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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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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:22:42 -0400 -

A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:16:14 -0400 - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:13:09 -0400 -

Displaced Palestinian women walk in the courtyard of a Greek Orthodox church where they are taking shelter in Gaza City, on July 23, 2014For the first time in years, Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church is packed to overflowing, having offered refuge to hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes under Israeli bombardment. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old sector of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya. "A big number of women and kids, babies, they don't have homes," Archbishop Alexios told AFP. The eastern district of Gaza City was pummelled by Israeli shelling, in one of the deadliest days of the more than two-week conflict between Israel and Hamas militants who control the coastal strip.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:43:25 -0400 -

A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaThe Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. Under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide an alternative way for such religious organizations to provide notification while ensuring that enrollees in plans of such organizations receive separate coverage of contraceptive services.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:20:56 -0400 -

Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Todd Dudek) NO SALESHEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:45:51 -0400 - By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:47:50 -0400 -

Update: ISIS Expels 1600-Year-Old Christian Community from MosulWhile details of the recent expulsion of the Christian community in Mosul have been well-documented and verified, the report that ISIS burned down an 1800-year-old church is now being disputed. ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq's second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won't convert to Islam. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. On the way out of town last week, the final 1500 families of Mosul's Christian population were reportedly robbed at ISIS checkpoints. And following Friday's deadline, ISIS reportedly set fire to a 1800-year-old church.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:40:49 -0400 - A homemade incendiary device exploded outside the entrance to a Santiago church early Tuesday morning, but no one was hurt and there was minor damage, government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde said. "As a government we are working with the police to discover who is behind these explosive devices," Interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:16:34 -0400 - By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church. Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. This is the duty of the church and we are doing all we can to help them," Archbishop Alexios told Reuters as the sounds of small children echoed outside his office at the church. "At the beginning there were 600 people and today they became a thousand - mostly children and women.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:34:26 -0400 -

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in KenemaBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Religious leaders in Sierra Leone have criticised the government's handling of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 194 people in the West Africa country, saying a lack of information was prompting rural communities to shun medical help. Health authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the worst outbreak of the deadly epidemic which has killed some 603 people since early this year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Bishop John Yambasu, chairman of an interfaith task force, said he was "seriously disappointed" the government had failed to declare a public health emergency and pump more resources into the fight against Ebola, which has infected 400 people in the country. It warned of resistance from remote rural communities to allowing access to doctors amid fears that outsiders were spreading the disease.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:42:57 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:16:55 -0400 -

Iraqi Christians attend a mass at St. Joseph Chaldean Church in BaghdadBy Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Islamic State's actions could constitute a crime against humanity. Hundreds of Christian families left Mosul ahead of Saturday's ultimatum, many of them stripped of their possessions as they fled for safety.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:17:12 -0400 -

Myanmar police stand guard on a street of Mandalay, in central Myanmar on July 4, 2014Myanmar's latest religious clashes began after a Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, state media reported Sunday. Two men -- a Buddhist and a Muslim -- died in riots in the country's second city Mandalay that flared on July 1 following social media reports that the Muslim men had raped a Buddhist employee at their tea shop. More than 20 others were wounded as violence rocked the city for several days, the latest in a series of religious clashes that have bedevilled the former junta-run nation for two years. The report, citing the Ministry of Home Affairs, said a medical examination of the woman -- named as Phyu Phyu Min -- found "no sign of rape or other violence".

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:19:39 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries.
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Pope Francis greets the crowd from the window of his apartments during the Sunday's Angelus prayer at St Peter's Square on July 20, 2014 at the VaticanPope Francis on Sunday said Iraqi Christians were being "persecuted" and "stripped of everything" as hundreds of Christian families fled Mosul after a jihadist ultimatum. "Our brothers are being persecuted, chased away, they are forced to leave their homes without being able to take anything with them," Francis said during his weekly Angelus prayer from a balcony overlooking St Peter's Square. The jihadists, who have run the city since a sweeping military offensive that began six weeks ago, have told the thousands of Christians in Mosul they can convert to Islam, pay a special tax or leave. An earlier statement by Mosul's new rulers had said there would be "nothing for them but the sword" if Christians did not abide by those conditions by 0900 GMT on July 19.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:56:58 -0400 -

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) and his wife Margaret attend a service for victims of Flight MH17 with Peter Cosgrove (L), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, at St. Mary's Catherdral in Sydney on July 20, 2014Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who attended a Catholic mass in Sydney, spoke of the nation's anguish, saying there would hardly be any Australians who hadn't been emotionally touched by the tragedy. Bishop Peter Comensoli, who led the mass at Sydney's St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, said the downing of MH17 was not an accident, but "the outcome of a trail of human evil". In Melbourne, a special mass was held for the HIV/AIDS experts and campaigners who had boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight as they made their way to that city for an international AIDS conference.

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:15:15 -0400 - By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the Islamic State drove out the few hundred Christians who had stayed on when the group's hardline Sunni Muslim fighters overran Mosul a month ago, threatening Christians and the diverse city's other religious communities. This week the Islamic State gave any remaining Christians a final choice to make by Saturday noon: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face the sword. A Catholic bishop from Mosul told Reuters that 150 Christian families had left in recent days and church leaders had advised the few families who wanted to negotiate with militants that they should also flee for their own safety.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:25:57 -0400 -

Obama Won't Exempt Religious Groups From LGBT Discrimination Protection OrderPresident Obama will finally sign his anticipated executive order banning discrimination against gay employees by federal workers and contractors. Despite requests from his allies in the religious community, the order will not include any religious exemptions, according to The New York Times.  The president first announced his plans to sign the order last month, after Congress failed to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have prevented private and public employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill passed the Senate in November, but hasn't moved through the Republican-led House. The order will prevent federal contractors from discriminating against their LGBT employees and also protect federal employees from discrimination.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:19:35 -0400 -

In this June 24, 2014 photo, United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. Schaefer, who was ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday, July 18, 2014 that a church official is appealing his refrocking. Schaefer is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. He is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 same-sex marriage thwarted his church career in Pennsylvania. He has since become a gay rights activist. He said he hoped the church's Judicial Council would decline to take up the appeal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:07:14 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanPope Francis called for justice to be served in his native Argentina on Friday, the twentieth anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish commuity center that local courts blamed on Iran. Investigations into the attack in which an explosives-laden truck exploded outside the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building, killing 85, have advanced little in two decades. "We tend to archive things in order not to burden ourselves with history, with suffering," the pope said in a video address in Spanish that was screened during an anniversary event organized by the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. May justice be done!" An Argentine Federal court on Thursday struck down a 2013 agreement between the South American country and Iran to investigate together the bombing - a deal that had been delayed anyway by Iranian reluctance to move forward in implementing it.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:34:36 -0400 -

Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala pray at the Saint George church on July 1, 2014 in ArbilThousands of Christians abandoned their homes and belongings to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul Friday following an ultimatum by jihadists who overran the region last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defences in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands of Shiite and other refugees into Kurdistan. Their flight to the safety of the neighbouring autonomous region coincided with the expected homecoming of Iraq's Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, after 18 months of treatment in Germany. The Islamic State group running Mosul had already demanded that those Christians still in the city convert, pay a special tax or leave but messages blaring on mosques' loudspeakers appeared to spark an exodus.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:30:28 -0400 - Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:27:53 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 13, 2014Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago. "Twenty years on from the tragedy at the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA), I want to express my closeness with the Argentine Jewish community and all the victims' families, whether Jewish or Christian," the pope said in a recorded message played at commemorations of the anniversary. "I've said before that Buenos Aires is a city that needs to weep, that still hasn't cried enough," said Francis, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires before becoming pope and was auxiliary bishop of the city when the bomb exploded at the AMIA on July 18, 1994. Since 2006, Argentine courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former defense minister Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rabbani, Iran's former cultural attache in Buenos Aires.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:51:37 -0400 -

Hobby Lobby co-founders David Green (L) and Barbara Green (C) leave the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DCThe devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama's health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday. The Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores, is contributing its vast private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts to the museum planned a few blocks from the Capitol and the National Mall. The ruling was seen by some as a victory for religious freedoms in the United States -- as well as a blow to a controversial section of Obama's health care reforms.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:32:47 -0400 - BERLIN (AP) — The German Bishops' Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop's lavish new residence.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:48:23 -0400 -

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoThe Vatican has become enmeshed in a struggle between Hewlett-Packard Co and Michael Lynch, the former CEO of the UK software company Autonomy Corp bought by HP in 2011 in a deal that led to a big loss for the U.S. technology giant. An argument over the proposed use of Autonomy’s software to help digitize the Vatican’s library potentially lends support to HP’s accusation that Autonomy booked sales even when the intended end user had not decided to buy the software. In the end, the Vatican says it did not purchase the software for the library project from Autonomy or from a reseller of Autonomy’s products, MicroTechnologies LLC. Nevertheless, Autonomy booked $11.55 million in revenue based on the sale to MicroTech of software that was earmarked for the proposed Vatican deal, according to sources familiar with HP’s investigation.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:01:52 -0400 -

Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) shakes hands with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas as Pope Francis looks on following a peace summit at the Vatican, on June 8, 2014Pope Francis on Friday phoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, the Vatican said. Francis "reminded the presidents" about the need "to bring an end to hostilities, making efforts to promote a truce, peace and reconciliation in the hearts of those involved", read a statement from the Vatican. "The Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas to share his very serious concerns regarding the current situation," it said.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:04:50 -0400 - ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to express his "very grave concerns" over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said. [ID:nL6N0PT00D] The pontiff, who hosted a prayer meeting with the two leaders in the Vatican last month, called on all sides to work for an end to hostilities and for peace and reconciliation. (Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:46:00 -0400 - The family of a Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for marrying a Christian South-Sudanese American has filed a lawsuit to have her marriage annulled in a new attempt to stop her leaving the country. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and later abducted by the Sudanese Muslim family. Under Sudan's Islamic religious law, Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men. Although an appeals court quashed Ibrahim's death sentence last month, the government still refuses to accept her identity as a South-Sudanese Christian and accuses her of using falsified travel papers to try to leave with her husband and two children.
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:08:01 -0400 -

FILE - In this August 28, 2013, file photo, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using a video recorded on an amateur smartphone. The video will be aired on Friday July 18, 2014. It's the second time Francis has provided a homemade smartphone message to issue a directed message, and confirms that the 77-year-old pope, is perfectly comfortable using new media and technology to communicate. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using what is increasingly becoming his signature way of communicating: an amateur smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend in the comfort of Francis' Vatican hotel room.

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