Eastern Shore Episcopalian - Summer 2019



Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World

a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton


A Note from the Bishop

Radical Hospitality: A Church Committed to Inclusivity


Christ Church IU Worton

Embodies Welcome


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.


The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray

Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World


Repurposed Mission!

“We are repurposing the gift of a

building from a synagogue to a thrift


In This Issue:

01 A Note from the Bishop

02 Not So Low Sunday at Christ Church IU

04 La Sagrada Familia de Jesus Introducing the newest

church in our Diocese.

06 St. Mary the Virgin Church - Repurposed Mission! A

community comes together to begin a thrift shop.

08 As Always a Dream Began with a Journey St. Paul’s Ocean

City: Shepherd’s Crook & Red Doors both flourish

10 Holy Trinity Oxford Two stories of welcome, for the Coast

Guard and youth in the community.

12 Drifting Into Sacred Water Devotional

14 Reflections of the 150th Anniversary Celebration

16 Snapshots of the Weekend (Photos by Jim Ritch)

18 Youth @ Convention

20 What Does the Cradle Represent in Your Faith


21 Diocesan Events & Fall Preview

Cover Photo: Members of La Sagrada Familia De Jesus take

center stage during the Celebration Eucharist as they are officially

welcomed into the fellowship and community of our Diocese.

Photographer: Jim Ritch

Jesus calls his Church to be an

open sepulcher in which all are

welcome and none excluded.

This message is profoundly

reflected in the Easter story of

the empty tomb and embodied

through his outstretched arms

on the Cross of Calvary. We

will recall his words recorded in

Matthew 11:28, “Come to me,

all you that are carrying heavy

burdens, and I will give you rest”,

and John 12:32, “And I, when

I am lifted up from the earth,

will draw all people to myself ”.

No more sobering and inclusive

words could be said to capture

our Lord’s spirit of radical


Our diocese has dedicated itself

to the promotion and mission

of this radical option. We have

committed the very core of

this church to the pursuit of

this noble, biblical, spiritual

and moral core value. This

is the essence of life in the

beloved community. However,

commitment may become mere

rote or good promotional hype

if it isn’t accompanied by visible

evidence supporting our purpose

as the church of the Jesus

Movement. The Way of Love is

the very embodiment of radical

hospitality. To this end, credible

feedbacks and follow-ups,

regular self- introspection and

conversion of hearts and minds

should distinguish all our efforts.

Our family of churches are the

critical centers for this ministry

to take flesh, form and shape.

At present, we are fortunate

to witness the remarkable

and fruitful efforts of many

of our parishes dedicated

to this ministry of welcome

and hospitality. From robust

healing and recovery ministry,

food security, assistance in

various forms to our needy

sisters and brothers in the

community, childcare programs,

rehabilitation program for

incarcerated individuals and

their family members, financial

relief, the marketplace church,

vibrant neighborhood church

initiatives and the list goes on. I

am always mindful of the refrain,

“if your church were to be

removed from the neighborhood

would the community miss it…”

Radical hospitality is the Way

of Jesus and for this reason our

Lord and Savior came among us

to be God’s love and show God’s

way to a broken and hurting

world. Let us in the words of

St. Paul, “keep our eyes on the



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The Right Reverend Santosh Marray

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OPPOSITE LEFT: Bunny Adams reads a

story during coffee hour.

OPPOSITE RIGHT: Phoebe Fritz, age 9,

runs the altar guild.

LEFT: Waiting for service with Father

Frank Adams.

On the Sunday after Easter, people amble into the

church at a casual pace. It has the atmosphere of a

family gathering as nods and waves are exchanged with

genuine affection. It’s ten minutes before the service,

and a visitor is greeted, not with even mild curiosity,

but a cheery we’ve-been-expecting-you-glad-you’re-here

kind of welcome.

Such is the reception at Christ Church IU, located in

Worton, the geographic center of Kent County. “IU”, as

it’s known to locals, got the suffix from Isaac Usilton,

whose largesse of property and purse provided for the

church to be built more than two hundred years ago.

The pull of the past makes it easy to imagine you’re

walking into the 1700s when entering the Gothic

Revival structure. It is tucked back from the road,

surrounded by verdant fields and churchyard,

seemingly untouched by time and technology.

