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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, 22 Apr 2014 22:25:33 -0400 - By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A 78-year-old church deacon in Texas has been arrested for a Pennsylvania murder after 33 years as a fugitive, authorities said on Tuesday. Joseph Lewis Miller was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Mineola, Texas, on Monday and faces extradition for the 1981 killing in Harrisburg. If he fights it, it will take a couple of months," said Marty Pane, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Miller is suspected of murdering Thomas Waller in January 1981, shooting him once in the head.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:30:30 -0400 - By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Church leaders in El Salvador on Tuesday said they want to revive a fragile truce between the country's powerful street gangs in order to curb a resurgence of violent crime. Catholic Bishop Fabio Colindres, who helped broker a 2012 deal between gang leaders, proposed that religious leaders establish new talks with gang leaders. The 2012 truce between the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and rival gang Barrio 18 helped cut the Central American country's murder rate in mid-2013 to around five per day, a 10-year low, from around 12 a day. While the homicide rate is still below levels seen before the 2012 truce, the country still has one of the highest murder rates in the world due to ongoing turf battles between the gangs.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:57:01 -0400 - So when Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that the UK is a "Christian country" that should be "more evangelical" about its faith, it definitely stood out – and stirred controversy. Now, Britons have found themselves debating whether they should be "proud" of Christianity, or whether such talk risks sowing "alienation and division" in a more pluralistic society. But Mr. Cameron also appears to be playing politics, to stave off criticism over his government's policies on poverty and shore up his party's vote ahead of next month's European elections. The controversy arose last week in a commentary Cameron wrote for the Church Times, an Anglican weekly newspaper, saying “I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.”
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:59:57 -0400 -

Israeli military planes fly over Israeli flags as they arrive at Nevatim air force base near the southern city of Beer Sheva on April 9, 2014Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, the army said Tuesday, angering Arab lawmakers who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims. Military service will remain voluntary for Israel's 130,000 Christian Arabs as it is for its more than 1.3 million Muslim Arabs but only Christians will receive the call-up papers, an army spokesman said. "Since the service of the Christian population in Israel is not obligatory by law, potential recruits are not required to respond to the invitation." The move came just two months after parliament approved a law giving Muslim and Christian Arabs separate representation on a national employment commission and drew fire from Arab lawmakers.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:45:18 -0400 -

Monsignor Slawomir Oder, postulator of late Pope John Paul II, right, speaks during a press conference in Vatican City, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Polish priest Oder, who has spearheaded the case to make Pope John Paul II a saint, says there is no documentation that he had any VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Polish priest who has spearheaded the case to make Pope John Paul II a saint said Tuesday that no documentation exists linking the pontiff personally to the scandal of the Legion of Christ religious order.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:55:00 -0400 -

Easter selfie!Read more on this story here.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:36:30 -0400 -

A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees John Paul II deserves the honour, with some blaming him for hushing up child sex crimes in the churchThe Vatican on Tuesday brushed off accusations that late pope John Paul II was aware of and ignored allegations about sexual abuse carried by the Mexican founder of a powerful Catholic movement. "There is no personal implication of the Holy Father in this affair," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told a news conference on Sunday's ceremony to confer sainthood on popes John Paul II and John XXIII. The scandal over Marcial Maciel, who founded the Legion of Christ and was a serial predator, was one of thousands of cases of sexual abuse by clergymen that began to come to light under John Paul II's papacy.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:58:53 -0400 -

File photograph of an Eagle Scout patchThe Boy Scouts of America has severed ties with a Seattle church that has insisted on allowing a gay man to remain as a troop leader, the youth organization said on Monday. The decision to revoke the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church's charter comes as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) faces pressure from social conservatives over the rule change, as well as from gay rights groups who say it did not go far enough. "Because the church no longer agrees to the terms of the BSA chartered organization agreement, which includes following BSA policies, it is no longer authorized to offer the Scouting program," said Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith in a statement. "We are saddened by this development." The BSA last month revoked the membership of Geoffrey McGrath, a gay scout leader of Troop 98 in Seattle, after he openly stated his sexual orientation in a news interview that discussed his group.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:11:30 -0400 - BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:36:18 -0400 -

