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Mary Magdalene Fund Easter Ingathering

Posted by on April 25, 2019 in News, TEC_News | Comments Off on Mary Magdalene Fund Easter Ingathering

Mary Magdalene Fund Easter Ingathering

But whoever has been forgiven little loves little. “Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  The Mary Magdalene Fund supports the operations, work, and mission of The Episcopal Community. The name of the Fund was chosen because Mary Magdalene was the first to spread the news of the Risen Christ. Funds may be used to provide services, materials, and communications that exceed the regular budget; to help with expenses of providing retreats, workshops and annual meetings; to defray costs of providing services at General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and to help provide operational needs. Although donations may be made at any time, the major ingathering date is Easter. Donations may be made in honor of or in remembrance of a person important to the donor. Names of those so honored are listed on the website of The Episcopal Community. You may send a check to The Episcopal Community, PO Box 242, Sewanee, TN 37375. Please note the check is for The Mary Magdalene Fund or you may support the Fund by clicking the link below: Donate . . . This gift, this mercy, this unbounded love of God for us has been lavished upon us as a result of Christ’s victory. To taste this love is to share in His victory. To realize our freedom, to exult in our liberation from death, from sin and from the Law, is to sing the Alleluia which truly glorifies God in this world and in the world to come. Thomas...

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Installation of Pat Davis and Merry Keyser

Posted by on April 25, 2019 in Featured, News, TEC_News | Comments Off on Installation of Pat Davis and Merry Keyser

Installation of Pat Davis and Merry Keyser

You are invited to Pat Davis & Merry Keyser’s Installation into The Episcopal Community April 27, 2019 12:30pm The Chapel at St Mary’s Convent, Sewanee, TN Merry Keyser retired from her Federal government career in 2004 and, together with her husband, embarked on an intentional “giving back” career as a volunteer for our professional society – the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Our IEEE volunteer work takes us around the world organizing conferences and although we initially agreed to do this for ten years, we are still going strong and expect to continue for a few more years.      Also, starting in 2004 Merry agreed to accept a Diocesan leadership role and has been serving as the Assistant Treasurer for the Diocese of East Tennessee. Due to conflict of Interest concerns I have not served on the Vestry or the Search committee for my own parish for many years but I do make myself available as a resource from time to time. I really enjoy serving my parish as a Worship Leader, enthusiastic member of the Altar Guild, and facilitator for many small groups.      My interest in Benedictine spirituality was fostered by my EFM mentor back in 1995 and we were both founding members of the East Tennessee Benedictine Study Group. Sadly, we no longer meet. During one of my IEEE volunteer activities for a conference in Rome I was fortunate to take a day off to travel to the abbey of Monte Cassino. I would encourage anyone who is considering making that trip to go ahead and make that effort. It is so worth the experience. Much of what I learned there has formed the basis for the content for study groups that I have facilitated in my parish in recent years. Pat Davis      Pat Davis – I am a cradle Episcopalian who loves the liturgy of the Episcopal Church. I love the spiritual closeness and connection to God that participating in the eucharist offers me.       I am a Cancer survivor so  maintaining closeness with my family, friends and church spiritual community is very important to me.  I am a licensed therapist in solo private practice in Va. Beach I offer individual and family therapy and also run an out patient substance abuse program in my office that is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay ASAP.      I am a Cancer survivor so  maintaining closeness with my family, friends and church spiritual community is very important to me.  I am a licensed therapist in solo private practice in Va. Beach I offer individual and family therapy and also run an out patient substance abuse program in my office that is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay ASAP. Let’s all welcome Pat & Merry by sending cards of welcome or greeting. Please send your cards to The Episcopal Community, PO Box 242, Sewanee, TN 37375. Your greetings will be sent to Pat &...

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Palm Sunday – Year C

Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on Palm Sunday – Year C

Palm Sunday – Year C

ISAIAH 50: 4-9The prophet receives his assignment from God every morning, which he dutifully teaches to God’s people. Question: What have God’s prophets taught you? Are you willing to trust them?PHILIPPIANS 2: 5-11 Paul calls us to a life of humility in the service of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Question: Have you committed yourself to a life of humble service to Jesus and His Kingdom? How do you serve Him?LUKE 23:1-49The hour has come and Jesus faces what he was born to experience. Question: Where are you in this crowd of people? What will you do  to change the outcome of this...

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5th Sunday in Lent Year C

Posted by on April 7, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on 5th Sunday in Lent Year C

5th Sunday in Lent Year C

Isaiah 43:16-21“Trust in God brings the past alive, gives the present meaning, and the future hope.” Question: Do we really want our faith to be so mundane as to be entirely predictable? Or do we want our God to do surprising things, things that we couldn’t even begin to imagine, things that ‘no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived’ (1 Cor. 2:9)?”Philippians 3:4b-14Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place he embraces Christ and Christ’s way. Question: What does it mean to know Christ? What social holiness will come from your knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection?John 12:1-18 It seems Martha was a person of some figure, from the great respect which was paid to her and her sister, in visits and condolences on Lazarus’s death, as well as from the costly ointment mentioned in the next verse. And probably it was at their house our Lord and his disciples lodged, when he returned from Jerusalem to Bethany, every evening of the last week of his life, upon which he was now entered. Question: Have you ever seen or experienced someone physically caring for a loved one in preparation for that dying person’s...

