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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, 31 Jan 2015 08:33:55 -0500 -

Saint Peter's square is silhouetted during a sunset in RomeBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday. Gian Piero Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, reported the cases in a 50-page report read to Vatican officials at a ceremony marking the start of the city-state's judicial year. The Catholic Church has been hit by scandal involving the sexual abuse of children by priests around the world in the past 15 years. Pope Francis has vowed zero tolerance for offenders but victims of abuse want him to do more and make bishops who allegedly covered up the abuse accountable.


Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:25:52 -0500 -

In this March 4, 2013 file photo Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi waves to reporters as he arrives for a meeting, at the Vatican. A new Vatican initiative to actually listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground when an Internet promotional video featuring a sexy blonde was so ridiculed that it was quickly taken down. But the initiative is going ahead, and an inaugural meeting this week will study women's issues in ways that are utterly new for the Holy See. The latest initiative comes courtesy of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an academic who quotes Nietzsche as easily as Amy Winehouse and has no fear of courting controversy as he raises the Vatican profile in sport, art and even atheist circles at the helm of the Vatican's culture ministry. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:02:23 -0500 -

Archbishop of Granada Francisco Javier Martinez (3rdR) prostrates himself on the floor with other clergy at the city's cathedral in a gesture of apology to victims of abuse, November 23, 2014Spain's Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis. A judge in the southern city of Granada on Tuesday charged 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers with sexually abusing altar boys in their care, or being complicit in such acts, from 2004 to 2007. It is the biggest and most serious paedophilia case involving members of the Catholic Church known so far in Spain. Pope Francis called the unidentified man to offer the Church's apology and in November the pontiff said he had ordered a church investigation into the case, saying it had caused him "great pain".


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:54 -0500 -

Several editions of the famous Michelin guide are seen at the Michelin headquarters in Paris on February 23, 2009An American food critic has put France's famed restaurant bible, the Michelin guide, to the test -- and found most of its top Paris listings not worth their exorbitant prices, with lesser-known upstart eateries offering far better value. Meg Zimbeck, who runs Paris By Mouth, a respected online review site that also provides foodie tours to English-speaking visitors, backed up her argument with research: four months of anonymous dining in all Paris restaurants boasting two or three Michelin stars. Her findings, published on her site (), are coming out just ahead of the latest edition of the Michelin guide which will be launched on Monday to great fanfare at the French foreign ministry. "My aim wasn't to take a swipe at the Michelin guide.


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:50:36 -0500 -

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy listens to reporters' questions during a meeting with media in the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See residence in Rome, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate change message onto that of the ever-popular Pope Francis, whose upcoming environmental encyclical has drawn more speculation than any papal document in recent memory. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with senior Vatican officials who helped draft the document, which is expected to be released in June or July. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:15:40 -0500 -

EPA Administrator McCarthy speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Policy Conference in WashingtonBy Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that "the science is real". EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, visiting the Vatican to discuss climate change, said U.S. President Barack Obama shared the pope's belief that it was a moral issue because its effects would be felt most by the poorest and weakest nations. "He (Pope Francis) is really a pastoral influence and ... there are issues that we can and should face together." Francis has said he believes that man was primarily responsible for climate change, and that he hopes a U.N. summit in Paris in November, due to agree a global pact to limit greenhouse gases, will take a courageous stand.


Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:29:25 -0500 - The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father's traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial, according to a judge's order. King's ...
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:36:28 -0500 - The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis' charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter's Square for homeless people. Bishop Konrad Krajewski told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire on Thursday that it would also offer haircuts and shaves when the services start on Feb. 16 in an area under the colonnade of the square.
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:25:47 -0500 - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial. The slain civil rights icon's estate, ...
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:44:12 -0500 -

Pope Francis revealed after the case was launched that he had ordered a Church investigation when the unidentified man wrote a letter telling him of the abuseA Spanish judge charged 10 Catholic priests over the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy, court papers showed Wednesday, in a case in which Pope Francis intervened. Their accuser, now aged 25, says he was raped and made to perform sex acts with priests at a villa with a swimming pool, according to a written ruling by the judge in the southern city of Granada. It is the latest in a series of paedophilia scandals involving members of the Catholic Church, and the biggest such legal case known so far in Spain. The lead priest made the boy give him massages, which led to a series of acts of sexual abuse, the ruling said.


Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:56:47 -0500 - After days of bonhomie between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- a nuclear deal, strategic talks on China, a colorful parade, big hugs – a short series of comments on religious freedom by the US president proved to be the only point at which his friendly demeanor gave way to sternness. “ If someone cares about a house, they must do what is right to protect it.
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:18:06 -0500 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to "absentee fathers" who are physically at home but don't take time to actually be with their kids.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:53:58 -0500 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nonprofit American Bible Society is moving its headquarters to Philadelphia after almost two centuries in New York City.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:09:16 -0500 -

Vanessa DeRosa, left, and Antonio Flores, right, along with their attorney Diane Tiveron, center, discuss their request for Pope Francis to investigate the way the Diocese of Buffalo has handled complaints of sexual abuse, during a news conference in Tiveron's office in Amherst, N.Y., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. DeRosa and Flores say they were victimized as teenagers by employees of the diocese, which had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)AMHERST, New York (AP) — A woman who says she was groped by a teacher when she was a Catholic school cheerleader and a man who says a priest abused him beginning when he was 10 are asking Pope Francis to investigate the way a diocese handled their sexual-abuse complaints.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:38:36 -0500 - Regarding the Jan. 9 online article “Unemployment down to 5.6 percent: Is ‘full employment’ finally getting close?” (CSMonitor.com): The Federal Reserve, politicians, and news editors should truly experience this economy before trying to convince us of the rosy images of prosperity. In regard to the Jan. 7 online article “Charlie Hebdo attack roils an already on-edge France” (CSMonitor.com): As a Muslim woman I find myself repeating the same mantra that Islam is a religion of peace and terrorists have hijacked my faith over and over again.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:49:43 -0500 - By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for U.S. laws protecting the rights of gay individuals - as long as religious freedoms are not compromised - a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said at a news conference in Salt Lake City they were taking a "fairness for all" approach that would balance religious freedom with safeguards for gays and lesbians in terms of housing, employment and other rights.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:56:19 -0500 -

