Volume 11: October 24, 2019
The Bible in English
The annual Fall Clergy Retreat in the Diocese that took place last week featured two speakers, John Miller from Hillsdale College and our own the Rev. Dr. Marcia King. Both speakers engaged the clergy on how to explore and teach the Bible in a parish setting. An interesting coincidence is that we mark in the Church Calendar every October three pivotal translators of the Bible into English.

There is a lovely old collect that offers thanks to God specifically for the saints of England and for ‘the many lamps their holiness has lit’. The collect is particularly appropriate for three translators of the Bible into English: William Tyndale (burned at the stake on October 6, 1536); Miles Coverdale (1488-1569) also remembered on October 6 th and John Wyclif (c. 1330-1384) remembered on October 30 th .
 
Christianity was the predominant religion in Britain since the sixth century, but the only authorized Bible in England until the sixteenth century was in Latin. In 2011 we celebrated the 400 th anniversary of the publication of the Authorized Version of the Bible, popularly known as the King James Version. The King James Bible was the fruit of some seven years of labor by a committee of fifty-four scholars, working in six teams, commissioned by James I, translating the scriptures into English from the original Hebrew and Greek. Wyclif, Tyndale and Coverdale are all large stepping stones on the path that lead to the King James Bible. In our day, many new translations of the Bible into English have become available to us.
 
For more about Wyclif, Tyndale and Coverdale click here .
 
It is fun to compare the King James Bible with the translation of Wyclif and Tyndale:
 
Wyclif c 1380
In the bigynnyng God made of nouyt heuene and erthe. Forsothe the erthe was idel and voide, and derknessis weren on the face of depthe; and the Spiryt of the Lord was borun on the watris. And God seide, Liyt be maad, and liyt was maad.
 
Tyndale, c. 1525
In the begynnynge God created heaven and erth. The erth was voyde and emptie and darcknesse was upon the depe and the spirite of god moved vpon the water. Than God sayd: let there be lyghte and there was lyghte.
 
King James Version, 1611
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Book Review: Reforesting Faith
Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us
by Matthew Sleeth, MD (Hardcover, 2019)
 
Other than God and people, the Bible mentions trees more than any other living thing. There is a tree on the first page of Genesis, in the first psalm, on the first page of the New Testament, and on the last page of Revelation . . . From Genesis to Revelation God has blazed a trail of trees through the Bible. The reason so many people love trees is because we are created in God’s image. God loves trees, and so should we.
Matthew Sleeth
 
 Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.
George Washington Carver
 
At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
And its new shoots will not fail.
Job 14.7
 
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2.24
 
A people without children would face a hopeless future;
A country with trees is almost as helpless.
Theodore Roosevelt
 
The human body runs on oxygen and the energy stored in carbon bonds. That’s how our bodies work. The human soul was built to run on communion with God. That’s how our souls work.
Matthew Sleeth
 
Trees are the only things from our childhood that are bigger when we go back and visit them as adults. Our faith should be like that.
 Matthew Sleeth
 
The selection of quotations above are only a few of the many memorable thoughts and quotations in this beautiful devotional book by the Christian physician Matthew Sleeth dedicated to God and the beauty of His creation. Click here for my book review.
Rector's Picks
My recommendation of books for October lacks a consistent theme. But as each of these books crossed my desk I felt compelled to want to share them.
Sometimes I Wake an Atheist: Stories of Tragedy Bringing Forth Hope by Linda Cunningham and friends, (Paperback, Westbow Press, 2019.)
The ten women authors of this slim volume currently all live in Jacksonville, Florida. Each makes a wonderful testimony of resilient faith and reliance on God in spite of the debilitating tragedies that have struck their lives. I think this book will make a perfect gift to a friend struggling in need—if shared at the right moment.
I Am A Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference by Thom S. Rainer (Hardback, B & H Publishing, Nashville, 2013.)
Some of you are familiar with Thom Rainer the respected pastor with LifeWay Christian Resources. It wasn’t until a friend attending a new member’s class at her church shared this book with me. It is the perfect answer to my prayer, ‘Lord, how can I share what I think is really important about the Christian fellowship we call a church with a newcomer?’ It says it all clearly, concisely and persuasively. I think it is a useful tool for evangelism.
Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation , edited by William C. Placher (Paperback, Eerdmans, 2005.)
As a college chaplain of many years, one of the top questions I was repeatedly asked by students was ‘ What am I going to do with my life?’ This collection of writings, that ranges across the ages from callings in the early Church 100- 500 AD through our sometimes called ‘Post-Christian World’, is a treasury of reflections on vocation from Ignatius of Antioch to John Henry Newman and Karl Barth. Here is a perfect ‘go-to’ gift for godchildren, ordinands and for young people being launched in the world. I am grateful to Doug Walker, the Bishop’s Deputy for Advancement & Stewardship for introducing me to this excellent resource.
Leadership Development Resource Corner
The Power of Silence: Igniting Potential
Book review by Dale Beaman, MPH, PCC, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Expert
 
