On Saturday, October 23, via Zoom, we will gather for a Fall Retreat Day and welcome our speaker Jane Tomaine, author of St. Benedict’s Toolbox, a book much beloved by many of us. Jane will explore with us how to put into practice some of the ways of St. Benedict to enrich our spiritual lives. You do not want to miss this retreat! Mark your calendars. Registration is now open!
This is an online event. Visitors are welcome and should register themselves. There is a range of cost options. Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei7auiql48c54504&oseq=&c=&ch=
“Fashioning My Life For His Sake”
8:50 Presidents’ and Bishops’ Welcomes
9:00 Morning Prayer and Installation of Officers
9:40 SESSION I: “Choose the Wardrobe”
10:45 SESSION II: “Make a Fashion Statement”
12:15 Business Meeting
12:45 SESSION III: “Dress Right for Life”
1:45 Closing Prayer Service
Fashioning My Life For His Sake
Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ. (Rule of St. Benedict Chapter 72, Verse 11)
About this retreat, Jane writes…
How do we fashion our life for Christ? Do we really, really want to take this step? And, if our answer is “Yes,” how do we go about making the most of our time here on this earth to live For His sake in the midst of all our responsibilities, stresses and challenges that confront, distract and unsettle us?
Fashioning our life For His Sake encompasses our relationships, communities, resources, and how we choose to use our time as well as touching our emotions, physical health and our mental well-being. We need help to live into our desire to fashion our life for Christ. At the retreat we will explore how a rule of life, specifically the Rule of Benedict, can help us do just that.
At the mention of that much maligned word “Rule”…. please don’t vanish to check your email or escape to texting or, perhaps, to get a cookie!
Rest assured that the Rule is not a book of rules—it is a resource giving insights and guidelines for Christian living. The word Rule comes from the Greek term canon which originally meant “trellis.” Just as we plant morning glories by a trellis to support them to grow and flourish, Benedict’s Rule is a “trellis” on which we plant our life so that we can grow and be transformed. Benedictine living points us to the Gospels and gives us many ways to learn how to live in loving relationship with God, with others, and with ourselves.
Author Esther de Wall beautifully summarizes the Rule in this quote from Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality:
It’s all about love. It points me to Christ.
Ultimately the whole meaning and purpose of the Rule is simply, [in Benedict’s own words] “Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.”
At the retreat we will be exploring some of the ways this trellis of Benedict can help us live more deeply into our Baptismal Covenant and the Gospel way of Jesus. You will be able to look at your life alongside The Rule of Benedict and find those elements of Benedictine living that support your life with, in and for Christ. You also will be given practical ways to make Benedictine living part of your life. Benedict’s path is a way towards wholeness and peace.
I am learning to follow Benedict’s way, living as best as I can the Rule offered to his community of the 6th century that still speaks with power and relevance today. Benedict’s way is filled with meaning and offers practical application. His trellis supports life in and for Christ, prayer, community, relationships, moderation, balance, living in the present moment, finding God in the ordinary hum-drum of daily life, and so much more.
Won’t you join me in this life’s work of fashioning your life For His Sake?
If your answer is, “Yes!” join your Sisters in Christ and me online at the Fall Assembly Retreat, October 23, 2021.
For this coming grant cycle, the UTO grant focus will be: Care of Creation. The application materials are available now at https://unitedthankoffering.com/granting/
UTO grant monies can be used for start-up ministries, or for taking a current ministry in a new and exciting direction. The UTO Office offers webinars and tips for helping you write your grant. Be sure to check out the Helpful Hints document on the materials page.
The deadline for submission of a completed application and the required documents is 5pm (EST) on Friday, February 4, 2022 for dioceses of The Episcopal Church.
Remember that 100% of all monies collected during UTO Ingatherings are given away in the form of grants to communities around the world.
“Thérèse of Lisieux: The Way of Love” will take place online Saturday, May 1 @ 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM on Zoom with author and retreat leader Suzanne Guthrie. Program and additional information is available.
Suzanne Guthrie creates Soulwork Toward Sunday, a weekly retreat on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. She served the church as a parish priest, college, university, and convent chaplain, children’s pastor and education consultant. She is the author of two books of spirituality and has been a frequent contributor to Christian Century and other publications. She led her first retreat in 1979. A mother of four, Suzanne and her husband Bill recently moved from the East Coast to live California to be nearer to her two grandchildren. You can find Soulwork Toward Sunday and other resources at http://www.edgeofenclosure.org.
The 2021 UTO Annual Grant Application and supporting materials are available now at episcopalchurch.org/utogrants. The focus for this year’s grant applications is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts.
The United Thank Offering will accept applications in two categories – sustaining ministries and innovative ministries – at two different funding levels: seed (up to $10,000) and impact ($10,000-$25,000).
Each diocese may submit one seed grant and one impact grant. Grant Proposals should be submitted ASAP to the UTO Diocesan Grant Review Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will review the proposals and submit the top three to the Office of the Bishop for final approval.
Please be advised that the need is especially great this year. UTO will grant the amount requested, so please only request what you need. If you can do your project for $500, please ask for that amount. Do not inflate your budget, as it will be granted in full. By requesting the minimum, you need to complete your project, you help to ensure that as many grants as possible can be awarded.
The deadline for submitting the 2021 UTO Grant Application is approaching. All applications must be uploaded by Friday, February 26, at 5 p.m. EST. The UTO Board strongly encourages all grant applicants to submit their applications as early as possible. Our UTO Staff Officer, the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, is available to answer questions and provide editorial assistance. We encourage you to make use of her assistance so that your application can be as strong and as complete as possible. Applications that are received within 3-4 weeks prior to the deadline will be given a full review, and there will be the opportunity to fix any issues Heather finds, so make sure to include all components listed. The closer we get to the deadline, the less assistance you will receive. Any applications submitted on the last day will be processed as received.
Please be advised of the following deadlines regarding help with the application, as outlined in the grant materials:
- Sunday, February 7 – deadline to submit drafts of applications for review by Heather.
- Friday, February 12 – deadline to submit draft budgets for review.
- Tuesday, February 23 – final day to submit via Formstack and receive information on what is missing in the application so it still can be added before the final deadline.