TEC News

Lent 2020

Posted by on February 26, 2020 in News | Comments Off on Lent 2020

Lent 2020

Greetings Sisters in Christ, We are approaching another Lent which begins on February 26. Lent is such a conflicted time for me. Growing up Catholic, we always “Gave Up” something for that period of time. It wasn’t really a learning experience as much as a “have to” experience. These days you can still give something up – chocolate, or whatever your favorite thing is; also people are giving up behaviors that no longer suit them. There is giving away 40 items for the 40 days of Lent – decluttering if you will. Some people take on things….practicing more kindness, compassion, volunteering, etc. Whatever it is that speaks to you this Lent, do it with love, conviction and happiness. Yes happiness. Although Lent is a time of solemn reflection, I don’t believe God wants us to go around literally in ‘sack cloth and ashes’. I believe anything we choose to do during Lent as a practice should be done because of our love and thankfulness for the fact that Jesus died for us and our belief in the Trinity. As a Community we are using the Lenten Meditations for 2020 from Episcopal Relief & Development. You may want to use this to help you in your Lenten journey. Whatever you decide to do for your Lenten practice, I wish you a rich experience that you will benefit from long after Lent ends. Blessings,Chris ButterworthNational TreasurerSpiritual Formation...

read more

Lent 2020 – Following the Way

Posted by on February 25, 2020 in News | Comments Off on Lent 2020 – Following the Way

Lent 2020 – Following the Way

Lent, like Advent, is a time of reflection and preparation. It mirrors the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry. For Jesus, the question was, “What does it mean to be the Christ?” For us, the question is, “What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?” In the early days of the church, Lent was a time of preparation for Baptism, a time to learn how to be a follower of The Way of Jesus—The Way of Love. Presiding Bishop Curry has said, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.” He has given us a seven step process to live more deeply into The Way of Love. This Lent, may we all strive to follow this path. TURN (toward Jesus) and choose His Way LEARN from Scripture, from the life and words of Jesus PRAY intentionally dwelling in God’s presence WORSHIP in community with others BLESS by sharing faith and serving others GO across boundaries, living like Jesus REST in God’s grace and peace and be restored This Lent, let this become your Rule of Life—the foundation and support of living into your Baptismal Covenant, for we are “Marked as Christ’s own for ever.” In Christ’s love,Nancy YoungNational...

read more

Keeping a Holy Lent

Posted by on February 25, 2020 in News | Comments Off on Keeping a Holy Lent

Keeping a Holy Lent

   My prayer for each of us this Lent is that we may be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus’ love for the whole world as we share the Gospel of Christ’s saving embrace. Dear Sisters in Christ,     Each year on Ash Wednesday we are reminded that the “keeping” of a Holy Lent is important for all of us. It is the time of remembering the sacrifice of our Lord for each one of us and indeed for the whole world. I always find it a challenge of time, energy, work, family and things to do. When I was in Seminary my spiritual director said to me something like this: “Lent is a time of introspection, looking inward.” For me, Lent is of little value if we forget that it is also reaching outward to others in the world: we are all called to be the hands, the feet and the heart of Christ.” “Christ died for us all.” I am still impressed with the simplicity of that Gospel mandate. We are called individually and as Community to keep a Holy Lent. Study, yes! Works of mercy, yes! Reaching out to the sick, the poor, the homeless…..! Yes to all those and more! My prayer for each of us this Lent is that we may be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus’ love for the whole world as we share the Gospel of Christ’s saving embrace.      I am yours in Christ,    +Bishop Duncan ...

read more

Winter 2020 Online Book Study

Posted by on January 4, 2020 in Archives, Book Study, Meditations | Comments Off on Winter 2020 Online Book Study

