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                            THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH




Missionary
Watercolors
Paintings Depict
Global South, p. 16
The Gift of Life
Wife Gives Husband new
Kidney at Christmas, p. 7
Outreach:
Action or Instinct? p. 20

                              FEBRUARY A.D. 2004 VOLUME 25, NO. 1
                               Unchanging Identity: Changing Relationship

                               I
                               Beloved in the Lord:
                                    write this to you from Kampala, Uganda,        and “confession and calling” at Lambeth Palace
                                    where Nara and I have just arrived. There is   as we transited through London.
                                    much excitement in the city because of the     What is the Network? It is an association of
                               enthronement of the new archbishop just 48          Episcopal dioceses, together with clusters of
                               hours from now. Even the shuttle driver from the    parishes in other parts of the United States,
                               airport is tuned in: He greets me, “Good morn-      whose conventions (or vestries) have repudiated
                               ing, bishop.”                                       the controversial innovations of last summer’s
     BY THE RT. REV.                                                               General Convention. It is a new relationship
     ROBERT WM.                The Network chartered in Texas is an                among church bodies for common cause. It is a
     DUNCAN,                   association of dioceses committed to                relationship that Diocesan Council will be asked
     BISHOP OF                 living “in good faith within the                    to ratify. It is a relationship called for by the
     PITTSBURGH                                                                    Archbishop of Canterbury himself. It is a rela-
                               constitution of the Episcopal Church.”              tionship about which the presiding bishop is
                                                                                   well informed. It is a relationship that global pri-
ON THE SURE
         FOUNDATION



                                                                                   mates – representing the majority of the world’s
                               The plane from London turned into a kind of         Anglicans – have embraced as the part of the
                               family reunion. Sandy Millar of Holy Trinity        Episcopal Church whose identity they can still
                               (Brompton) and Alpha fame, greeted me as we         recognize and with whom they still are in fel-
                               were boarding. As I was seated, a parishioner of    lowship and communion.
                               St. Stephen’s (Sewickley) caught my eye. Folks      What of those who oppose the Network and
                               from California and Texas and Kansas and            Pittsburgh’s participation in it? What of those
                               Virginia, as well as from England, identified       who desire a change in identity both for the
                               themselves to me. All were coming to see our        Episcopal Church and for us locally? It remains
                               friend, Henry Orombi, (who visited us in            that the system of governance we have is based
                               Pittsburgh as recently as October) be made
                               archbishop of the second largest Anglican
                               province in the world. (Nigeria is the largest.)
                               Nara and I were, of course, coming directly
                               from the organizing convocation of the Network
                               of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes
                               at Plano. There, representatives of 12 American
                               dioceses – joined by representatives of clusters
                               of parishes from many other places across the
                               United States and by leaders of key missionary
                               agencies – had met to adopt a “charter” and a
                               “confession and calling.” All this had made                                                   JOHN MACDONALD PHOTO
                               national news in the States.                        Bishop Robert Duncan and his wife Nara visit with the outgo-
                                                                                   ing archbishop of Uganda, Livingstone Nkoyoyo, during a
                               What’s happening? Anglicans abroad and              farewell party at Uganda Christian University.
         NEXT MONTH:
                               Anglicans at home are being true to our
         An interview with
                               received identity as catholic, reformed and         on the will of the majority. But it also remains
         the bishop about
         his leadership in     renewed Christians – and as missionaries of the     that we in the local majority – committed to
         the Network, his      transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. The            maintaining our identity unchanged – will do
         role in the           Network chartered in Texas is an association of     what we can to stay in relationship with those
         American Anglican
                               dioceses committed to living “in good faith         who seek an altered Episcopal Church.
         Council and his
         hopes for his prin-   within the constitution of the Episcopal
         cipal work as         Church.” We haven’t changed. We haven’t left.       Faithfully your bishop,
         Bishop of             We sent the documents and the minutes to
         Pittsburgh.           Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold as soon as the
                               opening convocation of the Network adjourned.
                               I personally dropped copies of this “charter”       Bishop of Pittsburgh
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              THE EPISCOPAL
              DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
              The Rt. Rev. Robert Wm.
              Duncan, Bishop
              20,000 baptized members in




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              76 parishes and institutions
              Est. 1865                        COVER:
                                               The cover and Page 3
                                               paintings, as well as the
                                               those depicted in our
                                               center spread, were



                                               THIS ISSUE
                                               painted by Alan Morris .