Other than electricity, it has not been renovated or


There’s no service sheet; and the hymns are posted on

a board at the front. Two young girls serve as crucifer

and acolyte. Service and lay readers stand at their pews

to read the lessons.

Not So Low Sunday at Christ Church IU

by Faith Prince Spear

clamber down from one lap and navigate across the

aisle to claim a new perch on another set of knees.

At most there are thirty souls in the pews, but when

they rise for the Gospel hymn, their song is full

throated and joyful, resounding from the vaulted


The volume is surprising; someone listening outside

would say the church was full.

Celebrating the Eucharist is Father Frank Adams.

whose bright blue eyes and fulgent smile belie his

ninety-three years. “It’s low Sunday,” he explains

somewhat apologetically, “usually we have a few more


Father Frank came to IU in the summer of 2011 “for a

few months” and never left. As the Priest-in-Charge

here, he is the oldest active priest in the diocese. And

though he is in charge, he asserts, “This is a church of

the people, it belongs to them.” Youngsters stop to hug

him on their way to coffee hour. “I am the liturgical

teacher and preacher. The people do everything else

and everybody knows what to do.”

the altar; she could teach it!” Phoebe is nine.

The Vestry makes major decisions, but committees

are unnecessary. “We have thirteen kids here and

we’re all a family that enjoys the way the congregation

functions,” Adams continues, “they take care of the

church and they take care of each other.”

If Father Adams could change something at IU, he

would have a parish hall for meetings, social gatherings

and confirmation classes. But overall he’s content with

the way things are and grateful for a loving parish.

He gives all the credit to the Risen Lord, “Jesus has

always been with us,” he says before starting a Vestry

meeting. The meeting takes place in the last two pews,

with members turned to face each other, rather like the

seats on a train.

Coffee hour is in full swing in the narthex, which is all

of five feet deep and runs the width of the sanctuary.

Bunny Adams, wife of Father Frank, is reading a story,

draped by rapt listeners. Nancy Nunn and Anita

Williams offer refreshments from the pastries, breads

and fruit tastefully arranged on what appears to be

an antique hope chest, and explain the IU committee


“We just call and email each other when we notice

something,” says Nunn. Sticks need to be picked up

after a storm, or someone is under the weather and

needs soup. “It’s pretty much ad hoc,” agrees Williams.

and everyone here contributed.” Thomas Matinez,

who is in high school, organized donations for the

4-H Christmas toy drive and every family pitched in.

Other causes are embraced by the church family as

they come up through the year.

“We love having visitors, “ Nunn says, “We get bikers

and boaters and tourists and people who get lost.”

Old Friends Day is an annual fall picnic when anyone

with a connection to IU comes to celebrate that

association. Some may have ancestors buried in the

churchyard, parents who were married here, and

former communicants will make a special trip.

Anyone else is welcome, and many fellow Anglicans

come. Everyone brings a dish and a smile to share.

One member whose ties to IU go back generations

is Ben Joiner, Assistant Head of School at Radcliffe

Creek. He and wife Jane come most Sundays with

their four children. He finds participation restorative.

“You walk out feeling like you’ve made an impact, and

the Church made an impact too.”

Christ Church IU is a place to belong. There’s a

renewing energy here that is so appealing, They are

informal, but not irreverent. The ease of fellowship

and comfort they exhibit is an amalgam of joy and

the blessed assurance of salvation; and carries an

unmistakable element of the Holy.

The altar was prepared this morning by Phoebe Fritz.

Father Frank was speaking literally when he said Jesus

“Phoebe IS the Altar Guild.” Father says with obvious

IU cherishes their children. There is no hushing or

pride. “She knows everything there is to know about

It’s the same with outreach. “We support each other’s has always been at IU. Christ’s love and grace are

shushing. Little ones wander freely and toddlers

causes,” Nancy says, “I’m involved with Horizons evident. He is in the midst of them.

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On March 3, 2019 a new mission

congregation of Shrewsbury Parish,

Kennedyville was officially welcomed as the

40 th congregation of the Diocese of Easton.

On behalf of the Church, Bishop Santosh

K. Marray and Presiding Bishop Michael

B. Curry received Sagrada Familia de Jesus

and its Mission Developer (Fundador) Vicar

Thomas G. Sinnott.