Winter 2020 Online Book Study

The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in GodBy: Christine Aroney-Sine Our Winter Book Study will begin in early February. Please join us as we move through Epiphany towards Lent! Selling for $3.99 on Kindle; $11.86 in paperback on Amazon.Click Here to Order Book on AmazonThe study begins Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST, and continues for 4 consecutive Sundays. We will read approximately 50 pages a week. Start reading when you can! Make lots notes, ideas that you might have thought of and how you found the practices, so we can discuss together!February 2 – Chapters, 1-3February 9 – Chapters 4-7February 16 – Chapters 8-11February 23 – Chapters 12-14 and wrap up Our online host will be Zoom. You will be receiving an invitation with link to join the book will be sent in January. Any questions or if you plan to participate, please let me know.Chris Butterworth, Formation Chairchristina.s.butterworth@gmail.comReading what authors give as their dedication often gives the reader a glimpse into their heart – Sine writes “to all who are learning to laugh and dance and play with...

read more

Christmas 2019

Posted by on December 23, 2019 in Archives, Chaplain | Comments Off on Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

Dear Sisters in Christ, Soon we will leave the Season of Advent preparation and begin the joy of celebrating the Christmas Season, the time of our Savior Jesus’ birth.  For us we gather as we are able to hear and tell the story of the birth of God’s Son.  He came into the world being born of/in our human flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit. He was born as all of us are born.  Is it any wonder that over the two thousand years since that event we are still amazed and give thanks to God for the gift of life, love and joy?  We experience that our lives have purpose and meaning through living and relating to each other.  It is how we treat the environment and embrace “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.”It is my prayer for each of us during this time that we seek to serve Christ in the simple acts of kindness.  Wherever we find ourselves; at home, with family or friends, in nursing homes or hospitals, with the homeless, or in church; we are all God’s children.May God in Jesus Christ bless us and keep us in His grace and love. A Blessed and Joyful Christmas Season to each of you.I am,+ Bishop Duncan From Our President As this year draws to a close, we are surrounded with dark news as the media tells us of wild fires destroying entire towns, sex trafficking of young women, refugees fleeing violence, immigrant children separated from parents, the destruction of homes by hurricanes and tornadoes, murders committed by young teens, and presidential impeachment. But we are promised that “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John1:5) Jesus was also born into a dark time, a time of political and social unrest, of despotic rulers, of violence, and of threatened revolutions. In this dark time, Mary and Joseph journey toward Bethlehem, holding to the promise that Mary will bear a son who “will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) We must also journey toward Bethlehem-toward hope-toward new life. As we move toward Bethlehem, toward the light, we help to birth the God within us. We help to birth Christ into the world. Every kind act, every shared pain, every act of hospitality advances us and the world around us on the journey. Every act of love brings Christ into the world: every act of love helps the light overcome the darkness. May the light of Christ illumine Christmas through our shared love. PAX, Nancy Where there is no love, pour love in, and you will draw love out. -St. John of the...

read more

Realities for Children Thank You

Posted by on December 21, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Realities for Children Thank You

Realities for Children   Thank You

...

read more

Advent 2019

Posted by on December 1, 2019 in Archives | Comments Off on Advent 2019

Advent 2019

Advent is a time of “getting ready” for the Season of Christmas.  Christmas celebrates the Birth of the Messiah: Jesus.  Yes that involves, for some of us, shopping for special foods and gifts for family and friends that are often given during the 12 days of Christmas.    For the early Church Advent was a time of preparation with such tasks as making small gifts for friends and family as part of the celebration.  It was honoring the gifts that the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus in the manger.  Advent reminds us that the true gift is preparing for the Christmas: The birth of our Lord!  It is not so much about the “stuff.”  It is about the giving of ourselves and our time and talents.  It is about our being with others and seeing in one another the Image of the Divine: “Imago Dei.” Take time this Advent Season to pray, to get ready for the gift from God during this Christmas Season.  Take time for quiet.  Take time for prayer, worship and remembering those who have no place to lay their heads.  Remember that when Advent ends we celebrate the most holy gift given to us: Jesus, God’s own Son. May God bless us and keep us in His Grace. +Bishop...

read more

Fall Book Study & Discussion

Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Archives, Meditations, TEC_News | Comments Off on Fall Book Study & Discussion