EDITOR: Marjie Smith
COMMUNICATIONS BOARD CHAIR:
The Rev. Paul Cooper
DESIGN: Catherine Hoemke
                                               On the Sure Foundation                  2
COPY EDITING: Lynne Wohleber                   Inklings                                4
PROOFING: Diocesan staff                       Encouraging Words                      5
COLUMNISTS: Bishop Robert Duncan,
Michael Eversmeyer, Canon Mary
                                               Pew To You                             6
Maggard Hays, Holly Rankin Zaher (guest        Doctor Triggers Medical Rescue         6
column), Bishop Henry Scriven, Marjie
Smith, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Smith (guest col-    Couple Exchanged Gift of Life           7
umn) and Lynne Wohleber.
                                               Parochial People Postings              9
CONTRIBUTORS: The Rev. Canon Richard
Davies, Jeanne Hungerman, Alan Morris,         Cotton to Coal                         11
Joe Sarria, and Cindy Thomas
                                               Rwanda Update                          12
PHOTOS: Peter Feiler, Happening team
(courtesy of), John Macdonald, David           Mortal Soil                            14
Sadd, Joe Sarria, Ken Scott, Bishop Henry
Scriven, Dr. John Scott (courtesy of) and      Absalom Jones Day                      15
Marjie Smith.
                                               Missionary Watercolors (Art Monitor)   16
CONTACT INFORMATION
                                               Archival Findings                      18
EDITOR:
PHONE: (724) 462-8395 (cell)                   Ruminatorial                           20
E-MAIL: editor@telerama.com
WEB SITE: www.pgh.anglican.org                 This Old Church                        21
FAX: (412) 471-5591
                                               Cathedral Flag Project                 22
Trinity will now run on a bimonthly sched-
ule with the intention of having it in mail-   Liturgically Bent                      23
boxes by the third week of every second
month, starting with the                       Cuba Report                            24
November/December issue.
                                               Regarding Communications               25
SUBMISSION DEADLINES: The 10th of each
month prior to publication (basically, six     New Network                            26
weeks ahead of mailing).
                                               An Insider’s Glimpse                   26
Documents that are not created in MS
Word should be sent as text documents.         Letter from Iranian Bishop             27
Photos should be minimum 200 dpi.
Photos to be returned must be accompa-         Donor Thank You                        28
nied by a self-addressed, stamped enve-        Diocesan Calendar                      30
lope with proprietary information on the
back of each photo.                            Scriven’s Scribblings                  31
                    Hitchhikers for the Holidays
                                                                                                            TRINITY         FEBRUARY 2004
                                                                                                             Inklings




                    T
                            he focus on outreach in this issue                     eye on the dresser ogling my sister (according
                            brought back many memories of activi-                  to sibling accounts at the time).
                            ties (by design and happenstance) dur-                 No, we definitely could not cook a turkey in
                    ing the 25 years my husband served as a priest                 Sault Ste. Marie and keep it to ourselves.
                    in Northern Ontario, prior to moving to the
                    Pittsburgh area to teach at a seminary.                        So, the first Thanksgiving, His Collarship took
                                                                                   our old green Chevy onto the Trans-Canada
                    When he started in ministry, His Collarship                    Highway and collected a load of hitchhikers.
                    was armed with an MDiv, a wife and two chil-                   Now we had a full table.
                    dren, one of them freshly minted. He was
    BY MARJIE       ready to do serious business for Christ. And he                A trend had begun.
    SMITH, EDITOR   was going to do it in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada,                I don’t remember all the hitchhikers we met
                    the furthest north either of us had yet lived. He              but there were two occasions that stand out.
                    was appointed curate at Holy Trinity Church,                   One of our guests was a French Canadian who
INKLINGS

