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The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church.  Members come from the provinces of the Episcopal Church, USA

One of the activities of the Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is to educate ourselves about the issues before us.  We feel it is necessary to gain a deepening knowledge of the theological and spiritual issues, as well as scientific and practical ecological issues. This newsletter provides information on activities and plans throughout the EpEN.

 

 

 

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EpEN Quarterly Electronic Newsletter

3rd Quarter 2007: What's Working Best for Environmental Stewardship around the Episcopal Church

This is a quarterly update of news and information about activities of interest to the Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN). The contents of this issue answer the question "What is working best in the area of environmental stewardship in your congregation or diocese or province". The responses are arranged by province and then by diocese in the province of the Episcopal Church.

We asked for short explanations. Where the responses were lengthy or required more detailed explanation, there is a short summary statement. In early September the lengthier statements will be posted on the website.
Also in this issue, we have asked one of the leadership to write a bit more about environmental stewardship in his/her home congregation or diocese. Hall Hammond, Diocese of West Texas, Province 7, has written this month's expanded article.
 

 

Hall Hammond

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Province VII

 

 

 

Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, San Antonio, TX

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Report of Activities

We began in March 2004 with eight members, mostly long term parishioners, and our chief goal was to begin an Environmental Stewardship Management System. After a year it was obvious our system was not working, primarily because:
1) no staff was available or willing to help with the copious paperwork;
2) lack of any financial resources;
3) the work did not jibe with the talents and interests of our committee.
What I realized as chair was that we would always have limited resources of money and staff available, but I had a very committed committee and a willing rector (all but one of the original members is still on board) – and since then our work has revolved around our interests and talents.

Here's what we have done in the last 2½ years:

1) Held three Environmental Stewardship Sundays, two in proximity to Earth Day, where the worship service includes "green" themes, but always coupled with an activity that required parish involvement; e.g.,

  • Recycling Sunday, at which electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, cell phones, etc. where picked up by a local recycling company on the day of collection (over 3500 lbs. was collected on the two Sundays)
  • Political Awareness, where state water issues were related at the church service, and then parishioners were encouraged to come to the parish hall and write their legislators (stamped post cards were provided as well as names and maps of their representatives)
  • Specific Focus, reminding parishioners of our recycling program in the at the church, which includes large outdoor bins for paper products and aluminum cans (collected by commercial companies which give cash rebates that go toward church programs), as well as bins in the Parish Hall for plastic, cell phones, batteries and corks (yes, corks, and we get a bunch).
  • Sale of Compact Florescent Bulbs, and over two Sundays we sold over $700 worth of bulbs, purchased at a discount at a local Lowe's store

2) Before getting into a serious environmental stewardship education program, we focused on the church facilities, e.g.,

  • Replacement of all incandescent bulbs – this has been done over the past two years, except for the sanctuary lights that need dimming
  • Toilet and heater replacement – when inviting our local water and energy companies to participate in our Sunday programs, we discovered a program where our local water system provided and installed 12 low flush toilets, several that were over 30 years old, at no expense to the parish. Also installed an "on demand" water heater in our youth building.
  • Capital Campaign – With the campaign emphasis being on Renewal we provided input to our planning committee on purchasing environmentally efficient equipment, some of which provide rebates from our local energy and water providers.

3) Our Parish Education program really began with a showing on An Inconvenient Truth (provided by TX Interfaith Power and Light, an offshoot of Sally Bingham's creation), and 125 attended on a Saturday evening in our parish hall. Since then we have had an article in our newsletter each month on different topics geared toward our parishioners.

In the future we plan to continue these programs, with an emphasis on getting our neighborhood more involved in recycling, especially the apartment folks who are excluded from the City of San Antonio recycling effort.

For further information, contact Hall Hammond at hshammond[@aol.com] (please remove the square brackets before sending).