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4th Sunday in Lent – Year C

Posted by on March 31, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on 4th Sunday in Lent – Year C

4th Sunday in Lent – Year C

JOSHUA 5: 9-12A story of forgiveness and restoration for God’s people. Question: Has there been a time in your life when God has withheld something from your daily life? How did you feel when it was restored?2 CORINTHIANS 5: 16-21 Paul’s is concerned that the people he has come to teach believe that his honesty is valid. It is always imperative that a leader lives above reproach. Question: As a Christian do you see how important it is to live an exemplary life? How do you accomplish that?LUKE 15: 1-3, 11-32 The story of the Prodigal Son contains judgment, jealousy, forgiveness and unquestionable love. Question: As we journey toward Christian maturity, do you see how easy it is to become ensnared in questionable behavior? Which ones have caught you? What did you learn from these...

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3rd Sunday in Lent – Year C

Posted by on March 24, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on 3rd Sunday in Lent – Year C

3rd Sunday in Lent – Year C

EXODUS 3: 1-25God intervenes in Moses life, giving him a task that will test his faith and love of God.Question: Has God ever asked the seemingly impossible of you, to test your faith in Him? How did you respond?1 Corinthians 10: 1-13 Paul teaches from experience the importance of understanding and using our knowledge of God’s love and empowerment for His people. Question: Are you able to apply your knowledge of God in your daily life? How do you do this?LUKE 13: 1-9 Luke’s teaching is about nations whose people rebel against God, and thus invite disaster by their choice. Question: Are you able to apply this teaching to your life today? What can you do to help others make a positive...

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2nd Sunday in Lent – Year C

Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on 2nd Sunday in Lent – Year C

2nd Sunday in Lent – Year C

GENESIS 15: 1-12, 17-18In spite of the visions God shared with Moses and Moses’ experience of faith in God’s promises, Moses is skeptical.Question: Have you ever felt like Moses? How did you overcome it?PHILLIPIANS 3: 17-4:1Paul holds before us an ideal of how the Christian is to embrace his Christian life. Question: Is your faith life strong enough to apply Paul’s words to your daily life? If not, what must you do to accomplish that?LUKE 13: 31-35Jesus’ unconditional love is seen in the tender way He encourages his followers. Question: Are you able to apply Jesus’ behavior in your own life? Toward the people you know, whether you like them or...

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1st Sunday of Lent – Year C

Posted by on March 10, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on 1st Sunday of Lent – Year C

1st Sunday of Lent – Year C

DEUTERONOMY 26: 1-11Our response to the generosity of God’s gifts is taught in this lesson.Question: Do you freely give back to God from his gifts to you in ministry? What is it you do?ROMANS 10: 8-13Paul shares the theology from which the first Christian creeds were established. To know Jesus the Christ in a personal manner was and is a necessity.Question: Is knowledge of Jesus born of your lips or your heart? How does your life reflect this belief?Luke 4: 1-13Jesus is tempted by Satan. Look closely at how Jesus responds to each question. Never does Jesus compromise His call by God.Question: Think of a time you were confronted with a choice like Jesus was. Did you maintain your integrity or did you...

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Open Wide the Window of our Spirits

Posted by on March 6, 2019 in Chaplain | Comments Off on Open Wide the Window of our Spirits

Open Wide the Window of our Spirits

Lent 2019 We will soon be entering the Season of Lent. Lent is not only a time for us personally to look inward as it were “soul searching” but it is also the Church inviting us corporately and collectively as the People of God to introspection and study. It is not meant to be just passive or static. It is calling us into discernment about we are as the Body of Christ and individually as a follower of Jesus Christ. For me each Lent has usually been a time fo growth. Not always profound but always something I can reflect upon afterwards. At times I realize that it is something I have been thinking about or mulling over “just in the back of my mind.” We all know that “growth” always involves and is punctuated by change; seen or unseen, cursory or sustained. What are we being called into this year during the Season of Lent? While clearing out my files I found a prayer I would like to share with you all as members of The Episcopal Community. “Open wide the WIndow of our Spirits, O Lord, and fill us full of light:Open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain Thee:With all our powers of adoration and love.” Amen!Christina Rossetti May God bless us as we seek to serve Christ and to move forward in faith and grace. Blessings, +Phillip M. Duncan. II Bishop & Chaplain of The Episcopal...

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Lenten Thoughts 2019

Posted by on March 4, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Lenten Thoughts 2019

Lenten Thoughts 2019

When I think of Lent, I think of daffodils. To bloom, daffodils must have a period of quiet (twelve to sixteen weeks) underground in the silent, cool darkness. During that time, a daffodil slowly develops roots as it takes in nutrients from the soil. It then goes dormant, resting, before beginning the inner formation of the future flower. Finally the leaves push through the soil to the light, the first sign of the inner silent growth. The foliage, its life supported by the strong roots slowly grown during the quiet resting time, is able to withstand snow and freezing temperatures. Three to six weeks after the leaves appear, the daffodil fully blooms — resurrected from the brown seemingly lifeless bulb.   Lent for me is like that. It’s a time for quiet reflection and inner growth — a time to draw in nutrients, to send out new roots, to intentionally prepare for growth, for new life. What “nutrients” will you add to the soil of your growth this Lent? What intentional changes will you make in your life that will give you time to simply “rest” in the Lord’s presence — in the deep, quiet, nurturing of His Spirit so that, transformed, you may bloom in the glorious beauty of His likeness. Nancy Young National President The Episcopal...

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