Volume 39, March 2022
From the Rector
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.38-39.
 
Neither Death Nor Life
 
Several things have made me think a lot recently about suffering: firstly, like everyone else, the reality of the situation for the people of the Ukraine – facing deprivation, displacement and death. I have an invitation to preach on Good Friday and that privilege directs my thoughts largely towards the passion. And I have been touched also recently by conversations with different people suffering serious physical illness.
I find myself listening, often in amazement, at how they cope and are able to draw from their faith even while that very faith is being shaken in heavy turbulence.
 
These thoughts on suffering came together for me last week when a study group that I have been leading during Lent met a week ago on Monday. The group is small --- ‘small but perfectly formed’---a really nice gathering. Fr Steph Britt, who attends, said encouragingly, ‘Doesn’t matter it is small—you are offering a niche subject’.
 
The group is reading Richard Harries’ Hearing God in Poetry: Fifty Poems for Lent and Easter. It was one poem that brought my thoughts together: ‘Rembrandt’s Late Self-Portraits’ by Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001). It is a beautiful poem in which the poet admires how Rembrandt could paint his own mortality--- warts, suffering and all and do so excusing nothing yet still with love in his heart and with the courage somehow to affirm life even as life wanes and death looms. Looking at one self-portrait in old age, Jennings says of the painter:
 
You are confronted with yourself. Each year
The pouches fill, the skin is uglier.
You give it all unflinchingly. . .
Your face is bruised and hurt
But there is still love left.
 
What a poem that speaks volumes of the beautiful Christian faith of the poet Elizabeth Jennings and equally of her subject Rembrandt—each illustrating in a life’s art how suffering, love, faith and thanksgiving are woven together.
 
Robert Ellsberg, in The Saints’ Guide to Happiness encourages us to look to the saints for guidance:
 
The saints do not teach us how to avoid suffering; they teach us how to suffer.  They do not provide the “meaning” of suffering. But they lived by the assurance that there is a meaning or truth at the heart of life that suffering is powerless to destroy. They did not believe that suffering is “good” but that God is good and that “neither death nor life … nor height, nor depth” can deprive us of access to that good if we truly desire it. They found that there is no place that is literally “godforsaken,” but that in every situation, even the most grim and painful, there is a door that leads to love, to fullness of life … to happiness. This is the deepest mystery of the gospel. Our task, if we would learn from the saints, is to find that door and enter in. 
 
In that Monday Lenten poetry meeting, Allison Defoor remarked quietly, how, often, in suffering, even when our own faith is fragile or thin, God yet reaches us. He reminded us of the quotation by Aeschylus and I will end on that note:
 
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.

I write wishing everyone reading a blessed Holy Week and Easter Day.
 
Douglas Dupree
The Key
 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
 
In the February Newsletter I wrote a little piece about the tradition, certainly going back at least as far as the Renaissance, of picturing the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity in the form of three women: Faith carrying a sword or cross or holding a chalice; Hope holding a ship’s anchor and Charity as a mother holding close her children in her arms or about her skirts. I encouraged everyone to visit St. Mary’s Church, Green Cove Springs, where the windows above the altar at the east end follow this iconography.
 
I had an unexpected but delightful response to that article from Father Christopher Martin, sometime Rector of St. Mary’s. I really enjoyed what he wrote to me and hope you do too---and that you are further encouraged to visit St. Mary’s.
 
Father Martin writes:
 
You missed the most important aspect of the windows of St. Mary's. The artist who designed them incorporated a very subtle, but important theological truth. If you look at the young child standing in front of "Charity," there is sticking out of a pocket the top of a Key.
 
The artist is reminding us that the Children are the ones who have the Keys of the Kingdom and not St. Peter who is often portrayed in Christian iconography holding the Keys of the Kingdom. Don't feel bad about missing that. I was at St. Mary's two years before I noticed that, and in fact it was Sandy, my future wife at that time who noticed it and pointed it out to me. I have seen other representations of Faith, Hope, and Charity personified as women, mostly from Victorian times, but never seen the hidden key. A real treasure.
Camp Weed Summer Deck Renewal Project Report: Thank You to Our Volunteers!
‘IF I HAD A HAMMER . . .’:
REPORT FROM CAMP WEED
 
By Thomas Frazer, Director of Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

We had 64 eager volunteers show up to the Camp Weed summer deck renewal project weekend on Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6! There were volunteers of all ages, and they came from all over our Diocese.
 