It’s typical for people to look to their leaders to tell them what to do. However, if you want to empower others and bring out their greater potential, it’s important to listen rather than attempt to provide the answer. One of the most powerful listening skills is silence. Effective listening involves giving the other person time to explore their thoughts and feelings without interrupting or jumping in too quickly. Patient and supportive silence allows people to reflect and “think out loud” so that they can contribute their best thinking or even find their own solutions.
An emotional and dynamic scene from the movie “Ray” provides a remarkable example of the power of silence. As the young Ray Charles struggles to navigate his blindness, his mother compassionately is 100% present as she silently listens. As a result, he develops a new level of confidence and ability to be independent. It demonstrates that when we give people the space to feel, think and reflect, they grow and discover their potential. Check out this video clip https://binged.it/2BdFtkv .
 
When there is a pause in a conversation, people naturally long to fill the space. When you remain quiet, the other person is more likely to open up and share more. You can engage them by asking open-ended questions that solicit more than a “yes” or “no” response. You might ask open-ended questions such as “What do you think?” Or “How do you want to handle this situation?” Then pause for 5-7 seconds to give them time to process their thoughts and hear that small still voice within. Quietly listen with your eyes, ears and heart. 
 
Every person has his or her own communication style and speed of processing. Silence can inspire and empower others to learn and find their own God-given resourcefulness.
 
As a leadership coach, silence has proven to be a valuable listening skill for creating awareness and igniting natural strengths and capabilities in clients. How could you use the power and gift of silence to empower others on your team or in your ministry?
 
Reflections:
  1. How often do you find yourself interrupting or giving the answer rather than waiting patiently for someone to reflect and respond?
  2. What are opportunities for you to try out the power of silence in your conversations this week?
Bookstore Feature: St. John's Cathedral Bookstore & Gift Shop
St. John’s Cathedral Bookstore & Gift Shop is approaching its one-year anniversary in a spacious and beautiful historic house that is located across the street from the Cathedral. Much more than a bookstore and gift shop, it is a gathering place where friends come together to share books, discuss religious values, and to get to know each other better. It provides Cathedral members with an opportunity to support social enterprises that empower people to build better lives for themselves and their families. The shop gives community leaders a place to hold small meetings that build bridges in the community to empower the public and the Cathedral to continue endeavors to revitalize downtown. Proceeds from its sales benefit outreach ministries of St. John’s Cathedral.
One of its newest community partners, Her Future Coalition, helps women survivors of trafficking and other gender violence in India and Nepal rebuild their lives with their creation and sale of beautiful handcrafted metal jewelry. The HFC women have designed a new “Angels in Action” necklace exclusively for the Cathedral Bookstore & Gift Shop that will complement the recently published book by Dean Kate Moorehead —Angels of the Bible. The necklace is available for pre-order by October 31, and will be unveiled at the Christmas in the Cathedral District meet and greet event and reception with HFC’s founder and author, Sarah Symons, on December 4. Contact Kathryn Bissette at cathedralbookstore@jaxcathedral.org for more information.
 
Other community partners include Charis Chocolates/City Rescue Mission, Berry Good Farms/North Florida School of Special Education, Rethreaded, and Angels for Allison. In September, the Cathedral’s Cerveny Speaker Series hosted Becca Stevens, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, and also held a Thistle Farms and Rethreaded Marketplace in the bookstore.
The Cathedral Bookstore & Gift Shop also has an active First Monday Book Club, which is led by one of its dedicated volunteers, Sandi Dunnavant. In November, the group will read about spiritual direction and journaling in When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd. In December, the club will enjoy tea and refreshments while discussing Angels of the Bible with Dean Kate.