                    with responsibility to establish two church                    spoke English at about the same level as we
                    plants in satellite communities (one has grown                 spoke French. That works well when you stick
                    into a full-fledged church).                                   to food basics, but we were into political dia-
                    In our early years, we adopted suicidal people                 logue. He was a Communist and we were try-
                    who called the church office; brought single                   ing to convince him that the only reason he
                    moms to live in our home; invited released                     could enjoy traveling around spreading his
                    prisoners over to the house; and emptied our                   ideology was because he lived in a democratic
                    kitchen cupboards when people said they were                   country.
                    out of food. We lacked the filters that come                   On another occasion, we took in a young cou-
                    with experience, but we were also flexible. The                ple from Newfoundland who were heading to
                    one seemed to offset the other.                                Alberta to look for work. She was several
                                                                                   months pregnant, her pants held up with a big
                        He was a Communist and we                                  pin, and they hadn’t eaten in a couple of days.
                                                                                   After providing a meal, a night’s lodging,
                        were trying to convince him that                           some maternity clothes and bus fare, we saw
                        the only reason he could enjoy                             them on their way, not expecting to hear from
                        traveling around spreading his                             them again. A few months later, a letter
                        ideology was because he lived in a                         arrived. The couple wanted us to know that he
                                                                                   had been able to get work. She had lost the
                        democratic country.                                        baby, but her spirits were up because they now
                                                                                   had food on the table, a home and a future
                                                                                   together.
                    There was one problem with this ministry                       The last hitchhiker to spend the night was one
                    thing. I could handle the out-of-control teenag-               His Collarship brought with him several years
                    er with a crush on my husband, but I couldn’t                  later when we were living on Manitoulin
                    handle cooking a turkey at Christmas and                       Island. He had barely introduced the young
                    Thanksgiving and having a virtually empty                      man when the phone rang. It was a family cri-
                    table. I was the youngest in a family of five                  sis; he needed to go across town. I thought of
                    children and we always had a table full of fam-                the three children in bed upstairs and this
                    ily and friends on any occasion. My parents                    stranger in the kitchen. “No,” I said. “Ask
                    used to bring international students home for                  them to come here.”
                    the holidays from Ontario Bible College in                     Times were changing. We didn’t stop reaching
                    Toronto. We also had elderly relatives come for                out to others; we changed how we did it.
                    the holidays. I slept on the dining room floor
                    while my blind aunt slept in my bed, her glass

                     IN THE APRIL ISSUE OF TRINITY:
                     In the next issue of Trinity, we will have stories celebrating our diocesan youth; an Art Monitor column by Janet
                     Helms; a parish nursing story and the institution of a secret parish visit, where someone will drop in on a church in
     4               the diocese and write about the service, the event, the life of that particular parish. It won’t be a critique, so relax
                     and prepare to enjoy each other’s company.
 Obstacles to Outreach
FEBRUARY 2004             TRINITY                                                               Encouraging Words




                      Often Unrecognized

I
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;
     am delighted that this issue of Trinity                         ing, they often accentuate to newcomers that
     focuses on outreach, because God is                             they do not belong; they are not part of this
     eager for all of us to reach out to others                      family. Our outreach will be more effective
with His love. I hope that this issue will                           if we look at all of our activities and pro-
                                                                                                                          BY THE REV.
stimulate you and those in your parish to                            grams with the eyes of outsiders. What other       CANON MARY
think more intentionally and creatively                              things do we do, things that seem warm and            MAGGARD
about reaching out to those around you.                              inviting, which may actually prevent people        HAYS, CANON
Have you ever wondered why we are not                                from feeling that they could belong?               MISSIONER OF
more consistent and effective in our out-                            A second obstacle to effective outreach is         THE DIOCESE
reach efforts? There are a lot of reasons, but                       conflict: interpersonal conflict, conflict
here are two that you may want to consider:                          between the rector and vestry, conflict




