May 17, 2023
In this edition: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; B+E+S+T conference; Mental Health Awareness Month; Delaware Pride Festival; Fun Fact, Check it Out, News in the Episcopal Church, and more ...
Mark your calendars for this year's
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
December 17, 4:00 p.m.
This year, the popular annual service will be held at the Village of St. John, the former Cathedral of St. John, with the Choir School of Delaware, and Bishop Brown preaching.
36th Annual Bishops Executive Secretaries Together (B+E+S+T) conference
Rise, Recycle, Renew
was held in Portland, Oregon
Kathleen Moore, Bishop Brown’s executive assistant, recently attended the conference, hosted by Province VIII. The keynote speaker was the Rev. Scott Gunn, the executive director of Forward Movement. Guest workshop leaders included the Rev. Willa Goodfellow (Burnout), Juli Stratton (Tai Chi), and the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley (Transitions). Moore said her favorite segment was the bishops' panel, comprised of the bishops in Province VIII: Alaska, Arizona, California, Eastern Oregon, El Camino Real, Hawaii, Idaho, Los Angeles, Navajoland Area Mission, Nevada, Northern California, Olympia, Oregon, San Diego, San Joaquin, Spokane, Taiwan, and Utah.

Approximately 90 people attended the conference from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador including 11 attendees (pictured enjoying dinner) from Province III: Bethlehem, Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North West Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Office of the Armed Forces (based at Washington National Cathedral.) More information about B+E+S+T
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. NAMI fights stigma, provides support, educates the public, and advocates for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. To learn more about how you can get involved, click here
Fun Fact

Question: Which Bishop Elect was the first to be interviewed by the press over the long-distance telephone?

Clue: He was interviewed at his residence in Baltimore.

Answer: Here

Image: "Old wall telephone (1920s), Waipahu" by Joel Abroad is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
This Week in Christian History
Did You Know?
Four sources of the Pentateuch
On this day in 1844, German scholar Julius Wellhausen was born. His theory that the Pentateuch is a compilation of four sources (J, Jahwist; E, Elohist; D, Deuteronomist; and P, Priestly Editor), was the basis for subsequent Old Testament criticism.

Image: Julius Wellhausen 02.jpg,
Public domain
Check it Out!
End of school segregation
On this day in 1954, lawyer Thurgood Marshall scored a landmark victory as the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Image: Image: "Thurgood Marshall, 1967" by US Department of State is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
Delaware Pride Festival
All are invited to show love for all
of God's creation by joining this event!
June 10, 10am-5pm, Dover
Lay and clergy from the Episcopal Church in Delaware will be present showing their love and support for all of God's creation through praying with and providing blessings and affirmations for anyone who desires.

Calling all Youth! You are invited to take part in this fun celebration at our Pride Festival booth. Please fill out and return the permission slip by May 20 for an event t-shirt and pizza lunch. More details and preparatory Zoom meeting information here.
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of May 14), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer St. James Church, Newport, the Rev. Sarah Nelson, rector. For the diocesan Cycle of Prayer, click here.
Open Positions in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
The Episcopal Church in Delaware is seeking a new Executive Director for Camp Arrowhead on Rehoboth Bay. 
This essential ministry of the diocese provides a decentralized camping experience in summer to over 1000 children & youth, as well as year-round programming for retreats and conferencing. The successful candidate will have at least five years of management and leadership in retreats and camping, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, strong communication and relationship skills, and active engagement in a Christian community. Knowledge & experience of the Episcopal Church is a plus. The position reports to the Bishop, and the diocese is an EOE. Job description and salary range can be found at Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. In the cover letter, please include a paragraph response to each of these two questions: 1) What is your experience and understanding of decentralized camping? 2) What is your experience and vision for retreat and camping ministry? All materials must be received by May 22, 2023.
St. David's Episcopal Day School, Wilmington, is now hiring for its summer program
Full or part time, flexible hours!
Applicants must be 18, CPR/First Aid certified, and be willing to submit a background check & references. TECE 1 & 2 a plus. Must be dependable, reliable, and enjoy working with young children. Hours are between 8-5 with three summer block schedules and a week off in between. Positions start May 30th. For more information or to apply, please contact Janet Leishman, director, at 302.475.3747 or email to [email protected] More information
Christ Episcopal Church, Dover, Delaware seeks Organist/Choir Director  
Christ Episcopal Church in Dover, Delaware follows this Vision: As Christ does, we will. We express this Vision through our Core Values of Welcome, Support, Growth, and Compassion. With God’s help and each other’s, we seek to be a warm, loving, and life-changing community. We are looking for an Organist/Choir Director to join us in this holy work. Might this be you? Position description and application information here
St. Peter’s, Smyrna is seeking a part-time Parish Administrator
Reporting to the rector, this position is responsible for the efficient functioning of the church office and provides administrative support to the staff and church leaders. This person must be able to work effectively with church leaders, members and visitors, treating all with respect and professionalism. Full position description and application information here.
Upcoming Events in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
Flea Market, Saturday, May 20, 8am-1pm
St. James' Mill Creek, Wilmington
Wide variety of stalls.
Not-to-be-missed bake table.
Hot dogs served from 11am-1pm
Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, free concert, Saturday, May 20, 4pm
Trinity Church, Wilmington
The concert will feature classic pop/rock hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Stairway To Heaven,” “Rock Around The Clock,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody!” The concert will be preceded by a free handbell workshop at 3:20 pm. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play handbells? Now is your opportunity! And you can play Trinity’s beautiful Schulmerich handbells! Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a fun afternoon filled with the songs you love to sing! 
Kindred Spirits, free concert, Sunday, June 4, 3pm
Old Christ Church, Laurel
Kindred Spirits is a duo, aka Steve and Ali Quillen. They will be performing a rich and eclectic variety of Americana and Celtic music, ranging from bluegrass and traditional tunes and ballads to classic American and Pop standards. Their sound features fiddle, guitar, banjo, and male and female harmony vocals. All are welcome to enjoy the concert as well as the ambience of this lovely historic church, built in 1772 and preserved as it was back then. For further information, please call 302.536.1384.
Vacation Bible School Camp, Super Hero theme, June 26–June 30, Monday–Friday 9am–12pm
St. James' Mill Creek, Wilmington
Crafts, music/dancing, snacks, games, and story time, ages 3-11, $25
Experienced educator/director on site at all times. Children 12 years and up can volunteer for service hours. For more details and registration information click here or call the church office at 302.994.1584.
News from The Episcopal Church
Episcopal News Service
Read the latest headlines, summaries, and stories here
The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Read latest information about news, events, and resources here
The General Convention Task Force on Translation and Interpretation, formed by Resolution A024, has released a survey to help its work of developing recommendations for determining and prioritizing written materials that should be translated and meetings where interpretation should be provided within The Episcopal Church. “The survey will help us determine strategy and set priorities to incorporate all members fully into the body of Christ,” said the Rt. Rev. Lucinda Ashby, task force chair. The online survey is available to the entire church but is being directed to all dioceses and to those parishes that have identified that they use languages other than English in their worship, operations, and service to their communities. The survey is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and Mandarin (Chinese-Traditional). Responses to the survey should be provided no later than June 2.
Honor LGBTQ+ forced migrants in June through Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Rainbow Initiative
Episcopal congregations seeking ways to observe Pride Month and World Refugee Day in June have a special opportunity to focus on LGBTQ+ and refugee communities through Episcopal Migration Ministries’ (EMM) new Rainbow Initiative. As of early May, 15 groups in the U.S. and Europe have partnered with EMM as “Rainbow Initiative Congregations/Communities,” committed to learning about and supporting LGBTQ+ forced migrants during the worldwide activities in June focused on those communities. “We are thrilled at the interest and commitment of those who have already partnered with us, and we invite other churches and communities to consider joining this intentional focus on extending radical welcome to LGBTQ+ forced migrants,” said Sarah Shipman, director of operations for EMM. More information
News from the Anglican Communion
Archbishop of Canterbury News and Statements
Read the latest news from the Archbishop of Canterbury here
Anglican Communion News Service
Read latest news and reports from the around the Anglican Communion here
Archbishop of Canterbury relaunches Michael Ramsey Prize for 2023
The Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing celebrates the most promising theological writing from the Church worldwide. The prize has been re-launched for 2023 and is asking members of the public to nominate books that have inspired or encouraged them in their faith. Nominations are now open, with the winner of the prize to be announced in December 2023. The winner will receive an award of £15,000, and shortlisted authors are awarded £2,500 each. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who presides over the Prize, said: “It is absolutely vital that Christians engage thoughtfully, in a deep and robust manner, with scripture, doctrine and tradition. Theology isn’t just for a few clever people – thinking about who God is to us is what humans have done for thousands of years. Relaunching the Martin Ramsey Prize in 2023 is a wonderful opportunity to support theological engagement across the Church. More information
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