The origin of the mission goes back over

20 years as St. Andrew’s Suddlersville and

Shrewsbury Parish Church engaged in

hospitality and pastoral ministry with the

Spanish-speaking residents in Kent and

Queen Anne’s Counties. Fathers William

Chilton, Thomas Hughes, Thomas Sinnott,

lay leader Carol Orange and the people

of Shrewsbury generously supported this

ministry over many years.

La Sagrada Familia De Jesus

by The Rev. Dr. Thom Sinnot

“Sagrada Familia de Jesus is a welcoming

Christian Community: engaged in God’s

mission, following the Way of Jesus and

strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Its ministry

of worship, service, witness, learning

and support endeavors to bring peace

and justice to all who reside in its parish

without boundaries.” (Congregation mission


This year everything is a “first time event,”

Fr. Sinnott said. “This work has been carried

out by the Church since its foundation on the

Day of Pentecost. We are the next generation

to hear the Spirit’s call that all ‘in our own

language we hear them speaking about God’s

deeds of power (Acts 1:12).’”

Sagrada Familia de Jesus will work with

its partners to reach its immediate goals

of: growing its membership, establishing a

Christian Education program and seeking a

native-speaking mission developer. Please

ABOVE: Fr. Thom at

Convention in 2019 and in

2016 at the Investiture of

Bishop Marray.


celebrates their first

Baptism and their first

Confirmation Class.


Familia De Jesus - founded

(officially) on March 3,

2019 at the Diocese of

Easton’s 150th Celebration

Eucharist, closing the 151st



Found on page 23.

After his election in 2017, Bishop Marray

offered his vision, leadership and support

to the formation of this new congregation. keep the congregation in your prayers.

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St. Mary the Virgin Church - Repurposed Mission!

St. Mary the Virgin Church in Pocomoke,

Maryland has a new, repurposed

mission! The congregation is filled with

excitement for the opening of our new

thrift store. Recently we were gifted an

abandoned synagogue located next door

to our church. After careful thought and

MANY prayers, the church decided the

best way to utilize the building in order

to help the community would be to open

a store. And did we have some work to


In preparation for the opening, the

church sent out a call for volunteers.

A very enthusiastic group showed

up one Saturday in May to tackle the

building clean out project. The energy

was amazing. One volunteer, who is

not a parishioner, commented that he

could not believe the turnout in helpers.

And his church has at least 4 times the


Best of all, God has given

St Mary’s this opportunity

to repurpose ourselves; to

repurpose our dedication to

our church, to our community,

and to Him.

by The Rev. Christine Mottl

Besides the clean out required, The Attic

also needed new brickwork, paint, and

flooring. We also have the finishing

touches to do such as outfitting the

dressing room and setting up the racks

and shelves. In addition, we will be

calling for volunteers again to help us go

through the abundance of donations we

have already received. What a blessing!

St. Mary’s vision for The Attic is to

provide low cost items for families to

stock their homes, such as clothing,

kitchenware, decorations and who knows

what else may be donated! We will accept

any gently used clothing and treasures

that still have a repurpose. The proceeds

will go directly to helping our fellow

neighbors in our community.

If one word could summarize St.

Mary’s mission, it would have to be

REPURPOSE. We are repurposing the

gift of a building from a synagogue

to a thrift store. We are repurposing

items given to us into new treasures for

families. We are repurposing our skills

into a project that is giving our church

new life and enthusiasm. Best of all, God

has given St. Mary’s this opportunity

to repurpose ourselves; to repurpose

our dedication to our church, to our

community, and to Him. We thank God

for this opportunity. And we invite you to

visit us at The Attic and see what God is


OPPOSITE TOP: Outside of

“The Attic” in Pocomoke.

OPPOSITE: Parishioners and

community members joined

together to rehabilitate

the synogogue for it’s new

dedication as a thrift store.

In order to decide on a name, members

of the church submitted their suggestions

during our Easter gathering. The

committee in charge pondered over

all the wonderful ideas and settled on

a combination to name our store “The




As always, a dream began with a journey.

by The Rev. Br. Matthew J. D’Amario, OP

As always, a dream began with a

journey. I was driving to Easton

with Joy Connor, the Director of

the Red Doors Community Center

when she made a suggestion that

provided a bright future of growth

and expansion to our signature

ministries and a radical welcome to

members of our community.

The Red Doors Community Center,

was founded by Fawn Mete and

the Rev’d David Dingwall in 2012.

