Oct
18
2013
by Sue Hacker Nelson   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/friday-roundup4">Friday Roundup</a></h1>

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Bravo, Boston Globe: An Episcopal anti-violence winner by Get Religion
I love a good story. Thanks to Lisa Wangsness, Godbeat writer for the Boston Globe, I got to read one. Wangsness paints an artful image of 19-year-old Jorge Fuentes a year after he was struck and killed by a stray bullet while walking his dog.

Re-Imagining task force asks for input through Engagement Kit by Episcopal News Service
The Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has posted its Engagement Kit and invites input and comments from Episcopalians.

Random Bedtimes Breed Bad Behavior In Kids by NPR
Parents learn the hard way that late bedtimes make for cranky kids the next day. But inconsistent bedtimes may have a greater effect on children's behavior, a study says.

Healthy Breasts: What Everyone Should Know by Greatist
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. In the United States, 220,000 women and 2,150 men are diagnosed with the disease each year. The good news? As with any cancer, early detection saves lives. With education about how to identify potential symptoms, men and women can learn preventative behaviors and early detection skills.

Indigenous Ministries by the Episcopal Digital Network
Every year on Columbus Day, the United States is reminded of the tragic history of how the “New World” was “discovered” in 1492 – a land already populated by over 15 million indigenous peoples.

Let us know which articles you liked (or didn't) in the comments!


                    

Oct
11
2013
by Matthew Ellis   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/friday-roundup-10-11-13">Friday Roundup</a></h1>

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

How to Use Your Smartphone As an Essential Part of Your Disaster Kit via Lifehacker
Generally speaking you don't want to rely on technology at all in your disaster toolkit, but that doesn't mean you can't make use of an old smartphone (or your current one for that matter). Before the cell networks are down, here's what you should load up on your smartphone.

Slaying galvanizes Episcopal Church in Massachusetts via The Lead
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has responded with a surge of activism to the shooting death of Jorge Fuentes, 19, a "contrarian kid" who became "a standout counselor at his church’s youth programs" and an enthusiastic participant in mission trips.

Church adds solar energy to roof via Boston.com
Bishop Bud Cederholm, retired Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, also know as the "Green Bishop" for his work advocating for environmental causes in Massachusetts and nationally, blessed the new 25 Kw solar array at Grace Episcopal Church.

How to Google like a boss – Become a master of Google search with these little-known tips via Lifehack
[L]et me assure you, when you apply these little-known tips revealed in the infographic, you will surely master the art of using Google Search. Therefore, you’ll be up to get more work done, whatever stuff you do.

To Pastor, Afterlife Is Where We 'Learn To Live Together' via NPR
I think what God is calling us [to], and particularly as a Christian, is right relationships. And for me that's done through the person of Jesus Christ. A right relationship with God here on earth, and also in eternity.

Delaware center aids needy, attacks underlying poverty issues via Episcopal Digital Network
Preventing and breaking cycles of addiction, homelessness, incarceration and hopelessness by providing temporary or emergency help always has been a key mission of the association, said the Rev. Jeff Ross, association president and rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes.

Let us know which articles you liked (or didn't) in the comments!


                    

Oct
05
2013
by Matthew Ellis   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/transforming-unjust-structures-the-episcopal-church-and-the-aca">Transforming Unjust Structures: The Episcopal Church and the ACA</a></h1>

I was pleased to recently be invited to contribute to the website At The Threshold. This website "host[s] expansive conversations with Christians around the world, and it will inspire action by highlighting examples of Christianity in action. [At the Threshold] wants to broaden the discourse with new voices and perspectives and inspire action." 

Below is an excerpt of my article. Please click through to read more!

Transforming Unjust Structures: The Episcopal Church and the ACA
 

Seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
-From The Episcopal Church’s Five Marks of Mission

The Episcopal Church has long acknowledged that our faith does not exist in a vacuum, nor should it. Seeking to transform unjust structures of society requires us to carefully evaluate how we do so. Is there a way forward to work within a system, advocating for new policies and processes that can move us closer to our vision of a just world? Or is the system so broken that we must create something new?

Read the full text here.

Oct
04
2013
by Matthew Ellis   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/friday-roundup-10-4-13">Friday Roundup</a></h1>

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

How Can I Help a Friend Who Seems Depressed? via Lifehacker
Depression is more extreme: symptoms last longer, emotions are more intense, and everyday life is simply harder to maintain.

A special service for special needs children via The Lead
Several churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark are showing the way in offering opportunities for worship to children with special needs and their families.

Taking the SNAP challenge via Episcopal Cafe
My SNAP Challenge last week taught me that merely observing someone else's plight does not hold a candle to consciously altering your habits to better understand what it might be like to live someone else's life.

30 Classic Books That May Change Your Life via Lifehack
Being able to glean some measure of wisdom or insight from a book is invaluable, and it’s likely that every dedicated bibliophile out there can give you a list of the books that have greatly influenced their lives. Below is a list of 30 such books—if you haven’t read them yet, you might enjoy delving into them.

Let us know which articles you liked (or didn't) in the comments!


                    

Oct
03
2013
by Matthew Ellis   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/prescription-drug-abuse">Prescription Drug Abuse</a></h1>

Last year, friends of mine lost their 19 year old son to a prescription drug overdose. It was noted that he was active in his youth group at church and that he was about to begin military service. It was a terrible loss that alerted many to the dangers of this particular type of drug use. 

Our ministries have the opportunity to interact with young people in an environment in which they might be willing to hear an important message. Think the kids at your parish aren't exposed to these temptations? Neither did the youth group mentioned above. 

We can bring a spiritual awareness to these discussions that is often avoided in schools and other settings. The church should be sure our children have age appropriate, accurate information about their sexuality, drugs, and other temptations in a setting that reinforces their values, yet also respects their (very normal) human desires to fit in, to test their limits and to learn who they are. You can be sure that others are having these conversations with them, albeit without their best interests in mind.

An Opportunity for Intergenerational Ministry

Faith community nurses have an opportunity to educate older adults in the parish about securing their medications, knowing the medication they take and why, and communicating with their doctor about medication prescribed by specialists or mental health professionals that may not necessarily be communicated back to the primary care physician. 

In addition, conversations can be held with parents about the risks of prescription drug abuse for teens, the warning signs and ways to talk with teens about these dangers. Public or private conversations can then be moderated, with a goal of educating all involved and ensuring everyone has not only an understanding of the physical risks, but the spiritual risks and potential impact on loved ones as well.  

Two upcoming opportunities for awareness:

  1. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 26, 2013
  2. 4th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness: November 9, 2013

Resources:

1. Medicine Abuse Project:

2. Talk About Rx:

3. American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  • Apps for finding the nearest disposal location near you:

                 
        Iphone App                                Android App

4. Stop Medicine Abuse:

5. NIDA for Teens:

6. For more information on SMARxT Disposal: