January 13, 2021
In this edition: Response to the January 6 events at the Capitol, Fun Fact; Did You Know?; Check it Out!; news from our parishes and community; more ...
Response to the events at the Capitol
on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany
A statement from Bishop Brown
Remember who we are and whose we are.

It is important that we stand up for fairness, for truth, and for justice
A sermon by
The Rev. Charles S. Weiss
delivered on Sunday, January 10, 2021
"The Baptism of our Lord 2021
Keep the Covenant"
The meaning of our baptismal covenant in the light of the events at the Capitol
Compline: Service of Prayer
for national unity and peace
You are invited to nightly Compline — a service of prayer for national unity and peace — led by Bishop Brown and other diocesan leaders and clergy. Please join us and invite others for this service of prayer for our nation, every evening through Inauguration Day.

  • beginning (tonight) Wednesday, January 13 and ending on Wednesday, January 20
  • 9:00 p.m.
  • via Zoom


TO JOIN, USE THE FOLLOWING
LINK / INFORMATION:

Service of National Lament
January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Prior to the sad events in our nation’s capital last week, local interfaith clergy had already begun planning a special service of prayer in response to President-Elect Biden’s request for prayer regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

This special service takes on an even deeper meaning in various areas of our society as we enter into a new year of the pandemic.

A link to join us will be forthcoming. Please consider participating as a community.

Many thanks to St. Peter's, Lewes for organizing, hosting, and leading this service. Bishop Brown will give an opening message.
Lewes Silent Vigil Group
On Sunday, January 10, more than 65 people stood in silent vigil on that bright cold winter day with clarity of purpose — the support of the democratic principles of governance and the constitutional processes of governing. They stood for democracy — that was their witness. See second item on WRDE Coast TV News here.
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church:
Who shall we be?
In response to the disturbing events which took place at the Capitol on January 6, the presiding bishop made a statement. You may see the video of Bishop Curry’s statement here and the transcript here.
How Faith Leaders Are Finding Hope In Dark Times
Offering words of encouragement after a difficult week, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld and Dr. Jackie Lewis on NPR to acknowledge that it's been hard for many of us to think about the events of this past week without anxiety, hosted by Michel Martin. More information and 5-minute listen
Did you know?
How the Episcopal Church healed after the Civil War
In the Civil War southern Episcopalians formed their own Protestant Episcopal Church, but the separation was never officially recognized in the north. Learn how the Episcopal Church took steps to heal after the war here.
Check it out!
In a time full of war, be peace
In a time full of hate, be a light
Socially distanced but not alone, some 20 children of the Las Sendas Trailridge Community in Mesa, Arizona created a neighborhood-wide art project based on symbols of love, inspired by Thomas Rhett's Be a Light. More information
Fun Fact

Question: What diocese was founded during the Civil War and became the largest diocese in the Episcopal Church?

Clue: It's cathedral has been destroyed six times, including by a 2010 earthquake.

Answer: Here
Church bells across the country to ring
in memorial for Covid victims
January 19, 5:30 pm
President-elect Joe Biden is planning a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to honor those killed by the coronavirus the day before he is sworn into office on January 20.The Presidential Inaugural Committee said that it would hold the event the evening of January 19, calling it the first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost. It is also inviting communities around the country to join Washington in lighting up buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 pm in a national moment of unity and remembrance. More information
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of January 10), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer Christ Church, Milford, Vestry Leadership and Parish. For the 2020-2021 diocesan Cycle of Prayer Calendar click here.
News from the Mission Support Team
What is your diocese up to?

