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It’s here! EYE14 kicks off

Monday, July 7, 2014

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Almost 1000 youth along with more than 200 adults are gathering for the popular Episcopal Youth Event 2014 (EYE14), July 9-13 at Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia, PA.

Youth in grades 9-12 during the 2013-2014 academic year and their adult leaders will hail from 84 dioceses, including international friends from the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Taiwan.

Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Officer, noted: “EYE14 is an amazing opportunity for youth to experience The Episcopal Church on a vastly different scale than that of their local faith communities. They will be immersed in music, scripture, worship, and fellowship as they discern their own call to engage in the Five Marks of Mission.”

EYE14 is presented in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the camaraderie, opportunities abound for learning, prayer and mission work.

  • The opening Eucharist on July 10 will be live webcast along with two plenary sessions; Friday evening prayer; and the July 12 closing Eucharist.

For information contact Skov.

The 2014 event marks the twelfth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event.

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  • Twitter Hashtag is #EYE14

(all Eastern times):

  • Opening Eucharist – Thursday, July 10 at 9:30 am; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Missional Vitality, Diocese of Long Island preaching and President of the House Of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings presiding
  • Plenary – Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 pm; the EYE14 Mission Planning Team
  • Evening Prayer – Friday, July 11 at 8:30 pm (approximate); Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaching and officiating
  • Morning Plenary – Saturday, July 12 at 9:30 am; the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms
  • Closing Eucharist - Saturday, July 12 at 8 pm; Bishop Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina preaching and Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori presiding.
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The Collect for EYE14

Ever loving God, you have brought us together and empowered us to serve as your disciples. We ask you to guide and bless us as we strive to tell the Good News of your love; teach and nurture all believers; tend to the human condition; transform and reconcile the world as Christ has shown us; and treasure your creation and our salvation through Jesus Christ. May we be engulfed in your love and blessings as we live out the mission and work you have given us, through Jesus Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.


Before EYE14: New Community youth event

Prior to the inauguration of EYE14, there will be a New Community event July 7-9.

The purposes for the New Community event at the EYE14 is to gather youth from the various ethnic constituencies for conversations around the social issues of the day; to build capacities for their personal interaction; and to become agents of transformation to participate in forming the model of the beauty of the church and in reconciling the world to God and one another in Christ.

Following the conference, New Community Youth participants will join their diocesan delegations for EYE14.

After EYE14: 3 Days of Urban Mission
Following EYE14, on July 13 – 16, more than 350 will participate in 3 Days of Urban Mission, an opportunity for many to engage mission in an urban environment. Activities include hands-on labor, which might include everything from painting and hauling debris to childcare and preparing meals. Info here


Planning team

Planning team members are:



  • Thomas Alexander, Diocese of Arkansas, Province 7
  • Madeline Carroll, Diocese of Milwaukee, Province 5
  • Whitney Chapman, Diocese of West Virginia, Province 3
  • Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas, Diocese of Arizona, Province 8
  • Lillian Hardaway, Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Province 4
  • Angela Hudnell, Diocese of Ohio, Province 5
  • Cydney Jackson, Diocese of San Diego, Province 8
  • Casey Nakamura, Diocese of Hawaii, Province 8
  • Kayden Nasworthy, Diocese of Massachusetts, Province 1
  • Joseph Prickett, Diocese of Nebraska, Province 6
  • Justin Thao, Diocese of Minnesota, Province 6
  • Hauseng Vang, Diocese of Minnesota, Province 6
  • Roger Villatoro, Diocese of  Southeast Florida, Province 4
  • Rosanna Vizcaino, Diocese of the Dominican Republic, Province 9


  • Arlette Benoit, Diocese of Atlanta, Province 4
  • Vincent Black, Diocese of Ohio, Province 5
  • Randy Callender, Diocese of Maryland, Province 3
  • Cookie Cantwell, Diocese of East Carolina, Province 4
  • Randall Curtis, Diocese of Arizona, Province 7
  • Earl Gibson, Diocese of Los Angeles, canonically resident in Diocese of Arizona, Province 8
  • Wendy Johnson, Diocese of Minnesota, Province 6
  • Andrew Kellner, Diocese of Pennsylvania, Province 3
  • Shannon Kelly, Diocese of Southern Ohio, canonically resident in Diocese of Milwaukee, Province 5
  • Abigail Moon, Diocese of Florida, Province 4

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Laurel Johnston to leave the Episcopal Network for Stewardship

Monday, July 7, 2014

[The Episcopal Network for Stewardship press release] The Rev. Laurel Johnston, Executive Director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is stepping down from that position effective August 31, 2014. Prior to serving as Executive Director beginning January 2013, Johnston served on the Board of Directors in her capacity as Program Officer for Stewardship for The Episcopal Church from 2008-2012.

