Eastern Shore Episcopalian - Summer Issue 2018

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SUMMER EDITION 2018

Reconciliation

150th Anniversary

Hope & Love

a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton


Contents:

02

Reconciliation Event

Highlights

12

Being the Church Beyond

the Walls

“Understanding the Care for Others

through Outreach, Evangelism, and

Missional Work”

In This Issue:

01 A Note from the Bishop

02 Harriet Tubman Museum & Reconciliation Eucharist

Pictures and Overview of our May Event

04 Coming to the Table Guests from our Day of

Reconciliation give their thoughts on moving forward.

06 150 Challenge First stories from our Summer Challenge

07 Gathering Hope Harvest Festival 150th Anniversary

Event celebrating Hope

08 Looking Ahead Bishop San highlights more to come for

our 150th anniversary year.

10 Commemorative Booklet & 150th T-shirts Two ways you

can support our 150th Anniversary

12 Being the Church Beyond the Walls Our Missioner for

the Church Beyond the Walls unpacks her title

14 Images from Around the Diocese

16 My Road to Discernment Jim Kamihachi shares his story

17 Diocesan Events & Announcements

Cover Photo: The Right Rev. Santosh Marray presents the Rev.

Nancy Dennis with a copy of A New Zealand Prayer Book at the

Day of Reconciliation (see pages 2-3). Photographer: Jim Ritch

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND

Nine counties, 42 worshiping

communities, and more than

5,000 people engaged in living

out our call to welcome all, share

Jesus’ love, and serve the world.

BISHOP

The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray

Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World


A Note from the Bishop

(Thoughts shared are from across the Anglican Communion)

Reconciliation only happens

when everyone gets involved.

Reconciliation is a task for all.

Reconciliation is impossible to

define but it is understood in

stories. The story of Jesus’ life,

death and resurrection is itself a

story of reconciliation. Jesus broke

the barrier between God and

humanity and through the power of

the Holy Spirit we too are enabled

to break the walls that divide us,

one from another. Jesus’ victory

was confirmed by the coming of

the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and has

lived within the church through

history and around the world.

Reconciliation is therefore not an

interest area for some Christians –

it is the Gospel. It is not an action;

it is a way of being.

The writer of 2 Corinthians 5:17-

21 describes God unequivocally as

reconciliation, “…through Christ

God was reconciling the world

to himself…”. Despite this every

church, right from the time of the

writing of the New Testament, has

lived in conflict. While conflict

can be destructive, it can also be a

healthy sign of vitality. We find an

example of healthy conflict in the

church addressed in Philippians,

a letter to a healthy, functioning

church capable of handling conflict

and division in a way that enhanced

evangelism. Paul identifies the key

to be humility.

Paul calls the Philippians to imitate

Christ who gave up everything to

live as a slave and die on the cross

and who was brought to life as Lord

of all. This new way of being is both

individual and communal and a

starting point is allowing oneself

to receive hospitality. Churches are

comfortable offering hospitality,

but imitating Jesus means leaving

our comfort zone and becoming

a guest. It is as a guest that

we discover the world

of our companions. The

act of eating is essential

to us as we share

the Eucharist, but

we need to ensure

that our church

communities step out

into the world. We often seek to

offer hospitality and invite people

into our safe space.

It is when we become vulnerable

and step into their safe space that

we are able to hear those we often

ignore. In receiving hospitality, we

show respect and treat people as

Jesus did. It is authentic mission.

Listening processes that seek to

‘heal the wounds of history’ are

difficult and painful and require

facilitation. A great facilitator

will pay attention to all kinds

of power dynamics and enable

honest conversation. Along with

eating and speaking we need to

worship together. When there

is division between churches we

need to resist the temptation to

retreat into our safe space and risk

feeling uncomfortable together

in worship. We need to read the

scriptures together. Reading the

Bible with someone you disagree

with can be eye opening as you

may encounter new ways of seeing

the same reality; however, care

must be taken that the opinion of

one person does not overwhelm

the other and so processes such as

lectio are commended. The aim is

that Christ is Lord and one side

does not seek to win over another,

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Copyright 2018 The Bishop and Diocese of Easton

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Reconciliation - The Work Begins...

“So, if anyone is in Christ, there is

a new creation: everything old has

passed away; see, everything has

become new! All this is from God,

who reconciled us to himself through

Christ, and has given us the ministry

of reconciliation; that is, in Christ

God was reconciling the world to

himself, * not counting their trespasses

against them, and entrusting the

message of reconciliation to us.”

