Bishops United Against Gun Violence to host April 2017 event in Chicago
Registration is now open for “Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence” a conference sponsored by the Episcopal organization Bishops United Against Gun Violence on April 20-22, 2017 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
The conference will feature a “three-note” panel of African-American leaders offering perspectives on poverty, racism and gun violence and include Bible study focused on the conference themes and a public liturgy in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Workshops at the conference are devoted to helping participants work with police, young people, legislators, the media, anti-violence advocacy groups and other constituencies to reduce gun violence.
“Our goal is to continue creating a network of Episcopalians inspired and equipped to work against gun violence and the social forces that drive it,” said Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark, one of three co-conveners of Bishops United.
The “three-note” panelists are: the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Religion at Goucher College and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral; the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior minister of University Church in Chicago and a hip-hop artist who performs as J.Kwest; and Natalie Moore, a reporter for WBEZ, Chicago’s National Public Radio affiliate, and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, will serve as moderator.
The public liturgy will include a prayerful procession to sites of gun violence on Chicago’s South Side and homilies by members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence and the Rev. Michael Pfleger of the Faith Community of St. Sabina.
Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango, dean of students and George E. and Iris Battle Professor of Old Testament and Languages at Hood Theological Seminary, will lead the Bible study.
Registration for the conference will be capped at about 250. Registration and more information is available at bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/unholy-trinity/.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence is an ad hoc group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who have come together to explore means of reducing the appalling levels of gun violence in our society, and to advocate for policies and legislation that save lives. Bishops United works against gun violence by forming relationships and coalitions with interfaith colleagues, fellow advocates, and families whose lives have been touched by gun violence; giving voice to voiceless gun violence victims through public liturgy, advocacy, and prayer; and supporting each another in efforts to end gun violence in local communities. Learn more at bishopsagainstgunviolence.org.
Special Announcement:Mercer Introduces Courses for All
Dear Friends of the Mercer School,
Mercer School is pleased to offer courses in a variety of theological disciplines to members of the Diocese of Long Island and beyond during this academic year.
The following Mercer School of Theology eight (8) courses will all be taught as 6-week modules. The first and final sessions of each course will be taught in-classroom/in-person at Mercer School of Theology in Garden City. The other four sessions of the course will take place online using G Suite for Education, provided by Google. The scheduling of those four sessions will be by common consent of instructor and enrolled students. The exceptions are “The Letters of Paul” and the “Book of Revelation”; they will be offered exclusively online, with no in-classroom/in-person meetings.
Those who enroll for modules will receive by email a description of how to use G Suite for Educationin accessing the four online course sessions.
Registration for modules will be easily accessed by visiting the Mercer School website (www.mercerschool.org), clicking on the course name in the Mercer Online Calendar and accessing the registration information within.
Mercer School is grateful to the skilled instructors teaching modules during the 2016-2017 academic year. It is our hope that the possibility of engaging with theological learning without frequent trips to Mercer’s geographical location will encourage many to become part of Mercer’s learning community.
In order to celebrate the Mercer School’s entry into hybrid courses, there is no registration fee for students who register for either or both of the first two courses of the year: Patristic Doctrine of the Trinity and Holy Dying. Thereafter, the remaining six courses in the series will have a $50.00 registration fee per student per course. A minimum of five (5) registrants is needed for a course to proceed.
We encourage you to join us in this new educational offering.
Blessings and Peace,
Course: Holy Dying
Beginning date December 10- Concluding date February 11, 2017
(All other dates to be determined by teachers and students)
Instructor: The Rev. Steven Paulikas
Holy Dying is an introduction to the Anglican theology of death and resurrection and the principles of end-of-life pastoral care. Through readings of Holy Scripture, Episcopal liturgy, and other key texts, students will develop their theological understanding of death as a foundation for strategies in pastoral care at this most sensitive - and often taboo - stage of the life cycle.
Other Upcoming Events
Also know that our full calendar can be found on the Mercer website with all currently available information and links to open registrations.
Turning Points & New Pastors
Altar Guild Quiet
Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
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[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will focus on the theme Path to Peace,based on Matthew 5:1-12.
Path to Peace as a theme was developed by the EYE17 Mission Planning Team who discerned a call to focus on peacemaking and the ways each member of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace. Read more
The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma on July 10–14, 2017.
“EYE is always a great event for both our youth and for our adults,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry commented. “I have attended many of the Episcopal Youth Events and I have fond memories of joining our youth in celebration, learning and fun. EYE17 is a strong component of the Jesus Movement.”
The young people of Province II had such a wonderful experience at the last EYE in 2015 that they asked for a similar provincial event in 2016. #youthtakeover16: be the change took place in July of 2016. Although it was a super event, for various reasons, only 40 young people from three dioceses were able to attend. See the photos and video here.
Now is the time to plan for EYE 2017. This gives our young people time to hold fundraisers and apply for grants to be able to get out to Oklahoma in July. It also allows time for chaperones to arrange for time off to accompany the youth. Province II is committed to having a good delegation representing all eleven dioceses at the coming EYE, so dioceses, please get started doing whatever needs to be done to provide this experience for as many young people as possible. Work with the province to make the necessary funds available. Myra Garnes, youth coordinator for the province, will be able to help.
The planning team is already at work. Follow them on Facebook!
The EYE Blog <http://www.episcopalchurch.org/blog/eye/all> has more information, including: