June 16, 2021
In this edition: Juneteenth; diocesan Style Guide; Stewardship workshops; Fun Fact; Did You Know?; Check it Out!; news from the community, Episcopal Church, and Anglican Church.
Celebrating Juneteenth!

For over 150 years African Americans across the US have celebrated freedom from slavery each year on June 19

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger went to Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and slavery. Although slavery had been abolished more than two years earlier by the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln, it had continued in some areas. On this date, tens of thousands of enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned that they had been emancipated. You may read Granger's announcement here
Updated Style Guide for the Episcopal Church in Delaware
The third edition of the diocesan Style Guide — June 2021
The visual identity of the Episcopal Church in Delaware balances the formality and importance of the work of our diocese, with the joyfulness and energy that exemplify Bishop Brown's character. Everything produced on his behalf should reflect the vitalizing Spirit that is moving through our church.

  • The guide goes beyond the use of a logo or color and the use of acceptable styles, it reflects our core values and the essence of the Episcopal Church in Delaware and our heritage.
  • Using the guide ensures that our visual identity is consistent with our goals and mission.  
  • While churches are not expected to follow this guide, using it as a guideline for their own visual identity is recommended.
  • All diocesan programs and ministries are expected to use this guide.
  • See the updated style guide here.
NOTE: A hard copy of the diocesan Style Guide will be mailed to all parishes before September 1, 2021. If you would like to have a copy mailed to you, please let us know. [email protected]

The digital copy (above) can also be found on our website in two places: Resources and Media
Mark your calendar!
Annual Giving Campaign Workshops Coming Soon
The Episcopal Church in Delaware is excited to offer
two workshops to aid parishes with their
annual giving campaigns

Saturday, August 21, 10-12noon
Wednesday, August 25, 7-8pm
both workshops via Zoom
More information will be coming via The Net in July. Also, wardens and rectors, a letter of invitation from the Stewardship Committee ([email protected]) will be coming soon to your inbox.
Fun Fact

Question: Why do people drink strawberry soda pop on Juneteenth?

Clue: People also eat red foods such as red velvet cake.

Answer and recipe: here
Juneteenth Flag
In light of the continued over-policing of black communities, structural racism, and racist policies such as red-lining, and the "war on drugs," some advocates argue that slavery never truly ended. Nevertheless, Juneteenth is as much a celebration of emancipation as it is an opportunity for black joy and hope, and so is the flag — see Did You Know? below.
Check it out!
After the Texas emancipation announcement came the scatter
Although the freed people were advised to remain at their present homes and work for wages, most weren't terribly interested in staying with the people who had enslaved them, even if paid. What followed became known as the scatter, when droves of former slaves left the state to find family members or more welcoming accommodations in northern regions. But the glee quickly faded as most black Texans realized that, essentially, they were still enslaved. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote that his people were free but “without roofs to cover them, or bread to eat, or land to cultivate.” More information
Did you know?
What the symbols on the Juneteenth flag mean
The star represents Texas, the Lone Star State, where the country's last slaves were freed. The bursting outline around the star is inspired by a nova, a new star, which represents a new beginning for African Americans. The curve across the flag represents a new horizon — the opportunities and promise that lay ahead. Red, white, and blue represent the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans, and also symbolize the continuous commitment of all people to do better to live up to the American ideal of liberty and justice for all.
A Woman, a Social Worker,
an Episcopalian: Meet Alice
An inspirational human interest story about perseverance
and determination,
enduring and overcoming
multiple challenges,
and maintaining faith

A Blessing from Children Around the World
and Visual Commentary on Scripture: Justified by Faith
Recorded in five days during the pandemic lockdown, this delightful kids' version of The Blessing features children from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Germany, Nigeria and other nations. These children's voices are united in singing these powerful words of scripture over friends, families, cities and our world. You may see this delightful video here.
The heat of obligation and the cool of acceptance are contrasting currents that generate an interior storm in human experience. The third chapter of Romans records the Apostle Paul’s famous division of these mixed dynamics. In this commentary see a 13th century Hagia Sophia mosaic, a German woodcut c. 1530, and a neon work created in the UK in 2000. Read more here.
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of June 13), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer the Episcopal Church Women of Delaware. For the updated 2020-2021 diocesan Cycle of Prayer click here.
Open Positions at Camp Arrowhead
Camp Arrowhead is urgently seeking staff for camp this summer:
  • Counselors:                                      High School graduates and up
  • CITs:                                                 Juniors and Seniors in High School
  • Pool and Waterfront Guards:            17+ with a free class
  • Maintenance and Kitchen Staff:        16+
  • Boat Driver:                                      18+ with life-saving certification, certification class offered free

