Aug 23 16

Diocesan Council Workshop: Anglicans For Life

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Diocesan Council is an opportunity for representatives of all our parishes to be challenged by speakers on topics of importance to the greater Church.  Delegates bring back the information and networked contacts to help our parishes work together to advance the Kingdom.  The following workshop will be presented at Diocesan Council 2016, on Friday November 4th.

Creating A Culture Of Life: Starting With Your Church

While abortion and euthanasia are often seen as political issues to be avoided in the church, Georgette Head ShotAnglicans For Life Director Georgette Forney will share how these issues as well as miscarriage, adoption, and bioethical topics have become life experiences happening to real people in the pews. This presentation will provide pastoral insights and resources to equip lay and ordained leaders to reach out to the hurting with the love of Jesus and practical help. The brokenhearted need the church to address these topics from the Shepherd’s perspective.

Georgette Forney is in her 19th year leading Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to helping the Church address abortion, abstinence, adoption, euthanasia and bioethical topics like stem cell research. She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual, and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Mrs. Forney has also authored Embrace the Journey, a 8-week DVD program that addresses aging and dying and how best to prepare ourselves and loved ones for that season of life.  She is also a Permanent Vocational Deacon of the ACNA.

Aug 25 16

R.E. Seminary Begins New Semester

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Reformed Episcopal Seminary, in Blue Bell, PA, begins Trinity semester on Monday, August 29th with a full day of Monday classes.  RES-Aug2016Opening Convocation is at 10am on Tuesday, August 30th in the Seminary Chapel, followed by new student orientation.  No regular classes will meet on Tuesday.

A Seminary Picnic is being held on Saturday, August 27th, from 11am to 3pm.  Weather permitting, the picnic will be held on the back lawn behind the main building.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled; guests are asked to contact the Seminary Office about bringing a side dish or dessert.  All Seminary friends and family are invited.  For directions visit the Seminary website HERE.


Aug 22 16

60th Spiritual Enrichment Conference: Sept 30-Oct 2

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As we approach the date of our Diamond Anniversary Spiritual Enrichment Conference we are excited and thankful for the many years God has granted in the life of this conference. We encourage you to come and bring a friend for a weekend of celebration and “spiritual enrichment.”

This year’s conference will be held Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Sign-in registration begins in the lobby of the hotel at 3:00 P.M. on Friday. The conference banquet, a “Black Tie Affair,” will be held on Saturday evening.  Men are invited to join us for the weekend and witness firsthand the blessings God has bestowed upon us over the past 60 years of Spiritual Enrichment Conferences.

DcsTJohnsonDeaconess Teresa R. Johnson of Saint James Anglican Church, Memphis, TN will be our keynote speaker. Teresa will address this year’s conference theme: “Consolation and Good Hope Through Grace,” which is based on our 2016-2017 Women’s Devotional Book, which she authored. Also, we are delighted that the Most Reverend Royal U. Grote, Jr., Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church will join us for this very special occasion. Bishop Grote will deliver our 60th Anniversary Celebratory Message during Sunday’s closing Morning Prayer Service.


Conference Registration Cost:
$35.00 per person by 09/01/16; $60.00 per person after 09/01/16

Hotel and Meal Cost:
$378.18, single; $242.09, Double; $196.73, Triple; $174.05 -Quadruple. A prepayment of $25.00 per room for estimated incidentals will be charged at check-in. If no incidental charges are incurred, the fee will be refunded at check-out. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when making your reservation.

Registration information is available in the document linked below:

SEC 2016 Registration Information

Jul 19 16

Summer Course at RESeminary August 8-12

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BpHicksSum16Bishop David Hicks will lead a one-week intense course on Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians at Reformed Episcopal Seminary during the week of August 8-12.  Students taking the course will become familiar with the content, historical background and scholarly discussion related to Paul’s epistle. Through an analysis of I Corinthians, students will consider the manner in which Paul approached problem solving in the context of first-century Christianity and consider ways in which the theology of I Corinthians may be utilized for problem solving in the contemporary Christian context.  Three credits can be earned (30 hours), or the course can be audited.  Tuition is $675 for credit, or $185 for audit.  Contact Rev. David France at the Seminary Office for registration.