So, come SIP, SHARE AND SHOP all while knowing that your purchase supports a wide array of fair trade and local community organizations and social enterprises!
Southeast Region Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) Installs New Chapter in Tallahassee
The Father David Henry Brooks Chapter in Tallahassee, Florida was installed on September 21, 2019 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Father Hugh Chapman, Rector of the parish, is a member of the UBE and was proudly present at the installation. Others participating included the newly elected executive body of the chapter that consists of Margaret Edwards, President; Darren Green, Vice President; Angela Bruton; Secretary and Leslie Baker, Treasurer. They were joined by the entire newly formed UBE chapter. The Southeast Regional Director of the UBE, Alma Flowers from Jacksonville, conducted the installation. There was a reception held after the service for all in attendance.
A A Door to Easter: Pilgrimage Week & Palm Sunday Procession in Antigua, Guatemala
Join The Diocese of Florida for A Door to Easter Pilgraimage, as we travel together to Antigua, Guatemala March 31 - April 6, 2020. This 8-day trip will explore the sights and sounds of Guatemala and also experience the dazzling Palm Sunday La Merced Procession.

Click here to download the trip brochure
Click here to register for the trip
Save the Date: Memento Mori
Memento Mori: "Remember Your Death"
Saturday, December 14
St. John's Cathedral
10am - 2pm
Led by The Rev. Donavan Cain
 
A Saturday Retreat in the Tradition of Bishop Jeremy Taylor's 'Holy Living, Holy Dying'
The 17th century Anglican cleric Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) who lived and preached during the turbulent days of the English Civil War wrote a popular book called The Rule and Exercise of Holy Living (1650). Even more popular was the book that followed a year later called The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying. In our time a Roman Catholic nun, Sr Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, has revived the ancient tradition of remembering death encouraged by the Bible, the early Church Fathers, and many saints throughout the ages. She wrote a book for Lent called Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Lenten Devotional (January 2019).
 
Fr Donavan Cain, Rector of All Saints’ Church in Jacksonville, was so taken by Sr Theresa Aletheia’s book he made it the focus of the Lent 2019 study series in his parish. In the program he led church members through what Jeremy Taylor set forth for instruction in The Rule and Exercise of a Holy Dying and assisted them in focusing on the important place of hope in death at the core of our faith in Jesus Christ. It was all devotion, scripture, theology and discussion and had nothing to do with funeral planning.
 
Our Bishop John Howard was so taken by hearing of Fr Cain’s offering that he asked him if he might offer it more widely. So it is this same study that Fr Cain will offer us in the Diocese during Advent on Saturday December 14 th , under the aegis of the Bishop’s Institute and via the hospitality and welcome of our St. John’s Cathedral. One of the great themes of Advent is ‘the four last things’, i.e. Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement. Memento Mori: ‘remember your death’– but equip yourself with hope, and with faith and with the love of God.
 
Registration includes the $12 for lunch that is provided. To register: click here
(Discount for parish groups of four or more attending. Limited scholarships available.)
Upcoming Events
December 6-8, 2019

Yoga and Christian Contemplative Prayer Retreat
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
Megan Cochran, Leader
Kate Moorehead, Retreat Chaplain
Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center

Come experience the delightful blending of the physical practice of yoga with the enduring traditions of Christian contemplative prayer. Learn how to cultivate inner stillness and receptivity to the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit.
No yoga experience needed. This retreat works for those trying yoga for the first time and for those who regularly practice yoga. Chair yoga is also an option.
February 2-10, 2020

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Organized by Biblical Journeys
and led by the Rev. Canon Aaron Smith, assisted by the Rev. Canon Douglas Dupree
 
Duration: 9 days
Trip Cost: $3,800 (includes room, most meals and flights)
Single Supplement: Base Price + $552
Payment due date: November 2, 2019

Get the full itinerary, more tTour information & register online: https://www.biblical-journeys.com/upcoming-tours-1/0220smith