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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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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:16:09 -0400 -

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination. The law has triggered an outcry, with businesses and organizations voicing concern and some states barring government-funded travel to the Midwestern state. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers Tuesday to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:33:10 -0400 -

Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, center, cheers with protesters outside of the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 30, 2015. A House committee earlier Monday advanced an amended version of a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:49 -0400 - Retail giant Wal-Mart says Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson should veto a religious-objection bill that critics say would open the door to widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians. Wal-Mart Chief ...
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:22:00 -0400 - As a growing cadre of CEOs and leaders of the nation’s most powerful businesses continue to come down hard on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week, many see a shift not only in ideas about corporate responsibility, but in the ways in which more corporations are speaking out strongly about social issues in ways they hadn’t in decades past. Indeed, even as the debate over the meaning and intentions of the Indiana law continue to rage across the country, American corporate capitalism has more and more become engaged with the same-sex marriage culture war, and has become one of the nation’s most powerful drivers of the social changes that have led to a mainstream acceptance of homosexuality. For many in the business world, the corporate social engagement in hot-button social issues like same-sex marriage has been fueled by need to draw and keep young talent, as well as to respond to a younger demographic’s social conscience, which they are more frequently attaching to the product they buy.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:58:30 -0400 - (Reuters) - The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday asked the governor of Arkansas to veto a religious freedom measure, saying the bill approved by lawmakers earlier in the day undermines "the spirit of inclusion" in the state. Doug McMillon, the chief executive officer for the company based in Arkansas, in a tweet requested that Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, veto the legislation.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:20:55 -0400 -

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, IndianaFacing a firestorm of criticism, Indiana Governor Mike Pence said Tuesday he will seek to tweak a new "religious freedom" law that some warn discriminates against gays in the US state. "This is a significant expansion of the law in terms of the way that it would apply," White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:59:32 -0400 - By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a religious freedom bill similar to one recently approved in Indiana, over protests from critics who say it could open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The measure, which had strong support from the Republican members who dominate the statehouse, now goes to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who has said he would sign it. Both laws aim to keep the state government from forcing business owners to act against their religious beliefs, but critics say they could be used to justify refusing service to gay and lesbian people. Final approval came when the Arkansas House overwhelmingly concurred with three amendments added by the Senate, which approved the bill last week.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:34:37 -0400 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a religious-freedom bill that has drawn sharp criticism from opponents who say it opens the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:27:06 -0400 -

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence steps off the podium after a news conference discussing the state's new religious-freedom law, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:35:51 -0400 -

Cardinal George Pell attends a press conference at the Vatican Radio headquarters, in Rome, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability. Cardinal George Pell outlined the Vatican's financial reform during a conference Tuesday to launch a book on better managing church assets, a priority for Pope Francis after years of financial scandal and mismanagement at the Holy See. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican finance minister said Tuesday he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee Year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:48:42 -0400 -

If Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Isn't Discriminatory, Why Change It?Tuesday is proving to be a turning point in the fight over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. With businesses, the state's largest newspaper, and leaders in the General Assembly expressing doubts about the law, Governor Mike Pence said he wanted to sign a bill this week "clarifying" the law. "After much reflection and in consultation with leadership of the General Assembly, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that his law does not give business a right to deny services to anyone," Pence, a Republican, said at a press conference in Indianapolis Tuesday. "We want to make it clear that Indiana is open for business.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:32:53 -0400 - By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - The mayor of Little Rock has asked the Arkansas governor to halt a religious freedom bill similar to one recently passed in Indiana, saying in a letter on Tuesday the legislation is unnecessary, divisive and could hurt the state's economy. The Republican-dominated Arkansas House could vote as early as Tuesday on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, just as human rights groups, business leaders and others across the country protest the new Indiana law, which has the same name. "Any piece of legislation that is so divisive cannot possibly be good for the state of Arkansas and its people. With these kind of 'wedge issues,' no one is a winner on either side," Mark Stodola, the Democratic mayor of the state's biggest city, wrote to Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:26:43 -0400 -

