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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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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.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:45:08 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — The following is the text of the Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' Easter Sunday "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for 'to the city and to the world') read by him in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:35:42 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to deliver the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent," he said in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message. Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:17:20 -0400 - By Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - As Russians and Ukrainians celebrated Easter on Sunday with their nations locked in conflict, the head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church condemned Russian "aggression" and said "evil" would be defeated. "Against our peace-loving nation, which voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons, there has been aggression, there has been injustice," Patriarch Filaret said in his Easter message, as quoted by local media. "A country which guaranteed the integrity and inviolability of our territory has committed aggression. "Lord, help us resurrect Ukraine." It was a strikingly outspoken intervention at a time when many Ukrainians said they were praying for peace with their former Soviet neighbor on a day when Christians celebrate Jesus rising from the dead after his crucifixion.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:55:38 -0400 -

Pope Francis holding a tall, lit, white candle, enters a darkened St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Easter vigil service, at the Vatican, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:37:55 -0400 -

Pope Francis holds a candle as he leads a vigil mass during Easter celebrations at St. Peter's Basilica in the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, the Argentine pope said a solemn Mass before some 10,000 people in St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:04:21 -0400 -

Pope Francis (C) holds a candle during the Easter Vigil at the St Peter basilica in Vatican on April 19, 2014Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica. Francis said the core of the Easter message was about returning to the basics of faith and asking: "Have I gone off on roads and paths which made me forget it?" The message reiterates his previous calls for a Roman Catholic Church that is closer to ordinary people, more international and less "Vatican-centric". The mass wrapped up a series of Vatican ceremonies leading up to Easter Sunday -- the holiest day in the Christian calendar, which celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:52:53 -0400 -

Pope Francis holding a tall, lit, white candle, enters a darkened St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Easter vigil service, at the Vatican, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica in which he will baptize 10 people.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:47:49 -0400 -

Egypt's former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, shakes hands with Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 19, 2014. El-Sissi on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required. He is widely expected to win. (AP Photo/Girgis Mahboub, Office of the Coptic Pope)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:32:56 -0400 -

FILE - In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Floribeth Mora stands by her shrine to Pope John Paul II inside the entrance to her home in La Union de Cartago, Costa Rica. Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared in May of 2011 in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint. Mora will attend the ceremony at the Vatican on April 27, 2014 as a guest of honor. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez, File)TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.


Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:38:20 -0400 -

Greek Orthodox Christian worshipers attend a Good Friday service at the church of Ayios Georgios Exorinos in Famagusta, in Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north on Friday, April 18, 2014. It’s the first time in nearly 60 years that such a service during Christianity’s holiest week is being held at this 14th century church. Although the island’s conflict has never been about religion, the service is seen as an example of how faith can help mend the island’s ethnic division. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) — An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:26:22 -0400 -

David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, addresses the American Atheists National Convention in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 18, 2014. In an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, the organization is holding their national conference over Easter weekend in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:43:16 -0400 -

Pope Francis lays prostrate on the floor in prayer before presiding over a Good Friday Passion service, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:27:34 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations in front of the Colosseum in RomeBy Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. "Behind every evil in our society is money, or at least in part," Cantalamessa said at the solemn service that included chanting by priests recounting the last hours of Jesus' life.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:56:47 -0400 -

Pope Francis attends the Celebration of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday on April 18, 2014 at the Colosseum in RomePope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter. The prayers read out at each of the 14 stops along the way were written by Italian bishop Giancarlo Bregantini, known for his outspoken condemnation of the mafia. A particularly potent prayer recited on Friday was about the economic crisis -- an issue close to Francis from his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires at the height of the economic collapse in Argentina.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:38:34 -0400 -

Faithful attend the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession celebrated by Pope Francis in front of the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:12:50 -0400 -

Penitents hang on wooden crosses during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in San Fernando, PampangaBy Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a great experience between me and God," 48-year-old Danish film director and stunt coordinator Lasse Spang Olsen, who stayed on the cross for more than 10 minutes, told Reuters before being treated for his wounds. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and rose from the dead two days later, on Easter Sunday.


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0400 -

Can atheism explain self-sacrifice?But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand. As Exhibit 653, I give you Jerry Coyne's latest diatribe in The New Republic, which amounts to a little more than an inadvertent confession that he's incapable of following a philosophical argument.


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:21:11 -0400 - Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception ...
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