 

 

 

 

Province 2

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Diocese of Maine

submitted by Van Tingley

Several Maine environmental proponents believe that the more grass roots support for the Genesis Covenant multifaith conference that can be demonstrated before next spring's conference takes place, the more likely it will be that the conference will take action with real impact. To show Maine's support the below Resolution will be presented at their fall Convention. Maine urges other Dioceses to consider presenting resolutions with similar intent. The more of us who show our support, the more impact we shall have.

Maine urges other Dioceses to consider presenting resolutions with similar intent. The more of us who show our support, the more impact we shall have. (If your Diocese's resolution deadline has passed you might consider presenting it from the floor when your convention meets)

RESOLVED : The Episcopal Diocese of Maine expresses it's full support for our Presiding Bishop's call for a multifaith conference a to launch a multifaith campaign on climate change, to be known as the "Genesis Covenant" and be it further

RESOLVED that within thirty days of the passage of this resolution the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will write to our Presiding Bishop to express our support for the Genesis Covenant"


Explanation

Our Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori, is inviting leading representatives of many faiths to meet in Seattle in April 2008 to develop a unified program to address climate change. The effort, known as the Geneses Covenant, was first proposed by Bishop Stephen Charleston, President of the Episcopal Divinity School.

The sponsors of the Resolution believe that unified action by the country's religious communities has the potential to be the catalyst for the nation to take effective action on climate change - to be, in essence, the "tipping point" .

The sponsors also believe that the more grass roots support we can demonstrate for the Genesis Covenant before the April meeting, the greater success that meeting will have.

We believe that other Dioceses in Province 1 and other Provinces are being urged to to express their support for the Genesis Covenant.

 

Diocese of Vermont

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, VT
submitted by Anita Schell-Lambert

St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bennington, VT has been a part of a goal (October 2006 - April 2007) for business owners and residents of Bennington to purchase and install 40,000 CFL's in Bennington. This past Spring this goal was reached, saving $1,489,603 over the lifetime of the bulbs. And, we removed 2,840,211 pounds of CO2 emissions in our community (the equivalent of taking 246 cars off our local roads). In cooperation with Efficiency Vermont, parishioners at St. Peter's, and other local faith communities, with business owners, residents, and schools, promoted and participated in this town campaign to make Bennington a leader in energy efficiency in the state of Vermont.

 

 

 

Province 2

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Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey

submitted by the Rev Skip Vilas

Religious congregations in New Jersey are being offered the opportunity to purchase compact fluorescent bulbs at a discount through an agreement with GreenFaith of New Jersey and a provider. Congregations are invited to distribute order forms on one Sunday, and to gather them up the following Sunday with a public recognition of this act of environmental stewardship. Orders will then be filled and shipped to the congregation for the succeeding.

 

Diocese of New York

Community of the Holy Spirit, Brewster, NY
submitted by Catherine Grace, CHS

Waste not: We strive to return as much as possible to the land, not as "waste", but as nutrient. All kitchen scraps are composted; boxes and paper become mulch, plastic containers are used for storage, and we do our best to avoid buying items packaged in anything that cannot be used or recycled.

 

 

 

Province 3

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Diocese of Southwestern Virginia

St James' Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA
submitted by Michael Bentley

What has worked well for environmental stewardship for St James, Roanoke, has been replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, installing programmable thermostats in the building, and (soon) using rain barrel-collected water for the landscape plantings around the church.

 

Diocese of Virginia

Stewardship of Creation Committee
submitted by Jim Burke

Prayer and collaboration are major Virginian practices. Parishes are connecting with the Creator, recognizing that our traditions of hope and worship define and differentiate us from secular partners. We also collaborate with other faiths to better recognize the need to care for creation and to translate awareness into practical actions.

