Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
August 12, 2020
Together, we are the body of Christ ~ transforming people from members into disciples, moving more deeply into God's call to life and ministry, and extending our mission beyond the status quo.
ONLINE AUGUST 12, 19 & 26 AT 6:30 PM CDT
In this three part series, led by Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, we will dive deeper into our “Learn - Pray - Act” commitment by exploring systemic, institutional, and personal racism, and learn what we can do to dismantle it. Breakout sessions for further conversation will be facilitated by members of the Commission on Racial Justice & Reconciliation.

Using the four quadrants of the Becoming Beloved Community curriculum used by the Episcopal Church (Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream, Practicing the Way, Repairing the Breach), we will continue our long view work to address exigent circumstances in our society.
Session I: August 12
In this first session, we will support diocesan and local convening of public TRUTH telling, confession of racial violence and oppression, and explore ways in which society, our church, our institutions have been complicit.

Session II: August 19
We will seek to accelerate local and regional efforts for reconciliation and HEALING, especially via anti-racism and racial healing training and formation.

Session III: August 26
We will equip local leaders with resources for racial JUSTICE action and repair, particularly focusing on reimagining policing, criminal justice reform, and the racially disparate impact of the pandemic on persons of color.

BayLights Logo

BayLights is the annual diocesan homecoming weekend and fundraising event celebrated at Beckwith Camp and Retreat Center. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, BayLights weekend has been reprogrammed as a Getaway by the Bay for adults and families. There will be no live entertainment Friday night, nor a Diocesan Ultreya or Rock Bottom on Saturday. However, it's still an opportunity for a fun-filled weekend with your friends and family in God's front yard!
Weekend Events

Friday Night
Dinner, campfire and smores

Activities all day, BBQ lunch, football shown in Wilson Hall, live ticket draw down (live on Facebook), a silent auction, and low country boil

Live Ticket Draw Down

The last 25 tickets will be pulled live on Facebook. Draw Down ticket winner is the last ticket drawn.

The prize is 1 week in Tuscany, Italy or Antigua for 2 or 4 people or $2,500. Do not have to be present to win. Trips do not expire.

We will be practicing and encouraging social distancing for the health and safety of all. There will be practices and procedures implemented in order to be in compliance with CDC and ACA guidelines. We hope you will embrace a willingness for change and adaptability as we learn a new way together.  

For 21 years the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama has co-sponsored, with our diocese, an annual pilgrimage to Hayneville, Alabama, to commemorate the life and work of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a martyr of the Episcopal Church, along with other martyrs of the civil rights movement. Thousands have attended the pilgrimage over the years, to march together to the jail where he and others were imprisoned, to the site where he was killed, and then to a worship service in the very courtroom where his killer was acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury for the charge of manslaughter.

This year’s pilgrimage will mark the first time it will be held online. This event is not only a momentous time in this country’s history for discussions about race but also an opportunity to spread widely this story to those who are unable to physically participate and to those who have yet to hear the account of this remarkable man and others killed during the civil rights movement.

The keynote speaker will be Dean Kelly Brown Douglas. Bishop Russell will be introducing the Roll Call of the Martyrs and the Prayers of the People, and offering a brief reflection.

Around the Diocese
Creating new community online: Each Sunday, about 45 Episcopalians from 8-10 churches across the diocese (who do not offer a virtual service), gather online for Morning Prayer using Zoom. Initiated by the Rev. Canon Kammy Young, the service has turned into a collaborative effort with worshippers leading the readings and prayers, and often offering the homily. The service is held at 10 am each Sunday. All are welcome. Click here for details.
Christ Church Cathedral in Mobile offers an online Children's Chapel service each week. The services are available for any church to use or link in your weekly emails. Visit their website for information and links to videos, bulletins, and lesson plans.
Parishioners and friends of Christ Church Parish in Pensacola work hard in the heat this summer to serve their community during their drive-through food pantry. In August, they are partnering with friends from Allen Chapel AME Pensacola. [From Christ Church Parish, Pensacola Facebook page]
Have a photo from your church (ministry, program, staff member, service, "behind the scenes," etc.) you would like to see highlighted in our newsletter? Send it to us!
In Case You Missed It

Wilmer Hall Sunday online service from July 26 is available for viewing HERE.
Donations to Wilmer Hall Children's Home can be made HERE.
Please be sure to direct any mail for the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast to our post office address: PO Box 13330, Pensacola, FL 32591-3330.
From The Episcopal Church
Responding to Racist Violence
Learn, Pray, Act: Resources for Addressing Racist Violence and Police Brutality

In this time of national upheaval, outrage, and fear, The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT. Please use and share these resources, and send your own resources and stories to reconciliation@episcopalchurch.org.

More Resources From The Episcopal Church
Diocesan Resources
Hurricane Season Emergency Preparedness
All of us along the Gulf Coast are critically aware that hurricane season is upon us. It is important that we ready ourselves for future potential storms, and remain prepared throughout the season. Careful delegation of roles and responsibilities and having a plan in place are key components to a congregation's vitality and ability to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the church, parishioners and surrounding community.

Online and Live Streamed Worship Options
Livestreamed services are being offered by churches across our diocese and beyond.

Visit the Episcopal Asset Map to see the options across the nation.

Visit the list of churches in the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.
Online Giving for Your Congregation
Your financial gifts to your church are of vital importance to support their ongoing ministries to your church community and to the most vulnerable among us. The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast is providing the ability to give online for congregations that do not have ways to collect an offering or donation electronically.

Diocesan Events [see more dates]
All Diocesan in-person events have been suspended at this time. If you are a member of a commission or committee please check with your chair regarding online meeting options.
Saturday, September 19, 9:30am to 2:30pm CDT | Discipleship Day Online
Marked as Christ's Own Forever: A Celebration of Living Baptized in Today's World with Dr. Lisa Kimball of Virginia Theological Seminary.

Discipleship Day will be a time to virtually gather as a whole diocese to investigate ways in which we might become more confident about our calling as the baptized faithful in this fast-changing world.

Details and registration coming soon.
Church & Community Events [see more dates]
No events currently posted. Please check with your church regarding options for church events.
Bishop Russell's Upcoming Visitations

August 16
St. Mary's, Andalusia

August 23
St. Thomas, Greenville

August 30
Epiphany, Enterprise
Cycle of Prayer [see more dates]
August 16
St. Mary's, Andalusia
All Children and Youth Ministries

August 23
St. Thomas, Greenville

August 16
Pike County Jail, Troy

August 23
Conecuh County Jail, Evergreen
50th Jubilee Celebration
All are invited to participate with us in our 50th Jubilee Anniversary. We've created monthly materials, resources, newsletters, etc. to help us celebrate in a unified way across the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast throughout 2020.

Coastline is a biweekly publication of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE - deadlines are 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month

SUBMIT AN EVENT - posted on our website each Friday

Direct questions to communications@diocgc.org