(2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

The 150th Anniversary of the

Diocese kicked off its list of events

on May 5th with a poignant and

memorable day at the Harriet

Tubman Underground Railroad

National Historical Park in Church

Hill.

Over 125 parishioners and guests

from around the Diocese and

beyond were treated to a 45 minute

guided tour by an outstanding

ranger, Angie Crenshaw, who gave

an introduction to Harriet Tubman

and her life.


At noon, we met together under

the park pavilion and celebrated

the Eucharist together. Our guest

preacher was The Rev. Nancy

Dennis, Pastor of St. Stephen’s

AME Church in Unionville. She

gave an outstanding sermon

that challenged us to better

understand the impact of slavery

today, and to acknowledge that

reconciliation is a process that

will take generations, not just a

one-day event.

Following the liturgy, we all

shared box lunches and then had

a deep time of discussion and

sharing together. This discussion

was led by members of the

Annapolis branch of Coming

to the Table, a national group

focused on reconciliation.

Our day ended with additional

time at the museum before

heading home.

We want to offer thanks to

everyone who came to the event,

everyone who supported the event

and especially to those members

of the 150 th Celebration Planning

Team who worked so hard to make

the event happen.

Photos Courtesy of Jim Ritch

www.disciplepix.com


Reconciliation by Coming to the Table

By Jane Carrigan and Lynda Davis, Co-facilitators of Coming to the Table, Annapolis

On May 5, members of the Annapolis branch

of Coming to the Table (CTTT) participated in

the Diocese of Easton’s Service of Repentance,

Reconciliation, and Holy Eucharist at the Harriet

Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic

Park Visitor Center in

Church Creek, MD.

Coming to the Table is

a national organization

whose mission is to

“provide leadership,

resources, and a

supportive environment

for all who wish to

acknowledge and heal

wounds from racism that

is rooted in the United

States’ history of slavery.”

CTTT was founded by

descendants of both

enslavers and enslaved

people in partnership

with the Center for

Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite

University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Inspired by

the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who

said in his 1963 March on Washington speech

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of

Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of

former slave owners will be able to sit together at

the table of brotherhood.” The vision of Coming

to the Table is “of a just and truthful society that

acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial

“The approach...

involves four

interrelated practices:

facing and uncovering

history, making

connections, working

toward healing, and

taking action.”

wounds of the past—from slavery and the many

forms of racism it spawned.” The approach for

achieving this vision and mission involves four

interrelated practices: facing and uncovering

history, making connections, working toward

healing, and taking action.

At the Service of

Repentance, Reconciliation,

and Holy Eucharist, the

CTTT members read

an excerpt from James

Cone’s book The Cross

and the Lynching Tree and

then asked the audience

members to respond to

the following question:

“what would you need to

understand or have others

understand in order that

healing and reconciliation

can take place?” Bringing

people together to discuss

such questions based upon

their own personal experience is one way that

CTTT encourages people to achieve reconciliation,

a process that works toward acknowledging,

healing, and transforming historical wounds and

addressing systemic injustice.

CTTT also encourages people to take the following

steps to achieve reconciliation:

1. Face, uncover, and identify the harms of the

past and how their legacies can be corrected.


RECONCILIATION

A good place to start is with reading the

Transforming Historical Harms booklet by

David Anderson Hooker and Amy Potter

Czajkowski. This is available on CTTT’s

website http://comingtothetable.org under the

“Resources” and “Free Guides” tabs.

2. Make connections with others by listening

to their stories. One way to do this is to join

a multiracial group like CTTT. If you are

interested in starting a CTTT group in your

church or community, please go to CTTT’s

website and click on “Resources” and then

click on “Free Guides and Info on Starting a

Local Group.”

3. Work toward healing by embracing

compassion, courage, and discomfort over

shame, blame, guilt, fear, and comfort.

4. Consider making amends, atoning, and

exploring reparations. CTTT recently

published a Reparations Guide that you can

access on the website.

5. Join local groups in your community who are

working on current issues. Some examples are

the Talbot County Branch of the NAACP, the

Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC),

and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Delmarva.

Imago Dei: Diversity Awareness Commission

An Invitation from Bishop San

The 150 th Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of

Easton held in February, 2018, tasked the bishop to

create a Commission on Racial Reconciliation.