Modeled after a Jewish community

center, it is a center of community

life, offering classes in the arts, such

as dance, drama, and painting, as

well as STEM programs including

a Sea School, internships in local

engineering and science careers, and

a NASA camp.

Around 1999, the Shepherd’s

Crook food pantry was founded

in the rectory by Ken MacMullin,

a parishioner devoted to “feeding

God’s sheep”. It has continued to

grow and feed our town’s homeless

population, international students

who work in the resort during

the summer, and those who are

food insecure, like retirees and

the working poor. Last year, the

Shepherd’s Crook was able, from its

location off campus in downtown

Ocean City, to offer 16,000 meals to

the community. This is due to the

volunteers that draw from over eight

different congregations in the Ocean

City religious community. Truly this

is an ecumenical undertaking!

Baltimore Avenue, five blocks

south of the Church. The lease for

the property ended in May, 2018,

and the Shepherd's Crook began

suspending operations. We had

nowhere to go. It was deeply painful

to the congregation that we would

have to stop feeding the community,

and we were uncertain how to move


At the same time, the Red Doors,

housed in our DeWees Hall since its

inception, was feeling growing pains.

We were unable to offer summer

classes and camps due to the lack of

parking, and the number of student

was maxing out our space. We were

beginning to limit what we could do

with the Red Doors as well.

Just when the times looked the

darkest, with the Shepherd's Crook

shut down for six weeks, and the

Red Doors shut down for the

summer, a breathtaking opportunity

presented itself. A local church was

selling a property!

All the while, the congregation

was focused on finding a new

home for the Shepherd’s Crook.

On that fateful car ride, Joy made

a suggestion that was obvious. She

said, “Why not buy the property

and relocate the Red Doors there?

That would free up Dewees Hall

for the Shepherd’s Crook to reopen

in its original home!” The clarity

and simplicity of the vision was

astonishing, and we proposed it to

the vestry.

Red Doors Community Center to

relocate and expand. Parking and

space had inhibited the growth and

expansion of both the Red Doors

programs and now it may offer

classes all twelve months of the year.

This freed up space in the parish hall

for the Shepherd’s Crook to return

and open in July, 2018, as well.

Our future is bright! Our

congregation is growing on

Sundays, and our ambitions

include increasing and nurturing

our ecumenical and interfaith

partnerships, growing the Red

Doors community and its offerings,

and expanding services in the

Shepherd’s Crook, including twelve

step groups and GED programs.

Our radical welcome now embraces

the homeless community, the

international students, and the food

insecure right here in our parish

hall. We have children and families

welcomed in our new Red Doors

property, and it has also lived into its

mission to be a community center

with our Speaker Series and a new

relationship with the Retreat House.

We enthusiastically embrace our

new mission to Love God, Serve the


OPPOSITE TOP & LEFT: Shepherd’s Crook

food pantry continues to “feed God’s

sheep” in it’s return to the Parish Hall of

St. Paul’s.


On November 26, 2013, a fire in

Doors Community Center serves as a

In July, 2018, the congregation

the rectory claimed the life of John

center for community life in its new standalone

location at the junction of Route 90

purchased property at the junction

Sterner and Fr. Dingwall. Since the

of Routes 90 and 113 in Berlin,

fire, the Shepherd’s Crook began

& 113 in Berlin. Among its many offerings,

with over ten acres of land and a

the center supports year round classes in

renting a location at 205 South

two story house. This allowed the

dance, drama, and the arts.

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We Love Our Coasties

by The Rev. Kevin Cross

Holy Trinity / Trinity Cathedral Youth Group

by The Rev. Kevin Cross

The Church of the Holy Trinity led a campaign to

ensure our local Coast Guard was well fed and had

access to funds to cover living expenses during the

government shut down. Individuals, businesses and

organizations came together to help us with these

programs. Over 30 delicious and hearty lunch and

dinner meals were provided for them each day of

the shut-down and beyond. In addition, donors

generously provided over $14,000 in funds to provide

direct financial assistance to each of the guardsmen

so that they could cover many of their day-to-day

living expenses. In addition, groceries were provided

for them to have food to bring home. The over 110

individuals who contributed are too numerous to

mention but you or your neighbor are likely amongst

those generous souls. Businesses providing meals and/

or donations included Doc’s Sunset Grill, Latitude

38, Garden and Garnish, Highland Creamery/Oxford

Social Club, Key Lime Taxi, Carpenter Street Saloon,

Out of the Fire, Giant, Temple B’Nai Israel, Easton Girl

Scouts, Chick-Fil-A, Easton Rotary Club, Oxford Fire

Company, Tidewater Cleaning, Coast Guard Flotilla,

Friendship United Methodist Churches and the Town

of Oxford. This is but one demonstration of the love

and compassion of this marvelous community. God is

well pleased. Bless you all.

