St. Margaret’s takes unusually somber approach to All Saints’ Day, honoring the nation’s crisis

For several years, St. Margaret’s Church of Annapolis has held All Saints services joyously with a good, old-fashioned Dixieland Mass, singing songs like “Shall We Gather at the River” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” led by a Dixieland group of musicians in the style of a New Orleans funeral. But this year was different. With more than 230,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 and more cases diagnosed every minute, it was hard to imagine a service celebrating “going home” that did not acknowledge the ongoing crisis.

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Bishop Sutton’s Address to the 236th Diocesan Convention

I am so proud of this Church for committing some of its financial resources to building up impoverished black communities. Is it going to hurt us? Yes, and it ought to. It’s in recognition of our collective complicity in contributing to that impoverishment.  I had nothing to do with enslaving persons. “I’m not guilty of that, but I have a responsibility. I didn’t have anything to do with the wiping out of the first peoples, Native Americans, but it’s left to me and my generation to do something about that.

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Formation Resources Fall 2020

Our diocesan Christian Formation Council is offering formation and worship resources as a supplement to participating in livestreamed worship or small in-person worship services. These resources can all be done at home and be led by lay people. We recommend these opportunities for lay people to take a leadership role in your congregation’s formation programs.

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Inspiration for new times from one of our diocesan youth programs

In this, I am their complete ally. They are young adults and should have a say in how they manage their time. This is the time to learn that important skill, and they do that by making some of their own choices. With all of this in mind, I want to try something radical with the High School. We are going to combine High School Sunday School and High School Youth Group. And, we are not going to meet on Sunday mornings.

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