Our Lady in the Valley will be launching an evening Zoom discussion group called the “Weekly Word” on August 25. The Rev'd Chloe Chavez will be joined by co-host Deborah Tischler---a national Bible Study podcaster, retreat facilitator, member of Hope in the Desert and Daughters of the King.  Anyone is welcome to join us. For more information, please contact Rev'd Chavez directly at revchloe@olvepiscopalabq.org.
RIP: The Rev’d Virginia Brown
February 27, 1948 – August 12, 2020
The Reverend Virginia Page Dabney Brown, a resident of Houston since 2013, died on August 12, 2020. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 13131 Fry Rd Cypress TX 77433, at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22. The service will be streamed on St. Aidan’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The Rev'd Brown attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity in 1974. After, she returned to Albuquerque and founded St. Chad's Episcopal Church as a deacon.
She was the first woman ordained as priest in the Diocese of Rio Grande in January 1977. This was reportedly the first ordination of a woman to the priesthood where no objection was raised. She continued at St. Chad's as priest, and then she and her husband, the Rev'd Bruce Brown, who preceded her in death, created the Preacher Lewis School for Ministry, through which both lay education and preparation for ordained ministry was offered across the Diocese. 
She also served at St. Mark’s on the Mesa in Albuquerque.
The Rev'd Brown later served as rector at Thomas à Becket in Roswell, and in 1992 accepted a call to become the Associate Rector at Grace-St Luke's in Memphis. She served there until 2000 when she began work as Associate at Christ Church, Springfield, Missouri.
While in Memphis she founded the Rivendell Community, a recognized Christian Community in the Episcopal Church. When she moved to Springfield, the community expanded to include the Diocese of West Missouri. There are now members in several other dioceses.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for memorials to Episcopal Relief and Development, www.episcopalrelief.org, or the Rivendell Community, rivendellcommunity.wordpress.com.

Education for Ministry (EfM) at Holy Faith Santa Fe
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Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program designed to enrich one’s understanding of the Christian faith and of one’s own spiritual development as a Christian. It is not about forming someone for the ordained clergy, but rather about discovering one’s own personal ministry within the Church.
The Church of the Holy Faith Santa Fe is organizing its first EfM group this fall 2020. The group will likely start online in the fall and switch to face-to-face when it is safe to do so. The group meets weekly for about 2 ½ hours. The actual day and time is dependent on the group wishes.
Education for Ministry is a four-year program of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee), although participants make commitment annually. The first year uses the Old Testament to learn about the history and context. The second year explores the New Testament. The third year looks at the history of Christianity, and the fourth year examines one’s own faith development. A significant part of the program is learning how to do Theological Reflection which uses various models for examining issues in the group’s life. EfM uses a series of textbooks and other readings to guide the discussions. The mentor guides the group in discussion and Theological Reflection. The mentor is not a teacher, but rather is someone certified by Sewanee to facilitate and guide the EfM group in its formation and discussion. The mentor at Holy Faith is Steven Berkshire, who has been involved in the program for 20 years.
Interested individuals can contact Steve directly at 505.557.6576 or via email berks1sd@yahoo.com. Further information is also available at http://sewanee.edu/efm.
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AN INVITATION TO JOIN
OUR EfM COMMUNITY
at Cathedral of St. John
 An Education for Ministry (EfM) group meets weekly from September through May at the Cathedral of St. John in downtown Albuquerque. Of course, we will be starting

out meeting through Zoom this September but are looking forward to being together in person again some time during the year.
Any interested person is welcome to enroll as long as they can meet together with us when we return to our in person group. We
currently have a participant who will join us each week from near Belen.
For more questions including tuition and enrollment for the 2020-2021 program year, contact EfM mentor Joanne Gray at 505-450-9934 or jgray59@msn.com. Class is scheduled to start in September 2020. 
As we watch the world changing around us, many of us are counting our blessings, grateful for the family and friends we are able to see, happy to have our job whether that is working at home or elsewhere, and as we see all we are grateful for we are driven to give back to those facing daily struggles. That is why St. Andrew’s Episcopal church (Las Cruces) is joining with dozens of other community members this year in Mesilla Valley Community of Hope’s Tents to Rents fundraiser. And we invite you to join us, too!
Tents to Rents is an annual event during which time funds are raised to help those living in Camp Hope, a transitional space where those suffering from homelessness can camp safely and have access to hygiene products and resources. Camp Hope doesn’t receive government funding, so it is entirely by the generosity of others that we are able to keep this safe space and help homeless individuals, including many families and veterans, find more permanent housing and move from tents to rentals.
We know this has been a tough year for many individuals, and while our goal is to exceed the $56,000 raised last year, we are grateful for every dollar and urge you to look under the couch cushions and raid your swear jars to help us meet our goal. You can visit tentstorents.org and click on St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to donate or check out mvcommunityofhope.org for more information. Please consider forwarding this message so we can reach others and help even more individuals move into homes of their own.
Thanks so much for helping us support people experiencing homelessness!
News from
The Episcopal Church
& the Anglican Communion 
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Diakoneo Magazine
August, 2020
• Deacons respond to COVID-19
• A brave space for racial healing
• Who were the deaconesses?

Association for Episcopal Deacons
Positions available
REVISED: Hope in the Desert Church is seeking an experienced Parish Administrator for an approximately half-time position. Fr. Dan Tuton invites your queries by email at frdan@hopepiscopal.org.
Spiritual Wellness
The Rev. Dr. Jeanine Driscoll of St. Thomas of Canterbury provides guidance on:
+ Managing Anxiety
+ Managing Depression
and much more....

Attention: Brotherhood
Are your Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapters or men's groups meeting with zoom? If so and if invited, Roy Benavides, roy.benavides@brothersandrew.net, and Tom Bates, thomasjbates7@gmail.com would like to join you. Roy is the BStA Province 7 President and Tom is the DRG BStA Coordinator. Thank you for your support.

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