A Message from Bishop San
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Invite Welcome Connect Digital Gathering

Bishop San strongly encourages Clergy and lay leaders to register for the Invite Welcome Connect digital gathering being held on June 10th at 3pm. Everyone in the Diocese is invited to register for this free online event!

Led by Mary Parmer, the gathering will present ideas for "navigating these challenging and uncertain times" by reflecting on how faith communities can continue to invite, welcome, and connect in the virtual world in which we find ourselves for the foreseeable future. Mary Parmer was one of our guest speakers at this years Diocesan Convention and was scheduled to return to our Diocese this Fall. The Fall event has been cancelled in lieu of restrictions on large gatherings, so instead we are inviting everyone to tune in to the June 10th gathering. See you there!
Continue the Conversation...
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher will be sponsoring a free follow-up Zoom seminar to continue the conversation on Wednesday, June 17th from 3:00 - 4:30. Please email BarbaraAnne and she will send you the link for the June 17th seminar.

Are You Feeling Called to the Priesthood or Diaconate?

The Diocese of Easton is beginning a partnership with the IONA Collaborative. "Iona Collaborative provides high-quality theological education for the formation of priests and deacons in their local diocesan settings, educating a new generation of ordained leaders who for various reasons cannot attend a residential seminary." If you are feeling called to ordained ministry please contact your Priest or Senior Warden so that they can forward this interest to Bishop San. You may also email Bishop San directly. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree.

Communication from the Office of the Presiding Bishop

In this time of national upheaval, outrage, and fear, The Episcopal Church is writing to share resources with you on the Church’s responses. As the nation and the Church mourned the egregious death of George Floyd, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry shared these messages with the Church:
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here “Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone.”

You can read Presiding Bishop Curry’s opinion piece in The Washington Post on Sunday, May 31:  As a black man, I understand the anger in our streets. But we must still choose love.
The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT. We hope you find these useful, and we encourage you to make your voice heard in all the ways you are able to.
Dear Friends,

Camp Wright is currently accepting donations to help us make it through the financial impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. We have already lost income due to a cancelled rental season and we will lose further income as the camp season approaches. If we are unable to have camp this summer, there is a distinct possibility that CW will be fiscally insolvent by the end of the summer. Please give what you can so we can make it through this mess shining the light of Camp Wright on through the next generation.

Know that we are currently doing all that we can to ensure that Camp Wright is not another casualty of Coronavirus. Please don't worry about what will happen next, our staff and the Camp Wright Committee are working hard to plan and care for Camp during this strange season. Give what you can, as you are able. If you cannot give, please share our campaign with your friends and former bunkmates.

Remember to pray and hold close the hearts of our campers and staff during this time. There is so much uncertainty in the world right now, and our kids (yes, I call our counselors kids, too) need to be lifted up and cared for in new and intense ways. Join me in praying for a swift resolution to this pandemic, and for all of the individuals and families that have been deeply affected by this crisis.

Thank you for your unending support. Thank you for your financial gifts. I probably say this too much, but it's more true now than ever, I can't wait to see you on Kent Island soon!

Julia Connelly
Executive Director
Agape Ministry

We are very excited about sending our Agape kids their Camp Boxes soon. The Theme for Camp is SEEN (you are seen by God), SEEING (you can see God), SEE (help others see God). Our committee is putting in long hours of preparation in the hopes that this box will offer an echo of the joy and blessing of their time at Camp Wright. Read on for how you can add to our Camp Box!
Please help our Agape Ministry in one of these 2 ways:
  • Prayers: for our kids, the work of our committee, Camp Wright, the boxes going home, our “virtual time” with the kids in July, the ongoing ministry and mission of Agape.
  • Send in “Caritas” (read on below)
We are hoping to offer a bag of  “CARITAS”  as part of our boxes. “Caritas” are expressions of love and hope in the form of letters, scripture, prayers, short prose/poetry, quotes, or small trinkets (no bigger than a popsicle stick). We would love to add your caritas to the boxes! This helps to show the breadth and depth of the community of Christ that is supporting and praying for them.
Please send or drop off your caritas (50 copies - one per child)  before  Tuesday, June 16th. 
By Mail:  50 copies to Attn: Agape Ministry / 400 Camp Wright Lane / Stevensville, MD 21666
Thank you for your continued support of our ministry and mission!
Around the Diocese
St. Paul’s by-the-Sea June 1st marked the 45th Anniversary of the first day our dear Shirley Toms Hailey became our organist/choir director. I felt such dedication and commitment deserves our eternal gratefulness, and should not go unnoticed.
We are so fortunate to have Shirley, a graduate of The Peabody Institute of Music of The Johns Hopkins University. Shirley has become an Ocean City icon with her appearances at the Dunes Manor. Through that venue Shirley is known by so many yearly tourists to the city from throughout the United States and visitors worldwide.
God Bless you sweet Shirley for all you do for lifting our souls. Many of us have favorite hymns and you never forget. You are a true Blessing to our lives. - Karen A. Cramer, Church Historian