As bishop, it is my feeling that the work of the

commission needs to be more comprehensive

and broad based in its mandate. Furthermore, the

issue of diversity awareness across the spectrum

of human sensibility needs to be addressed in an

intentional, reconciliatory and loving manner.

Diversity awareness is about expanding the tent

to go beyond racial reconciliation to include the

whole notion of our createdness in God. Each

of us is made in the image and likeness of God

(imago Dei) despite race, color, class, creed, gender

orientation, ability and disability, economic state in

life or nationality.

My theology on orthodoxy is that ever since

creation God has shown God’s self to be the God of

order and not chaos. In fact, God’s most impressive

and perfect creation is that of diversity. As such it is

my personal reflection and humble conviction and

noted by some renowned theologians that diversity

is orthodoxy.

It continues to be an ongoing challenge in small

dioceses including ours to populate committees

and commissions. This reality requires creative

thinking and an approach toward faithful

engagement of the work of mission and ministry.

It is my sincere belief that it is time for the

diocese to engage this work of diversity awareness

as a comprehensive subject inclusive of racial

reconciliation.

To this end, I am inviting interested and

knowledgeable individuals to volunteer their time

and talent to be members of this commission. If

you are interested please submit your name to your

parish or call Lynn Anstatt at Bray House 410-822-

1919 or email lynn@dioceseofeaston.org.

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LOVE

“Beloved, since God loved us so

much, we also ought to love one

another. 12 No one has ever seen

God; if we love one another, God

lives in us, and his love is perfected

in us.”

(1 John 4:11-12)

The parish-level call of

the Sesquicentennial is in

full swing with “The 150

Challenge”. Every Parish

in the Diocese, every youth

group or small group, or

anyone who chooses is

invited to develop an act of

outreach in love for their

local community involving

150 of something.

The Kids in

Action team from

St. Michaels

opened up

their LOVE

lemonade stand

to raise $150

for their chosen

charity, Talbot

Humane Society.

#DioEastonLove

Share your stories as they unfold

on Facebook/Instagram using #DioEastonLove

or email your story to loretta@dioceseofeaston.org

150 Card Challenge

Story courtesy of Nancy Linck

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The people of Salisbury and

beyond took up their pens to

make the last months of Jose

Grover’s life a little brighter --

showing love in the same way he

shared it. Each year, Jose had a

reputation for sharing Christmas

cards with EVERYONE in his

life, and so the call was sent out

for 150 cards for Jose. Here is a

quote from his family dated May

16th...

“[We] would like to

thank you for your

funny, loving and

gracious cards sent to

Jose Grover since his

diagnosis of a brain

tumor on 3/5/2018.

To date, we have received

186 cards from as far away as

Munich, Germany (Shorebirds

fan) to family around the

country...

Every day we lived in suspense

as to how many cards would

arrive. Then, every night we

would read the new cards and

place them on the walls. There

were games, sympathy cards,

Happy Birthday cards, Merry

Christmas cards, homemade

cards, daily cards from the same

people, weekly cards from the

same people, cards with themes,

cards with stories, cards from

total strangers, cards with jokes...

all honoring Jose’s generosity

of time, talent and spirit. They

spoke of Jose’s cooking skills

for Advent & Lent Mexican

soups, dining monthly at all

the local restaurants with

Barrie Smith, attending all

the Shorebirds games with his

friends, or acolyting at St. Alban’s

Episcopal.” #DioEastonLove

JOSE ANGEL GROVER entered

heaven on Thursday, May 10,

2018 at 11:15 pm. He left this

world calmly and gently into his

own “Good Night”.


HOPE

The next big event in the 150th Year of Celebration is the Gathering

Hope Harvest Festival at Camp Wright on October 27th. We are

looking for volunteers, youth and adults, to help on event day. If you

or your group would like to volunteer a few hours please send names

and contact information to joanne@dioceseofeaston.org.

“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s

love has been poured into our hearts through

the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

(Romans 5:5)

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Looking Ahead

From the Desk of the Bishop

at Our 150 th Anniversary Itinerary

Diocesan Convention 2019

Diocesan Convention 2019 is scheduled for March

1-3, 2019, under the theme: “Grace Upon Grace-

Reconciliation, Love & Hope” (John 1: 16).

