Evening Prayer
for the LGBTQ+ Community and allies
There will be a service of Evening Prayer for the LGBTQ+ Community and our allies in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande on  Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm . This gathering will be held virtually in a Zoom format. The link is below. After the liturgy has concluded everyone is invited to stay in the meeting for some virtual social time. We would love to check in and see how everyone is doing. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information contact
Rev. Chuck Jones, Rev. Kristin, Kopren, and Rev. David Martin at
Free Webinar Commemorating Hiroshima
An hour-long webinar commemorating the 75th anniversary of the American bombing of Hiroshima will be free and open to everyone on August 6th at 6 p.m. M.D.T. This one-hour commemoration is sponsored by the national Pace e Bene organization and will feature Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Ira Helfand, Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center, the Reverend John Dear, Jay Coghlan of N.M.
Nuclear Watch and Archbishop John Wester, Santa Fe, NM Archdiocese. It will be broadcast internationally.

For more information and to register:    www.paceebene.org/hiroshimaday2020
Positions available
Hope in the Desert Church is seeking an experienced Bookkeeper/Parish Administrator for an approximately half-time position. Fr. Dan Tuton invites your queries by email at   frdan@hopepiscopal.org.
Habits of Grace, July 27, 2020: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

July 27, 2020: Prayer into action

Earlier this week, I was preparing a very brief meditation for a kind of public service announcement on prayer in the time of pandemic. And as I was preparing, something dawned on me that I wanted to share with you. There are two instances and there may be others to be sure, in both the Hebrew scriptures and in the New Testament where you see prayer linked directly with action.

Hábitos of Grace, 27 de julio de 2020: una invitación para ti, del obispo primado Curry

27 de julio de 2020: 
oración en acción

[July 28, 2020]  The Episcopal Church  and the  Church Pension Group  (CPG) announced that the Recorder of Ordinations will begin to collect data on race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation from all clergy. The data will be used to assist the Church in understanding how different groups are treated in terms of deployment and compensation, as well as in Episcopal elections. Responding to resolutions passed by the 79th General Convention, CPG updated various technology systems so it could collect the requested demographic information that it did not collect previously. The newly requested data will only be used for analysis and reported in aggregate form. The data will not be published or used to administer benefits and will not be printed in the Episcopal Clerical Directory. Individual clergy can visit  cpg.org/picture  to update their profile and to learn more. ...

News from
The Episcopal Church
& the Anglican Communion 
(click on the headline to read the story)  
Aug. 22: What's Different? What's the Same? (Vicki Reder and co-authors with their book  Three Paths, One God )
Sept. 12:  Carry the Light of Love. Free ECW Provincial Retreat via Zoom (Cindy Davis speaker) Register  online  or  download  the form to mail in. This takes the place of the 4th Saturday event and requires separate registration. 
Oct. 24: (TBD, pending diocesan convention)
Nov. 20-21:  Wildernesses, a retreat with Carolyn Metzler, via Zoom.  
Dec. 12: Special Zoom Christmas Party Event! 
* RSVP to  Cindy Davis  to receive the Zoom link for each meeting. (If you participated in earlier ANEW2 Zooms, you'll automatically get the link.)

There are summaries and videos from the earlier Zoom events on the  Women's Ministry website.
Spiritual Disciplines for Building and Living in Multicultural Church Community
Every month ECFVP offers five resources on a theme. This month we've asked the Rev. Audra Abt, who serves in Greensboro, North Carolina as the Vicar at Church of the Holy Spirit and Mission Developer for Abundant Life Health & Healing, to choose five resources that resonated with her. 
With so much uncertainty about finances and what our worship and mission will look like, given the pandemic, it may seem counterintuitive to look to what small or shoe-string missions are doing. Turning to the most vulnerable congregants of more resourced congregations likewise may seem unusual. But it’s folks who’ve lived on the margins of respectable church and the ‘formal’ economy who have strategies for thriving and adapting to precarious and brutal circumstances. The Rev. Nancy Frausto in  Sustainability in the Scrappy Church  talks about the gifts of congregations who look to people - both in and outside the church - as resources, not just as charity cases. Because of their unique knowledge of what it takes to survive in a racist and exploitative world, they can lead the way to greater forms of flourishing even in the face of scarcity.
I’ve been humbled, and grateful, to have people with intellectual and physical disabilities show me my own presumptions about planning liturgy and other church activities that unintentionally left no room for them to participate and lead. Sarah Barton’s article,  Welcoming Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities , invites the church to see each person as a resource. Barton recommends not just listening to our members but going out into the community to meet people where they are, listen, and allow what we hear to help us re-design the way we do everything. As we do this in my community, we’re finding that everyone is experiencing more access to deeper participation in our worship and service life.
Even in a multicultural congregation, there’s still a dominant norm for decision-making processes, leadership selection, and who speaks when. Often this norm fits the White, middle-class, professional culture. For people that don’t fit easily into your congregation’s norms, especially when they come from historically disenfranchised positions, it can be almost impossible to offer their gifts. As the Rev. Anna Olson writes about in  Building a Diverse Vestry , developing a team that reflects the diversity of your congregation and surrounding community takes intentionality and a lot of work, but it is worth it.
As startlingly beautiful as multicultural and multilingual life in Christ can be, I have also found it to be challenging because every encounter, every event also includes real opportunities for misunderstanding or offense, which can cause conflict. Valuing and raising up a multicultural community also means valuing change, letting Christ in to change the “we” we call the church. In  Conflict and Change , Luisa Bonillas reminds us that conflict is normal, and we can all develop the capacity to endure the discomfort and move through conflict together.
The last discipline that I’ve found helpful in developing multicultural church community has been to stay eager and curious to know how Jesus is alive and present outside our membership. By seeking Christ and traces of the Holy Spirit working among others, we stay humble and tuned to God, who is bigger than any of us and any one culture.  A Practical Theology of Episcopal Evangelism  is a clear, succinct invitation to practice seeking, naming and celebrating how God is working new life and liberation among our neighbors right now, right where we are planted.
Vestry Papers Issue on
Racial Justice and Reconciliation
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.

Updated Cycles of Prayer
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