Episcopal Diocese of Utah
September Newsletter
First Edition
September 6, 2018
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
As we enter our 151st year, we continue to reflect on our history. This photo of a packed room of All Saints parishioners was taken in the fall of 1951. All Saints did not have a church building to meet in until 1955. Before that, they met in such places as a hall at Fort Douglas, a restaurant, a garage and a basement.

As the season changes and we return to our regular church schedule, let us be grateful for the buildings and parish halls we have to meet in, but also remember that church can be anywhere that there are faithful people.

The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler Commissioned as Course Director at St. George's College in Jerusalem
On Sunday. September 2nd, The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler was commissioned as the new Course Director for Religious Studies at St. George's college.

The Holy Eucharist and commissioning took place at St. George Cathedral in Jerusalem.

Bishop Scott B. Hayashi and Craig Wirth were present at the service. Archbishop Suheil Dawani celebrated the service and commissioned The Rev. Canon Nestler to her new responsibilities. The Archbishop invited Bishop Hayashi to concelebrate with him, which he says he was honored to do.

The service was well attended by students, visitors and local residents.The Very Rev. Hosam Naoum, Dean of the Cathedral was gracious to let Craig video the service.

Following the service there was a reception and then Mary June+ went to work coordinating details, getting to know the new students and welcoming visitors to St. George's.

The diocese's prayers are with Canon Nestler for success in her new position.
Bishop's End of Summer Message
Bishop Scott B. Hayashi offers a message to the diocese as summer winds down.

He provides a recap of General Convention and expresses his excitement over the readmission of Cuba as a diocese into The Episcopal Church. You can watch the full message on the diocesan YouTube channel here:

Bishop Scott B. Hayashi's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi traveled to Jerusalem for the commissioning of The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler, but also to complete a pilgrimage.

More details about his experience, as well as photos from his journey, will be included in the second edition of the September diocesan newsletter.
The Rev. Canon Steve Andersen Leads Blessing on New
INN Between Facility
On Friday, August 17th, 2018, The INN Between opened a new facility at 1216 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City. The Rev. Canon Steve Anderson led the blessing of the new hospice center for homeless and was followed by the Imam, the Rabbi, the Unitarian pastor, Latter-day Saint bishop and Catholic priest.

The Rev. Canon Andersen has been a vital support to The INN Between, offering multiple funeral services at their first location. The INN Between hospice facilities are the first of their kind. Their mission is to provide a place of dignity and loving care for homeless individuals in their final days.
Diocese Mourns the Passing of The Rev. Herb Buckley
The Rev. Herb Buckley passed away on August 22nd, 2018. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

He served the diocese as vicar at St. Michael's in Brigham City from 1989 to 1992. To read his obituary, please click here.
Van Ministry Fundraiser for South Sudanese Congregation at All Saints
Please join the people of All Saints Episcopal Church (1710 Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City) on September 15, 2018, at 5:30pm for a celebration of Sudanese culture for a great cause. 

Enjoy delicious Sudanese cuisine, as well as uplifting Sudanese dancing, drumming and song. They will raise money to purchase and maintain vans to transport Sudanese refugee families in our congregation. 

Wonderful prizes will be offered to the winners of silent auctions, opportunity drawings, and live auctions.

For more information on the event and to buy advance tickets, please contact All Saints at service@allsaintsslc.org or call (801) 520-1050.
Spaghetti & Pakistan Chicken Fundraiser Night at St. Stephens
Friday, September 14th at 6:00 PM is the Annual Italian Spaghetti & Pakistan Chicken night at St. Stephen's (4615 S 3200 W, West Valley City.) This fundraiser is an annual tradition that offers fine food, lots of fun and good fellowship.   

Admission for adults is $10.
Children 6 to 18 are $6.
(5 and under are free)

If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Mary Janda at: pastor.maryjanda@gmail.com
Mediation Training or "How I Spent My Summer Vacation"
by The Rev. Charles Robinson
I was asked to share a thought or two about my experiences while attending the Lombard (Chicago) Mennonite Peace Center’s week-long mediation training course in early August. Two words come to mind: powerful and exhausting. Perhaps the most powerful aspect was the effectiveness of the process and skills practiced in leading people to move from entrenched, self-righteous and hostile positions toward openness, honesty, courage and a willingness to face and own one’s personal contributions to the dysfunctional conflicts that have arisen within the congregation. We concluded the week practicing how to help people ask forgiveness of one another. It felt like standing on holy ground.

Training in the ministry of mediation toward reconciliation quite powerfully gave me a renewed sense of the intrinsic goodness of people that always lives within us in spite of our less-than-stellar behavior at times and a revitalized sense of hope that all of us can find new life if we are willing to do the spiritual and psychological work that can get us there.

The Rev. Charles Robinson, M.Div., M.S., M.B.A., M.A.
Rector - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

To read this article in its entirety, please click here .
Serving the Young People of Our Community
by The Rev. Michael Carney
This spring we celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of Arts-Kids and Arts-Teens on the Ute Reservation in Whiterocks. We’ve become an important part of the community, as evidenced by the Tribal Council’s support for our efforts. We serve as a primary prevention program, working with young people ages 5 to 17 to build the healthy living skills they desperately need. We see their growth season by season and are committed to serving them and their families.

The steady growth of these programs (about 20% a year) speaks to the atmosphere of acceptance and trust that’s been created and the value of these gatherings. Thanks to the generous funding we receive from Newfield Oil Company and other smaller gifts, we’ve been able to train new leaders to serve the growing numbers of young people. People say that Whiterocks is a more peaceful community than it was ten years ago, and we like to think that Arts-Kids and Arts-Teens have something to do with that.

Michael Carney
St. Elizabeth’s, Whiterocks

To read this article in its entirety, please click here.
Diocesan Fall Youth Event
The Diocesan Fall Youth Event at Camp Tuttle will be a fun-filled weekend in the mountains to celebrate the new season with love and faith. There will be a Halloween party and pumpkin decorating. Please bring a small pumpkin to decorate, and a costume. No weapons or scary costumes, please.

Who: Junior and Senior High Youth (Grades 6-12)
Where: Camp Tuttle, Big Cottonwood Cyn
Date: Friday, October 5th, 7:00PM to Sunday, October 7th, 2:00PM
Cost: $65 per participant until October 1st. After that date, the registration cost is $75.

For questions or scholarship requests, please contact Karen Gleeson, Youth Coordinator: kgleeson@episcopal-ut.org or (801) 322-4131

Taize Vespers
A meditative, music-filled evening liturgy with songs from Taize scripture and time for silence and prayer. All are welcome!

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City
Date: September 9th @ 7PM

Diocesan Book Club
The Diocesan Book Group invites you to join them each Monday for fellowship and stimulating discussions .

The book for this month is:
Paul: A Biography by N. T. Wright
The next book will be the Book of Romans in the NT.  

DATE:  Every Monday
TIME:   11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Episcopal Church Center of Utah
75 S, 200 E in Salt Lake City, 84111

For more information please contact
 Ernie Hale, 801-532-6406 or  erniehale@gmail.com