In October, members of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast’s Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation and the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama’s Commission on Truth, Justice and Racial Healing assisted Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings, Secretary to the General Convention Michael Barlowe, Canon for Creation Care, Evangelism and Racial Reconciliation Stephanie Spellers, Social Justice and Engagement Officer Chuck Wynder, and the...

October 23, 2019

The second week of October is usually reserved for the annual Clergy Conference held at Beckwith each year. However, those clergy who were able decided to use the time this year to go support the two services of healing and commemoration in Panama City and Port St. Joe. Several clergy offered up an additional day to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for a single mom of three daughters, all of whom had been living in a FEMA trailer since Hurricane Michael swept away their home.

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October 23, 2019

October 10 was the one year mark of Hurricane Michael’s landfall. A storm that changed the landscape and lives of anyone living along the Panhandle of Florida.

On that evening, two local churches, Holy Nativity in Panama City, and St. James in Port St. Joe, held services of healing and thanksgiving.

In his sermon, Holy Nativity’s rector, the Rev. Steve Bates said “We find ourselves in a place where theology meets reality. This storm will forever be a part of our DNA but more importantly, the ways...

As the “graying” of America continues, it is becoming increasingly important to honor our elderly because many of these people outlive their friends and oftentimes find their families spread across the country, thus finding themselves very much alone. So what choices do they have? Well, the living choices for the elderly are many, yet varied: independent living, assisted living residences, range-of-care facilities, and nursing homes.

One such elderly choice is right here in Mobile nestled just...

October 23, 2019

What is a Canon Missioner for Discipleship? This is the most frequent question I have gotten since Bishop Russell first hired me for this position.

First, let’s break down the words and ideas in the title itself.  Admittedly, some of our “insider” language can be confusing not only to insiders but especially to those outside of our specialized designations and denominations.

Historically in the church, a ‘canon’ is an honorary title conferred upon a member of the clergy (and some lay persons) for...

October 9, 2019

The Commission on Racial Justice & Reconciliation, in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day, would like to share the following excerpt from the book*, "The Four Vision Quests of Jesus", by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston. It illustrates how much we can learn by seeing the Gospel through the eyes of Native American tradition.

"The Incarnation is God’s vision quest. 

That sentence is the most concise way to express the doctrine of the Incarnation from the Native American viewpoint. The Incarnation...

October 9, 2019

October 14 is Indigenous Peoples Day, and the Commission on Racial Justice & Reconciliation used its scheduled September meeting to learn more about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians near Atmore, Alabama.

We respectfully recognize that prejudice, bias, discrimination and oppression have been visited upon more people of color than our African American brothers and sisters. Racism is not a binary issue of Black and White. This is not to diminish the horror suffered, but to acknowledge others have, a...

September 23, 2019

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board is pleased to announce the UTO Camino Challenge Grant.  UTO will match up to the first $60,000 in donations to create the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. For those of you who are Cursillistas, this is the birthplace of Cursillo. 

The vision for the Anglican Pilgrim Centre is “to provide a place where the more than 100,000 Protestant pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela each year will have a place to end their...

September 23, 2019

On Sunday, September 8, the Rev. Bailey Norman officiated at the Service of Institution of a Senior Chapter of Daughters of the King® at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama. The charter for the Elizabeth Ferard Chapter was presented to Rev. Norman by the Diocesan Assembly President, Beth Moore. Once the charter was instituted, five women, who had completed the discernment process required by the Daughters of the King ®, were admitted into membership. The new members included: Laurent Cad...

September 23, 2019

Sing to the Lord an Old Song: Meditations on Classic Hymns is a soul-stirring book. The author is Dick Schmidt, former rector of St. Paul’s, Daphne, retired editor of Forward Day by Day, and now chaplain to the retired clergy of the Diocese. As I read each of Dick’s meditations on these hymns, I found myself praying with mind and heart. My way of thinking about God was probed, my holy imagination inspired, and my passion for the Living Flame of Love rekindled.  

In this unique contribution to dev...

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