The Church of the Holy Trinity and Trinity Cathedral

youth group has been meeting on a monthly basis

this year exploring our relationship with God and

development of faith through encounters with

nature and service. At our April event, we focused

our activities on exploring the challenges and gifts

of differences mainly by looking at our perceptions

of able-bodiness and different-bodiness. We played

a game, Cross the Line, that pointed out the unique

differences between ourselves. Then we viewed a film,

The Vanier Way, about a group of Canadian teens who

visited the L’Arche community in France where Jean

Vanier established a place where able and differentlyabled

people live, work, and play together. Sharing

our reactions to the film we also talked about similar

experiences in our day to day lives. The challenge of

the day was to make pizzas in two person teams where

each participant could only use one arm. It helped

us experience a different way of working with each

other and developed different perceptions of our own

selves and abilities. The key learnings were that a team

approach was far easier than trying to do it alone and

that communication was critical to success. Most

importantly we experienced that God has created us

with diverse talents and differences that when brought

together create a beautiful community of God. The

day ended with a brief tug of war. Girls 1, Boys 1.

PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cross the Line activity, Tug of War, Eating Our Pizza Creations, Making Our Pizza Creations.

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A Devotion by April Reese

St. Paul’s Marion Station

“I sat down and enjoyed

what seemed to be a private

screening of nature’s

special performance.”

One recent summer evening while

paddle boarding off the tiny beach

behind my house, I experienced

a dynamic spiritual encounter. I

remember it was an especially pretty

evening with the gentle wind forming

delicate ripples in the water. I headed

out just before sunset, as I usually do,

to watch the sun slowly disappear into

the bay. The reflection of the sun was

bouncing red and orange brilliance

off the water. I stopped paddling

and drifted, a bit in awe amidst the

spectacular show unfolding before my

eyes. Then I heard what sounded like

music in the varied calls of ducks, geese,

seagulls and some other waterfowl I

didn’t recognize. As I looked around I

became aware of the sight and sound

of splashing from schools of feeder fish

attempting to avoid their fateful link

in the food chain. The effect was as

if I were floating in an enormous pot

brought to a rolling boil by the heat

of the slowly submerging sun. I sat

down and enjoyed what seemed to be

a private screening of nature’s special


In a matter of minutes that could have

been hours, the sun slipped below the

liquid horizon and all activity from

the fish and birds slowly dwindled into

silence, like a movie theatre after the

curtains have closed and the audience

has left. Turning around to paddle

home in solitude, I was stunned to see

a bright full moon already hanging

like a lantern, low and large, to light

my way. The moonlight danced along

a path on the water leading me home.

Any concerns I might have had about

losing my direction in the dark were


As I reflect on that beautiful evening, I

am reminded of just how awesome the

works of God’s hands truly are.

What a blessing to be in these natural

surroundings and to be called as a

direct participant in witnessing and in

sharing the glory of God. His “sacred

creation” is surely evidence of his great

love and grace that nourishes and

elevates the soul.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man

that you care for him? You make him a little lower than the heavenly beings, and

crowned him with glory and honor“ (Psalm 8, Verse 3-5).

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Reflecting on Convention Weekend

Youth @ Convention Weekend

This year as the church celebrated

the 150th year of our Diocese at

Convention, so did the youth. The

theme for their Youth @ Convention

weekend was “Grace Upon Grace.”

They heard messages about God’s

grace, spent time in small groups

discussing grace, worked on applying

grace in their own lives, played games,

swam, laughed and more during this

two-night weekend event.

This year’s special feature for Youth@

Convention was a breakout session

where they learned to express worship

My Experience at Convention

My name is Amanda Dolle and I have

been with the Christ Church Easton

youth group for nearly 2 years now.