 

 

 

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Province 4

submitted by Joyce Wilding

Collaboration is the one that thing that works best for environmental stewardship. That is "folding in" environmental projects with other ministries like ST&F, EPPN, ERD, EGR and other national and local networks. This prevents duplication of effort, fund raising and fatigue, as well as expands work effectiveness and efficiencies of leadership and program outcomes. Some parishes and dioceses in Prov IV prefer not having stand alone environmental groups. A few are considering reviving old and creating new approaches like:

Peace with Earth for Peace on Earth!
Reflection, Education & Action
SEE (Social, Economic & Environmental) Justice

 

Diocese of Alabama

Task Force for The Stewardship of Creation
submitted by Dr. Eleanor McKenzie DelBene, Chair

The Alabama Task Force has a $6500 World Wildlife Fund grant, focused on "Watersheds and Warming," watershed impacts of global warming, and our response. In October, we are sponsoring an all-day Workshop and a weekend Care of Creation Retreat. Participants will receive a 6-week "Watersheds and Warming" Study Guide.

 

Diocese of Mississippi

Andrew Whitehurst

With limited success and interest, I and others have presented a 5 part course on Stewardship of Creation to adults during the adult ed. hour between services. We've taught it 3 times in the last 18 months. The course is on a CD and was developed by the Diocese of Alabama.

 

Diocese of Southwest Florida

St. Boniface Episcopal Church Eco-Stewardship Team
submitted by Kay McGimpsey

The one thing working best in our congregation is developing projects and classes that keep issues of environmental stewardship in front of parishioners. These have ranged from planting Florida friendly landscaping to sponsoring the film, Inconvenient Truth, placing rainbarrels, creation centered worship and animal blessing services and more.

 

 

 

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Diocese of Missouri

Christ Episcopal Church Cape Girardeau, MO
submitted by the Rev Robert Towner

We have ordered a Do-it-yourself kit to make a 4' x 8' cold and hot weather greenhouse for intensive organic garden to work in coordination with our neighborhood food pantry. It contains one sheet of greenhouse plastic, one sheet of summer row cover material, one piece of semi-permeable membrane, all necesary hardware including hinges, screws, pvc tees, complete step-by-step assembly instructions with a "tools required list", and a materials list that tells you exactly what size lumber to buy from your local hardware store. The materials list will also instruct you to buy pvc, lava rock, and linseed oil. We will be able to give away fresh, local produce. Our plan includes building, installing and teaching this garden at neighboring apartment buildings (with subsidized rents). Members and non members alike want to get involved.

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Diocese of Missouri

Church of the Transfiguration, Lake Saint Louis, MO
submitted by Jason Samuel

The thing that has worked well for us, is the increased and specific education done on environmental stewardship in the congregation has led it to going from zero recycling, to a complete and very successful recycling program used throughout the building and in our homes this year.

 

Diocese of Missouri

St. Mark's in South City, St. Louis, MO
by the Rrev. Deacon Burnell Esbenshade

St. Mark's in South City is upholding our reputation of doing small things well. This summer we have had monthly Grubby Sunday when we wear casual or downright grubby clothes to worship and stay afterwards to do our own building and grounds maintenance. We have made major strides in remodeling and repairing the former rectory, as well as creating some nicer garden spaces. We have appointed "EcoMan", Scott Shippey as our Environmental Steward to remind us of opportunities at home and to monitor our environmental habits at church.

 

 

 

 

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Diocese of Iowa

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light (IP&L)
submitted by Sarah Benjamin

"Cool Congregations, Solving Global Warming One Family at a Time," adds a new dimension to stewardship programs in faith communities. Interested congregants pledge to implement energy efficient measures in their own homes – reducing their family contribution to global warming, often saving money in the process! (Program of Iowa IP&L)

 

Diocese of Minnesota

Environmental Programs for Children
submitted by Bert Whitcombe

This summer, Bert Whitcombe introduced children and adults to the sacred nature of Earth and her bounty, the foods all life needs. He led groups through campgrounds, Churchyards and byways, sharing understanding and respect of plants and trees as food, medicine and shelter, they finish by grinding indigenous grains into bread for Eucharist.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Ely, held its most memorable Northwoods Family Camp yet on August 19 at the South Kawishwi National Campground. The afternoon was led by Bert "the plant man" Whitcombe who led a group of parents and kids on a Northwoods hike.

web article from the Diocese of Minnesota

 

