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Letters to AO

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Letters from 6 March to 12 March 2006

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A festive and emotive faith

I was charmed by the news of the discovery of the angel sculpture beneath Lichfield Cathedral. The cathedrals of Britain are great treasure of both the mind and the spirit in their present, rather Lenten, decoration, but it is indeed inspiring to think of them as in the days of Chaucer when they were richly decorated and emblematic of a festive and emotive faith. Those who have visited the late Pope's archbishopric cathedral in Krakow, which is still brightly decorated in the late gothic style, can grasp this particular sensitivity of the builders. Thanks for this account of our Anglo-Catholic heritage, and for the rich communion of the saints of which it can serve to remind.

Bruce Pingree
St Michael and All Angels
Dallas, Texas, USA
7 March 2006

Renew a Right Spirit within me

I’m writing to tell you about the Episcopal Women’s Conference in Tulsa beginning Sunday, April 30, and continuing through Tuesday, May 2. We have worked very hard to prepare programs that are exciting and innovative in keeping with our theme, “renew a right spirit within me.”

We will have workshops on a wide variety of spiritual exercises and techniques, from praying the hours, praying the Anglican rosary, walking a labyrinth, pilgrimage, sacred drumming, liturgical dance and enriching your corporate worship. We will also discuss how to revitalize the women’s ministry in your church, and visioning the ECW for the 21st century.

Best-selling author Phyllis Tickle will be our main keynote speaker and will lead two workshops on praying the hours. Margaret Rose, the national Director of Women’s ministries will speak on the Anglican Women’s Empowerment movement and Beijing circles, and Janet Farmer, Province VII ECW president will facilitate workshops on women’s groups.

The conference will be at the beautiful Doubletree hotel in Tulsa. Registration is $99 and includes two luncheons, a tea, continental breakfasts and a banquet Monday night. For those who can not attend Monday and Tuesday, we are offering a mini-registration for Sunday only for $15. I hope you will visit our website. Please encourage the women of your congregation to attend and to bring your church banner with them to carry in procession. All male clergy are also welcome. The schedule (we are adding events that are not yet reflected on the website) and registration forms can be downloaded from the website.

Would you please pass this message along to any Episcopalians you know who may be interested in attending this conference? I would be very grateful for your help in spreading the word about this wonderful event. Thank you,

Kirsten Bernhardt
St. Dunstan's, Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
10 March 2006

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