Women of Three Faiths Retreat

Women of Three Faiths Retreat

The Episcopal Church Women invite all women of the Diocese of Utah to join

us in an afternoon of respite, fellowship, and friendship.

Reverend Mary Janda of St. Stephen’s will lead us as we explore the roots

of our faith and common elements shared with our Jewish & Muslim sisters.

Reverend Nancy Groshart of Good Shepherd will teach us to use

Christian Yoga to enrich our spiritual lives.

Saturday March 11, 2017

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Lunch will be provided—please RSVP

St. James Episcopal Church

7468 Union Park Ave.

Midvale, UT

RSVP : Linda Garner 801-721-4557

Suggested donation $15

Please make checks payable to: Church of the Good Shepherd

Credit Cards will be accepted

(Wear comfortable clothing suitable for the yoga activity. Bring your yoga mats if you have one or two.)

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Family Update

God has given us another gift of being able to serve our neighbors. Buza and her family have moved into an apartment. They will need some help with some things to make their new home comfortable.

Already they will be receiving help with dishes and pots and pans. They have two couches and they should be receiving beds from the Asian Association. I have a kitchen table with 5 chairs that will be taken to them.

Winter is coming, although we do love a nice, long fall. With that this African family who first entered North Carolina will need some assistance with winter jackets, hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warmer shoes or boots. I imagine they could use some quilts and blankets as well.

Please think about what you can do to contribute and we can start gathering things to take to them. We may need a truck or two or at least some willing drivers to do the delivery of smaller things.

Speaking of drivers, please contact Fran if you are willing to be a Sunday driver for the family. Due to the car seat, it will take a large SUV or two cars to do this. Their new home is not that much farther from the church than their previous place.

I thank you in advance for what you will be able to do.

With a most grateful heart,

Mary+

Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church

“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The Church.

A Word to the Church

Holy Week 2016

“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”

On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.

In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.

In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.

We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 – 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX.