Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
October 28, 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.
Collect For an Election (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 822)

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect For the Nation (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 207)

Lord God Almighty, who has made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
[The Episcopal Church] On the eve of a historic election and in the midst of pandemic and racial reckoning, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will call Americans together for a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral. The Holding on to Hope service will be held on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 3:00-4:30 pm CST.

Using a combination of live and pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will feature an ecumenical and multi-faith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers designed to help the nation to confess, grieve, and hope as one. In addition to Bishop Curry’s sermon, the service will also include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic author and commentator on American life and values; and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh filmmaker, author, and civil rights attorney.

“We hope people everywhere will light a candle and join us in prayer at this urgent moment in our national life,” Bishop Curry said. “As people of faith, we believe in the power of prayer and the power of God’s love to heal a nation and change this world.”


Like most places in the deep South, Sewanee (University of the South) has considerable pain in its past with regard to racial discrimination, segregation, and conflict.

As so many of you have been on the forefront of the movement toward racial justice, we send this new film recently published by Sewanee on the issue of the dignity of every human being. Sewanee wants the world to know, just because it is called the University of the South, its identity, its hopes and dreams for the future are rooted in an openness and welcome to all, the identity proclaimed in our baptismal covenant. Sewanee wants to be part of the healing Jesus embodies. WATCH THE VIDEO

John Riggin (Trustee, class of '92)
Kai Rodning (Trustee, class of '01)
Eric Stevenson (Trustee, class of '94)

The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast is one of 28 supporting dioceses of Sewanee.
Sermon Preached by the Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick at the Occasion of the Burial of the Rt. Rev. Charles Duvall


"'Come Holy Spirit, come. Come as the fire & kindle in our hearts the love of the Lord Jesus. Come as the dove & bring to our lives the peace of God. Come as the wind & blow away those clouds of doubt & uncertainty which would keep us from following Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. Amen.'

I wonder how many times Bishop Duvall began a sermon by praying that prayer. I know my south Alabama accent sounds nothing like his South Carolina accent…but I wonder if when I prayed it…I wonder if u might have caught a whisper of Charles’ familiar voice.

We are here today to give thanks to God for how his voice & even more…how his life...has resonated with our lives…and will continue to do so."

Around the Diocese
Have a brief article or 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!
Camp Beckwith Announces 2021 Camp Dates

Registration will open November 1, 2020. Visit Beckwith's website for information on dates, rates and tiered pricing system.


Remembering Bishop Charles Duvall. Read the article HERE.

50 Day Countdown to Jubilee Daily Devotional. Read the devotionals HERE.

At the Heart of Discipleship by the Rev. Dr. Joy Blaylock. Read the article HERE.

Vestry in a Box by the Rev. Mary Alice Mathison. Read the article HERE.

Fraudulent Email Alert. Read the alert HERE.

Announcement regarding December events for 50th Jubilee Celebration with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bryan Stevenson. Read the announcement 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
The Way of Love Podcasts with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

These weekly conversations, featuring Presiding Bishop Curry along with podcast host, Sandy Milien, explore living a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.

The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is available on all podcast apps and at episcopalchurch.org. Visit the Way of Love podcast webpage to subscribe to the podcast through Apple iTunes, Google Play or Spotify and to sign up for notifications of new seasons as well as additional featured content.
Diocesan Resources
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]
BayLights Logo
October 30 - November 1
BayLights at Beckwith

BayLights is the annual diocesan homecoming weekend and fundraising event celebrated at Beckwith Camp and Retreat Center. Originally scheduled the last weekend of September, BayLights has been rescheduled for October 30 - November 1, in order for Beckwith to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sally.

The silent auction is open online and will continue to run until the new BayLights weekend. New items to be added! The live ticket draw down will be October 31, starting at 7:30pm.
Weekend Events
Live Ticket Draw Down
November 14, 10am & 1:30pm, November 15, 1:30pm CST
Three-part Series with the Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins, Jr.
Addressing the "-isms." Where does the prejudice come from? The Commission Racial Justice & Reconciliation are sponsoring an online seminar featuring the Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins, Jr. to discuss the institutionalized racial caste system in the United States of America, which will feature a dialogue to racial conciliation, addressing certain systemic "-isms" such as racism, sexism, heterosexism. Dr. Watkins is the rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Birmingham, and graduate professor of social work at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

This will be a free virtual event, but registration is required.

November 21, 9am - 10:45am CST
The Grace of Advent in Time of Pandemic

The Commission on Spirituality and the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama present a pre-Advent reflection day with Rev. Julia Gatta. Mother Gatta is a professor at the School of Theology at Sewanee. Many people in Education for Ministry are familiar with Mother Gatta and her latest book, Life in Christ.

This will be a virtual event. Cost is $10.

Church & Community Events
October 31 - February 25
The Jubilee Way

Join us on a virtual trip around the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast! Engage your mind, soul and body, and learn about our diocese and our beloved Camp Beckwith. Our mission takes us about 540 miles from Beckwith and back, highlighting each of our 62 churches along the way.

The mission runs from BayLights through Convention. Registration has been extended to October 30 to accommodate the change in the date of BayLights. Mission begins October 31.

November 8
Wilmer Hall Cycle Sunday

Join Wilmer Hall Children's Home for a family-friendly bike ride on Sunday, November 8! Register online $10/person (wilmerhall.org/donate). Stop by Wilmer Hall for your pledge packet (or email Mae Dennis mdennis@wilmerhall.org to coordinate packet pickup) - and get your family and friends to make pledges/donations for the number of miles you think you can bike that Sunday! Then bike by/drop by Wilmer Hall at 5pm Sunday for a special treat. We are so excited about this new, fun {socially-distant} event!
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Bishop Russell's Upcoming Visitations
November 1
All Saints, Mobile
St. Mark's for the Deaf, Mobile

November 8
St. Paul's, Mobile
Cycle of Prayer [see more dates]
November 1
All Saints, Mobile
St. Marks for the Deaf, Mobile

November 8
St. Paul's, Mobile
November 1
Butler County Correctional Facility, Greenville

November 8
Monroe County Jail, Monroeville
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.

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SUBMIT AN EVENT - posted on our website each Friday

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