Music at Christ Church is Finding a Bigger Stage, A Broader Audience In the past 11 weeks, Christ Church has recorded, edited, produced and released 12 stand-alone music videos on Facebook. Those videos have been viewed, in total more than 350,000 times. It has been a combination of opportunity, talent, a conscious decision to engage with a virtual audience, and more than a little help from the Holy Spirit. Comments and messages have been pouring in, quite literally, from around the world. People repeatedly say that they look forward to new videos every week; that the videos give them hope; that the music has been a light to them during this period of confusion. Visit Christ Church Easton Facebook Page to view videos.

St. Peter’s, Salisbury - Card Ministry Outreach Committee has been busy trying to help with homelessness and hunger in Salisbury and surrounding communities during this COVID crisis. As part of the Outreach Committee’s work, we have decided to generously support some homeless initiatives in the area including Halo, Christian Shelter and The Joseph House. We are quickly realizing that this is just the beginning of the needs of members of our community.

To address some of the hopelessness of the homeless in our area, Deacon Intern Steph Clayville reached out to our parishioners and started a card ministry. The youth and adults of the congregation have already started to send their beautiful artwork and cards. These cards and pictures will be given to a local shelter to begin a Wall of Hope. Additionally, they will place the cards on the pillows and in their welcome bags if they are new to the shelter. We are also looking at opportunities to spread this card ministry to other shelters and places like our local hospital and food pantries.

If you are interested in writing a card, sending a note of hope, a scripture passage or a drawing, please send to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 St Peters St, Salisbury, MD 21801 Attn: Card Ministry. Our hope is that we can work together to fill the hearts of the those in need of hope during this exceedingly difficult time.
 Send an email with a short description plus links or attachments to Joanne .  Churches are also encouraged to add joanne@dioceseofeaston.org to their local enews.
"At The Retreat House, our mission has always been to hold prayerful space for those who seek a deeper relationship with God. This intention has brought forth retreat days, spiritual direction, evening prayers, AA meetings, vestry retreats and workshops, weekend retreats, labyrinth walks, hermitage overnights and more. 

With the pandemic, we have been invited to pivot as we get our bearings. Rising to the challenge, we are offering online prayer groups, conversations over a cup of tea, wisdom circles and quiet days with surprisingly wonderful results. Day after day we get to see a delightful "quilt" of smiling faces while learning a few things about technology, too" - Francie Thayer, Director, The Retreat House at Hillsboro Read Francie's full letter here .

Here's what's coming up at the Retreat House. Click the button's below for dates and times.

Wisdom Circles
Our ancestors gathered in circles around the fire to tell stories, solve problems, seek the common good and celebrate the joys of life. The Wisdom Circle sessions will be held using Zoom video. Wisdom Circles are offered free of charge, though   donations    are gratefully accepted.

QUIET DAY ~ Discovering God at Home During this Retreat House Quiet Day, we will look at our everyday activities in a whole new way. Guided by Gunilla Norris' book,   Being Home   we will take time to notice the Spirit in the simple things we do all the time. In 4-5 mini-sessions, we will use the activities themselves to examine their relationship to the Divine.

Day's End Evening Meditation
Listen, breathe, be still. A peaceful way to move into your evening.

Weekly Prayers - Please join us on Zoom for a time of focused prayer and contemplation. All are welcome!

Weekly AA Meetings are now on Zoom.

A Peaceful Walk: The Retreat House gates are always open ~ please come anytime. During the COVID-19 crisis, please honor the 6-ft. social distance guidelines.

