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Live God's Love. Tell What you have seen and heard.
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The Ven. Rick Cluett to Return to Diocesan Staff as Archdeacon — The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe writes, “Today I am pleased to tell you that the Ven. Rick Cluett, archdeacon emeritus, has agreed to assist me in this work by returning for a time to the post from which he retired a decade ago.”

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Canon Bill Lewellis wrote this tribute to Bishop Mark Dyer, featuring stories from many across the diocese touched by his life and ministry.

According to Virginia Theological Seminary, “Bishop Dyer's funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Nov. 20 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va. Committal will be in the Chapel Garden (at VTS) at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Deanery.”

The Diocese of Bethlehem has arranged with the Dyer family to hold a memorial service at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in the near future, at time convenient to them. We will keep you informed of those plans.

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Obituary for the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer, June 7, 1930-November 11, 2014.

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Bishop Sean Rowe on the death of the Rt. Rev. J. Mark Dyer, our seventh bishop. http://buff.ly/1xhnjaW
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The New Hope Campaign has given us a continuing opportunity to live out the Gospels. The most recent example is our Diocese’s response to the humanitarian crisis that occurred last month at the boder with Uganda. Border demarcations become blurred in thinly populated third world countries. The Kuku tribe from Kajo Keji and the neighboring Madi tribe from Uganda had lived for years in peace, in fact inter-marrying and living side by side. A recent election in Uganda saw a new district supervisor elected in Uganda, who promptly issued an expulsion order for the Kuku people. “Hot headed young people began to argue and fight,” reports Stephen Tomor. “Fighting grew, some people where machetied, tukels burnt, crops destroyed.” Bishop Anthony and his team went to the border, urged people to avoid violence, gave sanctuary to the wounded and hid some Kuku’s to avoid injury. Over 500 people were displaced – no food, no shelter, no clothing.

Bishop Anthony asked for our help. Within the week, loyal New Hope donors had contributed over $10,500 to our disaster relief offering. Within eight days you were feeding the hungry, healing the wounded, giving shelter and clothes to the exposed. Here’s the summary of our faith in action:

- Over 8 tons of grains and cereals purchased & distributed, providing over 50,000 meals
- 270 blankets were purchased and distributed
- 120 plastic shelters purchased and distributed
- 3 injured people flown to Juba for advanced medical treatment

We were among the first to provide relief. Faster than the UN or other western NGO’s we were feeding hungry people after eight days. For love doesn’t honor red tape and bureaucracy. We are thankful for Bishop Anthony’s leadership and Stephen Tomor’s real time management of an emergency situation.

The governments of the South Sudan and Uganda have insured there is peace and the situation is reverting to normal. We thank God for loving partners and strong leadership in the Diocese of Kajo Keji. We also thank God for the caring response that you made. Living out the Gospels with love is what New Hope is all about.

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Watch the TREC Churchwide Meeting panel answer questions from the floor. Bishop Sean delivered the now heavily tweeted line “The church is over-led and under-managed” to resounding applause. 

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Recordings of last summer’s RSCMA King's College Course are now available online. (http://buff.ly/1pC1LwI)

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Letter from General Theological Seminary faculty to the students: “As you know, we have announced that we are not going to teach, attend meetings, or participate in common worship until pressing issues at the Seminary are addressed…” http://buff.ly/1pwYQoV

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Video @ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: A Buddhist and a Benedictine discuss how to live gratefully.
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