Here are a few things your diocese is currently engaged with:
News from our parishes and community
Province III of the Episcopal Church Winter 2021 Newsletter
Contents include Book group discussion on How to be an Antiracist; Forma 21: Embodying Spiritual Practices; PS Formaton Ministry Deep Dives; New Formation Resources page; T2T2 Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage; Online Substance Abuse Recovery program; The Path Ahead: Spirituality and Purpose in Later Life; and news from around the Church. More information
MLK Voice 4 Youth Virtual Finals, Sunday, January 17, 2pm.
This spoken word competition provides a platform for high school students to speak up on issues important to them and creatively share how Dr. King's legacy guides their response to today’s challenges. The results are powerful and performances inspirational. You are invited to an extraordinary tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and lend your support to seven courageous high school students. To receive a link to view the finals click here
St. Thomas's Parish partnership with the Tarbiyah Islamic School in Newark
Who is my neighbor? In 2020 especially, we have many neighbors in need. Tarbiyah has been diligently feeding children since the pandemic closed schools where so many of our children, facing food insecurity, received their meals. Tarbiyah now provides 5,000 -7,000 meals to these children each day. They also reach out to families to help in other ways. With a structure already established in the community, St Thomas’s Parish asked how it could help support their efforts. More information
Code Purple in Winter 2020-2021
Several parishes support Friendship House (FH) in providing emergency winter shelter for the homeless in Wilmington and donating needed items. In 2020 the pandemic brought a greater need and changes in how shelter can be provided. In a bold move, New Castle County has purchased the former Sheraton Hotel, Airport Road, now named the New Castle County HOPE Center, and FH will run Code Purple out of that location. Financial and other support is greatly needed as even more people are likely to lose their homes this winter. More information
News from the Episcopal Church
Church Pension Group Offers: Finding Balance in Stressful Times, TODAY, January 13, 3-4pm
Burnout is real, and during this pandemic, we’re all experiencing it. Parishioners, family, friends, colleagues — who isn’t struggling with the fear of infection, the burden of lockdowns, and even the pain of loss? It’s natural to want to help others, but how well are you attending to what you need? In this webinar, four experts in the psychological and theological fields will engage in a frank discussion about anxiety, depression, and finding balance amid today’s constant demands. Come with questions, and leave refreshed with practical tools for coping. More information and reservation
The prevalence of social injustice was one of the defining themes of 2020. Racial and economic disparities have deepened over the past several months, and many of us feel called to address it. The Church Pension Group invites you to learn about investment strategies that advance socioeconomic equity, and to hear what institutions are doing to enhance diversity in the investment industry. More information and registration
Church Pension Group Launches New Podcast Series Choose Well: Helpful Conversations About Well-Being
The nine-part series, hosted by CPG Senior Health Education Specialist Krishna Dholakia, emphasizes actions listeners can take to improve specific areas of their lives, which in turn can lead to a more holistic sense of well-being. It features practical steps listeners can take to protect themselves from investment fraud, cope with caution fatigue, weather financial strains, and help cultivate other healthy behaviors and lead a balanced life. More information
The Episcopal Church launches 2021 Absalom Jones Fund Campaign to assist Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians to deepen their participation in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation by dedicating offerings at observances of the Feast of Absalom Jones (February 13) and making individual donations to support St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC, and Voorhees College in Denmark, SC, two historically black Episcopal institutions of higher education. More information
Applications open for Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants. Deadline February 15, 2021
The application process is now open for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2021 grant cycle. The fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the area of religious education. In 2020, Constable Grants ranged from $2,500 to $50,000. The 2020 grants totaled $209,500.00, distributed among nine grant recipients. More information in English; in Spanish; and in French.
Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Application open for 2021-2022 placements.
Deadline February 19, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for 2021-2022 placements with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), the international missionary program of The Episcopal Church. YASC offers Episcopalians ages 21-30 the opportunity to follow the Way of Love into deeper relationship with God and the global Anglican Church while spending a year living and working with communities around the world. more information in English here and in Spanish here
Good Book Club reads the Gospel of Mark during Epiphany
With a new year comes an opportunity to embrace a spiritual practice of reading God’s Word. Forward Movement, with support from partners from around the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, invites you to celebrate the time of Epiphany with the Good Book Club. Starting on January 1, 2021, and continuing through Shrove Tuesday, February 16, the Good Book Club features daily readings from the Gospel of Mark. More information
Tell Me Something Good, a new web series from The Episcopal Church, Episode 5 now available
The series highlights positive stories from around the church through conversations with a variety of guests with new episodes released every two weeks. Episodes 1-5 may be viewed on the Episcopal Church website here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram TV, @theepiscopalchurch. In this fifth episode, hosts Marcus and Jerusalem chat with Dylan C. Mello, the Northwest Connecticut Region Missionary for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, about the Make a Meal, Make a Difference ministry, a ministry of several Episcopal churches in Connecticut, which provides prepared, frozen meals for people in their communities and is just one of the food ministries that has grown in their region. Listen as Dylan shares the joyful and organic way this ministry started and shares tips on how other congregations can begin their own food-based missions. More information
Season 4 of The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry continues with guest Bryan Stevenson
In this episode, Bishop Curry talks with Bryan Stevenson — author, lawyer, and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama — about what it means to remember, reorient, and renew an active faith in Jesus and his Way of Love. More information
From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
The Episcopal Church launches "From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference,” a campaign urging Episcopalians and our neighbors to engage in the spiritual practice of listening and honest conversation across the many differences that separate us, starting with four simple questions: What do you love? What have you lost? Where does it hurt? What do you dream? More information
Episcopal Church Executive Council to meet virtually January 22-25
The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will convene a virtual meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
For a Time Such as This: The Church as Witness, March 3-5, 2021
The 2021 CEEP Network's Digital Annual Conference early bird registration is open. Keynote speakers include the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby and the Most Rev. Michael Curry. More information
Gunman killed by police on steps of Saint John the Divine Cathedral Church in New York
After a sublimely beautiful outdoor concert by the cathedral choir, a gunman began shooting. Read Episcopal News Service article here.
News from the Anglican Communion
Archbishop of Canterbury launches Lambeth Conference prayer journey
At a time where the world still faces the challenge of COVID-19 alongside ongoing issues like climate crisis, poverty, economic injustice, conflict and inequality, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has launched a Lambeth Conference prayer journey to share prayers of hope for the world. More information
Bishops around the world issued Christmas messages
On the Anglican Communion webpage you may read these messages from Anglican Primates from around the world, together with a selection of other significant messages, here.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: 2021 to 2023
A new three-year Anglican Cycle of Prayer has been published, running from January 1, 2021 to September 11, 2023: From Abu to Zululand, it is available to download as a printable document or a spreadsheet with raw data that can be incorporated into provincial and diocesan prayer cycles. You can download both versions here.
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