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship is a network of individuals working in congregations and on the diocesan level to train, educate, nurture and support efforts to advance a culture of generosity and faithful giving. TENS is supported through diocesan memberships which entitle every congregation within the member diocese to access a stewardship narrative series as well as other resources, especially around annual campaigns. TENS hosts an annual conference at various sites throughout the U.S. During Johnston’s service as Executive Director, the plenary speakers and one track of workshops were also webcast.

“Laurel birthed the stewardship narrative series: Blessed to be a Blessing, Flourishing in Faith, and Walking the Way, which have proved enormously helpful to local congregations.   She was also the driving force behind the development of the webcast. The whole Church owes her a great big thank you for her ministry in the generosity movement,” said The Rev. Angela Emerson, member of the Board of Directors, in making the announcement at the annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., June 7, 2014.

In a letter to Bishops, other constituents, partners and members, Johnston expressed an optimistic outlook for the future of TENS pointing both to programmatic developments, a dramatic increase in memberships, and financial soundness. “I cannot be more proud of the work that we have collectively done together to create a model of equipping stewardship ministry teams.”

Johnston will take advantage of a discernment leave to determine her next step.

The Board of Directors is finalizing a job description for the next Executive Director and plans to begin advertising for the position no later than August 1, 2014. Job description and process for applying for the position will be posted on the TENS website: www.tens.org.

Scholar-Priest Initiative offers free videos on Eucharist, Scripture

Monday, July 7, 2014

[Scholar-Priest Initiative press release] The Scholar-Priest Initiative (SPI) — a new initiative within The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada whose mission is “to welcome theology home” — has released two videos that inaugurate a project titled New Tracts for Our Times.

One video features the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry (11th Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina) reflecting on the Eucharist.  Curry, who sits on the Taskforce for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) and recently published a book of sermons titled Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus (Morehouse, 2013), suggests the Eucharist is “the principal act of worship” that “summons up and points toward the deep mystery of God.”  Musing on Matthew 11:28, often recited before Holy Communion, Curry notes: “Jesus said ‘Come unto to me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.’  That is the invitation to the Eucharist.  Jesus says: ‘Come unto me, all you who are weary….  Sometimes beaten down by the realities of life.  Sometimes struggling to just make it.  Sometimes trying to see a vision that’s greater than what you normally see in life.  Come unto me.’”

The other video, featuring Dr. Ellen Davis (Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School), focuses on Scripture.  “Perhaps what the Bible does best is surprise us,” notes Davis, who regularly teaches at Renk Theological College in the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan and served on the Steering Committee of the Anglican Communion’s ‘Bible in the Life of the Church’ project.  Her latest book is Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 2014).  Added Davis: “The Bible is always pushing against and sometimes exploding what we think of as the limits of our experience.  And telling us there is much more that is possible, if we only open our eyes and hearts to that possibility.”

Together, the two videos are the first iterations in an ongoing series aimed at addressing various aspects of Anglican/Episcopalian belief and practice. The Scholar-Priest Initiative is currently seeking funds for future iterations.

“The New Tracts series roots us in Scripture and Tradition,” said the Rev. Jason Ingalls, director pro tem of the Scholar-Priest Initiative and rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Waco, TX. “It starts conversations that free the Church to participate in God’s mission in our world.”

The videos were produced by Joseph Wolyniak, member of the SPI Leadership Team, Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow (2012), and lay member of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO.  Said Wolyniak: “The New Tracts are intended to communicate clearly and compellingly what Anglicans believe and do.  To show and tell our way of life and faith, with everyday Episcopalians addressing and exemplifying what we believe and how that belief shapes the way we live.” Pilar Timpane, who filmed, directed, and edited the videos, added: “Working on this project has been fascinating and exciting.  Bringing theological ideas into visual light is a gift of this particular time in culture and technology.  I hope the Church as a whole will be able to use and share these videos both within and outside of our faith communities.”

Since their release in the first week of June (2014), the project has attracted over 6,000 views on YouTube and received an overwhelmingly positive response on social media.  The videos will remain freely available for downloading or embedding on parish websites and will soon be accompanied by study guides for parish use.

Initial funding for the project came from the Evangelism in the 21st Century (E-21) program of the Episcopal Evangelical Education Society (EES).  Day Smith Pritchartt, Executive Director of EES, noted: “EES is thrilled to have been involved in the development of these videos and excited about the way in which they bring the Good News to people who might not hear it otherwise.”

New Tracts (#NewTracts) can be found on YouTube (http://youtube.com/newtracts), Facebook (http://www.fb.com/NewTracts), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/NewTracts, @NewTracts).  The Scholar-Priest Initiative can also be found on the web (http://scholarpriests.org/), on Facebook (http://www.fb.com/ScholarPriests), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/ScholarPriests, @ScholarPriests).

RIP: The Venerable Anthony Turney

Monday, July 7, 2014

Surrounded by family and friends, the Venerable Anthony Turney died peacefully on July 4, 2014 at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco following three years living with cancer. He was 76 years old.  His death came on the 38th anniversary of his becoming a United States citizen.