Pope Francis smiles as he leaves at the end of the vespers, at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on January 25, 2015Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said Tuesday. Diego Neria Lejarraga met the pontiff on Saturday after writing to him in December to complain he was being treated as an outcast in his parish in Plasencia in western Spain, according to the Spanish daily Hoy.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:49:00 -0500 - MADRID (AP) — A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has indicted 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers in a sex abuse case that prompted Pope Francis to call one of the alleged victims.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:16:45 -0500 - Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church's apology, court documents showed. The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy. The pope called the man in August to apologize, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported in November, a report later confirmed by the pope himself. The pope said in November that he had ordered a church investigation.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:11:23 -0500 - SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:30:06 -0500 -

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:23:54 -0500 -

US President Obama waves to the audience after he delivered a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiBy Frank Jack Daniel and Roberta Rampton NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely "profess, practice and propagate" religion. "India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith, as long as it is not splintered along any lines, and it is unified as one nation," he said in a townhall address to mostly young Indians. Obama's speech, after three days in New Delhi aimed at cementing a strategic partnership, was widely interpreted as a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose rise to power emboldened activists to declare India a nation of Hindus.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:19:22 -0500 -

US President Barack Obama (L) greets the crowd after speaking on US-India relations, during a townhall event at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, on January 27, 2015US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming Tuesday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world's largest democracies. Speaking to an audience of mainly young people, Obama said the United States could be India's "best partner" but put pressure on his hosts over a range of political and social issues, including women's rights. The US president also said their countries could forge "one of the defining partnerships of this century," even as he warned the war against climate change would not "stand a chance" without India. The speech was the finale of a packed visit which has seen a dramatic upturn in an often troubled relationship, including the signing of a new "friendship" pact between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:55:26 -0500 -

A Swiss court rejects an appeal by the The Vatican's bank known as the Institute for Religious Works, seen on February 18, 2012, to keep secret information from one of its Swiss bank accountsA Swiss court rejected Monday an appeal by the Vatican's bank to keep secret information from one of its Swiss bank accounts suspected of being used for fraud. Judges at Switzerland's federal criminal court allowed the transfer of most information sought by prosecutors in Italy from the account held by the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), the daily Le Temps reported. The IOR had invoked the Vatican's sovereign immunity, but the judges found that the transactions in question did not relate to functions covered by that immunity.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:19:24 -0500 -

A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in ParisBy Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - Christian Dior went psychedelic on Monday, kicking off the first full day of Haute Couture week in Paris with a collection mixing styles, prints and fabrics reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s. Raf Simons, the French brand's designer for nearly three years, said he was inspired by "the romance of a near past, when space-age and mind-expanding ideas of a future felt full of possibilities for society, pop culture and fashion".


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:58:32 -0500 -

The Rev. Libby Lane smiles as Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu looks on after her consecration as the eighth Bishop of Stockport, at York Minster, England, Monday Jan. 26, 2015. Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVELONDON (AP) — The male monopoly in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:09:23 -0500 -

Reverend Libby Lane is to become the Church of England's first woman bishopThe Church of England ended centuries of male-only leadership on Monday as Libby Lane became its first female bishop in a ceremony briefly disrupted by a traditionalist priest's protest. Around 100 bishops gathered around the 48-year-old to perform the traditional "laying on of hands" at the ceremony's climax in the Gothic splendour of York Minster, northern England. Highlighting the divisions which dog the Church despite a painstaking reconciliation process, a lone conservative opposed to women as bishops had earlier disrupted the ceremony. In a statement which had been pre-prepared in anticipation of a possible protest, Sentamu then told the man that his challenge had no basis in law and continued with the ceremony.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:01:32 -0500 - By Phil Noble YORK, England (Reuters) - The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service. More than two decades after the Church allowed women to become priests, 48-year-old mother-of-two the Reverend Libby Lane became Bishop of Stockport in a ceremony at York Minster, a Gothic cathedral in northern England. The protest came as John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, asked the congregation whether Lane should be consecrated as Bishop.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:05:44 -0500 -

Reverend Libby Lane, the first woman bishop appointed by The Church of England, after a historic change in its rules, in Stockport, northwest England, on December 17, 2014Libby Lane becomes the Church of England's first female bishop on Monday despite entrenched opposition from traditionalists, who say that the clergy's top rung is no place for a woman. Lane, 48, will go from being a regular parish priest to taking on one of the trickiest jobs in the Church of England since King Henry VIII founded it in 1534. A Manchester United fan and saxophone player, who has been praised for her humour and common sense, Lane was named as the next Bishop of Stockport in northwest England in December. Her appointment came five months after the Church of England's General Synod voted to admit women bishops following a reconciliation process led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby after decades of disagreement.


Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:38:50 -0500 -

Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads a vespers prayer in St. Paul outside the walls' Basilica in Rome, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has laid out his formula for fostering Christian unity: resist competing for souls and make concrete gestures of acceptance and dialogue.


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