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo, Geoff McGrath displays a vintage Boy Scout Handbook given him as a gift by one of the boys in the Seattle troop he led in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult to continue leading a troop. A Boys Scouts of America attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it could no longer hosts troops under the Boys Scout name. McGrath, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:17:43 -0400 - A car crashed into a Fort Myers, Florida, church filled with 200 people attending the Easter Sunday service, injuring at least 18, police said. Worshipers at the Second Haitian Baptist Church used car jacks on Sunday night to lift the vehicle and pull several people trapped underneath before police arrived, a statement from the Fort Myers police said. "At this point the investigation is being treated as a very unfortunate accident rather than a criminal act," Lieutenant Victor Medico, a spokesman for the Fort Myers Police, said in a statement. The driver was questioned by police and allowed to leave, although "civil traffic violations may be forthcoming," Medico said in an e-mail.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:35:40 -0400 - SEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult to continue leading a troop.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:22:35 -0400 - BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed, according to a witness.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:57:26 -0400 -

File picture for illustration shows a City of Miami police officer on on April 25, 2013 in Miami, FloridaA runaway car plowed into a Florida church, smashing through a wall and injuring around 20 worshippers attending Easter services, police said on Monday. "The vehicle crashed through the wall driving over several occupied pews," a police department statement said.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:45:10 -0400 -

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference at Downing Street in central London on April 1, 2014Prime Minister David Cameron was accused Monday of sowing sectarianism and division after his repeated assertions that Britain is still a "Christian country", proving how problematic it remains to mix faith and British politics. More than 50 public figures from the arts and sciences signed an open letter rejecting Cameron's characterisation of multi-cultural, multi-faith Britain and warning that such a claim "fosters alienation and division in our society". Their criticism came after Cameron used an Easter message to urge Britons to be "more evangelical" about their religion and "more confident about our status as a Christian country". The Conservative leader has always been open about his Church of England faith but in the past has said his belief in God "goes in and out", comparing it to an unreliable radio signal.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:51:45 -0400 -

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Conservative Party Spring Forum in central LondonA group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a "Christian country". The public figures, including authors Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett, said they respected the Conservative leader's own religious beliefs, which he has addressed in a series of statements. But they took issue with his characterization of Britain saying, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, the country was actually a "plural society" of largely "non-religious" people. The 2011 census showed Christianity was the largest religion in England and Wales but the number of people who described themselves as Christian had fallen from almost 72 percent in 2001 to just over 59 percent, or 33.2 million people.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:12:58 -0400 - FORT MYERS, Florida (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:11:07 -0400 - FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:25:25 -0400 - The late Pope John Paul II and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the sexual abuse problem until late in his 26-year papacy, especially concerns about the troubled Legion of Christ order and its leader, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. But the Legion's troubles were not news to the Vatican, according to a trove of 212 Vatican documents exposed in the 2012 book "The Will to Not Know" and placed online at www.lavoluntuddenosaber.com . Here's a look at some of the more pointed criticism about Maciel from the archive, which also included plenty of letters from bishops and Vatican officials praising him and his order.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:54:20 -0400 - FORT MYERS, Florida (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, barreling through its brick outer wall and several rows of pews and injuring about 20 people, authorities said.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:35:09 -0400 - FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church Sunday night just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, barreling through its brick outer wall and several rows of pews and injuring about 20 people, authorities said.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:12:33 -0400 -

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits Maaloula townBy Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. Assad's Easter visit to Maaloula - a rare appearance outside central Damascus - also highlighted growing government confidence in recent gains against insurgents around the capital and along the Lebanese border. Islamist fighters, including some from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, had taken over part of Maaloula in December and held several nuns captive until releasing them in March in a prisoner-exchange deal.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:18:57 -0400 -

Picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on April 20, 2014, shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad looking at icons at a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, recently recaptured from rebelsMaalula (Syria) (AFP) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad paid an Easter Sunday visit to a historic Christian town newly recaptured from jihadist-backed rebels as opposition fighters counter-attacked his forces in a key battleground city. The surprise visit to Maalula, just north of Damascus, came as Pope Francis said in his Easter message that it was time for warring parties to "boldly negotiate" peace in Syria after three years of conflict estimated to have killed 150,000 people. Assad's regime has sought to portray itself as the protector of religious minorities from foreign-backed extremists, a notion his opponents dismiss as part of a divide-and-rule strategy also aimed at deterring Western support for rebels. State television showed Assad, who has rarely appeared in public during the conflict, visiting Maalula's Saint Sergius and Bacchus monastery damaged by "terrorists" -- his regime's term for its armed opponents.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:13:45 -0400 -

Pope Francis delivers the Pope Francis urged the international community to "prevent violence" in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday message after pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the country reported four people killed in a gunbattle. "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine," the Catholic leader said in his prayer for the holiday, which this year coincides with Easter in the Orthodox calendar. Francis asked that "all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country's future". The Vatican said 150,000 people crowded into St Peter's Square and the main avenue leading up to it for the Easter mass and the pope's traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to the city of Rome and to the world.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:06:42 -0400 -

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone walks in procession on St Peter's square before a papal mass as part of the Palm Sunday celebration on March 24, 2013 at the VaticanAn Italian cardinal is moving into a 600-square-metre (6,500 square foot) Vatican apartment in apparent contradiction with Pope Francis's call for a "poor Church", Italian daily La Repubblica reported on Sunday. Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's former Secretary of State, a role equivalent to prime minister, and the report said his luxury lodgings were stirring unease as Francis has pushed for clergymen to be more humble. The flat also has a 100-square-metre roof terrace and is next to St Martha's Residence -- a Vatican hotel where Francis has taken up home, spurning the grander Apostolic Palace where popes usually live. La Repubblica said that Bertone's flat would be about 10 times bigger than the apartment where Francis is living and that he was planning to move in before the summer after extensive building work.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:35 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:57:00 -0400 -

How Pope Francis Is Using the Popemobile to Change the PapacyEarlier this week, Pope Francis plucked two lucky 5th graders from Perugia out of a crowd in Vatican City to ride along with him in the Popemobile. The Popemobile, despite its unimaginative moniker, is a modern iteration of the sedia gestatoria, a throne of sorts upon which popes were once ferried on the shoulders of a dozen or so papal footmen. Since the introduction of the Popemobile some 80 years ago, the vehicle of the pontiff has often symbolized the intricacies of the post.  They nod to the realities of the position's import—bulletproof glass and armor plating became standard in most of the pontiff's transports after the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. The geographical reach of the Catholic world is also embodied by the global fleet of Popemobiles—regular host countries like Mexico and Chile have their own papamóvil at the ready. 

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:31:36 -0400 -

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, tours the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday April, 20, 2014. Assad visited a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:11:14 -0400 -

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during a news conference at Lambeth Palace in LondonThe Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church of England still held an indirect investment in short-term loan company Wonga, even though he branded its activities "morally wrong" nine months ago. Archbishop Justin Welby, leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, said last year he had been embarrassed to learn that the church's pension fund had invested a relatively small sum in a U.S. venture capital firm that led Wonga's 2009 fundraising. Shortly before that investment came to light, Welby had pledged to drive such lenders out of business by backing rival credit unions as he made a scathing attack on so-called "payday" lenders such as Wonga, which charge high interest rates on loans that are typically repaid when borrowers receive their next paychecks. But on Sunday in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Welby said he had been unable to force the church's investment arm, the Church Commissioners, to exit the investment.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:44:47 -0400 - BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists.
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