Dinner With Archbishop Justin Welby
A reflection by The Rev. Doyt Conn
Sometimes pretty cool things happen when you’re the Rector of Epiphany Parish beyond the generally always-cool experience of worshipping with you on Sunday. Last week I had dinner with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Stationer’ Hall in London. Actually by great good fortune, I sat right next to the Archbishop’s wife, Caroline Welby. She is one impressive person. Over the past year they have traveled to thirty-three countries in an effort to visit all the other Anglican Archbishops. (They have just two or three more to go.) The point of these trips is to build relationships with the other leaders of our Communion—no surprise; in the kingdom of God, relationship is primary.
Why was I there? Last year, as you may know, Epiphany Parish became a member of the Compass Rose Society. The Compass Rose Society is a society that was started by Archbishop George Cary, in consultation with The Rev. John Peterson (our friend Iyad Kumri’s mentor and former Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem), to support the charitable works of the Archbishop beyond the borders of the United Kingdom and to develop a platform to better communicate with other member of the Communion around the world. Last year around $400,000 was collect by the Compass Rose Society for use by the Archbishop.
Before dinner we gathered at Lambeth Palace for a meeting with the Archbishop. During his talk he shared what he was seeing in the Communion. He started with suffering. In most places he visits, he witnesses profound suffering, and yet in the midst of this suffering he also sees joy and hope. He sees corruption, particularly among the church hierarchy. But he qualified this, as he should, by reflecting on the profound lack of resources, social services, and government support. He sees division and disagreement about a myriad of things, including women’s ordination and the ordination of gay and lesbian people. He also sees, for the most part, a church that is poor, and yet even in its poverty they serve, share, and support one another. Then he turned to the graces he is observing. Inevitably the Anglican Church “fights above its weight class,” as he put it. As an institution throughout the world the Anglican Church is respected by governments, called on in disputes, and looked to for leadership. We are a community seen as a safe place through which to work for reconciliation. Indeed “reconciliation” could be the one-word mission statement for the Anglican Church. This is our spiritual charisma, our secret power, that we offer the world. Finally Archbishop Welby said he sees beautiful, mystical, energetic, powerful worship. Worship that remains Anglican even in its great diversity.
I traveled to London with Jonathan Roberts, who has been an encouraging supporter of Epiphany’s membership in the Compass Rose Society. He was a good companion for the event, as the Archbishop also spoke of a new program he is starting called the St. Anselm’s Community. This is a year-long residential program for men and women (ages 24–30) from the business community. They would live at Lambeth Palace, study theology, work with the poor, and learn the principles of tithing, fasting, and the discipline and art of prayer. It will be a rigorous program intent on exposing young business leaders to the realities of the kingdom of God. The Archbishop was on the front page of the Financial Times talking about this program, and everyone is sure it will be a hit. This program really resonated with me. Maybe Epiphany could be a satellite campus for this program someday. Who knows? Jonathan, who is known here as our C.S. Lewis expert, has quite a bit of business experience himself and noted this St. Anselm’s Community is an idea that has real merit.
Our commitment to the Compass Rose Society is an outward and visible way of showing our support for the Archbishop and our unity with the broader Communion. At this annual meeting there were Communion members from Burundi, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Ireland, China, Nigeria, and the United States (Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Austin, New York City, Virginia, Connecticut and Seattle, to name a few). Relationships were built and renewed. Prayers where shared, including a beautiful Evensong at Lambeth Palace. Stories were told, and hopes expressed during meals. Things are not going particularly smoothly for the Anglican Communion of late, and so to step up and say by our participation that Epiphany Parish is for belonging over believing, that we hold to uneasy friendships over precipitous breakups, is a big deal. The Archbishop values support from far-flung little parishes in the far-off corners of North America. And what’s more, our Bishop, Greg Rickel, is a member of Compass Rose Society as well.
So what does this mean for Epiphany? Two things. We can continue to raise money to send to the Archbishop, and we can get more involved in the Society itself. The new Chairman is Andy Doyle, the Bishop of Texas. Within the ranks of the Society there are subcommittees that help with communications, fundraising, and outreach events. If you would like to find out more about the Compass Rose Society, please let me know. We are having a cocktail party in the next few months to gather people who might be interested in becoming more involved with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Remembering Our Departed Loved Ones in November
During the month of November, it is the custom at Epiphany to give Members of our community the opportunity to remember and honor family members and friends who have died. This year we will be commemorating our departed loved ones with:
An Altar of Remembrance will begin on November 2, All Souls’ Day, in the Chapel and continue through Sunday, November 30. You are invited to bring a photo of your departed loved one to leave on the altar for the month. Make sure you put your name on the back so it can be returned.
The Book of Remembrance is by the Altar of Remembrance in the chapel during the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your departed loved ones in this book so that they may be prayed for by the Parish.
The Chapel is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
Can You Give Someone a Lift to Church?
There are folks in our parish who need a ride to church on Sundays. If you might have a regular open seat in your car on Sundays, would you contact Holly Boone and tell her the service you attend and what neighborhood you’re coming from? Giving people rides is a simple way to be welcoming to brothers and sisters and keep parishioners connected.
Music Notes by Tom Foster
Epiphany Parish has a world-class music program thanks to the effort and talents of our director of music Tom Foster. Did you know that he writes music notes for the upcoming services every week? You can learn about composers, themes, and the history of certain tunes, which will further enrich your experience of worship. Visit www.epiphanyseattle.org/category/music-notes and bookmark the page so you won’t miss out on anything! As a teaser, here are the music notes for October 26:
Music Notes for October 26, 2014
Today’s music honors American music for the church; it is offered to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for American composers for the church.