                                                                                                                       WORDS
                                                                                                                        ENCOURAGING
We expect people to experience love the                              between the parish and diocese, conflict
same way we do. When I ask most of you                               among leaders. Not all conflict is bad;
what is unique about your parish, you                                sometimes working through conflict is an
answer, “We are a loving family.” What you                           important part of a parish’s development.
sometimes forget is that families are often                          But conflict usually brings outreach to a
closed communities. The only way you can                             standstill. Even if a parish has terrific out-
join them is by birth, marriage or adoption.                         reach plans and programs in place, conflict
Newcomers to a family, particularly a close-                         makes forward movement difficult. In
knit one, are immediately confronted with                            Numbers 12, God’s people are traveling on
the fact that they do not belong. They don’t                         their 40-year hike in the wilderness. Aaron
understand the jokes or the rules. In our                            and Miriam get in a fight with their brother
parishes, the same thing is often true. For
example, take our practice of passing the
peace. In many parishes, the peace lasts a                             Our outreach will be more effective if
long time, as people walk down the aisle                               we look at all of our activities and
and across pews to greet each other. While
these warm greetings seem loving and invit-                            programs with the eyes of outsiders.

                                                                     and leader Moses. Even after they settle
                                                                     their differences, the community has to wait
                                                                     for a week before moving on to the next
                                                                     camp. I have watched this same pattern in
                                                                     parishes. Conflict, especially among parish
                                                                     leaders, causes the community to stop.
                                                                     It is my hope and prayer that 2004 will be a
                                                                     year of dynamic outreach for all of our
                                                                     parishes. Let’s begin by taking stock of the
                                                                     obstacles that keep us from being effective
                                                                     in sharing the immense love and power
                                                                     given to us by God. And let’s ask God to
                                                                     equip us to share his light with the dark world
                                                                     around us.
                                               HENRY SCRIVEN PHOTO   Faithfully,
ABOVE:
The Rev. Canon Mary Hays shares a moment with Nara
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Duncan following the ordination to the diaconate held at Trinity
Cathedral in December.
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                                                              Doctor with Diocesan Ties Triggers
                                                                                      Doctor Triggers Medical Rescue




                                                              Medical Rescue
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                                                              BY MARJIE SMITH
                                                                          hen Lieut. Col. Dr. John Scott     those programs resident in his area, he
                                                                          was posted in Iraq, he partici-    says, “It was kind of up to me.” By the
                                                                          pated in a miracle – the flying    end of June, he had organized a committee
                                                              of a newborn Iraqi baby to Israel in an        of mostly Iraqi doctors to help decide
                                                              attempt to save her life. He was the pedi-     which children would be candidates for
                                                              atric cardiologist who diagnosed the           outside assistance.
                                                              baby’s fragile condition. Sadly, baby          He says Iraq is “deficient in services that
                                                              Bayan Jabbar died several days after           we in the U.S. have come to take for
                                                              surgery, but the fact that an Iraqi baby       granted: they have virtually no new hospi-
                                                              was flown to Israel for surgery signaled       tal equipment, and their lab and x-ray