I have always had trouble with social

situations and for me and my mom,

when I just started going to Christ

Church, the pieces were just starting

to come together. Later in 2018 I was

diagnosed with ASD (Autism) and

just recently absence seizures. My

health issues have been a big deal

for me and being in and out of the

hospital is not fun. Youth group has

brought out the best in me. I am so

grateful to have met so many new

friends and many people to talk to

and trust.

by Kelsey Spiker

by Amanda Dolle

through painting. They worked with

artist April Knight who helped to

bring their picture of “What Grace

Looks Like” to life. The youth worked

together during Sunday’s Service

to paint 6 individual canvases that

came together to make a large mural

(pictured left).

Many of the youth also met the

Presiding Bishop during Sunday’s

service! How cool!?

Peace & Love. Kelsey Spiker, Youth

and Family Minister

about and under-estimate a lot. Most

importantly, this weekend I learned

that grace is a gift, not something you

earn, so no matter how much you sin

or how much you try to serve God in

life, He will always give you grace.

Anyone who knows me, knows

that I love music (everything and

anything), and that I play several

instruments. I was a little leary to

attend the weekend this year. I did

not feel well all weekend, but when I

found out they were going to have a

mini-orchestra up at the front of the

ballroom playing with the choir for

the Sunday service. I knew God had

given me grace. It was fun to watch so

many talented people perform.


PAGE 16/17 :Presidng Bishiop

Michael Curry preaches during the

Closing Eucharist.

PAGE 18 TOP LEFT: Jerusalem

Greer, Stephanie Spellers, and

Jay Sidebotham headline at the

Evangelism Conference on Saturday.


San closes out the Evangelism

Conference with a presentation on



Gwendolyn Briley Strand took us on

a riveting journey through the life of

Harriet Tubman.


the hubub in the hallway.

PAGE 19 TOP LEFT: The Sagrada

Familia de Jesus officially became

the 40th worshipping community in

our Diocese during the Eucharist.

PAGE 19 TOP RIGHT: Amy Morgan

leads a huge choir with singers and

musicians from around the Diocese.

PAGE 19 BOTTOM: Bishop San and

our local clergy pose with visiting

Bishops and PB Curry.


Convention show off their canvas



Band lead worship during one of 3

“Big Room” sessions learning about



During our Youth @ Convention

the tutelage of worship artist April

weekend the the theme was “Grace

Knight, work on a mural during

Even though I did not feel the best

Upon Grace” and we learned the way

the first part of the Celebration

I had a great experience. I am so

of God’s grace. For me the concept


thankful to Ms. Susie for supporting

of grace is different from the things

me while I was not feeling the best,


we often hear about such as love and

and also to Kelsey for encouraging me

completed mural painted by the

peace. I think of grace as something

Youth @ Convention.

to write this, Thank You.

that we Christians don’t hear enough

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What Does the Cradle Represent in Your Faith Journey?

I recently returned from our

Diocesan Convention where I

experienced the joy of Christian

companionship in worship and

the inspiration of the Spirit with

a serving of holy sausage making

in the form of church business

added in for good measure. As

I struggled to keep my focus

during the business sessions,

I found myself noticing some

things people said with new

interest. During the debates

and discussions of amendments

to the constitution and canons,

I recognized an old saying in a

new way.

During one discussion, a mature

woman of quite proper bearing

approached the microphone

to speak. She began with this

forthright statement: “I am

a cradle Episcopalian”. That

opening line lingered with me to

the point that I hardly remember

anything else she said.

I was stuck on that phrase

because I remembered hearing

it spoken from the floor, at least

once, from every convention

I have attended over the last


(Doubtless, you have heard

that line before as well.) Now,

however, I couldn’t get that

affirmation out of my mind.

What was she saying with this

preface? What image was she

hoping to set in the minds of

the audience? What weight

by Tom Schuster, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Ocean City

had she just lined up behind

the statements she was about to


I must admit her proclamation

gave me a chilled feeling of

inferiority. I can’t make that

same cradle claim.

I come to the Episcopal Church

from earnest travels through

other Christian traditions. I

was formed in faith as a child

from my parents’ Christian

tradition. I was baptized

as an infant, confirmed as

a child and remained in a

church environment to young

adulthood. In college I drifted

along paying more attention to

secular things. After marriage, I

began a transformational period

of examination of faith and

purpose. Eventually, after the

birth of two children and moving

several times, we arrived at our

current spiritual home.