We had a group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts that focused on the Primitive Camp Site as part of Mathew Snider's Eagle Scout Project. They built benches, cleared debris, made a trail to the lakefront, and built a new out-house.
 
A group from St. James in Lake City focused on building stairs for our cabin decks while Father Wiley Ammons and the helping hands from Church of the Redeemer worked on the decks and ramps.
 
We had Joe and Sharon Chamberlain from St Luke’s, Live Oak cleaning around the blueberry bushes and another group from Gainesville just up the hill working on the pool.
 
Heather Johnston, from Redeemer and a member of the Advisory Committee, was a big help from day one. She helped me plan this event; she assisted in building a rock solid ramp; and was even helping us behind the counter in the kitchen.
 
Pro Hruda came from St. Michael's and All Angels in Tallahassee and helped me everywhere from clearing debris at the primitive site; running supplies and water to torching weeds around the lake and culverts.
 
Courtland Eyrick, also a member of our Advisory Board, brought his daughters out from St. Mark’s, Jacksonville to supervise the work and enjoy the beautiful day.
 
Camp Weed was abuzz with helping hands. We enjoyed good meals throughout the weekend, especially the steak dinner on Saturday night. We gathered at Mandi’s Chapel to celebrate the Eucharist and led by Father Mike Snider of St Joseph's, Newberry. We are grateful to both the volunteers that were able to show up and be a hands-on help and we are equally grateful for our supporters that generously donated to this project. Our accomplishments would not be as great without the mutual support we received from these two groups!
 
Volunteer dates for May will be published in the coming days. For more information, please check the website by clicking here. As always, everyone is welcome!
The Florida Audubon Society Anniversary
In place of the monthly Quiz I normally pen for this Newsletter, we go deeply into the long relationship between the Episcopal Church in Florida and the Florida Audubon, upon their 122nd Anniversary this March, 2022. That involvement begins with the founding of Florida Audubon, and has continued through the years.  

To spotlight this anniversary and links, we asked for thoughts from Charles Lee, Audubon Florida’s Director of Advocacy, who has been employed by Audubon for 50 years. He currently handles Central Florida environmental issues and is associated with the Center for Birds of Prey, near Audubon’s historic birthplace in Maitland. Charles is a giant in conservation, which is at its core faithful stewardship. Enjoy his article below and learn all about Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple (1822-1901) and the founding of the Florida Audubon.

Faithfully,

Allison+ (former Florida Audubon board member)
About Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple and
the Founding of Florida Audubon Society
Bishop Whipple preaching to the Dakota

THE EPISCOPAL BISHOP, NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS AND THE FOUNDING OF THE FLORIDA AUDUBON SOCIETY

By Charles Lee

The Florida Audubon Society was formed 122 years ago, on March 2, 1900 in Maitland Florida. Gathering in the lakeside home of Clara and Louis Dommerich, fifteen men and women met to create one of the first state organizations that would ultimately unite to become the national Audubon movement. Their focus was the protection of birds that were being killed in rookeries by the hundreds of thousands to supply plumes for the ladies’ hat-making industry in New York. These organizers of the Florida Audubon Society (FAS)—many of them winter residents that today might be called “snowbirds”—were passionate, well-connected activists who knew how to
get things done.

Most of those organizing the Florida Audubon Society had arrived to become winter residents just after the conclusion of the Civil War. Many had been associated with the emancipation movement that ultimately ended slavery in the United States.

They selected as the first President of the Florida Audubon Society the Rev. Henry Benjamin Whipple, who in 1883, had established a home and an Episcopal parish, The Church of the Good Shepherd, at the edge of Eatonville, one of America's first free African American towns.

Whipple was a graduate of Ohio's Oberlin College, known as an organizing point on the "Underground Railroad." After becoming the First Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota in 1859, The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault, Minnesota, was built under Whipple’s leadership.

Whipple also quickly became immersed in efforts to secure fair treatment for Native Americans. In 1862 (the same year President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation) the treatment of Native Americans in the Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes by the federal government had led to starvation and desperation. A radical band of young Lakota and Dakota Sioux warriors, outraged at their Tribe’s suffering, staged raids at the town of New Ulm Minnesota, killing settlers. US Army generals rounded up over 1,000 Dakota Sioux, most who had nothing to do with the violence, and had sought permission from President Lincoln to execute them all.