+ The sacred song at 8:00 is the work of Roland Martin, faculty member at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he teaches organ, harpsichord, and piano. He is also Assistant Musical Director and accompanist for the Chautauqua Chamber Singers, as well as founder and director of Speculum Musicae: an ensemble for early music. Martin has performed extensively throughout the US as solo recitalist and accompanist. In addition to his concert experience, he has worked as a Church musician since 1976. He has served since 1992 at The Parish of St. Joseph, University Heights, Buffalo.
+ The music of Leo Sowerby is featured today throughout the 10:30 service in the choral, solo, and organ music, as well as in his hymn tune named Rosedale. The tune was written as Sowerby’s contribution to the celebration of the Gloria in Excelesis Tower at Washington Cathedral; at that time Sowerby was director of the College of Church Musicians, and Rosedale, the name he gave the tune, is the name of the house on the Cathedral close in which the college was located. Hymn tune names often have interesting stories!
Leo Sowerby was among the most prominent American organists and composers whose career centered in Chicago at St. James’ Cathedral (then a parish church) and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. After his reitrement from St. James, he was called to Washington National Cathedral as founding director of the College of Church Musicians, a post he held until 1968. Among his students there were some of today’s most influential organists and composers. He was known as “the Dean of American church music” in the early to mid 20th century; he was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1946 and the coveted Rome Prize, the first American to receive this honor. His compositional style was influenced by early 20th-century composers including Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Although his death was almost half a century ago, his choral and organ works are still performed regularly throughout the American church.
+ Sowerby’s organ repertoire is conceived in the early 20th century symphonic style, full of rich harmonic structure and melodies which soar (and sometimes wander in grand style). The symphonic style refers to the “imitation” of the orchestra which good organ sound can do at quiet and moderate sound levels. The Arioso played this morning by Matt Piel is reminiscent of the vocal melodic form aria. Instrumental composers have taken over the form to great advantage. As the opening voluntary begins and ends, close your eyes and imagine hearing a great orchestral string section (like Seattle’s orchestra, or Philadelphia) and a solo instrument like oboe or English horn.
Craig Phillips is among the foremost American composers today. He holds a doctorate and the coveted Performers’ Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Craig was my colleague at All Saints’ Beverly Hills from 1988 to 2003 and is currently Director of Music there. I am honored that Craig dedicated the Trumpet Tune to me.
Pre-Convention Sunday Forum
Date: October 26
Time: 9:15 am
Location: Great Hall
Join us for presentations and information from your Diocesan delegates.
One of the many ministries at Epiphany is strengthening our connection with the greater Episcopal church and with our sisters and brothers in our Diocese. Each year during the Annual Meeting in January, we elect a slate of delegates and alternates to represent Epiphany in the decision-making body of our regional church ministry. If you’ve been curious what these folks do, this is your chance to learn more! I would like to invite you to participate with us—your delegates—in preparing for the Diocesean Convention this November.
Here are your representatives to the Convention and the Diocese:
Delegates and Alternates: Aubin Barthold, Charissa Bradstreet, Marshall Corson, Richard Coyle, Mike Evans, Margot Hill, Linda Maxson, Tom Rhom, Lauren Riker, Bob Shupe, Susan Snyder, Trish Wallis Stone
Holy C Regional Ministry Leadership (Central/South Seattle):
Jamie Balducci, Lay Representative to Diocesean Council
Linda Maxson, Regional Co-Convener of Delegations
Outline for the +TEC Sunday Forum
31,000 people in more than 100 churches
- Regional Ministry
- Region (groups of diocese)
- National Church
- Connection to Anglican Communion
Region Structure in Episcopal Church of Western WA (ECWW)
- Ten regions, Holy C, B-Attitudes etc.
- Blaine to Vancouver, WA, to Cascades.
Diocese Strategic Goals
- building strong communities of faith
- stewards of all our resources
- relationships with people under 35
Guiding principles for budget planning
- Lions share of revenue is Assessment
- Assessment rate is 17% Down from a high of 22%
- Continuing reductions – 16% in 2016, planned 15% in 2017
- Last year, changed to real time assessment.
How does Epiphany fit in?
- one of the largest churches. Thriving and growing.
- Assessment change is negative for Epiphany but significantly better for other congregations.
- Opportunity to become a regional leader
HOW CAN EPIPHANY ENGAGE
Potential ideas for sparking conversation:
- Regional Ministry – Geographic Proximity
- People are involved
- Generate Resolutions
- Social Justice/Outreach coordination
- Coordinated newsletters – “Across the Diocese”
- Programming – +TEC curriculum, Youth Group…
- Host regional meetings etc.
An Update from the Building Team
The Building Team is working with Lease-Crutcher-Lewis to finalize the list of sub-contractors who will bid on our project. We are are working to define the furnitures needs in rooms that will be renovated and continue to refine the design of several spaces. As we work toward finalizing the landscape plans with the Berger Partnership, we have spent some time working on the drainage needs on campus. And, in the context of discussing the exterior lighting design from Dark Light we have also been considering our need for exterior electrical outlets on buildings.
The Next 100 Years Building Team
Ed Emerson, Laura Blackmore, Bob Barnes, Jim Marlow, Ben Bradstreet
Contact the Building Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Lectionary Corner
October 26, 2014
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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