March 20, 2019
Volume 9, No. 30
Update on the Search for XI Bishop 

The Search Committee met on March 16 at Trinity Church, Statesboro to begin compiling and sorting through the information we've gathered from the Listening Sessions and the online survey. Using that data, we laid out the sections of the search profile and assigned members of the committee to start work on drafting the language for each section. 

Our next meeting is April 6 at 10 AM at St. Andrew's, Douglas. We will have completed all the Listening Sessions by then and can begin putting the pieces of the profile together and then turn to the task of editing and fine tuning. We still anticipate publishing the profile on May 1, pending Standing Committee approval. Nominations will open the same day the profile is published.

Thank you to all who have participated in this process; your input has been critical to creating an accurate profile of the diocese. There is still time to attend a Listening Session in person or to fill out on the online survey, if you haven't yet been able to take part. Please keep the Search Committee in your prayers; we are on course and on schedule, but we still have a long way to go!

The Search Committee
Bishop XI Search, Diocese of Georgia
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Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35
Psalm 27

Go  here for the full text.
Youth Listening Session for XI Bishop
This coming Saturday at 3 PM the Bishop Search Committee will hold a special Listening Session for Youth. While similar to those held elsewhere in the the Diocese, its intention is to pay special attention to the input of the youth of the Diocese of Georgia. Although the session is scheduled during New Beginnings #54 this coming weekend, the Listening Session is open to all youth who are able to come to Honey Creek at 3 PM on Saturday.

Youth who are not able to come this weekend are strongly encouraged to attend their local Listening Session (see the schedule at the bottom of From the Field) and make their voices part of the conversation as well!

Also, please take the time to complete a brief survey. Go  here  to get started! 
News About Clergy Listening Session
Those clergy who are able to attend the Listening Session for the XI Bishop Search to be held on Tuesday, March 26th beginning at 10 AM at St. Anne's Tifton are asked to register. The session will begin with Eucharist and lunch will be provided. Information on any dietary restrictions can be included in the registration.

For those unable to attend the session in person, it will be broadcast live on the closed  Episcopal Diocese of Georgia Clergy Facebook page. A moderator will field questions submitted in the comments section. As it is a closed group, if you are not yet a member, ask for an invitation to join before Tuesday.
Have You Taken the Survey?
The Search Committee has designed a survey for the XI Bishop Search that includes the questions that are also asked at the Diocesan Listening Sessions. See the times, dates and locations of upcoming sessions in the Events section below. 

Whether or not you attend a Listening Session, please take the time to complete this brief survey. Go  here  to get started! 

The Rev. Amy Bradley Adding Missioner Role
The Rev. Amy Bradley offers Ashes to Go at Augusta University.
The Rev. Amy Bradley has accepted a new additional role to serve as a Missioner to Augusta University on behalf of the Diocese of Georgia. This will be alongside her ongoing work as the Associate Re ctor of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta. Bradley said of this new call,  "The story the church is telling itself is that we've lost Millennials. But the fact is, they're just outside our doors, waiting to be found." Reflecting on her experiences in this ministry she added, "On campus at AU, I have found people waiting to be told they're created in the image of God and they are loved. They're hungry for meaning and belonging. They've grown up in the age of 'truthiness' and 'fake news,' and they are looking for the Good News of the Truth that will set them free. We're there to be with them in that search and to listen to the wisdom they have to offer the church."

In consultation with the Columba House Advisory Board and the young adults taking part in the program, the Diocese ended its lease of the house to move to a model of ministry not tied to a given location. The ministry is paid for by a generous grant to the Campaign for Congregational Development as a part of our goal of raising up young adult leaders in the church. Bradley had already been working with the college students through Columba House Augusta, making this a natural transition for the ministry.
The Rev. Lisa Barrowclough Called to Beauvoir School
Barrowclough with students at Episcopal Day School.

The Chaplain at Episcopal Day School in Augusta, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Barrowclough has accepted a post as the Chaplain at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, DC. "This is an incredible opportunity for her to not only continue her good service to children but also to participate in the life of the National Cathedral, as well as to be accessible to Virginia Theological Seminary, the alma mater that she and I share," said Ned Murray, Headmaster. As the first occupant of the endowed Robert Duncan Fain Chaplaincy and Chair of Religious Life, Pastor Lisa has had a significant impact on the life of the school in her seven years-and of many children, faculty, and family members, he added.
The Bishop Knocks on the Door
Christ Church, St. Simons Island
In 1736 a young English priest stepped off a ship in Savannah with his older brother, also a priest. Both were called to serve in the colonies, and the younger brother headed south to serve at Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island. The Rev. Charles Wesley was the first Anglican priest to offer services on the Island, setting in motion more than 280 years of ministry at what would go on to become Christ Church, Frederica. Formally founded in 1808, Christ Church's location under the sprawling live oaks has made it a favorite place of prayer and respite.