We embraced the Episcopal

Church after our move to Ohio

in 1995. We were welcomed

and embraced in return by the

congregation of Christ Church,

Hudson. And when hardship

struck our family in 1997, the

leaders and members of that

congregation lifted us up in ways

we can never fully repay.

Now, 24 years after Christ

Church Hudson, I think

about that phrase “Cradle

Episcopalian” and wonder if my

place in this faith tradition is

different from that woman who

spoke at the convention? Are

there membership categories in

the Episcopal Church? Is there

some type of seniority system at

work in our church? Did I join

in this Episcopal community too

late in the day?

On reflection, I have to go to

my source document, the New

Testament, for my answer. In

the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter

20, Jesus tells the parable of the

laborers in the vineyard. At the

end of the parable, the laborers

who went into the vineyard in

the early morning “grumbled at

the landlord” when they received

their pay. “Friend, I am doing

you no wrong”, the landlord says

and concludes with “I choose to

give this last the same as I give


I know I am not the last to come

into the vineyard that is the

Episcopal tradition. I also know

I am not a cradle Episcopalian.

But I do know I have been a

laborer in Jesus’s vineyard from

my earliest days and am proud

to proclaim myself a Cradle


God gives grace fully and

unconditionally to each of us.

When and how we accept grace

is our own choice. So, let each of

us accept God’s grace in our own

way and time. Pray that we may

all go forth to proclaim God in

Jesus Christ in this vineyard we

all share.

Spanish Translation. Continued from page 6...

La Sagrada Familia De Jesus

by The Rev. Dr. Thom Sinnot

El 3 de marzo de 2019, una nueva congregación

misionera de la parroquia de Shrewsbury,

Kennedyville, fue oficialmente bienvenida como la

quarenta congregación de la Diócesis de Easton. En

nombre de la Iglesia Episcopal, el Obispo Santosh

K. Marray y el Obispo Presidente Michael B. Curry

recibieron la Sagrada Familia de Jesús y su Fundador

de la Misión Vicario Thomas G. Sinnott.

El origen de la misión se remonta a más de

20 años, ya que St. Andrew, Suddlersville y la

Iglesia Parroquial de Shrewsbury quando se

comprometieron en la hospitalidad y el ministerio

pastoral con los residentes de habla Español en los

condados Kent y de Queen Anne’s counties. Los

Padres William Chilton, Thomas Hughes, Thomas

Sinnott, la líder laica Carol Orange y la gente de

Shrewsbury apoyaron generosamente este ministerio

por muchos años.

Después de su elección en 2017, el obispo Murray

ofreció su visión, liderazgo y apoyo a la formación

de esta nueva congregación. “La Sagrada Familia

de Jesús es una comunidad cristiana acogedora:

“Comprometida con la misión de Dios, siguiendo el

Camino de Jesús y fortalecida por el Espíritu Santo.

El ministerio de adoración, servicio, testimonio,

aprendizaje y apoyo se esfuerza por llevar la paz y

la justicia a todos los que residen en este parroquia

sin límites”. (Declaración de la misión de la


Este año todo es un “evento por primera vez”,

el Padre. Sinnott dice. “Este trabajo ha sido

realizado por la Iglesia desde su fundación en el

Día de Pentecostés. Somos la próxima generación

escuchando el llamado del Espíritu de que a todos

“en nuestro propio idioma les escuchamos hablar

sobre los actos de poder de Dios (Hechos 1:12)”.

La Sagrada Familia de Jesús trabajará con sus

compañeros para alcanzar sus objetivos inmediatos

de: aumentar su membresía, establecer un programa

de educación cristiana y buscar un desarrollador de

misión de habla nativa. Por favor, siempre tenga a la

congregación en sus oraciones.



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August 1-4


Teens and tweens ages 10 to rising High School Seniors are

invited to join the Christ Church Youth Group for a 4-day

opportunity to serve locally.

September 10th


The monthly gathering of clergy in the Diocese.

September 14th


The next installment of the Evangelism series begun at

Convention. Newcomers welcome.

September 28th


This annual event is for Wardens and Treasurers to learn

more about the ins, outs, & expectations of their roles. For

both new and seasoned wardens & treasurers.

October 5th


Join us for a special Eucharist and celebration of the launch

of the Bishop’s Institute.

October 11-14


Youth from around Province III will travel between

Washington DC and Philadelphia to continue the work of

racial reconciliation in our communities.

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

Friday afternoons during the summer.



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