Calvary Calls New Rector
Calvary Episcopal Church has announced the Rev. J. Scott Walters as its new rector. Walters was selected for his pastoral and personable leadership style as well as his passion for liturgy and urban ministry. His first Sunday at Calvary will be July 9, 2017.
Currently, Walters is the rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Ark., where he oversees innovative liturgy and projects, such as “Bus Stations of the Cross” and the Green Groceries Program, which keeps Christ Church’s doors open all week long.
“We are very excited to welcome Scott Walters to Calvary,” said Fred Piper, senior warden at Calvary. “I cannot improve on Scott’s own words when asked to describe himself: ‘I am a priest who loves to invite all sorts of people—the strange, the familiar, and the lost—to Jesus’s table and preach the reorienting power of grace in our common life.’”
Hidden Talents Art Show
An exhibit of art works showcasing the talents of 12 members of St. George’s Episcopal Church, will be the May exhibit in St. George’s Art Gallery. Joy Routt, who curated the exhibit says, “When we began to recruit for the exhibit, we had no idea just how many artists might be sitting in our pews, worshiping alongside us on Sundays; but as the word spread, people came forth to share their talents with us, some were professional artists, some hobbyists, all with remarkable talent that we will be showcasing in the Art Gallery.” The show will include photography, paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolors. The show will hang from May 1 – 31. Art Gallery hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday and 9 am to 12:30 pm on Sundays.
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The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee in Conjunction with St. George’s Independent School Calls Episcopal Chaplain
St. George’s Independent School working together with Bishop Don Johnson has selected the Rev. Ben Thomas to serve as Head Chaplain for the School.
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Becoming Beloved Community:
Introducing the Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation
Church-wide discussion and webinars begin today, May 16
Click here for webinar instructionsFollowing a year of listening, consulting and reflection, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice.
The full document is available here. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/
“You’re not looking at a set of programs,” Presiding Bishop Curry explained. “You’re looking at a path for how we, as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, can more fully and prayerfully embody the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus in our relationships with each other. Look at the scriptures, at Christian history. There is no doubt that Beloved Community, healing, justice and reconciliation are at the heart of Jesus’ movement in this world.”
The Becoming Beloved Community vision emerges as a direct response to General Convention Resolution C019 (“Establish Response to Systemic Injustice”) https://www.episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/acts/acts_resolution-complete.pl?resolution=2015-C019. The comprehensive commitment – which the Church’s top leaders crafted in partnership with the Presiding Bishop’s staff, key leaders, networks and organizations dedicated to racial reconciliation – links new initiatives with existing, ongoing work and seeks to support and amplify local, regional, provincial and churchwide network efforts.
Holy Apostle’s 50th Anniversary
In June 1967, the small congregation of the Church of the Holy Apostles held its first service. On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, we will commemorate that event and celebrate 50 years of ministry, with a festive homecoming celebration.Join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. where Bishop Don Johnson celebrate the liturgy, and a combined choir of present and former choristers will premiere an anthem commissioned for the occasion. A catered luncheon for all will follow, with seating indoors and out. There will be bluegrass music, displays of Holy Apostles’ information and artifacts, and special activities for children.
2017 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
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