Ministry on St. Simons ebbed and flowed like the tide as available priests were supplemented by lay leaders who read Morning Prayer when no priests were available. The congregation's first church building, built in 1820, did not fare well in the Civil War and it found its rebirth in the post-war years when The Rev. Anson Green Phelps Dodge, III built a new church building, which remains in use as the current sanctuary of the congregation. Over the decades several presidents and countless other dignitaries have visited the congregation for worship.

Christ Church also includes St. Ignatius Chapel on the south end of St. Simons, a space that was home to a mission parish of Christ Church built for freed slaves after the Civil War, another project of The Rev. Anson Dodge. When the congregation was no longer viable the care of the space and the grounds passed back to Christ Church, which uses the chapel for weekly worship and special events. St. Ignatius has ties to the parents of Saint Anna Alexander, who is depicted in one of its stained-glass windows.

Today Christ Church is a thriving congregation and a popular tourist destination, welcoming more than 75,000 visitors to its grounds each year. Both sanctuaries are open regularly for visitors, where volunteer docents tell the history of the spaces and the congregations.  

Some of Christ Church's active ministries include a program called Backpack Buddies, above left, which sends food home each Friday with children who struggle with food security. Currently the program serves hundreds of children each week. The parish is also active at Burroughs Molette Elementary School in Brunswick, which serves one of the poorest neighborhoods in the County. Area Episcopal Churches work together on this project through Glynn Episcopal Ministries, an effort of the County Episcopal congregations to work together on community initiatives. Christ Church also has an active ECW chapter. Each year the ECW gives away proceeds from its annual Tour of Homes and sale of its cookbook. In 2018 the ECW gave approximately $85,000 to local charities, most of which support women and girls.

Christ Church's current Rector, the Rev. Tom Purdy, notes that, "Christ Church works hard to build on its past instead of living in it. While we're proud of our history, we work to apply the spirit and vision of those who came before us to the needs and opportunities this community faces today."

Gathered after the service presided by Bishop Scott Anson Benhase, are, front from left:  Gerit Alexander, the Rev. Becky Rowell, Waverly Brown, Ava Parker, Kat Chitty, the Rev. Katie Knoll Lenon; middle row from left: Shane Ihme (blue suit), Jim Alexander (black sweater), Tammy Black;  back row from left: Julie Hancock, the Rev. Ashton Williston, the Rev. Tom Purdy, Van Black, Bishp Benhase, Ule Keller, Ladd Rector, Kevin Hancock, Nathan Steelman, and the Rev. Jim Wethern, Deacon.
The Loose Canon
A Life-giving Insight from Connect
Hidden within the simple framework of Invite, Welcome, Connect is an insight into lasting connection with a congregation. Certainly, to make a home for oneself in a church community one moves from connecting with the clergy to making connections with other parishioners. This usually gets firmed up outside of worship with the smaller groups within a church. This is the initial connection which will change and deepen over time as you bear one another's burdens and share one another's joys.

Yet we should not think the cycle is complete as someone has been invited and then welcomed to your church and finally connected in coming each week to a Bible Study or serving as a Reader or joining the Altar Guild. The truth is that sometimes a person can get connected to a church and then their life changes and they find it difficult to move in their roles. For example, a faithful parishioner can make the flower arrangements week after week, but then have trouble speaking up when she needs to start taking care of her aging mother. Or the Acolyte Master enjoys many years of organizing worship, but can't find anyone to take on the task so he can sit in the pews and just worship.

Wonder why it is impossible to find a treasurer? It may be because other members see that the person who takes on that job will be stuck for decades. Connections should change over time and this takes intentionality on the part of the clergy and lay leadership.

A helpful task for the priest and wardens is to look across the congregation's faithful to consider who the church relies on for their volunteer time. Map out one-on-one check ins to see
  1.  Is the person finding the work fulfilling or a chore?
  2.  Could the person use assistance, or some other support, such as new tools or a space to store  needed items at the church?
  3.  Is it time to start training someone new to take on the tasks?
In any case, the main goal should be to make sure the people serving faithfully know that they are appreciated and that a given role is not a life sentence. The cost of not tending to this part of Connect is that a person who has selflessly given to his or her church can start to resent the congregation they love. A yearly check in can be life-giving as an opportunity for a change.


