April 27, 2022
In this edition: Racial Justice and Reconciliation workshops; Communicators Workshop; Youth Leaders Discussion Group; Sacred Ground; Fun Fact; Check it Out!; Did You Know?; Upcoming events; News in the ECD community, Episcopal Church, and Anglican Communion
Happening in the diocese
— May and June —
Racial Justice and Reconciliation Workshops
All workshops/courses/trainings are offered to members of the Episcopal Church in Delaware (ECD) and its ecumenical, interfaith, and community partners. The workshops/courses/trainings are funded by the ECD and a
Becoming Beloved Community Seed Grant. All programs are free of charge.
How Do We Talk About Race?
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30pm
Talking about race continues to be an extremely difficult thing to do for white people and people of color. This workshop will use a combination of lecture, experiential activities, and large and small group discussions to help people become more comfortable talking about race.
More information here and registration here
Preparing the Church for Civic/Community Engagement and Advocacy, Thursday, May 19, 6-8pm
This is an advanced workshop designed to move parishioners and ecumenical, interfaith, and community partners into action with established organizations that are actively engaged in all three Delaware counties. More information here and registration here
Parish Communicators Workshop
June 9, 9:30am-2:30pm
Christ Church, Dover
This interactive workshop will focus on websites for parishes, providing how-to examples, best practices, tips, what works for your parish, and more. Social media, graphic design for the non-designer, and e-communications will also be covered. One-on-one opportunities at the conclusion of the workshop. The diocese is offering one free parish website build, with training, via a drawing at the end of the day (must be present to win — one entry per parish). More information If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or call Cynde, 302-345-9392. We are here to help.
Registration here
Discussion series for Youth Leaders
One Saturday each month, 10-11am
We will meet for an hour to add new tools to our toolbox, and share our favorites with other youth leaders from around the region. A variety of guests will share their successes and strategies.
• May 7 "Impacts of the pandemic on youth mental health"
• June 4 "Building and strengthening your youth program"
• July 9 "Community involvement and outreach"
• Aug 6 "Responsible social media usage and engagement with youth"
• September in person lunch meet up!
To receive your Zoom link, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]
Sacred Ground
Bishop Brown reflects on his racial justice pilgrimage
Fun Fact

Question: Which diocesan church was built after its congregation, which first met on Trinity Sunday, June 7, 1868, had worshiped in borrowed spaces for 23 years?

Clue: The church was replaced in 1972 when its congregation needed a larger building.

Answer: here

Image: Delaware Public Archives RG 9015-001-002 Frank R. Zebley Collection, Churches of Delaware Photograph Collection
On this date in Christian history
Did You Know?
This date was considered
the Birthday of the Universe?
If Johannes Kepler were alive today, he’d be celebrating the 6,993rd birthday of the universe. The German mathematician and astronomer, considered one of the founders of modern science, predicted in the 17th century that the universe was created on April 27 in the year 4977 B.C. We know now that Kepler’s math was off by some 13.7 billion years — he can thank the Big Bang theory for usurping his claim — but the accuracy of his calculations is less important than the audacity it took to make them.
Image: "Johannes Kepler" by European Southern Observatory is marked with CC BY 2.0.
Check It Out!
Paradise Lost Copyright
Sold for Ten Pounds
On this date. April 27, 1667, blind, bitter, and poor, Puritan poet John Milton sold for ten pounds the copyright for Paradise Lost — a book that would influence English thought and language nearly as much as the King James Version and the plays of Shakespeare. The theme of the epic appears in its opening lines: "Of man's disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste / Brought death into the world, and all our woe, / With loss of Eden, ..."
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of April 24), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer St. Martha's Church, Bethany Beach, the Rev. Victoria Pretti, rector. For the 2022 Cycle of Prayer, click here.
Upcoming Events in Our Community
A service of Healing and Song with the music of Taizé,
Immanuel Highlands, Wilmington, Wednesday, April 27, 7pm
Join us for an evening of meditative prayer, music, and candle lighting in the tradition of the Taizé community of France. For more information, please contact Immanuel Highlands Office on 302 658 7326 or email [email protected].
Bent But Not Broken Conference, Grace United Methodist Church, Wilmington, Choir School of Delaware Concert, Friday, April 29, 7:30pm
Renowned conductor Jason Max Ferdinand leads the Choir School of Delaware.
American Spiritual Ensemble in Concert, Saturday, April 30, 7:30pm
Led by renowned conductor, Everett McCorvey
Full Bent But Not Broken conference concert information and reservations here
Easter Lessons and Carols, Sunday, May 1, 5pm
Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington
This service of Easter Lessons & Carols will be held with the Christ Church Choir, organ, brass, and timpani. This service brings together many traditional elements of Christian worship in celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. Through readings, carols, and congregational hymns, the service recalls the prophecies and events leading up to and following Jesus’ resurrection and concludes by looking forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Our Musician in Residence, Philip Moore, will be the guest conductor for this service. More information
Mothers' Day Tea, Church of the Ascension, Claymont,
Saturday May 7, 2-4pm
There will be wonderful food and tea, and some special door prizes.  
$10 Per person to support our outreach. Door Prizes.
More information. Please RSVP 302-798-6683
An Evening to Support Ukraine
Millcreek Fire Company, 3900 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, May 14, 3-7pm
Endorsed by Fr. Hutnick, pastor
Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Wilmington
Event ticket $50 includes buffet style dinner, open bar, and live Ukrainian folk music. To reserve tickets call Ivan Otama 215.962.7236
80th General Convention News
Anyone can register to attend meetings as an observer or to testify. 80th General Convention online legislative meetings continue:

Social Justice & International Policy
Thursday, April 28, 1 p.m. ET - committee deliberation only, no testimony
Stewardship & Socially Responsible Investing
Saturday, April 30, 12 p.m. ET - open hearing
Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, & Safeguarding
Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m. ET - open hearing
News from the Episcopal Church and beyond
The transcript of the opening remarks of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting through April 23. These remarks have been lightly edited for clarity. Read full transcript here (In English and Spanish)
The opening remarks of President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings at the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, through April 23. Read full transcript here
(In English and Spanish)
The Episcopal Church Department of Faith Formation is pleased to announce the hire of Canon Myra B. Garnes as its new officer for youth ministry. Garnes was selected after a full search and discernment process and subsequent interviews conducted with the help of a search committee. She begins her role May 2. Read full announcement here (In English and Spanish)
The Episcopal Church invites young leaders ages 21 - 32 to join
a nationwide movement focused on transforming the world through leadership, community building, and personal and spiritual growth. Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) has several posts remaining available for leaders interested in the transformational opportunities of an ESC Year. More information
“Women in Mission” is theme of online Global Mission Conference
Sponsored by the Global Episcopal Mission Network
May 12-14, 1-4pm each day Free and open to the public
Registration is ongoing for the 2022 Global Mission Conference that will be held online on the theme of Women in Mission. Sign up now to join with people around the world to celebrate and reflect on the vital role of women’s participation in God’s mission. Visit the conference page here for more information, and registration.    
News from the Anglican Communion
The Nippon Sei Ko Kei (NSKK), the Anglican Communion in Japan, ordained Maria Grace Tazu Sasamori as Bishop of Hokkaido, making her the first female bishop in east Asia. 
The service took place on Saturday, 23 April, at 1 the Cathedral Church of Sapporo Christ Church. It was presided over by the Primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, Bishop Luke Kenichi Muto of the Diocese of Kyushu. More information
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