Convention will be organized as such:

• Friday, March 1: Business Session

• Saturday, March 2: Diocesan-wide Discipleship

& Evangelism Conference

• Saturday, March 2: 150th Anniversary

Honorees Gala Banquet

• Sunday, March 3: Closing Eucharist with the

Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael

B. Curry & The Reverend Gay Clarke Jennings,

President, House of Deputies, The Episcopal

Church, in attendance.

The Saturday conference is open to all

Episcopalians and supporters of the church. It is

free of cost except for a small contribution toward

meals for the day.

On Sunday, all congregations in the diocese will

gather at the Hyatt Hotel, Cambridge, to celebrate

together in one Diocesan Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.

Look for more information in the Fall.

150 th Honorees Gala Banquet

The diocese is planning on honoring members

of the diocesan family for long, dedicated and

faithful service to the diocese. A sub-committee

of Diocesan Council has been tasked with the

responsibility of collecting and reviewing names

from across the diocese. Rectors/Priests-in-Charge/

Vicars and vestries are invited to begin considering

individuals in their parishes who may be deserving

of this honor. The committee will soon meet to

develop the criteria that will be followed to arrive

at the final list. Members of the sub-committee are

Mr. Tom Schuster (Chair), Susan Beyda, Philip

Tilghman, John Schaeffer and Sandy Wrightson.

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150th Anniversary

Gracious God, through the movement of your Holy Spirit, you have

brought forth our Church, the Diocese of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of

Maryland. Strengthen us as an inviting and welcoming faith community

transformed by the love, hospitality and reconciling truth of Jesus. Receive

our worship, praise and thanksgiving; nurture and sustain our life in faith,

and help us to be a grateful people of your grace upon grace; through your

Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

150 th Anniversary Collect

Parishes are reminded to use the 150 th Anniversary

Collect at Sunday Worship. It is part of our

common prayer as a diocesan family for the Year

of Observance. The version used is seen above

and can also be found on our website at www.

dioceseofeaston.org/150.

Bishop Henry C. Lay Institute

The diocese is launching the Bishop Henry C. Lay

Institute for Leadership and Ministry Formation.

Under the theme, ‘Discipleship Formation…

Equipping the Saints…’ (John 13:35; Ephesians 4:12)

the institute will serve to encourage and enhance

the process of diocesan-wide education and

formation.

The main focus of the institute will be to formalize,

strengthen and support educational initiatives

that are already in use by the various parishes.

Additionally, it will offer new diocesan-wide

formation programs that also contribute to the

mission and well-being of the diocesan family.

The official launch of the Bishop Henry C. Lay

Institute for Leadership and Ministry Formation is

scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Bishop Henry Champlain Lay was born on

December 6, 1823 in Richmond, Virginia and died

on September 17, 1885 at the age of 62. He was

buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, 123 North Street,

Easton. Prior to his election as the first Bishop

of Easton he was Missionary Bishop of Arkansas

consecrated on October 23, 1859 and translated

Bishop of Easton on April 1, 1869. He was Bishop

of Easton for 16 years.

Diocesan Heritage Month and Founders’ Day

The month of October was designated some years

ago, Diocesan Heritage Month. As part of this

year’s observance we will be commemorating

Founders’ Day on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at

10:00 a.m. On this day everyone is invited, clergy

and laity, to gather at the tomb of Bishop Lay for

a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.

Recalling and praying for the bishops, clergy

and lay saints whose labor of love, faithfulness,

sacrifice, commitment and dedication left us this

godly heritage and enduring legacy -- the Diocese

of Easton.

In addition, the bishop is encouraging every

parish to designate one Sunday of its choosing

in October to be Diocesan Heritage Sunday. The

intention being to have every parish celebrate

and give thanks for the many blessings received

over the 150 years of our establishment. Churches

may also choose to use the month to highlight

and discuss what it means to be a diocesan family

and the parish’s role in promoting collaborative

and meaningful community formation initiatives.

We invite parishes to then share these thoughts

and ideas with the diocese, including their hopes,

vision and dreams for the diocese going forward.

Importantly, how may we as a diocesan family

draw closer and live intentionally into the mission

and vision of God for the church on the Eastern

shore of Maryland.?

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150th Anniversary

COMMEMORATIVE EDITION

A Commemorative Edition highlighting the 38

parishes, Camp Wright and Retreat House is in the

developmental phase. Each parish will be given a

complimentary 2-page spread, highlighting their

story of “grace upon grace”. This is a tangible way

of preserving history that at the same time will

inform our future as a vibrant community of faith.