The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
Canon to the Ordinary
Clergy Spouse Retreat
With Gladness and Singleness of Heart
Get ready for a retreat unlike any other, VIP style! Come and enjoy a weekend getaway at our beloved Honey Creek with your fellow Clergy Spouses. This year, we have lots of activities in store for you. Our Chaplain, the Rev. Helen White has created a wonderful program for us to discuss and meditate on the works of Brene Brown and her book, "Daring Greatly." Reading it is optional!

Be sure to bring your creativity and paint brushes as we welcome spring time with a Flower Pot Party! Terra cotta pots will be provided as well as all of your painting supply needs. Along with some free time and worship, we have also planned a special night out for a delicious dinner and live music at The Wharf Restaurant on Saturday evening. Transportation will be provided by a VIP Charter bus. Glitter yourself up as we take on Jekyll Island! Mark your calendars for March 29 th -31 st , 2019! Take a look at the full schedule  here.
If you have never attended a Clergy Spouse Retreat, this is one you will not want to miss! For registration information, click here. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Bishop Benhase at We never want the cost of our retreat to be an issue for our spouses to not attend.

Last year's retreat group.
Cursillo Commission for 2019 Named 
Bishop Benhase has appointed Bill Swan of St. Paul's in Albany as Lay Rector for Cursillo 126, which will be held at Honey Creek October 17-20. The spiritual team will be the Rev. Joe Bowden of Good Shepherd, the Rev. Richard Nelson of St. Elizabeth's Richmond Hill, and the Rev. Geri Nelson, Deacon at St. Francis of the Islands, Savannah. Lawson Swan will lead the music team. 

Bishop Benhase has appointed the following lay and clergy of the Diocese of Georgia to the Cursillo Commission for 2019:

Term ending Convocation
Rose Wilson, Chairperson
The Rev. Donald Holland
Rita Spalding
Elise Sandbach
The Rev. Carlton Shuford
Kathy Shuford
Brandy Holland
Linda Dinkins
Charles Tootle
Beck Miller
Sandy Sandbach
Evelyn Reierson
Mitzi McCoy
The Rev. Hallock Martin
The Rev. Willetta McGowen, Deacon
Laura Wieners
Cursillo is a lay-led weekend for participants to experience the love of Christ on a deeper level. The weekend emphasizes prayer, liturgy, fellowship, and joyful music. Think Happening for grown-ups! Make your plans soon to attend Cursillo 126.

All Women in the Diocese are Members of the ECW!
Every woman in the Diocese of Georgia is an Episcopal church woman. You may belong to an organized ECW, you may belong to a non-traditional women's group, or you may not have any women's organized ministry at your church. You are still a valued member of the Diocesan ECW. You are cordially invited to join us for our Annual Retreat with Keynote Speaker the Rev. Becca Stevens from Thistle Farms (right). Our Bishop will be with us too.
It is going to be a great weekend of good fellowship, good renewal, and good food. You will leave refreshed, renewed, and with many new friends.
Find out more on our web site: Look under the ECW Events tab!
See you then!
Registration Open for Spring Clergy Conference
Registration has opened for the  Spring Clergy Conference to be held April 29-May 1 at Honey Creek. Dr. Catherine Meeks of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in the Diocese of Atlanta will lead the conference. This event is required of all priests in a full-time call and encouraged for those serving part time as well as the deacons of the Diocese. 

A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. 

Leading a study of  Just Mercy in Lent is the best way to prepare for her presentation. A study guide for the book can be found here. 

To register for the Clergy Conference, go here.
Around the Diocese
At left, "St. Patrick" was at St. John's Savannah, trading snakes found around the Green-Meldrim House for coins on St. Patrick's Day. At right, t
he inaugural St. Patrick's Day service held on Sunday afternoon at Christ Church, Dublin.
St. Michael's Waynesboro heralded the arrival of a baby grand piano.

The greatly expanded Parish Hall at St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's Darien. Bishop Benhase will dedicate the new building in a liturgy starting at 5 PM on April 13.

The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA, Georgia, Inc. are presenting a series of socialization activities for dependent adults and information for their caretakers at St. Augustine's of Canterbury, Augusta. For example, a Legal Session for Caretakers will be held on May 9 in the vestry room while Gospel Singing and an Ice Cream Social will be held at the same time in the parish hall. Above, caretakers attended an information session on the series while their dependent adults enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day Party. To see a full schedule, go   
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society Holds Camp
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is accepting applications for the 2019 session of SUMMA Debate Camp.

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16-24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!

At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun!
At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue. Past resolutions include:
* "Churches should be gun free zones,"
* "In Christ there is hope for Cruella de Vil,"
* "Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God,"
* "Euthanasia is morally justified,"
* "Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God,"
At the end of camp, the SUMMA prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of SUMMA camp: speaking the truth in love. The SUMMA prize includes a $1,000 scholarship.

