June 30, 2021
In this edition: Pride month - video, the Rev. Dr. Ketlen Solak elected as Pittsburgh bishop; the Rev. Brad Hinton; To Pray or Not to Pray; Fun Fact; Did You Know?; Check it Out!; news from the community, Episcopal Church, and Anglican Church.
The Rev. Brad Hinton is the rector at St. David's Brandywine Hundred
It was a long time coming but Pride Month is now a widely recognized celebration of the struggles, contributions, and equal rights of the LGBTQ community.

The Rev. Brad Hinton provides context.
The Rev. Dr. Ketlen A. Solak
Elected as 9th bishop in the Diocese of Pittsburgh
At approximately 12:40 p.m., Saturday, June 26, the Rev. Dr. Ketlen A. Solak was announced as the bishop-elect in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Solak is the rector at Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in Wilmington and has served the Episcopal Church in Delaware since 2014.

She will be consecrated and installed as the ninth Bishop of Pittsburgh on November 13, 2021, succeeding Bishop Dorsey McConnell, who is retiring.

“I am ready to become a Pittsburgher for Jesus!” Solak said in an address to the Diocese of Pittsburgh moments after being elected.

“I am deeply moved. God has done this. With God’s help you have discerned and elected a new bishop, and I am humbled by the honor of the one being chosen. The future of your diocese, which is soon to become our diocese, is bright.”
Congratulation Ketlen from your friends
in the Episcopal Church in Delaware!
The Summer edition of Delaware Communion featured an article about the
Pain and Prayer Project
To Pray or Not to Pray:
Putting research data in conversation with the Holy Spirit

Diocese asking for your help — 5 minutes is all we need!
Groundwork is underway to build a new diocesan website, and your input is essential!

If you have 5 minutes to spare, please click here, to read more and complete the quick questionnaire.
Fun Fact

Question: Which world famous band traveled with an Anglican priest as their chaplain?

Clue: They have won more Gammys than any other band.

Answer: here
Check it out!
"There is more done with pens
than with swords."
Born in June, 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe is celebrated on July 1 in Holy Women, Holy Men. Her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was hugely influential in bringing to light the evils of slavery, not only in the USA but also in Britain, Europe, and even Russia. Tolstoy praised her and Abraham Lincoln, upon meeting her, is alleged to have said, “So this is the little lady who started this great war!”
Did you know?
On this day in 1377 the foundation stone was laid for the world's tallest church
Ulm Minster in Germany, was not completed until more than 500 years later, in 1890, after a hiatus of centuries. Visitors can climb 768 steps to the top of the spire. At 469 feet it gives a panoramic view of Ulm and a vista of the Alps to the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. The final stairwell to the top is a tall, spiralling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.
For the last two months, each week The Net has brought you a blessing from
around the world and a timely visual commentary on scripture.
As we will not be offering these in The Net weekly,
you may receive international blessings at any time here
and you may continue learning from visual commentary on scripture here.

"For everything there is a season, and a time
for every matter under heaven."
This week's Visual Commentary on Scripture looks at the words of Ecclesiastes.
The original YouTube video of The Blessing has been viewed
more than 50 million times
It captured people's hearts during the dark days of the pandemic and
it has since been recorded more than 140 times in countries around the world
The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace
May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
Your family and your children
And their children, and their children
May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you
In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you
Amen, amen, amen
The writer of Ecclesiastes recommends the moderation of one’s expectations, such that one can take pleasure in the rather modest but most easily attainable goods of existence — food, drink, and work. This week's visual commentary on scripture includes a self portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn and two paintings by Francisco de Goya, commemorating the events of May 2 and the terrible retribution on May 3 in Madrid, 1808. The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, "There is a time to love, and a time to hate, a time for war, and a time for peace" (3:8), these being the last two in the fourteen antitheses by which he characterizes human life from birth to death. You may see and read the visual commentary on this Ecclesiastes passage here. Visual commentaries are available for nearly every book in the Bible and you may see/read them all here
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of June 27), in our diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we hold up in prayer St. Paul's Church, Georgetown, vestry leadership and parish, of the Episcopal Church in Delaware. For the updated 2020-2021 diocesan Cycle of Prayer click here.
Open Positions in the Diocese
St. Paul’s. Georgetown Seeks Part-Time Parish Administrative Assistant
Bilingual-Bicultural preferred. 
The successful candidate must be reliable, have a professional, enthusiastic manner, a “can-do” attitude, and strong computer skills. Attention to detail, and willingness to learn also required. This is a 16-hour a week position. We offer a friendly work environment and excellent hourly rate. Interested persons please send cover letter and resume to: Sharon Mackwell, Senior Warden, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 602, Georgetown, DE 19947
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
Upcoming events in the Episcopal Church
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: The Discipline of Hope
Digital Resources for Evangelism Discernment and Ministry are now available. These resources, recorded as part of the 2021 Episcopal Evangelism Audioconference, aim to help the whole church – from people merely interested in evangelism to those who identify as evangelists – embrace the ministry and practice of evangelism, and discern where God is leading.  Resources include:
  • Nine podcast/audio episodes: six in English and three in Spanish. Each podcast episode contains three 18-minute talks led by leaders on evangelism and discipleship. Learn more about our presenters here. Listen to the podcast episodes here
  • Eight video recordings, (six in English, two in Spanish,) of the corresponding Coffee Hour Conversations with our presenters which were hosted over Zoom.
Episcopal Church reiterates opposition to anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination after Supreme Court foster care ruling
The Episcopal Church is responding to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in a pivotal case about religious groups’ anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination by expressing support for same-sex parents and concern about the case’s implications. More information
Churches Uniting in Christ releases summer resources: ‘Juneteenth, July 4th and Labor Day Through the Lens of Racial Equity’
Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), a dialogue among ten Protestant faith communions in the U.S., announces the release of new ecumenical resources for local congregations to utilize during the summer season. The resources, available here, are designed to help churches experience Juneteenth, July Fourth, and Labor Day, through the lens of racial equity. More information
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.
News from the Anglican Communion
A new Archbishop of Alexandria and Moderator of Pakistan have been installed as Burundi looks forward to its new Archbishop in August. More information
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