May 1, 2019
Volume 9, No. 36
Clergy Gather to Work toward Racial Healing
Dr. Catherine Meeks leads the clergy of the diocese in discussion.
This week the clergy of the Diocese gathered together for their Spring Clergy Conference. The program was led by Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta.

Dr. Meeks helped the clergy reflect on the reality that racism is a chronic illness in our society. She challenged them to think about Jesus' question to the man by the pool at Bethsaida: "Do you want to be healed?" (John 5), and reminded them that in order to be healed, there is work we are called to do, to destabilize a system of oppression to which we are all connected.

Participants had the opportunity for discussions in small groups, and time to ask Dr. Meeks questions about how they might take this work to their own congregations. She also reminded them that racial healing is a long process, rather than something that can be accomplished all at once. On Wednesday morning, as everyone prepared to depart, she challenged them to share one next step, however small, that they would do to pursue racial healing in their own lives and in the lives of their congregations.

Throughout the three days, participants kept the Daily Office, with meditations offered by different clergy at each service. These meditations offered a chance for centering, challenge, and reflection on a personal level, to match the work done during the program time. As always, your clergy also took advantage of time to gather together, to catch up, share stories, play, and learn together.

The Fall Clergy Conference will take place September 30 - October 2, 2019. Mark your calendars now!
Clergy of the diocese listen to Dr. Meeks
The Rev. Katie Knoll-Lenon of Christ Church, Frederica, offers a meditation during Morning Prayer on Tuesday.
Clergy gathered with Bishop Benhase on Monday evening for "Bishop's Time"
From the Standing Committee
Regarding Delegates to the Diocesan Convention
and Election of the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia
 T his is a reminder that the new Article III, Sec. 2 of the Canons of the Diocese of Georgia will be in effect at the upcoming Convention and Bishop Election of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia on November 14-16, 2019. This Article states that the calculation of each congregation's number of delegates will be based on the Average Sunday Attendance reported on the congregation's previous three parochial reports. The following is an excerpt from the Article III, Sec. 2:
Congregations with an ASA of 99 or less shall be entitled to two Delegates; Congregations with an ASA of 100-199 shall be entitled to three Delegates; Congregations with an ASA of more than 200 shall be entitled to four Delegates. The Average Sunday Attendance for purposes of this canon shall be the average of the ASA reported on the previous three parochial reports extant.  
Although Parochial Reports are due on March 1 per the Canons on the Episcopal Church, the Standing Committee approved June 1 as the new deadline to file the 2018 Parochial Report for purposes of calculating the number of delegates for each congregation. If the 2018 Parochial Report is submitted by June 1, 2019, then the 2018 figures will be used in the three-year calculation of Average Sunday Attendance to determine how many delegates will be allowed to attend and vote at the November Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. If the report is not filed by that date, the calculation will be based on the three most recent Parochial Reports that have been filed.  
Also, please note that according to Title I, Canon 2, Sec. 3 of the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, absent reason(s) sufficient or satisfactory to the Standing Committee, any Cleric whose congregations' canonically required reports (parochial and audit) have not been made prior to the Convention, may not be seated or vote at Convention.  
Thank you for your efforts to make sure that delegate eligibility requirements are fulfilled for the upcoming Diocesan Convention and Election of the Eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia.
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This Sunday's Lections
Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
Psalm 30
Go  here for the full text.

Assistant to the Canons Position Available
Looking for a meaningful job working with a great team? The Diocese of Georgia seeks a motivated individual to serve as the assistant to the Canon for Administration, the Canon for Children & Youth, and the Canon to the Ordinary. This position requires a flexible individual with strong communication and technical skills to support the business operations of the Diocese of Georgia. To find out more, click the link below:

The 198th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will be held at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, from 2 PM Thursday, November 14 through 11 AM Saturday, November 16th. This convention will serve as an electing convention for the 11th Bishop of Georgia, while also conducting the usual business of the annual meeting including approving budgets and electing persons to diocesan offices.

The Diocese of Georgia is opening registration earlier than usual to encourage those who require hotel accommodations to make their reservations as soon as possible, as several other events are being held on the college's campus, including a home football game. 

The Diocese has reserved a block of rooms at two hotels. Make reservations by calling Comfort Inn & Suites, 912-681-2400 or; or the Hampton Inn Statesboro, by calling 912-489-8989.

Cost for registration is $75 now through August 15; $85 regular registration until October 31 after which registration is $95. The registration fee covers the cost of audio-visual and print production; excellent coffee along with breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning; a catered lunch on Friday, and more.  Go here to register:
After lighting mini Paschal Candles which they made in Level 2 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from the New Fire and leading the procession with the Deacon, Isabel (left) and Evie share the light with others at the Easter Vigil at St. Thomas' Thomasville.
Around the Diocese     
Game night at Good Shepherd, Augusta.
Youth Outing with St. Augustine's Youth Group and the Rev. Amy Bradley (foreground).