Hopefully, in years to come, new generations will

peruse the commemorative edition and have a

glimpse of their own legacy and of the pioneers

responsible for this chapter in our history.

In addition, the Commemorative Edition

Committee is inviting sponsorship by way of

advertisements from members, parishes or

businesses interested in being a part of the story.

We hope you will consider adding your name,

photo, family portrait, business interest or other

submission in support this very important

initiative. The advertisements will serve to offset

the cost of printing.

Parishes are also encouraged to take up a retiring

collection at the end of every Sunday service in the

month of October, Diocesan Heritage Month, as a

donation toward financially supporting the work.

The Commemorative Edition will also include the

Liturgy of Worship for the closing Eucharist with

the Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding

Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church,

on March 3, 2019, Hyatt Hotel, Cambridge. The

booklet will be distributed at the closing service in

March.

AD ORDER INFORMATION

Orders with payment are due by October 1 st , 2018.

Payments can be made via check (mailed) or

credit card (call our office). Email ads to joanne@

dioceseofeaston.org by October 1 st , 2018.

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A SEA OF RECONCILIATION, HOPE, & LOVE

We are encouraging everyone to wear their 150th anniversary t-shirts to the Closing Eucharist of the 2019

Convention. What a cool image to have us all standing together - a sea of people united by Jesus’ call of

reconciliation, hope, and love. Clergy, including Bishop Michael Curry, will have stoles to match.

Yellow Hope

Short Sleeved T-shirt

$15

Blue Reconciliation

Short Sleeved T-shirt

$15

Red Love Short-

Sleeved T-shirt

$15

White 150th Short-

Sleeved T-shirt

$15

White 150th Long

Sleeved T-shirt

$25

Sizes: Small to 3X

Payments can be made

via check (mailed) or

credit card (call our

office). Please include

the mailing address

where you would like the

shirts mailed at the time

of payment. You may

also pick up your shirts

from the Bray House in

Easton.

White shirts also available in short sleeve.

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Being the Church Beyond the Walls:

Understanding the Care for Others through Outreach, Evangelism, and Missional Work

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher, Missioner:

Church Beyond the Walls, Diocese of Easton

In the 21 st chapter of the Gospel

of John we find Jesus asking

three times if Peter loves him.

Each time Peter responds, Jesus

uses the image of a herder/

shepherd in issuing Peter a call

to care for the people. While so

much focus is given to the triple

questioning being Jesus’ way of

forgiving Peter his three denials,

I believe the deeper meaning is

in recognizing Jesus’ challenge to

Peter to truly comprehend that

he is being called to minister

to all people – a new concept

for that time and culture. In

the subtle nuances of the Greek

language between “pasturing

my lambs,” “tending my sheep,”

and “pasturing my sheep/cattle,”

we can see the call to the three

different ministries of outreach,

evangelism, and missional

work. As a missioner, I believe

it provides an understanding of

what it means to live into the

fullness of “being the Church

beyond the walls:”

OUTREACH: Pasturing the

lambs of God (John 21: 15)

When we are called to pasture

the lambs, we are called to a

ministry of meeting a need

that we have recognized in our

surrounding community-atlarge.

It is having the heart to see

the vulnerability of those in need

and to provide for their care. As

was discussed at the Convention

workshop, providing backpacks

to children at the beginning

of school is an example of the

ministry of outreach.

EVANGELISM: Tending the

sheep of God (John 21: 16)

The call in the Greek nuances is

that of a pastoral-care ministry.

It is to provide a deeper

understanding of God’s love and

presence within the world, and

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The Food Ministry of St. Andrew’s in

Hurlock serves close to 150 families

(600 people) each week.


to directly connect that which we

do with God’s message. To move

from a ministry of outreach to

that of evangelism, would be to

provide the backpacks and add

the message that such has been

provided through God’s love.

MISSIONAL WORK: Pasturing

the sheep/cattle of God (John

21:17) The nuances of this

phrase deepen the call to move

beyond providing a backpack

for those in need or sharing the

“good news” of God’s love. It is

a call to a continual involvement

of nourishing and caring for the

whole person – that of physical,

social, and spiritual needs. The

terminology here expands the

care beyond just the “sheep of

God” – beyond those whom we

have a tendency to recognize

as our community-at-large. It

is the call to walk alongside the

“all” – those not “seen” by us or

who live on the margins of what

we have deemed acceptable. It

is responding to the “cries from

the wilderness” and asking

how one can help – to be the

heart, hands, and face of Jesus

in the midst of the pain. It is

also seeing, in the midst of the

pain, the heart and face of Jesus

looking back at you. It is not just

providing a backpack and a “God

loves you,” but it is developing a

relationship of mutual respect and

understanding.