Diocese of Minnesota

Environmental Stewardship Commission
submitted by the Rev Canon Stephen Schaitberger

The one outstanding piece of Environmental Stewardship activity in our diocese is the work of our Commission on Environmental Stewardship. It meets quarterly and communicates with the diocese on a regular basis via the weekly diocesan e-mail news.. I cite several important work that they sponsor or have initiated: A Web site, Mary Brown Environmental Retreat Center in Ely Minnesota, sponsored a Spirituality of Food Production Resolution adopted by our Diocesan Convention, Guidelines for Environmental concerns for diocesan Church Buildings and property, workshops on the spirituality of food for church organizations and groups, Support of Locally grown and organic foods, networking with the wider Episcopal Church organizations on environmental concerns, Advocating to reduce green house gases, advocating for wind energy purchase by churches and individuals, and a host of other related issues.

 

Diocese of Minnesota

St. John's Episcopal Church, Eveleth, MN
submitted by Jane Kingston

St. John's Eveleth does tecycling and plan to install ceiling fans.

 

Diocese of Wyoming

Lander, WY
submitted by Ann Fontaine

Wyoming people whose religious faith motivates them to support environmental stewardship will gather this fall (Sept. 27-29 at the Lander Community Center) with conservation advocates from around the state for three days of activities, outings, speakers and workshops.

The “On Sacred Ground” event has been many months in the making and will include provoking dialogue, inspiring speakers, practical conservation techniques and an opportunity to build partnerships. There will be numerous workshops, field trips, worship and group dinners which will include our featured speakers. Speakers and presenters will include Peter Illyn of Restoring Eden, Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries, Rebekah Simon-Peter of Bridgeworks, Geoff O’Gara of Wyoming Public Television, Sr. Marya Grathwohl of the Order of St. Francis, Harold Bergman of the University of Wyoming Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Susan McGuire of the Wyoming Association of Environmental Education, Bob Budd of the Wyoming and Natural Resource Trust, Terry Cleveland of the Wyoming Game and Fish, Carol Prochaska of the United Church of Christ and many, many more.

more information (link valid until conference dates).

 

Diocese of Wyoming

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Casper, WY
submitted by Leigh Earle

St. Mark's Episcopal Church has done highway clean-up since 1997; we stuff 70-plus large orange bags twice a year The sign on our 2-mile stretch of I-25 reads "St. Mark's Episcopal Church Stewardship." The bags and the sign are visible reminders to value our environment.

 

 

 

Province 7

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Diocese of Arkansas

St. James' Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs, AR
submitted by Sandy Goodier

The one thing that has been most fruitful at St. James', Eureka Springs, has been our Planet Home group. We began a community organic garden. We also try to raise awareness through an article in our newsletter. We also have made available canvas and string Eco-bags at cost for our parish and others to use alternatively.

 

Diocese of West Texas

Episcopal Church of the Reconciliation, San Antonio, TX
submitted by Hall Hammond

The Episcopal Church of the Reconciliation holds Environmental Stewardship Sundays where the worship service includes "green" themes, but always coupled with an activity that required parish involvement; e.g., Recycling Sunday, at which electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, cell phones, etc. were picked up by a local recycling company (over 3500 lbs. were collected) and Sale of Compact Florescent Bulbs, and over two Sundays we sold over $700 worth of bulbs.
Complete details in the article Hall wrote for this issue.

 

 

 

Province 8

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Diocese of Arizona

Celtic Connection Program
submitted by Phyllis Strupp

This year our "Celtic Connection" program has attracted interest from 12 parishes. At St. Andrew's in Sedona this month, over 35 people attended the program, which was featured in two local newspaper articles. This ancient part of our Anglican tradition encourages us to experience God in Nature, the little tasks of daily life, and community.

 

Diocese of California

submitted by Sally Bingham

The Diocese of California has a new exciting team of leaders. Barbara Bisel, Sally Bingham and intern Josh Griffin have joined together to inspire environmental stewardship among our parishioners. Beginning with full support from Bishop Marc Andrus and his wife Sheila, we have already put together a contact list of liaisons from 50 of our 85 congregations and will work throughout the fall to have a person in each congregation.

