The Diocesan Communicator: March 17, 2017

Recovering Spirituality: A Recovery Book Discussion
Hosted by the West Tennessee Episcopal Addiction and Recovery Commission
April 20 and 27, 6:30-7:45 PM
Church of the Holy Communion
Upstairs in the Carrick Room
4645 Walnut Grove Rd; Memphis, TN 38117

Looking for a Lenten discipline? Pick up a copy of Recovering Spirituality: Achieving Emotional Sobriety in Your Spiritual Practice by Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D. We will get together two Thursday evenings in April (20 & 27) from 6:30-7:45 at Church of the Holy Communion for a lively discussion led by Laura White, LPC-MHSP, CEAP, SAP.

Recovering Spirituality is a guide for those in recovery in developing the awareness and skills to deal with life’s issues by practicing authentic spirituality and emotional sobriety. Spirituality is a critical aspect of the Twelve Steps and other recovery programs.

For more information, contact Lucy Owens (901-272-7425, lucy@gracestlukes.org), Shannon Tucker (901-281-0785, shannon.tucker@gmail.com), or Laura White (901-210-1833, laura912@att.net).
St Mary’s Convent – Organic Prayer Program Internship

June 1 – August 8th 2017
The Sisters of St. Mary in Sewanee, TN, invite college students and recent college graduates who want to further their spiritual and personal growth by living alongside the Community in our Organic Prayer Program Internship. The interns engage in a life structured by Benedictine values which includes time for prayer, work, study, rest and exercise, and is rooted in an intentional community that seeks to live in harmony with the natural world and the greater Sewanee community. They live out S.O.I.L (Sacramental, Organic, Intentional Living), sharing the rhythm and routine of daily prayer, working in the convent and the garden, and representing the Community in the surrounding community as well as the world at large. Interested? Email Sister Madeleine Mary at sr.madeleine.mary@gmail.com

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Saints Departed
Billy Yandell, St. John’s
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

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2017 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
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Bishop’s Visitations
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Bishop Johnson’s Note from the Bi-Annual House of Bishops’ Meeting
The Jesus Movement continues to be a driving image when we gather as bishops from across The Episcopal Church. Our Presiding Bishop has described our part of this movement as the work of “Following Jesus into a Loving, Liberating and Life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with creation.”  Lay, clergy and bishops are all called to address this work through our organizational structures and ministry development efforts.  Three areas have grown out of the last General Convention decisions that provide the programmatic emphases for the work of this Church:  Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation and Justice, and Environmental Stewardship.  At the March 10-14 meeting of the House of Bishops, each of these themes were addressed.  An emphasis was placed on the Racial Reconciliation and Justice aspects of our work as the Church.  Conversations about and some means to equip the Church’s bishops to engage this important ministry were shared and commended to our use.  Sermons in support of the meeting’s theme of being Reconciling Leaders in the Jesus Movement were offered from five bishops of the Church.  A moving healing service was offered in the context of one of the daily Eucharistic celebrations.  Daily Bible study and reflection continued to be part of our ongoing pattern of meeting and drawing on the presence of God as revealed in our midst.  We gather in plenary sessions, but much of the relational work and content consideration is done in the table groups we are assigned to for the three years between General Conventions.  This opportunity to get to know other members of the House of Bishops over that period of time has served to make us more deeply aware of the variety of ideas, opinions, understandings and commitments represented even in our smaller but representative groups of 6-8 people.  We heard moving presentations on timely matters such as the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries in the current political and geo-political climate.  We received an orientation session to the next meeting of the House of Bishops scheduled to be in Fairbanks, Alaska.  It was clear that this was to be a mission trip that would allow many if not most of us who do not know the work of the Church in the interior of Alaska to ‘taste and see’ for ourselves the missionary spirit and tenacity that has made the Church in Alaska what it is today.  Much of the development of the Church there has been along the Yukon River.  It is my hope to be part of the group that goes to one of these remote locations that can only be accessed by plane to see how these people of God are part of the Jesus Movement in places where a true pioneering spirit was needed to go into an untamed land and proclaim that “There’s a wildness in God’s mercy.” (My favorite bulletin typo ever, and I might add a very revealing observation!)  Reports were received on the continuing dialogue between the Episcopal and Methodist churches in hopes that they will eventually lead to a full communion recognition status between the two church bodies as we currently have with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Moravian Church.  General Convention 2018 is beginning to be discussed for out upcoming time schedule in Austin, Texas.  In the midst of the meeting, we again enjoyed an informal “fireside chat” with our Presiding Bishop who shared with us several matters on his heart and mind and fielded questions and comments from those gathered. At the end of the House of Bishops meeting there is a formal business session that ended this year with a report from the Task Force on the Episcopacy as we look to being part of the Jesus Movement for the 21st Century.  It has been my privilege to serve on that Task Force as the Presiding Bishop’s appointed representative.  It was a good meeting, and I am glad to be back in the Diocese of West Tennessee where, in all candor, I am glad to call my heart’s home.  +Don

Lenten Concert Series:
Timo Arthur & the
Memphis blues

March 19
Grace-St. Luke’s invites all on  March 19 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. for Timo Arthur & the Memphis blues. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Timo Arthur boasts an impressive musical resume that spans over thirty years of experience. Timo is the guitarist for blues harmonica ace Brandon Santini in Memphis, TN, where Timo now currently resides

Upcoming concerts (same place & time):
March 26: Julien Baker & Memphis folk music
April 2: Meg Hutchinson & American folk music

Palm Sunday & Holy Week Services

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RETIRED CLERGY GROUP OFFERED: if you are retired Clergy and you’d be interested in meeting periodically, please let me know that at williamkolb461@yahoo.com or text/call me at 901-438-0751. –Bill Kolb, Diocesan Chaplain for Retired Clergy

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