Fall Book Study & Discussion

August 26, 2019 Dear Sisters,St. Benedict taught that Christ is as near as our neighbor. If we can not love the Christ we can see next to us, how can we love the Christ we can not see? Living in Community thus becomes “a school for the Lord’s service” (Prologue 45). Part of building that community of love is the common worship and prayer—the Opus Dei.As we approach our tenth year as a community, I invite you to join us in a common daily devotional reading of The Rule of Benedict. Benedict recommended that each new monk read The Rule three times before taking final vows. Joan Chittister has divided The Rule into small segments for daily reading that lead the reader through The Rule three times in one year (beginning September 1, January 2, and May 2). Each short daily reading is followed by an insightful commentary that reflects on how The Rule speaks to our lives in today’s world.The book was originally published with the title The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, but was later republished with the title The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century. You may find the older title on your bookshelf or in a used book store. The newer title is available through Amazon or other sellers.Click here to order the book from Amazon.We will offer a forum for discussion through Facebook, Constant Contact, and/or telephone/video conference during the coming months. Please join us!In Christ’s...

read more

2019 Annual Meeting

Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Archives, TEC_News | Comments Off on 2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

The Episcopal Community September 24, 2019 6PM CST Please join the Circle of Leadership and other members of The Episcopal Community for our 2019 Annual Meeting via Conference Call on September 24, 2019. We will share about the activities The Episcopal Community is undertaking, report on financial matters and how we are serving the church today.Additional information with call in numbers will be sent a week before the Annual Meeting.If you find you are not able to be on the call, please click on this link to download the Proxy, fill it in and return in to the National Office by September 16th.  The Episcopal Community PO Box 242 Sewanee, TN...

read more

Installation of Barbara Willis

Posted by on August 1, 2019 in Featured, TEC_News | Comments Off on Installation of Barbara Willis

Installation of Barbara Willis

Episcopal Women answering God’s call to live out our Baptismal Covenant Barbara Willis attended the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women annual meeting last November where she learned about “The Rule of St. Benedict.” The workshop was facilitated by Patti Joy Posan, National Vice Pres­ident and Nancy Young, National President, both of the Episcopal Community. The purpose of the workshop was to learn how a Benedictine focus can change how we think about ourselves, how we treat one another and how we spend our time. Basically, a Benedictine focus can help us to live into our Baptismal Covenant -to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and to respond to human need by love and service. This workshop piqued her interest and of course she became very interested in the idea of the “reaffirmation” of our Baptismal ·covenant. This led to an extensive journey of study and discernment of membership which in­cludes two stages: (1) Inquirer for the first three months; and (2) Novitiate for the remainder of the discernment study period. One may ask why engage in such a pursuit. It gives a unique opportunity for personal spiritu­al growth as we serve our church and all of God’s people. We support our clergy parishes and diocese with our prayers and service. Each Novitiate is assigned a mentor to help with their spiritual disciplines and aid their spiritual growth and transformation. Resources and study guides are The Benedict’s Toolbox, 10th Anniversary Edi­tion by Jane Tomaine, the Bible, and The Book of Common Prayer. Barbara’s installation was held at St. Mark’s on Sunday, August 10, followed by a reception in Gray Hall her story is below. “Living into our Baptismal covenant with the Rule of St. Benedict!” Patti Joy Posan, Barbara Willis and Becky Taylor Scott I have been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Venice over 20 years and served on various boards: Vestry, for three years; very active Lay Eucharist minister and lay reader, serving communicants not only at Church but also while visiting   members at home. My ministries have included Diocesan Coordinator for UTO for 3 yrs. in South West Florida, Delegate to the National Convention in 2008 in California, and President of ECW (local)   for many years. I have been on mission trips to Dominican Republic– painting buildings or whatever is needed as well. I coordinate a team that makes sun dresses form pillowcases for needy children. I also coordinated a shoe drive where over 400 pair of shoes were collected for the needy.  Some of our fund raisers include a fashion show, dinner dance, and co-manager for our gift shop.   It is good to be able to give back as much as possible. Yes, we are our brothers’ keepers.Since I’ve become a part of the Episcopal Community, it is without a doubt, I’ve made the right decision.   This is new in our area, but I hope to continue to also encourage others to be a part of this Community.I was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies. My husband Hubert and I reside in South Venice, FL. We are both retirees. Our daughter Lisa and her husband live in South Venice, and our son and his family live in Gainesville,...

read more
RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook