March 10, 2017

Sunday, March 12th, is Lent 2. The liturgical color is purple.

As the Episcopal Church nears its 150th anniversary in Utah, we are looking at our history through pictures and artifacts in each newsletter.

For a brief time, the Diocese was known as the Missionary District of Salt Lake and extended from Nevada into Colorado and Wyoming. 

Bishop Hayashi Offers a Reflection For Lent 

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi offers a prayerful message for the season of Lent.  

2017 Diocesan Convention Website is Now Live

The 2017  Diocesan Convention website is up and running. The address is Click  here.
Convention will be held March 31st through April 1st 2017. Click on these links for information on:  locationhotel reservations and  registration pricing.

Lenten Prayer for Diocesan 150th Anniversary

By:  The Rev. Lyn Briggs
Church of the Resurrection - Centerville

Lenten Prayer

God of the wilderness and the flowering desert,
As we mark our 150 years as a diocese
we give thanks for the work you have begun in us.
You have carried us through seasons of discouragement
and delighted us with seasons of accomplishment and deep joy.
Draw us closer to your heart as we make our Lenten pilgrimage.
Call forth our best gifts in the service of your kingdom.
Encourage us with your life-giving power
to do what you have given us to do.
Forgive us when we look only to ourselves
instead of relying on your wisdom.
Give us joy of your Spirit as we walk together
into the future you have prepared for us as a Diocese
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Jesus Seminar Draws Many

Who was the man known as Jesus of Nazareth before he became the central figure of Christian religion?  91 men and women from all denominations and in-state and out-of-state locales, gathered at Westminster College for a weekend on February 24-25. They heard lectures, asked questions and engaged in conversation about the historical Jesus, the Jesus discoverable using the methods and guiding assumptions of academic historians rather than doctrines and creeds.
 "This was both an educational and highly stimulating series of  lectures," comments   The Rev. Charles Robinson, Rector, St. Luke's, Park City.  He goes on to say:   "To sum up the seminar on one point, the message is to be careful to always read the Gospels through the lens of the Roman occupation and domination of Judea. If we do not read the New Testament with a deep recognition that it is literature produced by an occupied and oppressed people, we will inevitably misinterpret what we are reading."
Fr. Charles expands below:  

The lecture series began with an overview of the history and methods of the Jesus Seminar by Nina E. Livesey Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She noted that the Seminar considered the different gospels and the many sayings attributed to Jesus in and outside the Bible while attempting to distinguish what Jesus said from what Jesus did not say.  She said the conclusions of the Seminar have held up well over the years.
On Saturday morning, Arthur J. Dewey Th.D. - Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, explained why the scholars of the Jesus Seminar came to think that Jesus was primarily a composer of aphorisms and parables, a wisdom teacher who probably was not involved in any apocalyptic movement. Two more lectures were given on the origins of early Christianity and the largely non-historical nature of The Acts of the Apostles. The lecture series ended with over an hour of audience Q&A.  
Fr. Robinson extends a special thank you to fellow Episcopalians who are all members of Utahns for Religious Scholarship (the hosting organization) and who worked to make the lecture series a success:
The Rev. Len and Vicki Evans, The Rev. Libby Hunter, The Rev. Anita Miner,
 Ms. Josie Stone, and Ms. Sherry Britt.

Winter Retreat at Camp Tuttle

The theme for the Camp Tuttle Junior/Senior High School Winter Retreat this year was "Cold Hands, Warm Heart." The campers talked about how they can help others who are less fortunate, and the importance of being grateful for all that they have. Heartfelt cards were made, and wrapped with gloves that will be given to those in need. Campers enjoyed outdoor activities, including sledding, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Joining in song at the Chapel
Cross country skiing.
Sledding in abundant snow.

Grace Church, St. George,  Celebrates Shrove Tuesday
Each fall, David Southward faithfully brings his Minnesota sour dough pancake starter batch to Grace Church, St. George. This particular batch is nearly four decades old!  Does that qualify for pancake apostolic succession? We think so. Some 115 people enjoyed the evening, an annual event hosted by the men of Grace Church.
David Southward
Enjoying a sumptuous buffet.
Mardi Gras Revelers. 


New Title IV Education Project 

Canon Craig Wirth, Canon Chancellor Steve Hutchinson and Ms. Halee Oliver are playing major roles in the development of a new on-line education and training program about Title IV (the clergy discipline system). This project was funded by GC 2015 and is under the auspices of the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.  Using a systematic logic website, this educational tool will provide users everything from responses to general inquires to sophisticated procedural guidance for those involved in disciplinary proceedings. In conjunction with a diverse committee of the Standing Commission, Wirth and Oliver are developing the video components and technical aspects of the website. With over two decades of experience on Title IV issues, Hutchinson will provide much of the content. 

Collaborating to develop curriculum.
Canon Craig Wirth and The Rev. Bradley Wirth.

Women of Three Faiths Retreat

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite all women of the Diocese of Utah to join them on March 11th at St. James Episcopal Church, 7468 Union Park Avenue, Midvale, for a day of respite, fellowship and friendship. The retreat is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Mary Janda will lead the group in exploring the roots of our faith and common elements shared with our Jewish and Muslim sisters.  The Rev. Nancy Groshart of Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Ave., Ogden, will teach a class on how Christian Yoga    
                            can enrich individual  spiritual lives.  For more information, click here .  


Are you interested in participating in the New Beginnings Retreat?
DATE:  Friday, April 28 to Sunday April 30, 2017.  
             LOCATION: St Stephen's Church, 4615 S 3200 W, West Valley City

New Beginnings weekend is a community building event for youth in grades 6-8, lead by our high school youth.  If you are interested in being a part of our youth leadership team, or you are an adult who would like to get involved with this dynamic youth event, contact Karen Gleeson at:  

Click here for a flyer.                                      More details  provided here

Calendar Notes

10th Annual Youth Impact Gala

DATE:  Saturday, March 11, 2017
TIME:    6:00 - 9:00 PM
PLACE:  Browning Jubilee Center/Home of Youth Impact
 2305 Grant Ave., Ogden, UT 84401

Immigrant Justice Meeting

DATE:   Saturday, March 11, 2017
TIME:    11:00 AM
PLACE:  Centro Civico Board Room
                155 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT  84101
Contact:  Kristin Knippenberg:
                 Kristin is a member of St. Paul's, Salt Lake City


Sarah Hart in Concert

DATE:  Friday, March 24, 2017
TIME:  7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Judge Memorial Catholic High School.

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake invites you to a piano concert by Sarah Hart, one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today. Her songs of faith and workshops have touched thousands of lives. On Saturday, March 25th she will conduct a musician's workshop and retreat based on theme "Fruits of the Spirit." Click here for more information.


Camp Tuttle Summer 2017 Registration is Now Open 

Receive a $30 discount for early registrations that are paid in full by May 22nd! Please visit the website at:

ECCU is Hiring

eccu exterior
Episcopal Church Center of Utah

The Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU) is looking for a Guest Services Coordinator to run the front desk.This is a part-time job, scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. The hours are 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This individual in this position schedules events, performs receptionist duties, helps with events, and provides excellent customer service. 

Click here for a job description and more information. Please send a cover letter and resume to Rhonda Uber:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Monica Daly
Episcopal Diocese of Utah

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