Henry Benjamin Whipple intervened, seeking clemency on behalf of the Native Americans. Whipple visited with Lincoln in the White House. And, as a result, countermanding US Army Generals, and the Governor of Minnesota who had sought what amounted to genocide, President Lincoln at first ordered all but about three hundred of the Dakota Sioux that the Army had captured to be freed and treated fairly.

Lincoln, after a second visit by Bishop Whipple, reviewed the case record of each of the 300 Native Americans the Army continued to propose be executed. Ultimately Lincoln, in a compromise with the Army generals, agreed to allow the execution of thirty-eight, who were identified as the key perpetrators in known fatalities of settlers. Of one of those meetings, Lincoln said “He (Whipple) came here the other day and talked with me about the rascality of this Indian business until I felt it down to my boots.” On December 19, 1862 the largest mass execution in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota. Thirty-eight of the Lakota and Dakota men were led to a gallows to be hanged simultaneously. As terrible as the event was, without Bishop Whipple’s persistent intervention, it would have been a carnage beyond description.

After relocating to Florida, Whipple became alarmed at the decimation of birds, primarily by plume hunters, and put on his activist hat again through Audubon in effort to bring an end to the slaughter.

Author Leslie Poole writes in a history of the Florida Audubon Society that “Henry Benjamin Whipple first visited Florida in the 1850s and enjoyed its birds; in the last two decades, he had seen “not less than two thousand” Carolina parakeets at a Central Florida lake. “Many of these beautiful creatures are no longer to be found, unless in the Everglades,” he wrote in 1900. “The murderous work of extermination has been carried on by vandals, incited by the cupidity of traders who minister to the pride of thoughtless people.”

Bishop Whipple concluded: “Our Savior taught us that these feathered friends and companions of men are a special object of our Heavenly Father’s care. And should He not have His children’s help in their protection?”
Spend the Summer at Camp Weed!
With our Summer Camp sessions beginning in a little less than three months, there's some excitement about all of the sign-ups and the great staff members who will be joining the team. 
 
Our seven sessions are rapidly filling up and our staff - consisting of college students, deans, nurses and volunteers is nearly complete. 
 
We've been blessed by the many donations to our Amazon wish list and each item will be used for great activities and fun events. Our pool is nearly complete and will be ready for an amazing summer!
 
Two wonderful people who have long ties to Camp Weed will soon join our staff. Allie McGinnis, from Lakeland, FL is a longtime camper and staff member and will be our Assistant Director. Brian Moody, from Gainesville, FL is an Art Teacher at PK Young School and has served many years at Camp Weed as a staff member. He is a fantastic addition to our staff as our Program Coordinator.
 
If you haven't signed up for summer camp, today is a great day to check it out on the Camp Weed website here. Scholarship forms are available.
 
We're looking forward to an awesome summer at Camp Weed!  
 
Randy Winton
Director of Summer Camp and Youth Programs
Archdeacon’s Corner:
A Holy Week Timeline
Every year during Holy Week at our Bible Study in All Saints’, Jacksonville, I present an account of the events occurring with Jesus leading up to His crucifixion. I purposely leave out Easter Day in the hope that everyone will be in church to hear the story of the resurrection and salvation in person.
 
The story is presented with the appropriate Biblical notations (some placed within the text and others at the end), which covers most of the major events during that Passover Week. Please remember that this is done in complete understanding that there is still very much debate about the timeline. In fact, no two timelines completely agree. However, having at least an approximate timeline can help us better connect to the daily life of our Lord and Savior, during His last days, and His personal sacrifice for all of us. Here we go.
 
