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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, 03 Mar 2015 01:36:55 -0500 -

Another mass wedding is held by the Unification Church in Gapyeong, South Korea, on March 3, 2015Thousands of couples took part in a mass wedding on Tuesday at the South Korean headquarters of the Unification Church -- the third such event since the death of their "messiah" and church founder Sun Myung Moon. At first, they involved just a few dozen couples but the numbers mushroomed over the years. The majority of couples participating on Tuesday were already married, but had done so before joining the Church and chose to renew their vows as full members. Michael Schroder, a 20-year-old from London, said he had been "extremely nervous" before being paired off with his new Japanese wife, Atsumi Sato, 21.


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:34:46 -0500 -

Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is silhouetted during sunset in RomeThe Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview. This is what has emerged from conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues," Domenico Giani told Polizia Moderna, the magazine published by Italian police, when asked if threats from Islamic State militants were credible. "(But) at the moment I can say that we are not aware of any plan to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father," he added in the interview, published on the magazine's website on Monday. Islamic State militants have made threats against Catholic targets in Rome that have been given much space in Italian media.


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:51:49 -0500 -

This photo provided by Simon & Schuster shows the cover of the book, "The Fifth Gospel" (Simon & Schuster), by Ian Caldwell


Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:58:24 -0500 - SEATTLE (AP) — Christian Welp, the 7-foot (2.13-meter) German center who holds the University of Washington's career scoring record and played three seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 51.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:58:15 -0500 -

Pope Francis addresses worshippers at the Vatican, on March 1, 2015Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants. "Unfortunately the tragic news just keeps coming from Iraq and Syria," the pontiff said after his weekly prayer in St Peter's Square, without specifically naming IS. Last week, IS kidnapped 220 Assyrians in the Tal Tamr area of Syria where the extremist Islamist group has seized control of 10 Christian villages, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:54:32 -0500 -

Pope Francis leads a special audience with members of the confederation of Italian cooperatives in Paul VI hall at the VaticanPope Francis called on Sunday for an end to political violence in Venezuela and said he would pray for a teenager killed during an anti-government demonstration last week. Protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro turned violent in the city of San Cristobal where 14-year-old Kluibert Roa was shot dead. In his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square, Francis, the first Latin American pope called on all sides to renounce violence and to begin talking. "I would like to recall Venezuela, which is once again experiencing new moments of acute tension ... I pray for the victims and in particular for the boy killed a few days ago in San Cristobal," said Francis, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:13:31 -0500 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Venezuelans to pull together for the common good of their nation after the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy during an anti-government protest.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:40:56 -0500 -

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience granted to members of the Italian Confcooperative, cooperative associations, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter's Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapped or are victims of other "intolerable brutality" in Syria and Iraq.


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:32:21 -0500 -

In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 photo, custodian George Blomquist clears snow from the grounds of Our Lady of the Angels Church after a weekend snowstorm in Worcester, Mass. Churches, synagogues and mosques in New England report that attendance is down at worship services this winter, as many storms have hit over weekends. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Christine Peterson)BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God.


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:25:52 -0500 -

Pope Francis delivers his speech during a special audience with members of the confederation of Italian cooperatives in Paul VI hall at the VaticanBy James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society.


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:41:50 -0500 -

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo Cardinal George Pell arrives for a morning session of a synod on family issues, at the Vatican. Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances. Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 editions that Cardinal George Pell's economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first six months of its existence. The total includes seemingly legitimate expenses, including computers and printers, but also a 2,508 euro bill from the famed Gamarelli clergy tailor. The expenditures are notable given that Pell has instituted a spending review across the Vatican to ensure any excess money is spent on the poor, L'Espresso noted. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months.


