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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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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:03:07 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:56:35 -0400 -

TB Joshua speaks in the Synagogue Church of All Nations at Ikotun in Lagos on September 20, 2014A guesthouse that collapsed at the Lagos megachurch of one of Nigeria's most popular preachers, killing 116, did not have planning approval, a building inspector said on Thursday. Lagos State commissioner for physical planning Olutoyin Ayinde also said that several other structures on the site of TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) were sub-standard.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:23:52 -0400 -

Newly installed tables stand under Michaelangelo's frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel before n..By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo's delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists. To protect the frescoes, the Vatican has decided to restrict the number of visitors to the chapel - where popes are elected in secret conclaves - to 6 million a year. The previous lighting and air conditioning systems were installed in 1994 - when the number of visitors stood at about 1.5 million - and had become inadequate to protect the work of the Renaissance master. The new air filtering and conditioning system, which is virtually invisible to visitors and uses pre-existing duct openings, moves air at a very slow speed so as not to damage the frescoes.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:28:43 -0400 -

Cardinal George, archbishop of Chicago, attends news conference in RomeBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Catholic Church will close or merge a dozen of its 240 Chicago-area schools due to falling attendance in some areas of the country's largest parochial school system, the Archdiocese of Chicago said on Wednesday. "We will not be able to maintain all schools in their current form," outgoing Cardinal Francis George said in a letter posted on the website of the archdiocese, which has a deficit of millions of dollars. Six schools would close in June 2015 while another six would merge into three, affecting 1,280 elementary school students, it said. ...


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:40:20 -0400 -

FILE -- In this file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Oct. 28, 2014, Pope Francis speaks to participants of the Global Meeting of Popular Movements, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has made some of the most important policy speeches of his pontificate in recent days, catching up for lost time following months of attention to bureaucratic reform and the convulsive meeting of bishops on family issues that just ended. Often speaking in his native Spanish, Francis has focused on issues close to his heart, pontificating at length about the plight of the poor and unemployed, the environment and even evolution, seemingly emboldened to speak his mind on topics that must make even some of his closest collaborators squirm. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made some of the most important policy speeches of his pontificate in recent days, catching up for lost time following months of attention to bureaucratic reform and the turbulent meeting of bishops on family issues that just ended.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:59:13 -0400 -

Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit.


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:05:12 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "heroic" response by doctors, nurses and volunteers helping contain the Ebola epidemic and has urged renewed international efforts to defeat the virus.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:45:58 -0400 -

the afterglow of the Big BangScientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday. Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences, an independent body housed in the Vatican and financed largely by the Holy See, Francis said scientific explanations for the world did not exclude the role of God in creation. The Church once opposed early scientific explanations of the universe that contradicted the account of creation in the Bible, famously condemning the 17th century astronomer Galileo Galilei who showed that the earth revolved around the sun. Pope Pius XII described evolution as a valid scientific approach to the development of humans in 1950 and Pope John Paul reiterated that in 1996.


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:03:48 -0400 -

Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environmentPope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he's not preaching communism ...


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:17:01 -0400 -

Rescue workers clear the debris of a collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations at Ikotun in Lagos on September 17, 2014A pathologist on Tuesday ruled out claims of an explosion as the cause of a fatal building collapse at the church of a popular Nigerian preacher, saying none of the victims had blast injuries. "Bodies were mutilated, severe crush, head injuries, fractured bones, fractured ribs," Lagos state chief medical examiner Professor John Obafunwa told a coroner's inquest in the city. Evangelical preacher and televangelist TB Joshua has claimed that sabotage, possibly from a low-flying aircraft, was to blame for the building collapse at his Synagogue Church of All Nations.


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:20:30 -0400 -

Arturo Hernandez Garcia flips through his bible before an interview at the First Unitarian Church of Denver in Denver, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Hernandez, who is living in a Denver church basement to avoid deportation, says he is prepared to stay as long as it takes to gain his freedom. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)DENVER (AP) — A Mexican man who has been living in a Denver church basement to avoid deportation said Monday that he is prepared to stay as long as it takes to gain the freedom to live in the U.S.