For more information, call (410) 364-7069, click the button below or contact Francie Thayer .
Pastoral Concerns

We pray for continued healing and comfort for the following people and their families:

The Rev. Kevin Cross, Rector, Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford. Sandra Marray, Sister of Bishop Santosh Marray. The Rev. Pete Stanton. Dee Rinehart, Director of the Bishops Institute. Art Leiby. Becky Richardson

Submit prayer requests to joanne@dioceseofeaston.org . Names are listed for four weeks unless otherwise specified. 
Diocesan Prayer Calendar

First Sunday after Pentecost (June 7th) We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at St. Mary Anne’s, North East, and for their Rector, the Rev. John Schaeffer and his spouse, Karen.

Second Sunday after Pentecost (June 14th) We give thanks for the witness of God’s people at Holy Trinity, Oxford, and for their Rector, the Rev. Kevin Cross, and his spouse, Barbara.

For additional weeks, please visit our website .
Beyond the Diocese
Episcopal Church Bishop On National Memorial Service For COVID-19 Victims NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, about "A Time to Mourn," the national virtual memorial service to mourn the lives lost to COVID-19. Listen Here.

Third season of ‘The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry’ podcast continues. T he Episcopal Church’s latest podcast   The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, S3:E4 REST AND RESTORATION WITH JEFF CHU, is now available. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.
Season 3 changes include longer conversations between Bishop Curry and his guests: faith leaders, authors, and thinkers who are committed to following the Way of Jesus in the world today. Framed by the  Way of Love  – those seven practices of turning, learning, praying, worshipping, blessing, going, and resting – listeners will hear stories and lessons about how they can grow closer to God in daily life. Read more here.

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) has shifted all Lifelong Learning offerings to online platforms to better equip clergy and lay leaders in this season of pandemic. The Continuing Education office at VTS strives to offer relevant classes, workshops, and programs. Visit VTS Event page for an up-to-date listing of online courses, retreats, and programs for both clergy and lay leaders. Questions? Please contact: LifelongLearning@vts.edu.

Will you proclaim the Good News of God in Christ? Embracing Evangelism video series and resources now available In the Baptismal Covenant, Episcopalians promise to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.  Embracing Evangelism , a new six-part evangelism video course, is a resource to help Episcopalians grow in their own relationship with Christ and to help others do so as well. With its focus on evangelism "done differently," this course draws on scripture as it guides participants through an exploration of evangelism as a spiritual practice through which one seeks, names, and celebrates Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people and then invites everyone to more. Each episode features teachings on Episcopal evangelism, class discussions and prompts, and exercises to help Episcopalians understand the ministry and call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus through both word and action.
The Embracing Evangelism resources are available for streaming and download  here . The sessions were designed for use by small groups, vestry meetings, adult spiritual formation classes, college discipleship groups, diocesan or parish retreats, and as a summer adult vacation Bible school option. The full Embracing Evangelism series consists of six videos, each of which includes participant and facilitator guides. Each session is under 45 minutes. This offering is made possible through a partnership between  The Episcopal Church   and   Virginia Theological Seminary . Learn more here.

Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action In the month of June, join The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action, a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Newcomers contribute greatly to U.S. communities, enriching our common life, strengthening the U.S. economy, and bringing joy as they join and reunite with families and friends. And yet, immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees face a wide array of challenges, including federal policies and legislation that are outdated and do not address the realities of immigrants in America today. As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, we are called to advocate with and for our siblings seeking safety and a better life in the United States. Read more here.

Introducing For People, a conversation about finding and holding on to faith in the midst of the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Join Bishop Rob Wright – spiritual leader to the more than 50,000 people in the 117 worshipping communities of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta – each week at the crossroads of faith and life as he draws inspiration from the life of Jesus to answer 21st-century questions. For People is Faith for Real Life. New episodes released each Friday. Listen Now

Forma Conference Update The Forma 2021 Planning Team has been meeting monthly since February, and are excited for the plans taking shape for  Forma21: Embodying Spiritual Practices . The virtual gathering will take place January 26th - 28th , and will include worship, fellowship, and workshops.

Please take five minutes to respond to this   survey   to share your thoughts about the conference in January. They will use your input to further craft the online conference experience based on the needs and priorities of our Forma network. A call has also been made for the   submission of workshop proposals , due no later than June 15, 2020. They look forward to sharing information regarding keynoters, workshop presenters, and registration this summer.