More information. If interested, please contact: Teri Valente at [email protected] or tel: 412.835.4720 or Walt Lafontaine at [email protected] or tel: 609.922.0818
News in our community
Two Opportunities Tomorrow!
TOMORROW- A Unique Opportunity: Care of Creation for Parishes, Webinar, June 17, 6:30 pm
Join representatives from Energize Delaware and Delaware Interfaith Power & Light and participate for a virtual smorgasbord of tips, tools, and financial resources to help our parishes and members lower energy bills, reduce waste, increase property value, improve health and comfort…and reach the stewardship goals in our Genesis Covenant. Together we will learn about:
  • no cost (churches) or low-cost (individuals) energy audits
  • strategies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • financial incentives
  • solar installation loans
  • revolving loan funds
  • home energy workshops
  • creation care displays and resources
Registration is required. Please use this link to register:  https://tinyurl.com/9pxj76m
For more information, contact Canon Judith Gregory, [email protected], or Lisa Locke, Director of Programs, [email protected].
TOMORROW - Choir School of Delaware Annual Gala and Benefit
Christ Church Christiana Hundred 500 Buck Road, Wilmington
Wednesday, June 16, 6pm
An evening of Broadway music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. This event is available in-person and online. We will also be recognizing our graduating seniors. The in-person event includes a heavy hors d'oeuvres reception.
Congratulations to Chaplain Paula Waite ACC!
On Saturday, the Association of Professional Chaplains conducted a ceremony officially welcoming the association's newly certified chaplains into fellowship. Beebe Chaplain Paula Waite was among the honorees. The Patient Experience and Palliative Care teams congratulate Chaplain Paula on being awarded this nationally recognized credential. The Association of Professional Chaplains is the largest and most prestigious professional chaplaincy organization in the United States. Chaplains must demonstrate religious leadership, academic achievement, and clinical competence in order to be awarded certification.
Upcoming events in the Episcopal Church
Episcopal Migration Ministries Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day, Sunday, June 20, 7pm
Offering solidarity and support for refugees worldwide, Episcopal Migration Ministries will host a virtual prayer vigil for World Refugee Day on All are welcome to join this gathering in recognition of those forced to leave their homes and seek new beginnings elsewhere. More information
Online Service Planned to Bless the Work of 2022 General Convention
Join a Convocation of Bishops and Deputies at 2pm on July 17, Feast of William White
The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will not take place this summer as originally planned, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but bishops, deputies and others will gather for an online convocation to pray for the work of the convention, now scheduled for July 2022. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach, and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings will give opening remarks and officiate at a service led by deputies, bishops, and others from across the church. The service, which will be livestreamed, is scheduled for the Feast of William White, the only person ever to serve as both the church’s presiding bishop and president of its House of Deputies. More information
News from the Episcopal Church and beyond
Evangelism Matters is now live for all!

Read latest newsletter here.
The Hybrid Church, What is it? Part 1
When pandemic restrictions were thrust upon all areas of life, many in the Episcopal Church transferred to an online alternative for worshiping to maintain connections and spirituality. But now that restrictions are being lifted, three overriding questions arise: Will churches return solely to in-person worship? Or will churches opt for online only? Or will a hybrid emerge that captures the essence of church and fills many needs? The hybrid church uses both online and in-person worship. An examination of hybrid church evokes various, albeit fundamentally similar, attitudes. Read full article here.
‘Investing as Doing Theology’ Offers Compelling Snapshot of Episcopal Institutions
New Task Force publication highlights 15 investment stories
An organic movement of faith-informed investing is growing within The Episcopal Church, according to a task force that identified and examined the practices of 15 such investors. The findings are chronicled in Investing as Doing Theology, a newly published – and acclaimed -- Blue Book report for the church’s 2022 General Convention. More information in English and Spanish.
Episcopal Church prepares for release of new prayer book translations
Spanish, French, Haitian Creole versions to be available for feedback
The Episcopal Church is pleased to announce the upcoming release of trial translations of the Book of Common Prayer in Spanish, French and Haitian Creole and plans to seek feedback from native speakers in those languages. More information in English, Spanish, and French.
Seminary Built on Slavery and Jim Crow Labor Has Begun Paying Reparations
The Virginia Theological Seminary is giving cash to descendants of Black Americans who were forced to work there. The program is among the first of its kind. More information
Episcopal Church Executive Council shares reflections, invites discernment on diocesan relief funds
Further to its April 16 announcement making $40,000 financial relief grants available to any diocese, the Episcopal Church Executive Council has released a reflection detailing its path of discernment for supporting the diverse needs of the church’s dioceses amid myriad disruptions to church and life in 2020. Read more (In English, Spanish, and French) here
United Thank Offering invites 2022 Annual Grants
Fall webinars will provide info, answer questions about process
The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board is pleased to announce the availability of their 2022 UTO Annual Grants, with an application deadline of February 4, 2022. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. Read more here.
The Episcopal Church’s Tell Me Something Good web series 2, episode 4 available now, here 
Tell Me Something Good highlights positive stories from around the church through conversations with a variety of guests. In Episode 4, The Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Plainsong Farm, Rockford, Mich., and Katie Forsyth, canon for evangelism and networking with the Episcopal dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, talk about the healing nature of getting one’s hands dirty in the garden and the gifts their dioceses have experienced by joining the Good News Gardens movement as a community of communities. New episodes of Tell Me Something Good will be released every two weeks and will be available for viewing, along with Season 1, here or on Instagram TV @theepiscopalchurch.
News from the Anglican Communion
Archbishop of Canterbury joins global leaders in calling for equitable distribution of vaccines
Archbishop of Canterbury and global leaders have issued a joint call for equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines around the world. On the opening day of the World Health Assembly, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have said that global leaders must choose between “vaccine nationalism or human solidarity”. In a joint declaration co-signed by international faith, health and humanitarian leaders, Archbishop Justin Welby and ICRC president Peter Maurer said that the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is a humanitarian imperative. More information
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