Baptism of Our Lord – Sunday, January 8
This year it feels like we have moved quickly from Christmas to Epiphany and I have been thinking about this image, shown above, that is often used by Episcopal Migration Ministries, from a poster produced in 1938 by the Diocese of Southern Ohio, about refugee ministries. It shows the holy family on their flight to Egypt, seeking safety. When we ponder the tender images at the creche and the wondrous scene of the magi following the star in the night and bringing gifts, a rapid escape would not seem to be the next likely phase of the journey. Yet here they are, on the move. A few years ago, I was working with a family who had arrived from Eritrea and, knowing that they were Christian, I gave them a child-friendly creche at Christmas. Their travels had seemed never-ending, from one temp arrangement or difficult hurdle to another, and their lives were anything but settled as they unpacked, yet again. The mother said that when her children began to set up the creche, the oldest exclaimed, “Look! Jesus is here, too!” Indeed. God made manifest in the form of Jesus Christ – ever being revealed to us, wherever we may travel.
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The Feast of the Epiphany
6 p.m. Friday, January 6
This worship service will begin with the Magi, in the Oratory Chapel, move to Holy Eucharist at the high altar, and conclude with gift-giving for neighbors on the move, and (weather permitting) a chalking-of-the-door blessing of the ministry center. All are invited to bring individually-packaged snacks and small toiletry items for “transit packs,” to be distributed through Cathedral ministries (see details below)
Sunday, January 8: Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10:15 a.m.
All are invited for in-person worship, at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Sundays. 
If you need a copy of the bulletin for this week, email Dean Twila, or you may read the lessons here. Watch the livestream at SPCBuffalo.org/livestream and see videos posted on YouTube.
• Between worship services: 9 a.m. “Caring Cafe,” in the Walker Room – details below.
Chalking the Door
At the Epiphany service or this Sunday, be sure to pick up your own Epiphany Home Blessing kit at the Cathedral. This tradition dates to the Middle Ages, and remembers the journey the wise ones made to visit Jesus, and the hope we carry for Jesus to visit us in our homes. The entry door, or the lintel above the door, is “chalked,” inscribing it with the initials for the three magi, bracketed with the century and year. C+M+B represents Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, and is also associated with Christus Mansionem Benedicat, “May Christ Bless this Dwelling.” 
Ordinations at the Cathedral – This Sunday!
3 p.m. Sunday, January 8
The Cathedral will host the Ordination to the Diaconate of two vocational deacons, Diane Cox and Robin Kozlowski, who are in the Genesee Deanery. Although sometimes ordinations are held in parish churches, it is a special role for the Cathedral to host diocesan events and be a gathering space for people from across the region. Special thanks to Kim O’Connell for coordinating the reception and to all who have been helping with preparations and who have signed up for roles before, during, and after the service. From table setup to cleaning, live-streaming, ushering, and all-around hosting – it takes the work of many. All are invited to attend. Ordinations are a wonderful occasion for the Church to celebrate!
“Transit Packs” and Emergency Meal Kits
For Epiphany (or in the season after), all are invited to bring items for “transit packs” and emergency meal kits, to be distributed through Cathedral ministries. The photo above is a typical meal kit that we have been keeping on hand (the item that looks like a Christmas package is a tissue pack. In the recent storms, kits were given to neighbors who had run out of food, and to someone we sheltered for a time, at the request of the police supporting rescue efforts. Our Cathedral location is also at the transit hub of the city and year-round we have people stop in who are in need of enough food to help them on their way. We’re close to government offices and courts, and meet people who have been delayed by several hours and are hungry. Having these kits on hand helps us meet needs of neighbors. You can contribute whole kits or items for them, along with travel-size toiletries. If you are contributing food items, look for items that are easy to eat (not hard or crunchy). If you have questions, contact Dean Twila.
SJAT: Best Books of 2022 and More, Part 2
This week’s note from the Social Justice Action Team is the second of our “Best of ...” list-writing and media that have inspired us in the past year, and are on our radar for 2023.

Nonfiction
How the Word is passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith. In this book, nominated for numerous awards, Smith takes a “listening tour” to important historical landmarks in both the northern and southern United States, engaging in conversations with people he meets for insight and understanding.
Under a White Sky, the Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert, an award winning environmental journalist, who explains that some solutions to problems that were implemented years ago are now causing problems that need solutions themselves.  
A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School by Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire, who explain how political initiatives such as school vouchers, antagonism to teachers’ unions, tax credit scholarships, among others issues are chipping away at public education and leading to a further inequality in education . The authors also host a regular podcast, Have You Heard?, that discusses educational issues with experts. 
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine. Like her National Award nominee Citizen, An American Lyric, this is collection of essays, poems and images that provoke conversations about race and social justice. 
Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West by Lauren Redniss. A beautifully illustrated true graphical story of the struggle to protect an indigenous sacred site from destruction by a multinational mining company.

Fiction
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; this is the book that the 2018 movie of the same name is based. It tells the struggle of a young girl for racial justice.
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky; What happens when citizens are threatened with injustices? Although writing of his native country, Ukraine, Kaminsky resides in the US now, and his work has a universal message.

Other Media
The Integrated School Podcast, conversations with about parenting, racism and school segregation. 
Articles by Bill McKibbena writer, scholar and recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize has published his writings on his web site, a treasure trove of articles about environmental justice. 

These items are all available at the library, your local bookstore or online. We’d love to hear what you are reading!
SJAT meets the second Monday of each month. If one of your New Year resolutions is to help work toward social justice we welcome you to join us Monday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Caring Cafe
• This Sunday we resume our 9 a.m., between-worship time for connecting in community and learning together. This week is a discussion on our baptismal vows, kicked off by Dean Twila: “Believing, Belonging, and Behaving.”
Epiphany Season: Becoming Disciples – On January 15, we’ll launch a new, six-week series on “The Essentials of the Christian Life,” with discussion around a book by the Archbishop of Canterbury (2002-2012) Rowan Williams. We’ll have some copies to distribute on January 8 (there have been some weather delays) and more the following week, or, if you prefer an e-reader format, a Kindle version is available for $2.75.
Save the Dates!
4 p.m. Sunday, January 22 – Watch for upcoming details about a Buffalo-area choral group of young adults who will be holding a (fun) concert at the Cathedral.
Sunday, January 29 – Annual Meeting, after the 10:15 a.m. worship service
Packing Up
What goes up must come down. And after that it must be put away nicely so that it is in good shape for next season. Calling all those who helped with the greening and decorating of the cathedral, can you please help one more time? We will meet on Saturday morning, January 14th, to put everything away for safekeeping. Hope you can join us. 
Prayer and Pastoral Care
• If you have requests to add to the weekly Prayers of the People or a name to add for the prayers of clergy and the Pastoral Care Team, please email prayerrequests.
• If you know someone in need of pastoral care, please contact Judy Elliott or Canon Barbara Price.
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Diocesan Partnership and Church News
• See the Diocesan Partnership newsletter here.
• A report on the Partnership offers updates on the work of our two dioceses.
• For more news about the Dioceses of WNY and NWPA and to sign up for emailed newsletters, go here.
• The Episcopal Church website offers resources for individuals, congregations, and various ministries.