This Sunday is Pentecost 6, Proper 11, Year C.
This Sunday’s Gospel reading is the story of Mary and Martha, and Martha’s annoyance with Mary for listening to Jesus instead of helping her with her “many tasks.” The story appears only in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 10:38–42). Jesus was visiting the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary of Bethany, the latter typically conflated in Catholic medieval tradition with Mary Magdalene, though the New Testament probably means a different person. Mary chose listening to the teachings of Jesus over helping her sister prepare food. Jesus responded that she was right because only one thing is needed, the “one thing” apparently meaning listening to the teachings of Jesus. This goes in line with words by Jesus that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Matthew 4:4).
IMAGE: Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary by Tintoretto (16th century).
This Sunday Elise Johnstone, the Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the bishop) in our Diocese of Lexington, will celebrate the Eucharist and give the homily in Fr. Paul’s absence.
The lector this Sunday is Heather and the altar guild is B.T. See the vestment colors, the altar colors, the Bible readings and the liturgical calendar by clicking HERE and selecting the date. Note that the color of a date’s number is the vestment and altar color for the day.
Trump administration officials reportedly have discussed the option of reducing refugee resettlement to zero in the next federal fiscal year, a move that critics warn could devastate the long-term resettlement capabilities of Episcopal Migration Ministries and the eight other agencies with federal contracts to do that work. Read the full story by clicking HERE.
PHOTO: Syrian refugee Ahmad al Aboud and his family members, on their way to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee admissions program, walk to board their plane in Amman, Jordan, in 2016. Reuters.
On July 11, In a speech that stirred emotional reactions and caused members of the General Synod to rise to their feet, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, apologized on behalf of the national church for spiritual harm done to Indigenous peoples. Read the full story HERE.
PHOTO: Canon Norm Wesley hears Primate Fred Hiltz’s [right] apology to Indigenous peoples on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada. Milos Tosic/Anglican Journal.
18-year-old Ubelia watched as each of her four sisters became a teenage mom. As the fifth and youngest daughter in the family, she didn’t want to follow in the same path. Enter the Guatemala Youth Initiative, a nongovernmental organization founded by Episcopalian Greg Lowden with support from others in The Episcopal Church, especially the Diocese of Virginia, wherein Lowden grew up attending Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham, 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. With 92 out of every 1,000 girls ages 15-19 giving birth, Guatemala has one of the highest adolescent birth rates in Latin America, which as a region ranks second in the world.
PHOTO: The Guatemala Youth Initiative’s Byron Paredes, sexual and reproductive health educator, and Alison Urbina, program assistant, lead a workshop of sexual and reproductive health for middle school students. Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service
Thus far in 2019, six women have been elected as diocesan or suffragan bishops. Episcopalians in two dioceses have elected men to be their diocesan bishops. Four of those eight bishops-elect, all women, identify as people of color. At least one more woman will be elected bishop this year, on July 26, when the Diocese of Montana chooses from a slate of three women. Read the full story HERE.
PHOTO: The Rev. Kathryn McCrossen Ryan was consecrated bishop suffragan of the western region of the Diocese of Texas on June 1. Diocese of Texas
The opioid epidemic in the U.S. continues to affect millions of Americans, with tens of thousands every year dying from overdoses, and some of the most vulnerable to the epidemic’s effects are the users’ children and other young family members. The Episcopal Church’s Province III, which includes many of the communities hit hardest by the rise in opioid addiction in recent years, is partnering with the Diocese of Maryland’s Claggett Center and the SpiritWorks Foundation to offer a free weeklong summer camp, Camp Spirit Song, in support of children struggling with a parent’s or loved one’s addiction. Read the full story by clicking HERE.
PHOTO: SpiritWorks Foundation offered its own camp for children affected by addiction several years ago at Airfield Conference Center, near Wakefield, Virginia. SpiritWorks Foundation
A global shortage of frankincense could threaten the production of church incense which some traditions use during worship as a visible sign of prayers ascending to God. The aromatic resin, used to produce incense, comes from Boswellia, a genus of trees and shrubs from the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India. According to a report in a sustainability journal, there is a danger frankincense supplies will collapse after researchers found the Boswellia trees are being destroyed by cattle farming, drought and conflict. Read the full tory HERE.
PHOTO: Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia
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