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:36:25 -0500 - By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic grammar school located near Boston has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in protest over organizers' decision to allow a gay veterans' group to march in next month's event. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which traditionally sends its marching band to the South Boston route, said on Friday it would withdraw following a decision by the Allied War Veteran's Council, the parade's organizers, to admit a group of gay and lesbian veterans called OutVets to participate. "It would appear we were condoning it." For decades the organizers of the New York and Boston St. Patrick's Day parades excluded openly gay groups from participating in their events, contending that allowing them to march would violate the beliefs of their Catholic faith, which holds that homosexual acts are immoral.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:32:57 -0500 -

Francis walks as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanThe Vatican on Friday condemned the leaking of documents that according to a media report show a power struggle in the Holy See over economic reforms and excessive expenses by the cardinal charged with carrying them out. L'Espresso magazine said it had seen minutes of meetings and emails showing mostly Italian cardinals felt that Cardinal George Pell had accumulated too much power. Pell is an outsider brought by the pope to Rome from Australia to oversee the Vatican's often muddled finances after decades of control by Italians. Pope Francis was given a mandate by the cardinals who elected him in 2013 to clean up after a series of financial scandals, mostly involving the Vatican bank.


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:25:14 -0500 -

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo Cardinal George Pell arrives for a morning session of a synod on family issues, at the Vatican. Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances. Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 editions that Cardinal George Pell's economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first six months of its existence. The total includes seemingly legitimate expenses, including computers and printers, but also a 2,508 euro bill from the famed Gamarelli clergy tailor. The expenditures are notable given that Pell has instituted a spending review across the Vatican to ensure any excess money is spent on the poor, L'Espresso noted. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican spokesman on Friday condemned as "unworthy and petty" the leaks of documents detailing power struggles inside the Holy See and the expenditures of Pope Francis' new finance czar.


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:40:03 -0500 -

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Walter Kasper speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in his home at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 someone apparently swiped upwards of 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops who attended a controversial meeting on family issues October 2014. The meeting laid bare divisions between progressive prelates seeking a more welcoming, pastoral approach, and conservatives seeking to uphold church doctrine. Francis had asked Cardinal Walter Kasper to get the debate started back in February 2014. At a Vatican meeting, Kasper posed some provocative questions about how the church could apply a more pastoral approach to Catholics who remarry without getting a church annulment, a decree that their first marriage was null. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican.


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:26:00 -0500 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:23:06 -0500 -

An Assyrian Christian woman and her daughter, who fled the unrest in Syria, attend a prayer for the 220 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State group jihadists at Saint Georges Assyrian Church in Jdeideh, Lebanon, February 26, 2015The Assyrian community, from which Islamic State jihadists recently abducted at least 220 people in Syria, is one the world's oldest Christian groups but came to the country less than a century ago. They are part of the patchwork of eastern Christian communities who trace their origins back to ancient Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq, well before Christianity and later Islam took root. In broad terms, Assyrians are Christians who remained faithful to the Nestorian doctrine, condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD.


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:19:10 -0500 - Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances. Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday editions ...
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:49:10 -0500 -

FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a stained glass window, broken by thieves according to the local priest, remains damaged at the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana in Copacabana, Bolivia. Bolivian officials say more than 400 objects of art have been stolen from churches, including paintings, decorative silverwork, polished gold and silver altar pieces and gem-encrusted jewelry. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The discovery that two paintings held by a New York couple had been stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 has ignited a search for 10 other colonial-era paintings that were taken in the theft, one the largest such crimes in the country's history.


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:04:45 -0500 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — A homeless man who lived on the streets around St. Peter's Square for years has been buried in a cemetery inside Vatican City.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:33:12 -0500 -

Israeli soldiers stand guard outside a mosque that was torched and vandalized, on February 25, 2015 in the West Bank village of al-JabaSuspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary building in Jerusalem early Thursday, police said, 24 hours after a mosque was torched in the West Bank. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the attack. Israel's foreign ministry said it expected the police to bring the perpetrators to justice. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the attack as "deplorable" and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice.


