TELLING THE STORY OF OUR DIOCESE

From the Archives: Bishop James Kemp
From the Archives: Bishop James Kemp

In the diocese of Maryland’s ongoing effort to grapple with our past and begin to bring about reconciliation and healing, we are mining the Archives for information about African Americans who had a relationship with the Episcopal Church in Maryland. One path is searching confirmation records.

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Cathedral of the Incarnation dedicates new hymnal in the African-American tradition
Cathedral of the Incarnation dedicates new hymnal in the African-American tradition

Dean Boulter sees this addition of a new hymnal as one of the ways that the cathedral shows it commitment to inclusion and racial reconciliation. “Our church has not had a good history when it comes to valuing diversity. The cathedral church was founded when two predominantly white congregations joined together and moved out of neighborhoods in Baltimore City that were becoming integrated. I hope this act, and others that we will are considering, will help heal the breach that racism has created in Baltimore.” Dean Boulter acknowledged that it is a small and symbolic act but he said, “symbols are important and even small acts of reconciliation make a difference.”

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ENCOUNTER THE STORY

“There was a mouse for want of stairs, ran up a rope to say his prayers.”

“There was a mouse for want of stairs, ran up a rope to say his prayers.”

As a child, Isaac loved to read and loved rhyming verse. One evening during family devotions, he saw a mouse climbing up the bell-pull and was heard to giggle. When questioned by his father, the reply was, “There was a mouse for want of stairs, ran up a rope to say his prayers.”  This angered his father, who threatened punishment, and prompted the reply, “O father, do some mercy take, and I will no more verses make.” 

BELONG TO A COMMUNITY OF LOVE

Episcopal Service Corps – A Gilead’s Narrative by Jess Pandolfino
Episcopal Service Corps – A Gilead’s Narrative by Jess Pandolfino

Living in Baltimore opened our eyes to the daily struggles of poverty and racial tension around us. I had no idea how many people in our city lack access to basic needs: fresh food, literacy programs, a safe shelter, and a network of emotional and social support. I always knew that I grew up in a privileged world, but I had no idea just how privileged I was until we took an anti-racism training together as a group.

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Theological Reflection to Go for Advent
Theological Reflection to Go for Advent

The Diocese of Maryland’s Christian Formation Council is offering an advent video series as a personal or group formation opportunity – Theological Refection to Go! It’s a great way to see God acting in your and in the life of the world through culture, our religious traditions and scripture. Take a few minutes to reflect on each video below with attached questions

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FROM OUR DIOCESAN CENTER

Diocese forms partnership with Worship Times

Diocese forms partnership with Worship Times

“We know how important digital presence is today, which is why, after working on various projects with Worship Times, including http://episcopalmaryland.org and http://marylandepiscopalian.org, over the past four years, we know their philosophy and abilities are the perfect match for us,” said Carrie Graves, canon for communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. “Worship Times comes with an impressive track record that we feel confident will improve our network’s digital reach. We’re already hard at work and making progress.”

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GO FURTHER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIOCESE OF MARYLAND

Watch the Rev. Flo Ledyard’s homily at the memorial service for the Rev. Alice Bassett-Jellema
Nov. 16, 2019

Sutton Scholars® Build A Better Baltimore

Bishop Sutton and diocesan Truth and Reconciliation Commission member, Mr. Waymon Wright, speak at the Hasselbach family graveyard on the grounds of the Claggett Center

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