For all students, the cost of SUMMA is partially defrayed through donations, grants, and an endowment. The cost to parents is $750, which includes room, all meals, and all materials.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.
For more information and to apply, visit, or contact recruitment specialist Walker Adams at

If you would like to advertise SUMMA as an opportunity for youth in your church, please download and print this flyer.
Apply for UTO Julia Chester Emery Internship
In 2015, the United Thank Offering (UTO) Board began an internship program for young women, named for the organization's founder, Julia Chester Emery. This program supports the work of UTO in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry. UTO is now seeking a fourth Julia Chester Emery intern for 2019-2020.

The internship will be in conjunction with Jasmine Road, a Thistle Farms Affiliate, in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Jasmine Road exists to offer women who are trapped in a cycle of sexual exploitation and addiction a path to freedom, a haven for healing, and the opportunity to flourish, leading to generational change and the betterment of the Greenville community. Modeled after Thistle Farms, Jasmine Road offers a transformative two-year residential program with an innovative social enterprise component.

For the 2019-2020 internship year, in addition to work with Jasmine Road, the intern will participate in the UTO Pilgrimage to Spain in October, represent UTO as support staff for The Episcopal Church delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City in March, attend one of the Thistle Farms Training Conferences, join UTO Board Meetings or events planned during the year, and travel to speak at public events regarding work with UTO.

Applicants need to be comfortable with public speaking, travel, and show a willingness to participate on a team. Applicants need to be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; collaboration software such as Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom; and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The internship begins on September 20, 2019 and includes: housing at Vista House, travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring.

The intern will need their own vehicle for local travel in South Carolina, a current passport, a personal laptop and insurance.

More information, applications and instructions are available here.

Applications are due June 1, 2019 to the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, staff officer for the United Thank Offering,

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
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. 

March 17-23
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Cordele, Christ Church and for our ecumenical partners in Cordele, especially St. Theresa Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Dajabon, especially Holy Spirit the Comforter ( Espíritu Consolador) and Holy Word ( Verbo Divina).

March 24-30
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Dawson, the Church of the Holy Spirit. We pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Camilla, and St. Christopher Catholic Church in Claxton. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Michael's ( San Miguel) in Doña Ana and The Grand Commission ( La Gran Comisión) in Doña Lila.

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 make his annual visitation to St. Augustine's Augusta at 10 AM Sunday, March 24th and at Atonement, Augusta at 3 PM that same day.  The Bishop's full schedule is available here.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner
is on vacation this week however this weekend he will attend New Beginnings #54 at Honey Creek.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will serve at the noon, Thursday Eucharist at Diocesan House this week.
The Message Is Getting Through

This note left behind in a pew at St. Luke's, Rincon, shows the Good News of Jesus is getting through.
Standing Committee Meeting
Via Conference Call
Thursday, March 21
New Beginnings #54
For Youth in Grades 7-9
March 22-24
Honey Creek

Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Youth
3 PM, Saturday, March 23
Honey Creek Conference Center
Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Albany Convocation
3 PM, Sunday, March 24
St. Patrick's Albany
Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Clergy
10 AM Tuesday, March 26
St. Anne's Tifton
Register here.
Tune into the Facebook livestream  here.
Clergy Spouses Retreat
March 29-31
Honey Creek
Register here.
A Listening Session for XI Bishop Search led by the Search Committee for clergy spouses will be scheduled during the retreat.
Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Savannah Convocation
3 PM, Sunday, March 31
St. Paul's Savannah
Weekend Retreat for Youth Summer Mission Trip
April 5-7
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Search for XI Bishop Committee Meeting
10 AM, Saturday, April 6
St. Andrew's Douglas
Parish Hall Dedication
St. Cyprian's and St. Andrew's Darien
5 PM, Saturday, April 13
Holy Week Chrism Mass
11 AM Monday, April 15
Christ Church Valdosta
Holy Week Chrism Mass
11 AM Tuesday, April 16
Trinity Statesboro
Diocese of Georgia Episcopal Church Women Annual Retreat
Daughters of the King Spring Assembly
April 26-27
St. Augustine's and the Church of Our Savior, Augusta
To register, click here.
Spring Clergy Conference
April 29 at 5:30 PM to May 1 at 1 PM
Honey Creek
Register here.
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
Register by going here: 
Diocesan Council
May 17-18
Ordination to the Priesthood for the Rev. DeWayne Cope, Deacon
St. Matthew's Savannah
6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 22
Nominations for XI Bishop Close
Friday, May 31
Diocesan Youth Mission Trip
July 13-20
To register:
Happening #102
Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4; staff arrives August 1
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Diocesan Council
September 13-14
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