Planting roses at King of Peace, Kingsland.
Baptism at St. Paul's Augusta
King of Peace, Kingsland served at the Camden mission

Don't see your church here? Be sure to send images to and you will!
Ora et Labora (Pray and Work) with the Creation Care Commission on retreat at Honey Creek, May 17-18. This one-night retreat will include worship, fellowship, and tending to the Ecology Center, rain barrels, and composting system at Honey Creek.

The event kicks off Friday evening with pizza and an inspiring documentary, followed by discussion and Compline.

On Saturday, the group will pray and work, and work and pray, gathering in between for a potluck lunch. Lodging in the cottages is complimentary and meals will be prepared together, so cost will be minimal. For more information or to register, email

Do You Know a Student Who's Going to GSU?
Graduation time is coming quickly and the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro) is looking forward to another great year!  If you know students who will be attending Georgia Southern next fall, please forward contact information to the Rev. Charles Todd at either or text 912-441-9027.  Incoming students will have the opportunity to find out more about SCM-GSU when they attend the required summer orientation sessions. 

Honey Creek ChapelYouth Ministry
Toil 'N Sweat: Caring for Honey Creek Takes Place this Weekend!
May 3-5, 2019
Grades 6-12
Cost: $125

As any young person who has ever been to a youth event at Honey Creek knows, Honey Creek is a special place. And like all such places, it needs us to help take care of it from time to time! In one month, youth from across the Diocese are invited to come and give back to Honey Creek. During this weekend event, youth will work on projects to help care for Honey Creek, while still taking time to play, pray, and eat together. During last year's Toil 'N Sweat, participants painted the outside of Lodge One, helped clean the Chapel, and cared for plants outside, accomplishing in a weekend activities that the full time staff at Honey Creek don't normally have time to do.

This weekend, in addition to allowing participants to care for Honey Creek, will have more free time than some of our more scheduled programs are able to offer. Come and spend a weekend hanging out and making a difference at this place that is so important to so many.

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Time to make your summer plans...which means it's time to sign up for summer camp at Honey Creek. Pull up our website and go to the SUMMER CAMP tab to book your spot. Grab a friend and come to The Creek this summer.
Prayers for Weekly Liturgies
Our one-year prayer cycle combines prayers for every congregation in the Diocese of Georgia with prayers for our ecumenical partners and for our Companion Diocese of The Dominican Republic. The 52 weekly prayers are available in one document  found here. 

April 28-May 4
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Harlem, Trinity, and Catholic churches in Cuthbert and Donalsonville-St. Luke's and the Church of the Incarnation. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Christ the Liberator (Cristo Libertador) in Hato Mayor.

May 5-11
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Hawkinsville, St. Luke's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Mark's Catholic Church in Eastman. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Jesus the Messiah ( Jesús Mesías) in Imbert.

Additional Prayer Cycles
We also offer 30-day prayer cycles for those who wish to pray daily for the clergy and clergy spouses:  Diocesan Prayer Cycle and  Clergy Spouses Prayer Cycle .
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will officiate at the dedication of the St. Anna Chapel at Diocesan House at 11 AM, Friday, May 3. He  will make his annual visitation to St. Matthew's Savannah at 10 AM Sunday, May 5. The Bishop's full schedule can be found here. 

The Rev. Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary, is on sabbatical through July 15.

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth, will lead Toil 'N Sweat at Honey Creek this weekend.

Anna Iredale, Director of Communications, is attending the Episcopal Communicator's Conference in Denver, Colorado this week.

Join us for Eucharist in the chapel at Diocesan House at noon, Thursday.
Dedication of Saint Anna Alexander Chapel
11 AM, Friday, May 3
Diocesan House
18 E. 34th Street, Savannah
Toil 'N Sweat
May 3-5
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Register by going here: 
Ora et Labora (Pray and Work)
with the Creation Care Commission
May 17-18
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Diocesan Council
Saturday, May 18
St. Paul's, Augusta
Ordination to the Priesthood for the Rev. DeWayne Cope, Deacon
St. Matthew's Savannah
6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 22
Women's Mid-Life Reset Retreat
May 24-26
Honey Creek
Information and to register, go here .

Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate for Bradley Varnell, Brad Bates, and Kyle Carswell
Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah
10:30 AM, Saturday, May 25

Nominations for XI Bishop Close
Friday, May 31

EfM (Education for Ministry) 
3 PM Thursday, June 6 through 3 PM Saturday, June 8
Honey Creek
For more information, contact Rita Spalding, 912-270-2725 or email  
Ordination to the Priesthood for the Rev. Arthur Jones, Deacon
St. Thomas' Thomasville
10:30 AM Saturday, June 29

Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to Tennessee with Appalachia Service Project
July 13-20
Happening #102
Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4; staff arrives August 1
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Ordination to the Priesthood of Samantha McKean
Christ Church, Savannah
10:30 AM, Saturday, August 17th

New Beginnings #55
September 6-8
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Diocesan Council
September 13-14
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