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Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and MEEP support Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is mentioned today in the Daily Record as being a supporter of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act (MCEJA). Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (MEEP) take up issues of advocacy and action relating to creation care within the Diocese of Maryland. The Episcopal Church has long taken a stand on supporting stewardship of the earth, currently having named one of its core values to be creation care. (Please visit this page on The Episcopal Church website for news reports, resources and advocacy tips.) At the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church last summer in Austin, TX, legislation included resolutions on creation care, such as A018 Episcopalians Participating in Paris Climate Agreement; C008 Advocacy for Creation Care; C063 Advocate for Ocean Health; and A010 Planting of “Paris Groves.” In January 2018, the Presiding Bishop of  The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, released a statement on the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, saying that The Episcopal Church stands prioritizes the care of creation and does not accept withdrawal from the accord. “We’re still in,” is the statement used by U.S. organizations, faith bodies and non-governmental organizations who want to address the climate crisis, according to Bishop Curry’s statement. Most recently, Bishop Curry sent a delegation to COP24 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland – in December.

“We know that caring for God’s creation by engaging climate change is not only good for the environment, but also good for the health and welfare of our people. The U.S. is currently creating more clean jobs faster than job creation in nearly every other sector of the economy, and unprecedented acceleration in the clean energy sector is also evident in many other major economies,” wrote Bishop Curry in 2017. “My prayer is that we in the Episcopal Church will, in this and all things, follow the way, the teachings and the Spirit of Jesus by cultivating a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, all others in the human family, and with all of God’s good creation.”

Our bishop, Eugene Taylor Sutton, has also long embraced The Episcopal Church core value of creation care. According to the Daily Record, Political support for this clean energy legislation has been rising across Maryland right along with the warming temperatures.” Read the full story from today’s Daily Record on the status of MCEJA.

From the Archives: Johns Hopkins Hospital Chaplaincy

By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist

The Johns Hopkins Hospital was completed in 1889, and in the Rev. George Leakin’s report of 1890 (which outlined the work he had done in 1889 as the Chaplain to Institutions in Baltimore) he mentioned that he had made visits to the hospital. So right from the beginning, the Episcopal Church has maintained a ministry in connection with Johns Hopkins Hospital. George Leakin continued to make visits to the hospital until his retirement at age 80 in 1898.

 

In 1948, Bp. Noble Powell noted that the chairmanship of the Commission on Ministry to Institutions, which had been held for more than 15 years by the Rev. Philip Jensen, was vacant, putting that office back to 1933, at least, indicating the diocese’s continuing commitment to hospital chaplaincies. In 1951, the Commission reported that “Only at Crownsville and at the Johns Hopkins Hospital are our White and Negro clergy serving the same institution”; and from 1975-1980, The Rev. Charles Fox, an energetic and well-known African-American priest, was listed as the chaplain to Johns Hopkins Hospital. During the 1960’s through the 1990’s, among those listed as chaplains to Johns Hopkins Hospital included Phoebe Coe, Tomlin Crowder, Rebecca Dinan, Michael Schirmacher, Grady Barbour, Milburn Bohannan, Andrew Barasda, Rovan Wernsdorfer and Herman diBrandi.

 

This important international hospital is still served by an Episcopal chaplain, and is supported, in part, by the Bishops’ Annual Ministries Appeal.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland pays tribute to the year’s 307 homicide victims

Thank you to the Baltimore Sun for coming out to cover one of our diocesan prayer walks to remember victims of gun violence in Baltimore City. The New Year’s Eve prayer walk included names of those who had been killed throughout 2018. Please join us for upcoming prayer walks, which take place several times a year through neighborhoods where victims were killed. All are welcome to participate in this time of prayer for our people.

by Christina Tkacik and Colin Campbell Contact ReportersThe Baltimore Sun

t took about an hour to read them all. The 307 names filled two and a half typed pages, with nine of them — the most recent additions — handwritten on the back.

On Monday afternoon, the Rev. Canon Scott Slater led a small group in slow circles around the nave of a church, reading the names of Baltimore’s homicide victims for 2018.