We are having regional meetings in order that the liaisons don't have to travel to attend. We asked each church to join the CA Interfaith Power and Light Program and use the resources provided through CIPL with the intention of cutting Green House Gas Emissions 30% over the next year. We are providing networking among the churches so that no church needs to act alone, but rather in partnership with others. Two of our churches have already installed solar, many have cut emissions in ways that can be duplicated by other interested churches. Even our Cathedral is exploring solar. We are sponsoring an outdoor service on St, Francis Day, hosting an event and book signing for Claire Foster and David Shreeve from the Church of England. Their book How Many Light bulbs does it take to change a Christian? will be for sale.

The thing that has made the most difference in our work is the support of the Bishop and the willingness to have a paid intern to help us. The people in our diocese are inspired to do something to alleviate global warming and the collaboration with the Interfaith Power and Light Campaign has made this easy and possible. California Public Utility is giving rebates for solar installation making this a financially feasible option for churches.

 

Diocese of California

All Souls Episcopal Parish, Berkeley, CA
submitted by Nancy Snow

At All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley, CA, we're just finishing a year-long pledge drive to reduce our individual/family environmental footprint, and it has already proved successful through our educational efforts and participation (100+ people).

 

Diocese of California

Saint Anselm's Episcopal Church, Lafayette, CA
submitted by the Rev Sally Bingham

Saint Anselm's, Lafayette, has installed a 7.9 kilowatt AC solar photovoltaic system to generate electrical power. Utilizing the design and installation services of Borrego Solar, Inc. of Berkeley, California, the church expects to generate an average of 935 kilowatt hours of electricity per month, lowering its utility bills by seventy to eighty percent.
"I'm delighted with the results - the system is producing 25% more power than we had anticipated," said Doug Merrill, who supervised the project for Saint Anselm's.

 

Diocese of California

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Orinda, CA
submitted by Barbara Bisel

St. Stephen's, Orinda, took the "EnergyStar Pledge" to change one or more bulbs in parishioner homes to CFLs. Energystar calculates the group's energy savings. 57 parishioners have taken the pledge, a potential savings of 100,110 kWh, $10,011 in energy costs, and 157,975 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Diocese of Northern California

Celebrating Creation in Northern California
submitted by the Rev Dcn Phina Borgeson

Nineteen people from nine congregations gathered June 7 at St. Francis in the Redwoods Church, Willits, to begin forming a diocese-wide environmental network.

Participants spent the morning getting to know one another, hearing about the concerns and passions of congregations and individuals.

After a potluck lunch and a brief trip to see Ann Maxwell's wildlife preserve, conversation focused on common themes and achievable goals. Amidst the many issues - such as water, wildlife and trash –- ran concerns about integrating environmental sustainability and social justice and how best to use the teaching gifts of many of those gathered.

Deacon Phina Borgeson posed the question: What is the gathered church's unique contribution to the environmental movement? All agreed that it is worship of the creating God, theological reflection as a foundation for advocacy and action, and greening our life together as church.

The Rev. Eric Duff, director of Episcopal Community Services, facilitated identifying action steps. Beginning to green the November diocesan convention seemed a good first step. Plans are underway to get to learn more about what congregations not represented at the meeting are doing, and to begin to model green events, meetings and coffee hours.

As a first step, participants agreed to promote the sale and use of refillable water bottles from the TREE group at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, with a goal of banishing bottled water at diocesan events and conferences.

At the end of the day, Donnalee Hart of St. Francis and Phina Borgeson led the group in an informal evensong amidst drop cloths and finishing supplies. The new straw bale church building was consecrated on June 22.

While the vision is to have a network that functions with minimal travel, those present agreed to meet more often while beginning to build relationships. Another Saturday meeting in Willits is planned for September 8, supplemented by an Epicom group for messages and document sharing between face meetings.