Introduction
Just a short time earlier before this week Jesus has raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus has shown that He has power over death, and His followers are growing. The Sanhedrin believe they must stop Him. As He tells the disciples that He is returning to Jerusalem, Thomas (also known as Didymus) gives a dire warning by saying “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Saturday (before Palm Sunday)
The day before Jesus and his disciples have arrived in Bethany at the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, “Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.” (John 12:1-2)

Palm Sunday
This morning Jesus begins walking the almost two-mile trip to Jerusalem. Nearing the village of Bethpage, he sends two of his disciples ahead, telling them to look for a donkey and its unbroken colt. (Matthew 21:6-7).
Jesus rides into Jerusalem on the young donkey, making a humble yet triumphant entry. As the prophet Zechariah said "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" (Zechariah 9:9)
This Sunday is the first day of Nisan when the Passover lambs were selected. Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on this day is how the Gospel writers portray him as Israel’s Paschal lamb who would soon take away the sins of the world.
The crowds welcome Jesus by waving palm branches in the air and shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9)
As Jesus approaches Jerusalem He weeps, saying "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:42)
Once in the Temple, Jesus heals the lame and blind, and angers the Sanhedrin by His good works. (Luke 19:45, Matthew 21:14-15) That evening Jesus and the disciples return to Bethany, to Lazarus, Martha, and Mary.

Monday in Holy Week
Jesus returns with his disciples to Jerusalem, and along the way, He curses the fig tree because it had failed to bear fruit. At the Temple Jesus cleanses the Temple: “He found the courts full of corrupt money changers. He began overturning their tables and clearing the Temple, saying, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be a house of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves" (Luke 19:46). [There is much debate concerning Jesus’s cleansing the Temple whether it was Sunday, Monday or both days.]
On Monday evening Jesus stays in Bethany again, probably with His friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. (Mark 11:21)

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Bishop's Institute Happenings
Licensed Lay Leader Worship Course
Milam Room, Diocesan Office,
325 N. Market Street,
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Saturdays - April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16 and August 20
9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch provided)

A Licensed Lay Worship Leader (LLWL) is a worship leader, a layperson that regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation.

The LLWL must receive training and be evaluated and found competent by the Bishop, or the Bishop’s designee, in the following subjects: Holy Scriptures, the Lectionary, The Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal, Church history, worship practices, the church’s doctrine set forth in the Creeds and an Outline of Faith.

Click here for more information. To register for the Licensed Lay Worship Leader Course, please download the application form here.

Please email application form to Sue Engemann: sengemann@diocesefl.org
Pilgrimage to Italy: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi,
Hosted by The Rev. Canon Douglas Dupree
& Dr. Charles Howard, Art Historian
Sunday, October 9 to Monday, October 17, 2022

Join The Rev. Canon Douglas Dupree and Dr. Charles Howard, Art Historian and Faculty member at Episcopal School of Jacksonville on a nine-day Biblical Journey in the Footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy! St Francis of Assisi is beloved by Christians and others in every generation in every corner of the world. Assisi, the city of St Francis, still breathes an atmosphere of holiness and beauty. Come walk where he walked and enjoy the wonderful churches, the art and architecture of Assisi and
Rome and their surrounding cities and landscape!

For more information, click here
To view the full brochure, email Sue Engemann: sengemann@diocesefl.org
You may also email The Rev. Canon Douglas Dupree for more information: ddupree@diocesefl.org

To register, contact Biblical Journeys:
Phone: 201-627-0117

You may also register by filling out the form by clicking here and mailing to:
Biblical Journeys
411 Hackensack Ave., Suite 200
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Camp Weed Happening
Camp Weed Fly Fishing Course
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8

Come join nationally recognized and master-certified fly fishing instructors for two days of training and outdoor fun at Camp Weed’s 500-acre nature retreat, which includes a 100-acre bass lake! SmartCasts Essentials of Fly Fishing is a hands-on, small-group school that encourages self-discovery and accomplishment in a pristine, natural environment.

During the course you'll learn:

• Efficient Fly Casting
• Choosing The Right Equipment
• Fly Rods, Lines & Leaders
• How To Find & Fight Fish
• Trout, Bass, Pan fish, Saltwater Species
• Basic Fly Selection

This two-day course gives you all the basics. Schools are full-day Saturday and half-day
Sunday, to allow for travel. Cost per student is $395 for the two-day school. Catered lunches and all materials and equipment are provided. Class size is limited. Sign up today!

To register contact David Lambert, SmartCasts Fly Fishing Schools:
904-403-5525 or email smartcasts@protonmail.com.
You may also contact Thomas Frazer, Director of Camp Weed’s Cerveny Conference Center: 386-364-5250 or email: info@campweed.org.