May 17, 2017

Sunday, May 21th, Easter 6. The liturgical color is  white.

As the Episcopal Church celebrates its 150th anniversary in Utah, we are looking at our history through pictures and artifacts in each newsletter. The 1950's were a time of building new churches. This is the groundbreaking for the new Salt Lake CIty All Saints Church which was then located in suburbia along Foothill Drive. 

Dean Waldon Accepts Position in Texas

The Very Rev. Raymond J. Waldon, dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark,  has accepted a position as rector and head of school at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Day School in Waco, Texas. His first day in his new position will be June 25th.

Fr. Ray and Lisa
Dean Waldon has served  the Cathedral for five and a half years. Some of his accomplishments during his tenure include a successful 2017 stewardship campaign, the development of policies to protect the Cathedral's endowments, the  completion of the chapel needlepoint project and the establishment of a history exhibit in the undercroft.  The Cathedral also hosted the House of Bishops meeting during General Convention 2015 at which Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was elected.  

Cathedral members will remember Fr. Ray's and Lisa's southern hospitality, experienced on the the many occasions the couple opened their home to host what appeared to be the entire congregation!  
Dean Waldon and the Bishop
Fr. Ray and the Bishop enjoy a
light moment. 

Bishop Hayashi remarked he "will miss Ray and Lisa very much. I have valued Ray's counsel, his participation in the church councils, and the warm relationship that we have developed over his time here."  We join with the Bishop to offer prayers for the Waldons as they leave us to begin a new ministry in Texas.

Bishop Hayashi Reacts to "Religious Freedom" Executive Order 

The subject of Religious Freedom has been big news after President Trump signed an executive order asking the IRS to be lenient in enforcing what is known as the Johnson Amendment. That law prohibits religious leaders endorsing candidates from the pulpit as a condition of maintaining a tax exempt status for their churches. The subject opened up another consideration under discussion that would allow people to exercise their religious beliefs to serve or not serve people in business or in other daily life.  

While some churches applauded the order and wished for more extensive religious exemptions, BIshop Scott Hayashi was cautious about changing the status quo. He spoke with Ben Winslow of Fox 13 News. "On the one level I'm happy he did not attempt to allow businesses to discriminate on religious grounds," Bishop Hayashi said. "On the other hand there is a fair amount to be concerned about what may be coming next."

Click here to view the story on Fox13.

Image by Todd Gilbert, FOX 13 News


Cinco de Mayo

The amazing Aztec dancers.
A big Thank You to all who supported and/or attended the Cinco de Mayo Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) fundraiser at San Esteban on Friday evening May 5th. To everyone's delight, many of the youth dressed in traditional Mexican attire.  Entertainment included Aztec dancers and a selection of show tunes and golden oldies performed by the talented Elizabeth Paniaqua and Mark Stevens.  Barbara Burton accompanied them on piano and Carly Burton demonstrated his impressive ballroom dancing skills. Guests were treated to authentic Mexican food, featuring a homemade mole'.  Karen, Gleeson, Youth Event Coordinator, expressed gratitude on behalf of t he youth of the diocese for the generous support of so many.   All proceeds will go to support youth attending the EYE in Oklahoma this summer.  

New Beginnings

On the weekend of April 28th, St. Stephen's, 4615 S 3200 W, West Valley City, hosted the New Beginnings Junior High Retreat for grades 6-8. The event was organized and led by our high
New Beginnings Youth and Staff.
school  youth. During the weekend, the youth participated in small group activities and discussions, and played outdoor games.  Activities focused on self, friends, parents, siblings, school, God's love and prayer.  Many thanks to St. Stephen's for hosting the event.  


July 2nd is the BIG day when the Episcopal Church in Utah turns 150 years old! The 150th celebration committee will be sending party boxes to each congregation to use as each church desires. Some have planned to do pot luck meals, others plan to have special coffee hours, and some have not yet determined celebrations. 

The committee will also send a series of videos that can be used on the anniversary day or whenever a church chooses. They are the complete series of the diocesan "History of the Laity" which in 20-minute segments shows the colorful and inspirational stories of the founding of our diocesan congregations. Additionally, a special 150th year video (that was shown at the diocesan convention) will be sent and a special birthday greeting to us all from the Bishop. Later in the year, there will be regional celebrations with groups of congregations and the Bishop at each of them.