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:16:30 -0400 -

The United Methodist Church originally defrocked Reverend Frank Schaefer in November 2013, claiming he violated church law by officiating the wedding of his gay son in 2007One of the largest Protestant churches in the United States affirmed on Monday the reinstatement of a pastor in rural Pennsylvania who presided over his son's marriage to another man. The United Methodist Church defrocked Reverend Frank Schaefer in November 2013, claiming he violated church law by officiating at the wedding of his son Tim in Massachusetts in 2007. Intended to be a warning to other pastors not to perform same-sex marriages, the decision widened a divide within the church's 7.7 million following over marriage equality. In a ruling Monday, the church's judicial council upheld a regional appeals committee's decision in June to reinstate Shaefer's credentials as a United Methodist minister.


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:49:09 -0400 - HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:20:41 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised retired Pope Benedict XVI as a "great pope" on Monday amid the continuing fallout from a meeting of bishops that exposed divisions between progressive Catholics who back Francis' call for a more merciful church and conservatives nostalgic for Benedict's emphasis on doctrine.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:59:51 -0400 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Methodist minister who performed son's gay marriage to keep ordination, church panel rules.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:41:09 -0400 -

Chad Connelly, Director of Faith Engagement for the Republican National Committee speaks to an audience of pastors at a American Renewal Project dinner in WestminsterBy Alistair Bell SPRINGDALE Ark. (Reuters) - If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms. ...


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:23:49 -0400 -

Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, greets Iowa Senate candidate Ernst following her speech at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy Alistair Bell SPRINGDALE Ark. (Reuters) - If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms. ...


Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:32:28 -0400 - DENVER (AP) — A Mexican man who is living in a Denver church basement has claimed sanctuary to avoid deportation.
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:33:09 -0400 -

Jeffrey Fowle is greeted by his son and other family members upon his arrival, early Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fowle was detained for nearly half a year in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Kohl)LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub attended services Sunday in his home church in southwest Ohio.


Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:02:42 -0400 - LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub has attended Sunday services in his home church in southwest Ohio.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:04:21 -0400 -

The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, talks with Birmingham mayor William Bell during an interview at the 16th Street Baptist Church in BirminghamBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, visited one of America’s sacred sanctuaries on Saturday, touring the church where four African-American girls were killed in a 1963 bombing that galvanized the civil rights movement. As more than 300 protesters and supporters chanted and beat drums outside, the Dalai Lama held hands with Birmingham Mayor William Bell inside the 16th Street Baptist Church and said he was overjoyed to stand at the site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in the 1960s launched rallies for freedom for African-Americans. “Human rights starts from within," the Dalai Lama said. It does grow from earth." He said: ”Martin Luther King was important to the acceptance of civil rights.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:11:16 -0400 -

File photo of a man standing above the Bet Medhane Alem rock church during an Orthodox Good Friday celebration in LalibelaBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades after images of famine and communist purges filled TV screens and shaped the world's view for a generation. Yet Solomon's Ethiopian Tourism Organisation is making headway in the battle to change attitudes. "That aspect has definitely diminished: the old clichés, the old paradigm, the old mentality of Ethiopia being a country of famine and war, but rather now with a potential for economic growth," said Solomon, chief executive of the organization, a joint initiative between the state and private enterprise.


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:59:03 -0400 -

Pope Francis gestures at the end of his weekly general audience on Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 22, 2014Pope Francis on Thursday branded life-long prison terms "a hidden death sentence" in an attack on "penal populism" that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture. In a wide-ranging speech to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, the pontiff said believers should oppose life-long incarceration as strongly as the use of capital punishment. "All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty -- whether it is legal or illegal and in all its forms -- but also to improve the conditions of incarceration to ensure that the human dignity of those deprived of their freedom is respected," the pope said in Italian. A sentence of life (without parole) is a hidden death penalty."


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:21:18 -0400 -

Actor Christian Bale addresses a press conference for the film Oscar-winner Christian Bale -- best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films -- will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined," said Sorkin, who is writing the script for Sony Pictures based on the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson.


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:09:22 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:24:04 -0400 -

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarization in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. ...


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:29:45 -0400 -

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis receives an autographed soccer ball by Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, left, and Bayern Munich's President Karl Hopfner, center, during a private audience with team and officials at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players Wednesday they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:45:14 -0400 - BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston church official who claimed in an autobiography that he was an enforcer for gangster James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that he looted his church's assets.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:16:31 -0400 -

Pope FrancisROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and in Iraq. During his three-day visit, the pope will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will also meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the Orthodox churches that make up the second-largest Christian church family after Roman Catholicism. ...


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:24:13 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month.
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