                                                              great changes in Iraq.                         equipment is very old and poorly function-
                                                              Scott was chief of the pediatrics depart-      al.”
                                                              ment at Landstuhl Medical Center,              In order to diagnose heart disease in chil-
                                                              Germany, when his 173rd Airborne               dren, he used a portable ultrasound
                                                              Brigade was deployed to Iraq. In an inter-     machine belonging to the army’s surgical
                                                              view just after Christmas, the former          team. The committee compiled a list of the
                                                              member of St. Andrew’s, Highland Park          children and sought referrals to treatment
                                                              (when he was on a pediatric cardiology         programs.
                                                              fellowship at Children’s Hospital), said       Some of the basic treatment can be done
                                                              that each battalion (650 soldiers) has a       in Baghdad hospitals, which have received
                    SPECIAL PHOTOS (COURTESY OF JOHN SCOTT)
                                                              medical doctor attached.                       a great deal of assistance, but he says the
                                                              “Our unit was the one that parachuted          waiting list is long. Several children have
TOP:                                                          into northern Iraq. (I didn’t parachute        been matched to donor hospitals in other
Lieut. Col. Dr. John Scott meets with Jonathan Miles,         myself though; about half of the brigade       countries by a national program run by the
Nov. 19. In the background is Dr. Pakhshan, director          came in on air flights at night),” he said.    International Organization for Migration,
of the Azadi Hospital. Scott, a pediatric cardiologist        “Our brigade entered the city of Kirkuk        which, in turn, referred Brothers Together
who formerly lived in the diocese, was the baby’s                                                            to Scott as another avenue of assistance
                                                              on April 10, and we have been occupying
attending physician.
                                                              it ever since. There was some war dam-         for these little patients from Kirkuk. Heart
BOTTOM:                                                       age, but most of the huge work of              disease patients make good candidates for
A bundled up baby, Bayan Jabbar, arrives for medical          rebuilding the country has been due to the     these programs, he explains, because they
treatment in Iraq.                                            decades of neglect of its infrastructure. I    are stable, they require one surgery (in the
                                                              have had the opportunity to work with the      majority of cases) and the recovery is
                                                              health department to improve its ser-          quick. He had a list of about 90 children,
                                                              vices.”                                        50 of whom were good candidates for the
                                                              As a liaison and advisor to the local          program.
                                                              health department in Kirkuk, he assisted       The Brothers Together team visited Kirkuk
                                                              medical referral organizations. In that        on Nov. 19. In anticipation of their arrival,
                                                              role, he went weekly to the Children’s         Scott asked the local doctors to have the
                                                              Hospital and the Azadi Teaching Hospital       parents bring the children in. “We didn’t
                                                              (the former Saddam Hussein Memorial            get very many of my kids,” he said, citing
                                                              Hospital was renamed with the Kurdish          geographical and communications hurdles.
                                                              word for ‘freedom’).                           On the day the team was in Kirkuk, a 2-
                                                              “Kirkuk is Iraq in microcosm,” says            day-old infant was referred to Scott and he
                                                              Scott, describing the city as a little over    immediately diagnosed the emergency
                                                              50% Kurdish, with the rest of the popula-      condition of transposition of the great
                                                              tion consisting of Arabs and other minori-     arteries. “This requires immediate treat-
                                                              ties. There is an ethnic struggle for domi-    ment by catheterization (balloon atrial sep-
                                                              nance, creating a political scenario requir-   tostomy), then surgery within two weeks if




