Terry Hurlbut from Good Shepherd, West Springfield, and Beatrice Kayigwa from Good Shepherd, Clinton, were ordained as deacons on Saturday, November 16 at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield. Dr. Jane Tillman will be ordained a deacon on December 14 at Christ Church Cathedral. Following are their statements upon ordination. Photos: RussRo Photography
“The ordination is a fulfillment of the call I had about 36 years ago to get in the ministry of ‘helping people who are outside the Church.’
When I became a young adult, I left the Church, but three women talked to me regularly about the love of God and how much Jesus wanted me back. In 1977, after our Archbishop Jonani Luwum was murdered, the Lord called me in Matthew 11:28; I accepted the invitation. Likewise, our Lord sends me out to tell people how much He cares for them. The ordination sends me out to the people who may not realize that the love of Jesus is for them to experience. I will be taking the gospel outside a church building.” — The Rev. Deacon Beatrice Kayigwa
“The Deaconate Ordination is another part of the Spiritual journey through which to experience God’s Grace and to serve God’s people. Each of us is called to serve, and our challenge is “listening for how God is calling each of us, and when we hear that call, to have the courage to follow it.” –The Rev. Deacon Terry Hurlbut
[November 11, 2013] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offers the following prayer for the people of the Philippines:
O God our help in time of trouble, we pray for the Filipino people who have suffered this grievous natural disaster. We pray that survivors may find water, food, and shelter, and news of their missing loved ones. There is trauma and destruction in many places, and little news from some of the areas hardest hit. Give peace and confidence, O Lord, to those in the midst of the whirlwind. Open hearts and hands around the world to respond sacrificially to the urgent need. Help us to remember that we are connected, one to another, the living to the dead, the comfortable to the suffering, the peaceful to the worried and anxious. Motivate us to change our hearts, for our misuse and pollution of the earth you have given us to share has something to do with this disaster. Show us your suffering Son in the midst of this Calvary, that we might love one another as he has loved us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
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By The Rev. Betsy Fisher
“This is my project—I want to raise this money to build the teaching kitchen.”
Since our visit to Kumasi last July, Ghana has captured my heart. I think about it every day. So I want to thank the diocese for making that experience happen. And I want to thank all the people of the diocese who have maintained the relationship with Ghana for all these years, especially Rev. Annie Ryder, Rev. Deacon Jane Griesbach and Rev. Betsy Fowle.
So many great things are happening in Ghana, but the one that captured my imagination was the Women’s Vocational Center. There is a great emphasis in Ghana on education, especially women’s education. But for reasons of either poverty or lack of ability, many women in Ghana will never attend university. The Women’s Vocational Center trains Ghanaian women in trades like seamstressing, hairdressing and catering. They help women turn a life of poverty into a life of possibility.
And what I also have learned this year is when you help lift the women out of poverty, you save the children as well. Right now, the Women’s Vocational Center is in the midst of trying to expand so they can accept more women. They are trying to build a teaching kitchen and dining area at the center. When I toured the facility with the director, I asked her how much money it would take to build this teaching kitchen, and the answer was $30,000. Thirty-thousand dollars! For an entire building! If you watch “Property Brothers” on HGTV, then you know that people in our country spend way more than that on renovating kitchens in their own homes! Continue Reading
October 26, 2013
Let us pray with the Christ who is within us, among us, and always leading us into Resurrected Life.
Last year’s Convention featured this picture (Gordon Handing Off Crozier to Me) and what a wonderful job Bishop Gordon did of a smooth transfer in the midst of a church on the move. I will be forever grateful! And now I have that crozier and I’m trying to bring it and what it represents out into the street, into the issues of our time. (Previous picture dissolves into me with crozier running out of the building.) And I am not doing this alone. I am blessed by a holy staff. (Picture of the whole staff running down the street with me) Showing once again the truth of the words of the Prophet Bruce (Picture of Springsteen) that we are all “BORN TO RUN!” Do I see people making friendly bets on whether this is the only Springsteen reference in this address?
In some ways it was the year of the Hat. (Picture of me in Dr Suess hat) From Dr. Suess to the mitre that did not fit. (Picture of me with the mitre over my ears) Some told me that day not to worry –my head will grow into it. To a hat I never thought I would wear (Warren’s picture of me in a Red Sox hat). I wore it because it was green – I will do anything to remind us to care for God’s Creation! And then there was the hat the Cathedral Chapter gave me to make up for unfurling a banner saying the “Red Sox Are Prayed For Here” when I was seated at the Cathedral. (Puts on the Yankees hat with the blinking NY – done live – not a picture)