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Christian Formation this Fall

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EMBODIED TRUTH: The Moral Teaching of Jesus

This is the theme for our Fall adult formation offerings – on Sunday mornings and perhaps other times.  Nothing could be more relevant to our lives today than this. 

While lies and selfishness are problems in every era, we face particular assaults on moral values today.  Jesus not only speaks truth, he embodies truth in his words, his actions, and his willingness to give himself up even to death.  We’ll explore together what Jesus’ teaching and his behavior tell us about:

  • Truth and lies
  • Wealth and materialism
  • Racial bigotry
  • Respect for human life (including abortion, capital punishment, and death with dignity)
  • Oppression of human beings (women, gays, poor people, others)
  • Poverty
  • Sexual ethics
  • Nationalism and immigration
  • Democracy and authoritarianism

I will present a view of Jesus based in scripture, with ample time for discussion and debate.  Jesus addresses some issues more clearly than others, and we’ll be honest about that. I hope this will be a fulsome, all-parish discussion of these pressing issues. 


 

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Christian Formation: Fall 2018

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EMBODIED TRUTH: The Moral Teaching of Jesus

This is the theme for our Fall adult formation offerings – on Sunday mornings and perhaps other times.  Nothing could be more relevant to our lives today than this. 

While lies and selfishness are problems in every era, we face particular assaults on moral values today.  Jesus not only speaks truth, he embodies truth in his words, his actions, and his willingness to give himself up even to death.  We’ll explore together what Jesus’ teaching and his behavior tell us about:

  • Truth and lies
  • Wealth and materialism
  • Racial bigotry
  • Respect for human life (including abortion, capital punishment, and death with dignity)
  • Oppression of human beings (women, gays, poor people, others)
  • Poverty
  • Sexual ethics
  • Nationalism and immigration
  • Democracy and authoritarianism

I will present a view of Jesus based in scripture, with ample time for discussion and debate.  Jesus addresses some issues more clearly than others, and we’ll be honest about that. I hope this will be a fulsome, all-parish discussion of these pressing issues. 


 

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Egg Hunt 2018 - A Community Event!

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Book of the Month 02/04

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Sing, Unburied, Sing
In seeking a book for our next parish book discussion, I happened onto a new novel that's received raves in the press:  Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.  This novel of black American experience in Mississippi around the year 2000 is beautifully written and poignant.  It says much about America's original sin of racism in our day, and also the amazing resilience of the human spirit.  The characters are real and compelling.  Ward won the National Book Award for her previous novel.
 
I propose we read this book in observance of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month in Jan-Feb.  We'll meet on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 p.m.  Please let me know if you will read the book and discuss it with us!  
  


 

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Adult Formation 01/07/2018

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New Deacon in Training

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Meet Eugene Wright!

 
St. Dunstan's welcomes our new deacon candidate, Eugene
 Wright, to our worship and ministries beginning January 7 through June 2018.  Eugene is in the final stages of his training to be ordained a vocational deacon in the Diocese of Washington.  A parish placement is part of the training.  
 
Eugene is a longtime member of St. John's Church in Mt. Rainier.  He has served in many capacities, including as Warden and vestry member there.  He also served as chair of their stewardship and evangelism committee, and is interested in working with us at St. Dunstan's in those areas.  We welcome his help and expertise.  Eugene has also served in various liturgical capacities, and as a pastoral visitor.
 
We hope to provide a good training experience to Eugene as he moves toward diaconal ministry.  Please say hello and welcome him starting this Sunday.  JBM  


 

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New Challenge from your Rector

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Sing, Unburied, Sing
 
In seeking a book for our next parish book discussion, I happened onto a new novel that's received raves in the press:  Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.  This novel of black American experience in Mississippi around the year 2000 is beautifully written and poignant.  It says much about America's original sin of racism in our day, and also the amazing resilience of the human spirit.  The characters are real and compelling.  Ward won the National Book Award for her previous novel.
 
I propose we read this book in observance of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month in Jan-Feb.  We'll meet on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 p.m.  Please let me know if you will read the book and discuss it with us!  


 

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Immigration Forum

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Book of the Month- November 2017

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Hurricane Harvey Relief... from our neighbors in the Diocese of Maryland

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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESAN DISASTER COORDINATOR
 
 

Hurricane Harvey Relief
What Can I Do?

At this time all agencies are asking people not to head to Texas or Louisiana if you are not already part of a group such as the Red Cross or other relief agencies on the ground. Right now in Maryland the BEST thing we can do is donate money to the relief agency of your choice. Episcopal Relief & Development, Red Cross, Salvation Army, whoever you are comfortable with. The recovery from Harvey will take years to complete and there will be many opportunities for people from our area to go and help -- well after the cameras, feeding trucks and others have gone home. The only request we are making at this time is to donate money. That is distributed locally to those who are in the impacted areas and is used by the relief agencies to cover the immediate costs of housing, feeding and helping those in need. You could plan a fundraiser at home and send the proceeds. You could even sign up with a relief agency for future events. But for now, please donate and know that you are doing the best for those in need.

Please follow Disaster Emergency Response Team Maryland on Facebook for news, information and future calls for help.

Here are 6 ways to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to support post disaster response. 
  1. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event.
  2. Please don't send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.
  3. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future. These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.
  4. Read Rob's Blog on best response practices.
  5. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter and episcopalrelief.org
  6. Share the bulletin insert
We all want to DO something and the best we can do right now is donate money. You may contact me at stillman@claggettcenter.org or 410-467-1399 Ext. 6383

Blessings and thank you!
Sharon Tillman
Diocesan Disaster Relief Coordinator
Diocese of Maryland
 


 

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