Brochure with details HERE.

Jul 5 16

Ordinations in July

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Canon William Jenkins had the rare opportunity of presenting his son, William “Billy” Jenkins, to Bishop Hicks for ordination to the deaconate at a service on Saturday, July 2nd, at Faith R.E. Church in Baltimore, MD.


Rev. Jerry McLynn, as usual, could not keep his hands out of the air as he delivered the ordination sermon.


The usual suspects were in attendance.



Another ordination is scheduled for mid-July: Rev. Dcn. William Vowles will be ordained to the presbyterate at St. Stephen’s R.E. Church in Sykesville, MD on Sunday, July 17th.  The evening will start with dinner at 5pm followed by the service at 6pm.  In an interesting turn-around, Rev. Vowles son Eric will be the litanist.  Rev. Eric Jorgensen will present the candidate as well as the sermon.

Jun 21 16

ACNA Provincial Council 2016

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The Provincial Council of the ACNA is meeting this week at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  Representing the Diocese are Bishops Hicks and Gillin, Canon Riches is representing the Seminary, and Rev. Miller the Church Army USA.  Several other delegates are representing individual parishes.


The Executive Committee meets Monday, Council is Tuesday and Wednesday, and the College of Bishops meets Thursday and Friday.  HERE is a link to the text and video of the Tuesday address by Archbishop Beach on the State of the Province.  Below is an interesting graphic of the structure of the ACNA.


Jun 21 16

College Boot Camp Aug 5-7

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College-bound students:

Do you wish to crush temptation under your heel?

Learn how – by Heeding Screwtape…




When: Friday to Sunday, August 5-7

Where: St. Stephen’s RE Church, Eldersburg MD

How:  Brochure HERE, Church Reg form HERE

Who:  YOU (if you are 11th or 12th grade high school or in college)


Jun 21 16

Ricky McCarl Ordination June 3

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Ricky McCarl was ordained to the deaconate on Friday, June 3rd.  Bishop David Hicks presents his stole, while Rev. Russ Buchanan assists.  Rev. McCarl is assisting at Emmanuel R.E. Church in Pipersville, PA.  In the photo below, Rev. Garrison of Emmanuel, Rev. France, Rev. McCarl, Rev. Buchanan, Canon Riches and Rt. Rev. Hicks.



May 9 16

NE&MA Dioesan Council 2016

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Diocesan Council 2016 is being planned for Thursday and Friday, November 3-4, at St. Stephen’s R.E. Church in Eldersburg, MD, and Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MDTurfValley3, where it was in 2014 and 2011.  Detailed planning will take place during the summer, and the daily schedule and online registration will be available at the beginning of September.  Reports will be posted online during October.

Projected room rates are $125 per night, plus taxes.  Instructions for reserving online or by phone, including our group code, will be posted by the end of August.  Special note that room reservations within our discounted rate block will need to be made by October 3rd.

Also note that advance planning has begun for R.E. General Council June 14-16, 2017 at Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, TX.  More details will be communicated later in the fall.  Parishes that have their congregational meetings this fall or winter need to make sure they appoint General Council representatives for 2017.

May 5 16

Anglican Way Institute Summer Conference July 6-10

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The Anglican Way Institute announces it’s 2016 Summer Conference,

The Church and the State:

The Christian’s Responsibility in the Public Square

Dates: July 6-10, 2016

Location:  Church of the Holy Communion, Dallas TX

AWINazirAliKeynote Speaker:  Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester for 15 years until September 2009.  Originally from Asia, he was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. Before that, he was the General Secretary of the Church Mission Society from 1989 to 1994 and prior to holding this position was Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan.  He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship and from 1999 was a member of the House of Lords where he was active in a number of areas of national and international concern.  He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).

Cost:  $150pp

Online registration is HERE.

Schedule is HERE;  brochure is HERE;  workshops are detailed HERE.