When we honestly ask

ourselves which persons

in our lives mean the

most to us, we often

find that it is those who,

instead of giving advice,

solutions, or cures, have

chosen rather to share

our pain and touch our

wounds with a warm

and tender hand.

- Henri Nouwen -

Out of Solitude

The workshop presented by

the Rev. Dr. Barbara Anne

Fisher at the 150 th Diocesan

Convention was intended

to provide a foundation by

which to move forward in

opening the doors of our

parishes and broadening our

scope as a diocese known for

being the “Church Beyond the

Walls.” Between now and the

151 st Diocesan Convention,

there will be a variety of

opportunities at parish, cluster, and convocation levels to further envision outreach, evangelism, and

missional work. Through the development of these opportunities, the groundwork is being laid for

the Saturday evangelism conference, “Ignite: Loving through discipleship and evangelism,” to be held

on Saturday, May 2nd during the 151 st Convention. Guest speakers include the Rev. Jay Sidebotham,

Director of RenewalWork and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellars, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for

Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation.

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DIOCESAN SNAPShOTS

Bishop Marray visited the Food Ministry

at St. Andrew’s Church, Hurlock, where

150 families (approx. 600 people) receive

food items every week. The transforming

love of Jesus abounds through the

remarkable gift of this ministry.

The Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Hartman, rector

of St. Mary Anne’s in North East from

1990-2013, is now “Rector Emeritus” of

the parish. Bishop San and Father John

Schaeffer, along with the parish, bestowed

this title on Father Sam during the Bishop’s

visit on Sunday, June 10.

Clergy from around the Diocese met for

the second annual clergy conference at the

Bishop Claggett Center in Adamstown,

MD. The guest speaker was Jay

Sidebotham, Director of RenewalWorks,

cartoonist, and Rector at St. James Parish

in Wilmington, NC. Jay will also be

joining us a keynote at the 2019 Diocesan

Convention.

The ministry is served by parishioners and

other volunteers (with oversight from the

Rev. Brian Glancey, Vicar) and operates

through the generosity of kind and caring

donors at a cost of about $150/week.

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The Diocese is in full support of this small

but big-hearted congregation and their

essential food ministry. If you would like

to add your support, please contact St.

Andrew’s office. Additionally, checks may

be sent to St. Andrew’s Church, 303 Main

Street/P.O. Box 152, Hurlock, MD 21643,

in the memo line indicate Food Ministry.


The Rev. Deacon Reese Rickards, in

recognition for his outstanding service to

the Diocese, was recently honored with the

title of Archdeacon Emeritus by Bishop

Santosh at a special farewell funtion at St.

Alban’s Salisbury.

The Diocese announced Julia Connelly

Zahn as the next Director of Camp Wright

and officially welcomed her during a

Eucharist and celebration on Saturday May

12th in Camp’s outdoor chapel. Members

of the board, staff, parents, and campers,

along with the Bishop, all presented Julia

with fun gifts to “prepare her” for her time

at camp.

Bishop Marray will be presiding at the

traditional 10am Green Hill Sunday

worship service on August 26 at the 1733

Green Hill Church in Wicomico County,

with a picnic to follow. Organized by the

Green Hill Church Committee. All are

welcome.

Julia had been serving in the role of

Interim Director for the camp since

November, 2016 and had previously

served as Associate Director from 2005 to

2014.

Reese and his wife Jean will soon be

moving back to Chicago to be closer to

their children, but will remain in the

hearts of everyone in the Diocese who

had the pleasure of knowing him and his

signature baritone voice.

15


My Road to Discernment

By James D. Kamihachi

Member of St. Mary Anne’s Northeast

No one is more surprised than I am to hear a call

to be a vocational deacon. I come to discernment

with the view that if we are to be with God, then

we must be in unity with all that God has created.

What does that mean to me? If God made the

universe and each and every creature, and if we

are called to love God and our neighbors, then it is

our duty to look for the image of God in everyone

and everything. We are to look for the goodness of

God everywhere with gratitude.

That is not to say there is no is evil in the world or

that adherence to Biblical law is unimportant. But

looking for sin and evil can blind us to the good.