They began with Andre Galloway, a 16-year-old boy killed on New Year’s Day 2018.

“Rest eternal grant to Andre, O Lord,” Slater said, walking past the wooden pews of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, which smelled of greens hung for Christmas.

Certain names popped out at church to Deacon Lauren Welch without her even knowing why.

“I almost wanted to cry,” she said.

The victims’ ages ranged from 5 months — the baby Brailynn Ford, killed in October — to 83-year-old Dorothy Mae Neal, who was found dead inside her West Baltimore apartment in August and remembered by neighbors as independent and soft-spoken.

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A Christmas Message from Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton

Christmas, 2018

The season of Christmas is above all a season for giving and receiving gifts. In Christmas, we celebrate the most important gift of all, the gift of God’s coming into the world in human form to point the world toward wholeness, justice, healing, salvation and peace.

When I look at our beloved Diocese of Maryland, I always see an abundance of gifts. Not just the hundreds of individual financial contributions that we receive in this holy season – for which we are immensely grateful. But rather, I have the abiding sense that we are all surrounded – literally engulfed – by gift, manifested by the valuable gifts of love, of family and friends, of food and shelter, and of life itself.

Sadly, though, I am also painfully aware that for far too many of us there is little evidence of the gift of Christmas. For many people throughout Maryland this season, there will be no chestnuts roasting on the open fire, no colorful presents displayed under beautifully decorated trees, no warmth of a cozy home with a fireplace, no gathering of family and friends bringing boxes of satin-wrapped presents. Not this Christmas, nor any other for the foreseeable future.

That’s why I’m so passionate about what we are doing every day in this Diocese to spread the love of God in concrete ways to those in need. And that’s also why I am so passionately grateful for you making it possible for us to do so through your support of the Bishops’ Annual Ministries Appeal.

If in this season you or those you love are experiencing a heavy burden or loss, here is my Christmas hope for you: that you’ll discover that you are not alone. God himself stands with you. The mystery of the Incarnation is that God chose to become poor in human form for our sakes. My prayer for you is that you will find in an Episcopal Church community a circle of love that will surround you with the grace, mercy and comfort that you desire.

And for those of you who lack no material comfort this year, but are spiritually poor – that is, you feel empty of the love and generosity that only God can give, then help is on the way. Jesus has come to be incarnate in you! For Christmas is not for those who have everything, and want everything; rather, the power of Christmas is its power to lift up those who havenothing.

In fact, the greatest gift that you can possibly receive this day is the gift of you…the real you, the one whom God has come to save and to make whole again. You are the gift! Your presence, your prayers and your generosity is an incredible gift for me and many others. Thank you for being the gift you are, and may you and all you love have a very Merry Christmas this year!

Faithfully yours,
+Eugene

The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
Bishop of Maryland

Baltimore Ravens social justice program to benefit Sutton Scholars

A message from the Director of Development in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Kathy Grayson:

It is with deep gratitude and a burst of excitement that I announce that the Baltimore Ravens has named the Sutton Scholars® High School Enrichment Program as one of their nine Baltimore organizations to receive a donation from their Social Justice Program. I want to take this opportunity to thank our board member, Chad Steele, VP of PR for the Ravens, for his dedication to the Sutton Scholars program. “It takes a village to raise a child” and together, with the Ravens and all our other generous supporters, the village is mending and becoming stronger than ever.  Thank you, Chad, for believing that we can and will make a difference in the lives of our Sutton Scholars…the future leaders of our Baltimore! And thank you to all our generous donors and supporters of Sutton Scholars. We couldn’t do it without you. With gratitude and appreciation, I wish you the happiest of holidays, a Merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year!

Please see the story released by the Ravens today describing the nine organizations who will benefit from their social justice program, including Sutton Scholars.

Sutton Scholars® is an annual four-year program that recruits rising ninth grade Baltimore city public high school students, equipping them with essential life skills that prepare participants to lead productive and successful adult lives. The program includes a five-week summer session consisting of eight hours, five days per week of instruction and activities, as well as one-on-on year-round mentoring and support programs.