In this image released by NBC, Juan Pablo Di Pace portrays Jesus in a scene from OUARZAZATE, Morocco (AP) — The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations — and now to make matters worse, the body of a condemned cult-leader known as Jesus has disappeared from the tomb, apparently following some ancient prophecy.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:22:47 -0400 - (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Tuesday he will "correct" this week the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act to make it clear that businesses cannot use it to deny services to same-sex couples. Pence said the law was about religious freedom, but critics said it would allow businesses to discriminate.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:22:03 -0400 - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana governor says he wants clarification to religious-objections law on his desk this week.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:43:38 -0400 - By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse. Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the city's cathedral. The appointment outraged some parishioners, national legislators and abuse victims who said Barros had protected one of the nation's most notorious pedophiles and asked Pope Francis to rescind it.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:42:00 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is defending Pope Francis' appointment of a Chilean bishop despite allegations from victims that the prelate had covered up for a pedophile priest.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:04:32 -0400 -

New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican and Italy are close to reaching an agreement to share financial and tax information in the aim of cracking down on money-laundering and other illicit behavior, a senior Vatican official said on Tuesday. The deal, which the official said could be announced as early as this week, is part of Pope Francis' efforts to clean up the finances of the Vatican. The Vatican has long been criticized by international financial organizations for providing a tax haven for well-connected Italians. In particular, the Vatican bank for decades allowed many Italian citizens to hold bank accounts.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:58:28 -0400 -

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisIndiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:43:34 -0400 -

Church members pray at the the Independent Haitian Assembly of God church in Fort Pierce, Fla. Eight people were killed and 10 injured when a van from their church ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a rural highway and crashed into in a cana in rural southwest Florida. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:38:00 -0400 - For many conservative religious Americans, the nation’s long-standing Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, including the one just passed in Indiana last week, could possibly carve out a public space that permits individuals and their businesses to uphold their religious opposition to same-sex marriage. “What we’re coming up against is: How far does secular law have to go to accommodate a person’s religion?” says Mark Goldfeder, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta. The issue also includes the religious conscience of public clerks who issue marriage licenses, doctors or anesthesiologists who may tangentially participate in abortion procedures, or any other professionals who might object to participating in events that offend their deeply held religious beliefs.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:15:30 -0400 -

In this photo taken on Saturday, March, 28,2015 Bosnian Muslim craftsman Edin Hajdarovac engraves decoration onto part a wooden chair in his workshop in Bosnian town of Zavidovici, 170 kms north of Sarajevo. Salem Hajdarovac didn't sleep for a whole week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia. Hajdarovac and his son Edin, both devote Muslims, started working on the chair on Monday March 30, 2015 in their little workshop in the central Bosnian town of Zavidovici.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:53 -0400 - After the state approved a law reinforcing religious liberty, a national protest claimed the measure could be used by religious owners of small firms to refuse business to gays and lesbians. This national upheaval, coming after clashes over similar measures in other states, seems to pit civil rights against religious freedom. In recent years, nearly half the states have followed a federal law in setting strong protections for religious practices.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:30:00 -0400 - “Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Some Democrats and political analysts say that the "wave" Cook refers to is not originating with voters, but rather conservative "bill mills" that finance state legislators to attend educational conferences that may provide both unified ideas and prefabricated bills to take home.  Specifically, they see  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as the primary driver of conservative state laws. “While ALEC may not be directly distributing the template legislation we’re seeing pop up all over the country, they are primarily the network for legislative exchange that is operating as a provider of educational seminars and conferences,” Mr. Meyer says in a phone interview.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:04:38 -0400 -

French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure gives holy communions during a mass in Nova FriburgoBy Stephen Eisenhammer NOVA FRIBURGO, Brazil (Reuters) - Two renegade Catholic bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their ultra-traditionalist movement called "The Resistance" in defiance of the Vatican, one of them said at a remote monastery in Brazil. French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure, himself consecrated only two weeks ago by the Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard Williamson, said the new group rejected Pope Francis and what it called his "new religion" and would not engage in a dialogue with Rome until the Vatican turned back the clock. Williamson and Faure, who were both excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church when the former made the latter a bishop without Vatican approval, are ex-members of a larger dissenting group that has been a thorn in Rome's side for years.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:54:25 -0400 - Eight members of a Fort Pierce, Florida, church died early Monday when their van drove into a ditch west of Lake Okeechobee. Fatal church van crashes happen several times a year in the U.S. Here are some that have happened since 2010:
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:50:56 -0400 - WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a small evangelical church in the Bronx seeking to overturn New York City's ban on after-hours religious worship services at public schools.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:31:24 -0400 -

FILE - In this June 2, 2014, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference event in San Francisco. Cook says that so-called NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:28:04 -0400 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those attending New Salem Baptist Church in north Minneapolis were surprised by a famous visitor during Sunday's service.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:24:50 -0400 -

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. Pence, speaking on ABC's "This Week," sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday.

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