It encourages us to label people and distracts us

from loving our neighbors – particularly the downand-out.

This person is better than that one. We

are saved, not those other guys. Jesus was clear;

passing judgment is not our job. Our job is to salve

people’s wounds and bruises and to listen with

open and empathic hearts.

Like all Christians, vocational deacons are servants

and are the Church’s physical presence in the

outside world, but they also have responsibilities

to interpret for the Church and the laity the needs,

hopes, and concerns of the world; to inspire action;

and to do important ministry themselves. Despite

past practice vocational deacons are not meant to

be, in essence, priests without seminary degrees.

I spent the last nine years learning about the

disease of addiction, its impact on families, and

successful approaches to recovery. The American

Medical Association first classified addiction as

a disease in 1956. During the ensuing 60 years,

Episcopalians often acted as though addiction

wasn’t a problem. They joked about drinking and

took for granted that church-sponsored events

served alcohol. They did this even though 43

percent of adults have been exposed to alcoholism

in the family 1 and 46 percent of Americans have

a family member or a close friend who’s been

addicted to drugs. 2 It’s probable that diocesan

churches with, say, more than 50 members, have

at least six alcohol and/or drug abusers in the

congregation, and those with 100 have at least a

dozen.

I could, of course, pursue a ministry in addiction

and recovery without being ordained, but I

feel called to be an agent for change within the

Episcopal Church. I believe that ordination would

make me a more effective advocate for the needs of

addicts and those in recovery within the Church.

I want to show addicts and those in recovery the

redemptive power of love and how faith – whether

it be Christian or non-Christian – can pull them

through hard times.

1 Charlotte A. Schoenborn, Exposure to

Alcoholism in the Family: United States, 1988,

Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics of

the National Center for Health Statistics, Number

205, September 30, 1991.

2 Pew Research Center, survey conducted

August 15-21, 2017.

16


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Fundamental Role of Bishop

The episcopate is a single whole, in which

each bishop’s share gives a right to, and a

responsibility for, the whole. So is the Church a

single whole, though she spreads far and wide

into a multitude of churches as her fertility

increases. We may compare the sun, many

rays but one light, or a tree, many branches but

one firmly rooted trunk. When many streams

flow from one spring, although the bountiful

supply of water welling out has the appearance

of plurality, unity is preserved in the source.

Pluck a ray from the body of the sun, and its

unity allows no division of the light. Break a

branch from the tree, and when it is broken

off it will not bud. Cut a stream off from its

spring, and when it is cut off it dries up. In the

same way the Church, bathed in the light of the

Lord, spreads her rays throughout the world,

yet the light everywhere diffused is one light

and the unity of the body is not broken. In the

abundance of the Church’s plenty she stretches

her branches over the whole earth, far and

wide she pours her generously flowing streams.

Yet there is one head, one source, one mother

boundlessly fruitful. Of her womb are we born,

by her milk we are nourished, by her breath

we are quickened. (St. Cyprian, Bishop and

Martyr of Carthage 258)

And so, it is particularly incumbent upon those of

us who preside over the Church as bishops to be

champions of this unity and to firmly uphold the

Church as a single whole. We model this in the

episcopate, itself one and undivided.

NOTABLE DATES

July 29-August 3

NIAGARA MISSION TRIP

Fifty-seven youth and adults from around the Diocese

will head to New York to partner with local organizations

and Youthworks for a week-long mission.

October 9th

FOUNDERS DAY

All are invited to gather at the tomb of Bishop Lay for a

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.

October 27th

HOPEFEST

Gathering Hope Harvest Festival at Camp Wright - the

next big event of our 150th Anniversary Celebration.

October 30th

ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE

Anyone involved in the administration of our churches,

whether volunteer, lay staff, or clergy are invited to a day

for networking, training, and a little pampering. You

deserve it!

March 1st, 2019

DIOCESAN CONVENTION

The annual meeting of the Diocese of Easton including

elections and voting.

March 2nd, 2019

IGNITE CONFERENCE @ CONVENTION

Join us for a day of renewal and learn more about loving

through discipleship as it informs evangelism.

March 3rd, 2019

BISHOP CURRY @ CONVENTION

The whole Diocese together for worship at 11:00AM

with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

The Bray House (Offices of the Bishop) will be closed on

Friday afternoons during the summer and on the following

days: 7/4 & 9/2.

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