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:55:55 -0500 - PRAGUE (AP) — A court official in the Czech Republic says a Roman Catholic priest has been convicted of rape and sexual abuse and sentenced to five years in prison.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:21:10 -0500 - COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian police say Oslo's Catholic bishop and the church's financial manager are suspected of serious fraud in connection with membership lists.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:43:27 -0500 - A Christian leader in northeastern Syria urged U.S.-led air strikes to help repel an attack by Islamic State militants on villages where they are estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week. Ablahd Kourieh, an Assyrian Christian who is deputy head of a Kurdish-led defense council in northeastern Syria and an official in an Assyrian political party, put the number of Christians abducted by Islamic State at between 350 and 400. Speaking to Reuters by Skype from the area, he urged the U.S.-led alliance to bomb Islamic State's positions in areas near the town of Tel Tamr in Hasaka province, where he said the group had attacked 16 Assyrian villages this week.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:11:31 -0500 -

An Israeli man looks at damage at a Greek Orthodox seminary in JerusalemAn arson attack damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary near Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday and anti-Christian graffiti in Hebrew at the scene suggested the incident was a hate crime. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement the fire at the seminary was set deliberately and that "there is no room for such deplorable activity" in the city, which is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said in a statement that the fires at the Jerusalem seminary and the mosque near Bethlehem were the work of "Israeli terrorists ... protected by a government that claims exclusivity over this land".


Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:03:51 -0500 -

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends a papal mass for the beatification of Paul VI, who died in 1978, in St Peter's square on October 19, 2014It was feared he would become a sort of shadow pope. Two years after becoming the first leader of the Catholic church to resign in seven centuries, Benedict XVI has melted away from public view, even if he remains a benchmark for those in the Vatican who are unhappy with the less traditionalist, more unpredictable regime that succeeded his. Anyone seeking a gauge of the relative popularity of Benedict and his successor, Francis need look no further than the souvenir stalls in the streets around St Peter's: the new pope's beaming face is everywhere while postcards featuring the austere features of the erstwhile Joseph Ratzinger are rapidly becoming collector's items. Benedict formally retired on February 28, 2013, leaving the Vatican in a white Italian airforce helicopter for the papal retreat of Castel Gandolfo, where he spent a few months recuperating before returning to the confines of the Vatican and taking up residence in a former convent.


Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:51:24 -0500 - The US Supreme Court grappled on Wednesday with the issue of whether the clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teen when it refused to hire her because her headscarf clashed with the company’s strict dress code. Abercrombie rejected an application from Samantha Elauf, then 17, after concluding that her black headscarf would violate the company’s policy prohibiting employees from wearing caps and from wearing black clothing. For her part, Elauf did not raise the issue of the headscarf and she never asked if Abercrombie might offer a religious accommodation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Abercrombie on Elauf’s behalf, charging religious discrimination.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:41:23 -0500 - The United States on Wednesday condemned recent attacks by Islamic State militants on Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, which it said included the burning of homes and churches and abduction of women, children and the elderly. "This is but the latest round of atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against the innocent people of the region," the White House said in a statement, using an acronym for Islamic State.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:40:13 -0500 - By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A county branch of the Republican Party in Idaho voted to shelve for now a measure that would have labeled the state as Christian to bolster what supporters called the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of the United States. A two-thirds majority of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee endorsed a call on Tuesday night for the non-binding resolution to be set aside. The measure ignited a rare and emotionally charged debate in the Republican stronghold of northern Idaho, a state where Republicans have long held sway, in which opponents said they felt unjustly portrayed as anti-Christian. The proposal sought that Idaho be "formally and specifically declared a Christian state," guided by a Judeo-Christian faith reflected in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, where all authority and power is attributed to God, the resolution reads.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:05:53 -0500 - With calm and respectful questions, the nine justices of the US Supreme Court debated yet another case about religious freedom on Wednesday. Should the company have asked her why she wore it, perhaps illegally probing her religious beliefs? If the justices threw any barbs during this session, it was in pithy comments like this one from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about when companies can discriminate in hiring: “They don’t have to accommodate a ball cap. The world needs more examples these days of judicious ways of resolving disputes between the right to religious expression and the demands for justice and the common good.
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