern Ireland.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:45:03 -0400 -

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka on January 13-15The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the head of the Catholic church on the island, called on Rajapakse's government not to use Pope Francis' visit from January 13-15 as a "political tool". "The visit should not be used as a political tool by the government, or the opposition, or anybody else for that matter." Sri Lanka is mainly a Buddhist country, but it has a 7.5 percent Christian population whose block vote could be decisive in the event of a close presidential election. Asked if it would be acceptable if a snap election is concluded before the papal visit, Cardinal Ranjith said: "The government has to decide on those things.... It must be a visit free of politics.


Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:11:26 -0400 - By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A conservative Roman Catholic group severed its 20-year ties with the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday, a week after event organizers took the unprecedented step of allowing a gay group to march under its own banner in the procession. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it pulled out of the March 2015 event because the parade committee denied an anti-abortion group from marching with banners while bending its rules to allow the gay group to do so, League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. City officials and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, welcomed the policy change, announced last week, as a change of tone after years of conflict over the issue. Donohue said the Catholic League is not withdrawing because of any opposition to the gay group's participation.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:59:40 -0400 - NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic League said Thursday that it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:58:35 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 10, 2014The Vatican said Thursday it was committed to reestablishing diplomatic ties with Vietnam as part of a bid to better relations with Asia in general. Pope Francis is keen for the Church to tap into Asia, a continent where the number of Catholics, currently just 3.2 percent of the population, is rocketing. During his five-day visit to South Korea in August -- his first trip to Asia -- the pope called for communist countries Vietnam and China, which do not have formal ties with the Vatican, to accept a "dialogue" with Rome, insisting that Catholics did not view Asia with the mentality of "conquerors".


Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:56:06 -0400 - Why was Ted Cruz booed off the stage while speaking at an event meant to raise awareness of the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East? Because he mentioned Israel, that’s why. Near the end of his speech, Senator Cruz said, “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” At this point, some in the audience started to boo, according to eyewitness accounts and video of the incident. Cruz continued with, “Those who hate Israel hate America.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:30:38 -0400 -

Pope Francis holds a scarf of Argentine football team San Lorenzo of which he is a fan, during his visit to the Sao Jeromino Emiliani church at the Varginha favela in Rio de Janeiro, on July 25, 2013Top Argentine football club San Lorenzo are to name their new stadium after Pope Francis, who is a fervent supporter of the club. "San Lorenzo will make Pope Francis eternal," the club said on its Twitter account. San Lorenzo, which won South America's Libertadores Cup for the first time this year, are to build a new stadium in the historic Gasometro district of Boedo in the Buenos Aires suburbs. San Lorenzo, one of Argentina's top five clubs, took on new prominence in 2013 after the election of the Argentinian pope.


Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:42:15 -0400 - BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Parliament says Pope Francis will make an official visit to the assembly in Strasbourg on Nov. 25.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:43:47 -0400 -

Pope Francis holds a scarf of Argentine football team San Lorenzo of which he is a fan, during his visit to the Sao Jeromino Emiliani church at the Varginha favela in Rio de Janeiro, on July 25, 2013Pope Francis will speak to members of the European parliament in the French city of Strasbourg on November 25. "The official visit will take place on 25 November 2014 in Strasbourg. Parliament President Martin Schulz told parliamentary group leaders that the pope had accepted an invitation extended to him last year, it said. The Vatican confirmed the trip, with its spokesman Federico Lombardi quoted by Italian media as saying the pontiff might briefly visit Strasbourg Cathedral, though no religious ceremony is planned.


Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:59:59 -0400 - BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine club San Lorenzo will name its new stadium after its most famous fan: Pope Francis.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:51:08 -0400 -

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) new president Amit Shah during the appointment of the party's president in New Delhi on July 9, 2014Police Wednesday charged the president of India's ruling political party, Amit Shah, over a speech that allegedly inflamed religious tensions during the national election campaign, an officer said. Shah, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was charged for the speech he made at a rally in northern Uttar Pradesh state that was torn apart last year by deadly Muslim-Hindu riots. "The charge sheet against Amit Shah has been filed by the investigating officer," deputy superintendent of police Yogendra Singh told AFP in the district of Muzaffarnagar where the riots occurred.


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