Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. John F. Dwyer

The Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Rev. John F. Dwyer as Rector at St. Christopher’s, Roseville, is scheduled for November 1 at 7 pm. Clergy are encouraged to participate and vest in white.

Peer Ministry Training

This Peer Ministry Training is an opportunity for Sr. High teenagers to develop leadership skills to welcome and include outsiders, put faith into action, learn to really listen, reach out to friends in trouble, build healthy relationships, and to know when and where to ask for help. Apply to: Christ Church Woodbury, Attn: Dana Fath Strande, Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury, MN 55125. Registration deadline is November 21. Questions? Contact Dana at 651-983-8750 or dana@christchurch-woodbury.org.

November 7 begins open enrollment period for Episcopal Church in Minnesota benefits

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota benefits open enrollment period this year will be November 7th – December 4th, 2011.

If you currently receive benefits through the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, you will soon receive a letter from the Church Pension Group Medical Trust at the end of October. This letter will contain a website address, username, and password so that you may go online to select your plan. The open enrollment period has been extended this year to a 4-week time period during which you may access the website to make any changes or corrections. Those dates will also be noted in the letter. In addition, this is the time of year when you may add dependents to your plan if they are eligible. [Read more...]

Apply now for a United Thank Offering grant

The application process for the 2011 United Thank Offering grants is now open. Download the forms.

Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally within Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses. [Read more...]

Standing Commission agrees to ask convention for trial use of same-gender blessing rite

[Episcopal News Service]
by Mary Frances Schjonberg, October 17, 2011

The Episcopal Church would spend three years using a rite for same-gender blessings and studying its application under a resolution that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has agreed to propose to the 2012 meeting of General Convention.

During that same time period the church also would reflect on its understanding of marriage in light of changes in both societal norms and civil law if convention agrees to a related resolution the commission will propose, according to the Rev. Ruth Meyers, SCLM chair. [Read more...]

Episcopal conference Everyone Everywhere 2011 explores the meaning of mission

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs]

The four-day Episcopal Church conference Everyone Everywhere 2011 concluded on October16 with a multi-national, multi-language Eucharist which included lively music that prompted singing, clapping and some dancing.

Eucharist preacher Bishop Stacy Sauls challenged the conference attendees in his sermon: “Mission is not about something we do.  It is about who we are.  It is not about doing good.  It is about following Jesus.” Watch Bishop Sauls’ sermon.

Video of all worship services, the four conference plenary sessions and many of Everyone Everywhere 2011’s 47 workshops are available at www.episcopalchurch.org/ee11.htm.

Virginia Theological Seminary accepting entries for John Hines Preaching Award

Virginia Theological Seminary is accepting entries for the annual John Hines Preaching Award which honors outstanding sermons in which a prophetic voice is central and which are deeply grounded in Scripture and focused on the seen and unseen needs of the worshipping community, the nation, and the world. All bishops, priests, deacons and laity of the Episcopal Church in America are eligible for this award. [Read more...]

Transitions in staffing in the Office of the Bishop and Missioners

[Letter sent from Bishop Prior October 13, 2011]

Dear Friends,

I have been blessed this beautiful fall to spend a lot of time throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. The foliage has been fantastic, topped only by the passion for engaging God’s mission that I’ve encountered. Along the way, I’ve listened to a great deal of input and feedback about our work together as we strive to provide the best possible resourcing of our faith communities.

Likewise, I’ve shared a number of intentional conversations with clergy, elected leaders and outside counsel on what functions are essential for us to provide to deliver the best possible resourcing for Mission, Ministry and Management. [Read more...]

Visit Canon Missioner Holmberg’s new blog

Canon Missioner Sandi Holmberg has started a new blog,www.ministryofthebaptized.com. With this new platform, Missioner Holmberg plans to add reflective articles, pictures, occasional videos and to host guest bloggers from time to time.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop issues pastoral letter on Israeli-Palestinian Peace

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs]

A PASTORAL LETTER ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE

On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded;
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Of Zion it shall be said, “Everyone was born in her,
And the Most High himself shall sustain her.”
– Psalm 87 (page 711, Book of Common Prayer) [Read more...]