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Diocese of Olympia

Ecology/Spirituality Group of Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA
submitted by Carolyn White

The Ecology/Spirituality Group of Saint Mark's Cathedral has read and discussed several relevant documents, such as Bishop Charleston's "Defining a Culture of Environmental Justice", and Sallie McFague's book Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril. Intersection of environmental, social and economic justice gained.

 

Diocese of Olympia

Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, WA
submitted by Ruth Mulligan

An Interfaith Creation Festival at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle was held in four different venues (a public hall, a Baptist church, Saint Mark's, and a Jewish temple). The Festival included inspirational keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, a festive banquet, celebrations with music and dance, activities for children and youth, and perhaps most significantly, the experience of worship services of the three faiths.

The Interfaith Creation Festival was envisioned to launch a Year of Interfaith Dialogue and Action on Creation. The festival culminated with Bishop Steven Charleston's prophetic and urgent call to make radical reductions in greenhouse emissions.

 

Diocese of Oregon

submitted by Alice Speers

The Diocese of Oregon has produced "Steps to a Better World" which will be published in the diocesan newspaper and also on the website. It features specific steps for parishioners and congregations to reduce greenhouse gases in our transportation, heating and cooling, and utilizing renewable energy sources. We'll have 2 workshops at our Convention Mission and Ministry Fair – one on the inconvenient truth about global warming, and a second one on ancient forests as mystical sites.

 

Diocese of Spokane

submitted by Gloria Waggoner

The Diocese of Spokane is participating in a two year program of visitations to each of 43 churches to present educational information and initiate committees for the betterment of the environment. Several churches have begun inventories of habits and taken steps toward a greener commitment. This is working well with much enthusiasm.

 

 

 

Province 9

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Diocese of Puerto Rico / Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña

Aibonito, PR
submitted by Fr. James Snodgrass and Patty Parsley, PhD

Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña, Aibonito congregation, made a presentation for LiveEarth in San Juan and lifted up the Holy Trinity in earth-keeping and living sustainable lives. With IEP Planning Committee we hope to develop a Retreat and Conference Center dedicated to the Holy Spirit, including strong ecological consciousness.

Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña, Aibonito congregación, presentó a ViveLaTierra en San Juan y se levantó la Santísima Trinidad en 'earth-keeping' y viviendo vidas sustentables. Con el Comité Timón de IEP esperamos desarrollar un Centro de Retiros y Conferencias dedicado al Espíritu Santo, incluyendo una conciencia ecológica fuerte.

 

 

 

About this Project

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This is the first of several issues of the e-Newsletter where we will address environmental stewardship activities occurring within the Episcopal Church. The 30 or so submissions represent a sampling of environmental stewardship activities going on in Episcopal congregations and their surrounding communities.

Many of us struggle to bring our concerns about stewardship of God's creation to others in our congregations communities or dioceses. Part of what we hope this issue will do is give our readers ideas of things they can do locally or at the diocesan level.

If I missed listing your input, please send me another copy. If your congregation or diocese is not listed here or if you have more to say about what is happening at a location listed above, please send your information to news[@eenonline.org] (please remove the square brackets before sending). The webpage for this newsletter will be updated about every 2 weeks through the Fall to add additional information. Submitted photos will be posted starting in mid-September.

 

 

 
 

 

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Take time to visit the EpEN Website. If you have information to share on upcoming events in your area, please send an e-mail to news[@eenonline.org] (please remove the square brackets before sending).

The EpEN also seeks individuals interested in being contacts within Provinces and Dioceses as well as individuals interested in researching and writing about topics of interest. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to: chair[@eenonline.org] (please remove the square brackets before sending).

The next issue will come out in late November 2007 (deadline for submissions to be around November 21, 2007). If you have information to share with the wider church, please send your input at any time to news[@eenonline.org] (please remove the square brackets before sending).

Please direct comments about this newsletter to Chuck Morello (please remove the square brackets before sending).

Chuck Morello
EpEN Webminister

last update: 2007-09-27

 

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