THANK-YOU, INTERwebs! ...
...You help us learn and stay connected. There are so many and varied resources that connect us to one another as seekers, and in our church family as Episcopalians, as Christians, and as stewards of this "fragile island home" we call Earth. Here are some. Come back here again, because this list changes.
Get to know The Episcopal Church
Our Book of Common Prayer. This book is the principal liturgical resource used by Episcopal Churches throughout the Americas and in Asia; it's also one of the church's primary theological resources.
A Glossary of Terms. Have you come across an unfamiliar word or phrase in Episcopal Church life? Liturgy? Diocese? Or maybe Episcopal? This glossary is your friend.
Here you can learn about the larger Episcopal Church—a living, missional institution—of which St. Mark's is a member. And here's where you can be introduced to the Diocese of Spokane; St. Mark's belongs to this regional community of congregations of the Episcopal Church in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Our current Bishop is retiring at the end of 2016, and our ninth Bishop was elected at our Diocesan Convention in October. You can learn more about that here. To get a feel for a few of the ministries of our Diocese, check out this 7-minute video.
The Episcopal Church is united by "bonds of affection" to other churches in the Anglican Communion—and her 80 million members worldwide. The relationships among the Anglican Communion churches have changed since the Communion was formalized in the 19th century. Reasons for the changes include the growing social-justice awareness and progressive spirit of the church in the U.S. and Canada, and the rapid numerical growth of the church in the more socially conservative nations of sub-Saharan Africa, esp. Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Here is an opinion piece about the current state of the Anglican Communion.
Our General Convention. This bi-cameral body meets every three years in the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies (clergy and lay people) and to consider legislation that will govern the church during the following triennium. To find Resolutions adopted by General Convention you can search the archives. Or if you'd rather, you can look at this series of good summaries: resolutions we passed that compel or encourage congregations or individuals to act and what we did that affects dioceses and our whole church. Here is a summary about resolutions that will affect the way we do liturgy.
The current revision of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church reflect changes from the 2015 General Convention.
The Episcopal News Service is just what it sounds like—it's the church's news service. It is a part of the larger Episcopal Digital network.
Results of a 2014 congregational study of the Episcopal Church by the TEC re: trends, numbers, etc.
Get to know our new Presiding-Bishop The Right Reverend Michael Curry
Elected by the House of Bishops during General Convention on June 27, 2015, Bishop Curry was installed into his new ministry on November 1. His term of office is nine years. The Presiding Bishop is the Chief Pastor of The Episcopal Church, its chief Evangelist, and holds some executive responsibilities.
Bishop Curry's sermon to Bishops and Deputies at General Convention (July 3, 2015) will tell you something of where we are as The Episcopal Church in this time and in this place. This video is about 30 minutes.
Bishop Curry invites us into the Way "with Jesus" and the the Way "of Jesus." This video is about 7 minutes.
Online prayer and worship
When you are unable to attend worship at St. Mark's, or when you're longing for prayer in community and we have nothing scheduled, here are some options
Mission St. Clare offers, at your convenience, guided Morning and Evening Prayer (the Daily Offices) as well as Daily Devotions (four times a day) and other resources from around the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Indianapolis also offers both interactive/live-stream Morning and Evening Prayer, and archives the complete print versions.
The sung end-of-day service of Compline is archived from the Sunday evening broadcast at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, to be enjoyed whenever you like.
Worship and study resources
Bible Gateway is reportedly the most used searchable online Bible--in almost any translation you could imagine. The Blue Letter Bible also has excellent tools for exploring the Bible's original languages.
As mentioned above, The Book of Common Prayer is the principal liturgical resource of The Episcopal Church and is a foundational theological document as well.
The Lectionary Page provides a calendar of the Scripture readings assigned to Sundays and the Feast Days of the church. and The Revised Common Lectionary hosted by the library at the Divinity School at Vanderbilt is a premier resource on the topic.
The Reverse Lectionary lists the dates a particular Biblical passage will be included in the Episcopal Church's Sunday liturgy.
Episcopal Relief and Development is The Episcopal Church's agency providing emergency relief and sustainable development services to people in need in the United States and throughout the world.
Here are links to some current pertinent conversation in the blogosphere.
10 things one Episcopal priest wishes people knew about The Episcopal Church.
Why are there more "nones" in the West than in the South?
If our Book of Common Prayer is one of the marks of our unity is now a time to be considering revision?
If you ever have questions about any material you’ve come across online—through these links or elsewhere—please don’t hesitate to contact Mother Robin. She may not be able to answer your questions, but she'll ask some good ones in return, and she's almost always up for a good conversation!