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New Bible Study Topic: History of Christianity

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Beginning on Thursday, May 18, our Thursday morning Bible Study will do something different for the summer. This year we have studied the books of Revelation, Ephesians, Philemon, Acts, and the Gospel of St. Mark. Beginning May 18th, we will begin studying the History of Christianity, an introductory seminary course covering the spread of the Christian Gospel from the Book of Acts through the 20th century. This is basically the Church History course that I taught when I was at the Anglican School of Theology, less the research papers and the tuition. There is a recommended (but not required) text. Please come and learn about the missing churches of Asia and Africa and much more fascinating information.

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Town Hall Meetings

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Attend a meeting or town hall with your members of Congress this week. Face-to-face interactions with your members of Congress are more effective thanany other form of advocacy.This week, this engagement is even easier, as Congress is on recess and most members are traveling back to their districts. In-person meetings demonstrate the personal interest you have in the issues that you want to address, and allow you to offer stories and examples about why an issue is important to your community. These interactions are important for building ongoing relationships with your members of Congress and their staffs. 1. Select an issue: Make sure to select one issue that you wish to discuss. Making a specific ask is crucial to ensure you have a focused interaction with your elected officials; you can request additional meetings to discuss other topics in the future. We encourage you to identify yourself as Episcopalian during…

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Centering Prayer Group

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Join us for our Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings. The discipline of Centering Prayer will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 to sit together. We will have 2 twenty minute sessions each evening, the first from 5:30 until 5:50, and the second from 6:00 until 6:20, with a 10 minute break in between. The second “sit” will be followed by our regular Wednesday Eucharist. There will be no teaching involved, only the experience of sitting in silence before God in community. All are welcome to attend either one, or both if you like.

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Cancer Support Group

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The St. Thomas cancer support group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-8:00 pm This group is for patients and caregivers and is ongoing. The Patient group will meet in the small conference room in the office and is facilitated by Mary Frances Heep (LCSW). The group for caregivers will be held in the South Room and will be facilitated by Fr Ray. Each group is limited to 8 participants.Please contact Mary Frances at maryfrancesheep05@gmail.com or Fr. Ray at ray@the doubter.org if you are interested in participating.  The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle 6525 Inwood Road Dallas, Texas 75209

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A Joint Letter From Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies

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Presiding Bishop, President of the House of Deputies on discrimination June 28, 2016 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27). There’s no confusion about what Jesus is telling us, but it often requires courage to embody it in the real world. Again and again, we become afraid, and mired in that fear, we turn against Jesus and one another. This age-old cycle of fear and hatred plays out again and again in our broken world, in sickening and shocking events like the massacre targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual…

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The Church Decides

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General Convention Approves Marriage Equality Dear St. Thomas Family, What an amazing week this has been!  Last Friday the Supreme court made it legal for all Americans to marry the people they love, a decision to be celebrated. Then as Our General Convention met in Salt Lake City, we elected  Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop, the first African American to lead the church in this role.  There are many issues  being deliberated at General Convention which I hope  will lead our Church to grow  more deeply into love, justice and compassion. Just last evening  The House of Deputies approved without ammendment what the House of Bishops had already approved.  Resolution A036 revises Canon 1.18 titled “Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony.”  Among many edits it removes references to marriage as being between a man and a woman. They also passed A054  approving continued use of “The Witnessing and Blessing of…

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Supreme Court Decision

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A Wonderful Morning! Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide “The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this morning that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation to marry the people they love.” Dear St. Thomas Family, I know that this day has been long awaited and is an occasion of great celebration. I rejoice with you in this victory for equal rights and look forward to further conversations with you. You may also know that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church is in session right now and is considering a  canon revision to the definition of marriage, so this is good news also but a change to the Book of Common Prayer will most likely not occur for some time.  For more information and conversation about what is happening at convention regarding this,  I refer you to two blogs, one by Tobias Haller (blog.tobiashaller.net) and…

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