TELLING THE STORY OF OUR DIOCESE

Nightwatch 2020, for Episcoposse, was Divine
Nightwatch 2020, for Episcoposse, was Divine

During lunch, I was able to make connections with people I would have never been able to talk to, which honestly was the theme of the entire trip. Whether I was on the bus, or during the scavenger hunt, or stopping in a souvenir shop on the street buying my 106th hat, I was able to see people I had never met before and become good friends with them. I was also able to strengthen bonds that I had with my friends. Overall, I think that Nightwatch was a great experience where I was able to grow more as both a Christian and a person.

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From the Archives: Lent
From the Archives: Lent

Lent, which derives its name from the Old English word lencten, which mean “springtime,” and from the West Germanic langitinaz, or “lengthening of days,” is a time of preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting fourty days.

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From the Archives: African Americans and Trinity Church, Baltimore’s, Parish Register
From the Archives: African Americans and Trinity Church, Baltimore’s, Parish Register

Trinity Church in Baltimore was begun in 1804 in Fells Point and flourished for over thirty years until German families began moving into the area, and yellow fever epidemics decimated the congregation. The church building was sold to a German Lutheran congregation in 1836, but before that time Trinity’s rector, the Rev. Elisha Rattoone, had recorded the names of several African American persons he had married or baptized.

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Open Doors Open Hearts – Cathedral of the Incarnation launches capital campaign

Open Doors Open Hearts – Cathedral of the Incarnation launches capital campaign

Twenty years ago the Cathedral community undertook a significant project that enhanced our facilities and made a statement about who we are and our mission to the city around us. We built the Gardner Peace Chapel. Today we are able to consider a new undertaking. Our congregation is growing. Our appeal to young families is strong. Our community cares: for each other, for immigrants and refugees, for our city, and for the environment. As new energy is emerging we are asking ourselves, what kind of church do we aspire to be? How do we grow and where are we headed? What is God calling us to become?

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.”

From the Archives: African American History in our Archives

From the Archives: African American History in our Archives

Since delegates at our Diocesan Convention passed Resolution 2019-06 regarding racial reconciliation and reparations, there has been renewed interest in finding records of enslaved persons and other African Americans with ties to the Diocese of Maryland. As noted in a recent issue of Smithsonian Magazine, several new data bases are being launched to add to our knowledge of the lives of enslaved people in North America, including Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade and Freedom Narratives. Investigations are also ongoing concerning post-Civil War narratives, including segregation, Jim Crow laws and unfair practices in housing, education and hiring. Although our archives is small, we possess many documents which can enhance our knowledge of African American life in Maryland over the past 400 years.

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

Stay calm – Stay connected – Stay church – a Message from Bishop Sutton

Stay calm – Stay connected – Stay church – a Message from Bishop Sutton

Even during this time when we should be staying at home as much as possible for the health and safety of everyone, “walking in this valley” still means finding ways to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, reach out to the lonely, protect the children and the elderly, and care for the sick. This is the diaconal ministry to which we are being called to focus our energies on in this troubled time.

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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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