Throughout his esteemed and varied career, and most recently as Archdeacon for the Arts at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Anthony epitomized what it was to be a servant minister, both in the church and in the wider community. He was a profoundly gifted man, a lover of the arts, a gardener, a Brit, and a committed leader in non-profit endeavors. His career included positions as Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC; Executive Director of the Dance Theater of Harlem; Administrative Director of the San Francisco Opera; and CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation. He was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate in 1996 and continued to serve through his work at Grace Cathedral and in the Diocese of California.

Anthony was born in Sutton, England, on December 23, 1937, second oldest of three children within a family that soon broke up. His first years were spent in a Church of England children’s home for ‘waifs and strays,’ although he claimed he was never certain which of those he truly was. At the age of four, he was adopted by the Turney family who lived in Aylesbury, about 40 miles northeast of London. That same year marked the beginning of the Blitz, thus defining his childhood in wartime England.  In his mid teens, he served as a police cadet and thought of joining the force. Then at the age of 17, Anthony joined the Grenadier Guards, an infantry regiment of the British Army and the most senior regiment of the Guards Division. Besides serving in the Guards’ iconic ceremonial duties outside of Buckingham Palace, Anthony also saw distinguished service under fire during the Suez Crisis. Afterwards, he spent his 20s at various jobs in London, “lost in the wilderness,” as he put it.

Anthony spoke often of the defining moments in his life, and the most significant of these was his move to the United States in 1968. He jumped right in to the non-profit world, discovering his talent for leadership in the arts. First establishing himself in New York City, Anthony made a name for himself as an independent event producer, especially proud to have once presented Buckminster Fuller at Carnegie Hall.  Over the years he also lived in St. Louis, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and finally, San Francisco. He became a United States citizen on July 4, 1976, the bicentennial of his adopted country.

With the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Anthony’s life changed course once again. In mid 1991, he quit his work to care for his partner, James Brumbaugh, who was dying from AIDS-related complications. It was a devastating loss. In 1992, after completing Jimmy’s AIDS Memorial quilt panel, he asked, “What would you have me do now, God?” Within months, he moved permanently to San Francisco, was appointed CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation, and after only three years, would bring more than 42,000 panels of the Quilt to Washington, DC for display on the National Mall. It was viewed by 1.2 million people.

In 1996, Anthony was appointed to the San Francisco Arts Commission. In 2000, he was a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, assisting in the agency’s efforts to partner with faith-based organizations in responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

In San Francisco, Anthony found his spiritual home at Grace Cathedral, where he served as parishioner, as Canon for Development, and then, through his vocational calling, as clergy. Several years before his retirement, Anthony was appointed Archdeacon of the Diocese of California, as such serving the whole community of deacons, administratively and pastorally, and was very much a person on whom the Bishop relied centrally and heavily.  Afterwards, Anthony was named Archdeacon for the Arts at Grace Cathedral. He also served as Chaplain to the Dean’s Search Committee for Grace Cathedral. As an openly gay member of the clergy and a vocal advocate for marriage equality and other social justice issues, Anthony was a tireless champion of the LGBT community. An energetic volunteer and traveler, Anthony spent a month walking across Spain along the Camino de Santiago and successfully biked, three times, from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the AIDS LifeCycle. After Hurricane Katrina, he volunteered with a group from Grace Cathedral to assist in rebuilding a home for a young woman who had lost her home.

As accomplished as he was, his friends and family will remember Anthony most fondly for his commanding personality. He filled a room with grace and dignity – and then used his keen humor to destroy any remaining decorum. Anthony was an extraordinary friend and companion, always caring for those around him. He listened intensely and valued each person who came into his life. His friends and colleagues were blessed by his giving nature. Those who loved and admired Anthony continue to do so with passion and loyalty.

A final gift that Anthony bestowed on his friends and family was the way in which he lived out his dying. He did so with integrity, dignity and humor. Those who witnessed his journey learned with him. Dying often reveals a great many things about a person, especially those who are in the public arena. We watched him from a distance as he made his private journey, and, when invited, we walked part of that pilgrimage alongside him. We are grateful for both the public and the private blessings.

Anthony is survived by his San Francisco, St. Louis and Los Angeles family; his Episcopal Church friends and colleagues; beloved friends from across the world; his canine companion, Drew; and his newly found – and greatly loved – biological family in England and in Canada.  His, truly, was a life well lived: in love, friendship and grace.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to one of the following: The Sacred Dying Foundation, The Rainbow Honor Walk, the Ghiberti Foundation, the arts and culture foundation at Grace Cathedral or the San Francisco Opera Archive.

A funeral and celebration of Anthony’s life will be held at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral (1100 California Street) on Monday, July 14 at 11am. Anthony’s body in closed coffin will lay in the Cathedral’s AIDS Interfaith Chapel beginning at 7am for all those wishing to pay their respects prior to the funeral.