The committee and the people of the diocese are also using the 150th celebration to highlight the ministry of social media. ALL congregations are urged to post pictures, stories, tweets, and descriptions of their celebrations on social media. The committee has selected the following hashtags to use: #150yearsutah and #episcopalutah. Our social media director Halee Oliver will be glad to assist congregations in getting the social media out to the wider community. She is at

Work and Worship Day at Camp Tuttle
June 10, 2017

Come join us for a day in the mountains at Camp Tuttle!  Our  Work and Worship Day  starts at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 2:00 p.m. We will work together to get camp ready for the summer season and enjoy a pig roast for lunch.  Bring a dish to share. Afterwards, we will sing camp songs and worship together at the camp's outdoor chapel. 

Camp Tuttle 2017 Summer Schedule

camp tuttle

June 10         Work & Worship Day
                           June 18-21    Youth Leaders Camp
                           June 25-28    3rd/4th Grade Mini Camp
July  9-14      5th/6th Grade Camp
July  16-21    7th-8th Grade Camp
July  23-28    High School Adventure Camp
August 4-6    Family Camp

Register and pay before May 22 to receive a $30 discount.*

               Visit the website at:
*The discount does not apply to Family Camp. 

EFM Mentor Training
For people wanting to set up an Education for Ministry (EfM) group in their parish, please note 2017's EfM basic mentor training will be held beginning   Thursday, June 15th at noon through  Saturday, June 17 @ noon  at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU) located at   75 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. The trainer will be The Rev. Katherine A. Hunt from the Diocese of Alaska.  The registration fee is $80. All meals will be provided.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Phil Kinchington (email: or call (801) 719-7207). If you need overnight accommodations, there are a few rooms left at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU).  The diocesan rate is $53 a night. 
Click here  to make reservations and pay for your room.   

All Are One Intersp iritual Prayer Alliance


The All Are One Interspiritual Prayer Alliance was formed  in September 2016 after the second Interfaith Prayer Vigil at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, according to Clare Julian Carbone one of the founding members. The group's intention is to offer simple monthly interfaith events.  Clare explains that altering locations provides an opportunity to learn from each other's faith traditions while joining together in prayer for peace. "We are having the unique experience of entering the sacred space of other traditions and crossing boundaries that have kept us from sharing prayer."

To date, the Alliance has met at the Quaker Meeting House, Murray and the Maryam Mosque, Rose Park. The group will gather on Sunday May 21st at Kol Ami Synagogue, 2425 E Heritage Way (2700 South), to  learn and chant simple Hebrew prayers together.   Click here for details . i   In July a prayer event is scheduled at St. James' Episcopal Church, 7486 Union Park Ave, Midvale. The big annual event will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 261 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, in August.  Plans are underway for an end-of-year meeting at The Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU) sometime in October to celebrate the first year anniversary of the Alliance's founding. 

A Prayer From the 150th Anniversary Committee

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

The 150th Anniversary Committee offers the following prayer for your congregation's use during the 50 days of Easter. 

God of glory, Lord of Life and love, we sing your praises, 
rejoicing in resurrection reality. 
Infuse this diocese with newness of life as we move into
our next 150 years.
Go before us and beside us. Lead us into the world to seek
your presence.
Transform us as we partner with your purpose in this place,
Compel us to share the Good News that all are held close to your heart.
In the name of the Risen Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the  Holy Spirit, one God. 


Calendar Notes
All Are One Interspiritual Prayer Alliance

DATE:   Sunday, May 21, 2017
TIME:    3
:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Kol Ami Synagogue - 2425 E Heritage Way (approx. 2700 S) SLC

Pride Parade 

Mark your calendars for the June 4th Pride Parade. Bishop Hayashi encourages participation from all congregations this year.  He says, "if you seek and serve Christ, love your neighbor and respect the dignity of every human being, this is an opportunity to support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters."

DATE:   Sunday, June 4, 2017
TIME:   10:00 a.m. 
PLACE: Information forthcoming. 


Bishop Hayashi 's Easter Message  

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi offers a prayerful message for the Easter Season.  

Monica Daly
Episcopal Diocese of Utah

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