Episcopal Diocese of Utah
November Newsletter: Second Edition
November 19, 2020
Last Sunday after Pentecost | Christ the King
(November 22)
Liturgical color is White
People of the Diocese,

As our state experiences a rise in COVID-19 cases, we pray that you stay healthy and safe. Next week, we begin Advent and as we prepare for Christmas, we hope you will stay connected to the diocese and your local congregation using online worship opportunities available to you.

Additionally, we would like to hear from you about how your congregation is adapting to these unconventional times. Please continue sending any relevant resources or stories to Nick Cockrell at ncockrell@episcopal-ut.org

Online Worship Continues
The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi delivering a sermon for virtual worship
This week, we will continue normal weekend presentations of the services at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. On Saturday, a Light in the Darkness contemplative Eucharist will be available for viewing all day. Tune-in again on Sunday for weekly worship.

This week is Christ the King Sunday when we celebrate Christ's messianic kingship and sovereign rule over all creation. This Sunday also marks the last week before we begin Advent. As you well know, Advent is the season that leads up to Christmas. Keep an eye out for special Advent and Christmas themed services that will be available for you to view.

To view this weekend's worship services presented by the Diocese and the historic Cathedral Church of St. Mark, visit Episcopal-ut.org

Utah Epodcopalians
Online Worship in the Time of COVID
On this episode, The Very Rev. Tyler Doherty, Dean and Rector of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, joins the diocese's Craig Wirth to discuss online worship in the time of COVID

The Utah Epodcopalians Podcast is BACK! Keep an eye out for new episodes every few weeks! You can watch video versions of the podcasts on Youtube or you can tune-in on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Keep an eye out for new episodes!

COVID-19 Update
A Statement from Bishop Scott B. Hayashi
November 12, 2020
"Utah reported a grim and alarming figure of 3,919 cases of COVID-19 for today. The mandate that Governor Herbert has issued exempts religious services from his mandate.

As the Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Utah, I appreciate Governor Herbert respecting the First Amendment on the right to worship without interference from the state, but it is my belief that if there is any group of people who ought to be the most vigilant and strict in behavior to limit the spread of the virus it is the religious community.

We universally proclaim the concern for the welfare of all people regardless of membership. Therefore, we, of all people should be the ones who demonstrate and model this in our behavior.

I certainly miss being together for in-person worship and events. Nevertheless, the sacrifice of this for the good of our state and nation is one that I believe we need to make. Wearing a mask is much less of a sacrifice than that.

Please, all who identify as people of faith, regardless of tradition, do all that we can to mitigate the spread of the virus for the good and safety of all of us."

Social Justice & Racial Reconciliation Lecture Series
Hosted by St. Mark's Cathedral
We hope you will join us tonight for the first installment in our Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Lecture Series. St. Mark's is excited to welcome author J. Chester Johnson for a virtual presentation on and discussion of his recent publication, Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation.

A well-known poet, essayist, and translator from the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River Delta, Johnson has written extensively on race and civil rights, including composing the Litany for the Episcopal Church’s National Day of Repentance for its role in transatlantic slavery and related evils.

To listen to this lecture, join via Zoom using the link below:

Zoom Meeting Information:

Meeting ID: 847 7910 9175
Passcode: stmarks

Diocese of Idaho Convention
Sharing the Diocese of Utah's Expertise with the Wider Church
After a hosting a successful virtual convention for our own diocese back in September, we at the Diocese of Utah lent some of our expertise to our neighbors. The Diocese of Idaho held their diocesan convention last weekend and two of our diocesan staff, Nick Cockrell and Rhonda Uber, joined their convention team to make it a success! Great job, Nick and Rhonda!

Youth Updates
From Youth Director Karen Gleeson

Dear Clergy and Youth Leaders,

We would like to find out how many families with young children you have in each of your congregations. We would like to offer them each a book as a gift for Christmas from the Diocese called "Faith at Home" By Wendy Claire Barrie. We will be delivering these books to all the congregations in the Diocese sometime during Advent. It will include an official invitation to our new family program starting in January 2021. Please read below for more details.

I look forward to hearing back from you with how many books you would like to receive.

With warm regards,

Karen Gleeson

New Family Program Starts in 2021
Announcement from Karen Gleeson

During these times when gathering in our churches for worship and faith formation has become increasingly difficult, we have heard from many parents who are looking for new ideas for bringing faith formation and spiritual traditions into their homes. The Diocesan faith formation committee is excited to launch a new program starting in 2021. This program will be a way for parents and families to connect, share ideas and strengthen our sense of community as Episcopalian families in Utah. Starting in January we will begin to meet on Zoom to discuss Wendy Claire Barrie's book Faith At Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents. Wendy is an amazing author, editor and Christian formation expert who has lots of great ideas for cultivating faith traditions in the home. She will be guiding us through this program, and she will be leading a question and answer session at the conclusion of our book. We will be delivering these books to all the congregations in the Diocese sometime during Advent and we will include an official invitation with even more information about this exciting new program at that time.

In The News
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection's Community Garden Makes Headlines
High 5: Church Garden In Davis County Helps Feed Community

BOUNTIFUL, Utah - Many residents in Bountiful are grateful for the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection’s community garden – and it’s not just for the surrounding community.

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Bishop Search Update
Updated Timeline for the Bishop Search Process

As you may know, Bishop Scott B. Hayashi announced his retirement last year and we are in the process of finding our next bishop. After delays due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Nominating Committee for the Bishop Search in Utah has recommended a new timeline. To view the most updated timeline, visit UtahBishopSearch.org