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                                                              ing a great deal of sensitivity. Where it      possible,” he explained.
                                                              shows up most is in “the politics of run-      “The Brothers Together team, led by
                                                              ning things.”                                  Jonathan Miles, put its efforts into making




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                                                              Because of his expertise in pediatric car-     this happen, and the result is the story in
                                                              diology, Iraqi doctors brought children to     the papers (about baby Bayan Jabbar),”
                                                              him. Since it was part of his job to recom-    said Scott. He explained, “The emergency
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                                                              mend patients to referral programs, and        catheterization was done in Baghdad, then
                                                              since there were no representatives of         they took the child to Jordan to await per-
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    The fact that an Iraqi baby
    was flown to Israel for
    surgery signaled great
    changes in Iraq.
                                                                    N E W S A RO UN D T HE DIOCESE
mission to go to Israel. I don’t know                                                                              Couple




                                                Life at Christmas
                                                Couple Exchanges Gift of
everyone involved, but I’m sure it took a                                                                          Exchanged Gift of
lot of work.”                                                                                                      Life
He admits he wasn’t focused on the politi-
cal ramifications. He was just thrilled to
be part of hooking the Baghdad doctors




                                                W
up with the Israeli doctors. He says the
organization “had eventually hoped to
bring Iraqi children to the Israeli hospital
because it is one of the best in the region,               hile the living room at the
but they didn’t think it would happen so                   home of Gwen and George
soon.”                                                     Moreland was decorated
He’s not sure how the story got out to the      cheerily for Christmas, the outside lights
media. He recalls becoming teary eyed           weren’t up. The couple from Christ
when a CNN interviewer asked what it            Church, Greensburg, didn’t put them up
feels like. “I explained that every week a
couple of children die of heart disease,”
he said. The reality is that Iraq has great
needs, and the resources used to save a            “If I didn’t have faith, I wouldn’t
child with congenital heart disease can            be making it.” ... Gwen Moreland
save many more if put into preventative
immunization programs.
The best way to help the many others            because they knew they wouldn’t be able
waiting for intervention is by supporting       to take them down. They were to be in
organizations like Brothers Together and        the University of Pittsburgh Medical
the International Organization of               Center exchanging the most precious gift
Migration. He says that helping any aid         of all – life.
agencies such as International Red Cross,       George, who has been on dialysis three
International Rescue Committee,                 times a week since September, received         ABOVE:                     MARJIE SMITH PHOTO
International Medical Corporation, WHO,         one of his wife’s kidneys, Dec. 29.            George and Gwen Moreland
UNICEF and Save the Children will help          Interviewed two weeks prior to their hos-
children with heart disease, as they are        pitalization, Gwen was excited and            lier hospitalization in hopes that it would
deficient in everything.                        George was matter-of-fact, commenting,        mature in time for dialysis. It hadn’t.
When he returns to Germany, Scott               “No use getting worked up about it; it        They had to put a catheter in his collar-
intends to keep track of the list of chil-      just raises the blood pressure and that is    bone area for several weeks until his arm
dren, which he still has. And he will likely    what caused this in the first place.”         was ready. To the touch, the bulging,
be the first one to know when a referral        A chef who works long hours and is            fused blood vessels throbbed like a pock-
takes place, as he knows the doctors in         responsible for banquets at a nearby          et buzzer on a mobile phone.
Baghdad.                                        restaurant, George was first diagnosed        Now those days of working four days a
He notes that health care is only a small       with high blood pressure in 1996. He          week and taking dialysis for three are
part of what the armed forces are doing to      declined a biopsy on his liver at the time.   behind them. The couple, married a year
help rebuild Iraq. While there was a skele-     Unfortunately, his kidneys were slowly        and a half, can now do things they
tal health care system, there was no reli-      deteriorating.                                haven’t been able to do.
able police force. It had to be built from      “It happened so gradually, I didn’t feel      It was Gwen who had insisted on being
scratch. His battalion – not him – was          it,” he said. He attributed his symptoms      tested to see if she was a match. “It was
responsible for training 1,000 Iraqi police     to stress. Finally hospitalized in June of    so he’d have a trump card” if a kidney
in the Kirkuk area.                             2003, he was given the bad news: he had       didn’t become available. At Christmas
                                                less than five percent use of his kidneys.    they played their trump.
 Just before Christmas, Scott returned to       He tried a renal diet, but it didn’t work.    Their Greensburg parish held several
 Germany, where his wife and children           Sept 1, his “levels had gone through the      fund-raisers to help them towards expens-
 waited. He was also able to get back to        roof” and he was hospitalized.                es. Gwen grew up in the parish. “If I did-
 Pittsburgh at Christmas to see family.We       In anticipation of this, the doctors had      n’t have faith, I wouldn’t be making it,”
 are grateful to his mom Celinda Scott,         fused an artery and a vein during his ear-    she said.
 who shared the story and acted as a con-
 duit for e-mails from her son, leading to an
 interview over Christmas.                                                                                                            7
 NEWS & EVENTS
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                                                                                                   Projects Show
Anniversary Organ Recital


                                                                                                  Faith at Work
As part of the celebrations honoring




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the 100th Anniversary of the Church
of the Advent, an organ recital will
be presented on March 27, 2004, at
7 p.m.                                                                                               hrist Church, Greensburg, parish-
Robert L. Morehead, CAGO, will                                                                       ioners Art Holbrook and Curt
perform works by Buxtehude, Bach,                                                                    Henry have done anything but
Mozart, Lovelace, Rutter and                                                                retire in their retirement. In fact they
Dyson.                                                                                      have taken up building – for Central
A flute solo with organ accompani-       ABOVE:                          MARJIE SMITH PHOTO
                                                                                            Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity.
                                         Curt Henry and Art Holbrook                        Holbrook, who formerly worked for Ad
ment will also be presented.
Morehead has studied organ in            Tranz, and Henry, whose former employer was Georgia Pacific Corporation, have
Canton, Ohio, with Dr. Robert            found fulfillment and camaraderie on the Habitat team, which builds approximately
Morisson and in Allentown, PA,           one house a year in the county. The new owners help work on the homes.
with Mr. Stephen C. Williams. He is      The two men never cease to be inspired by seeing the happiness of the families going
currently the minister of music at St.   into these new homes. “One of the greatest sensations is to see the look on their
Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hill,      faces. It’s the kind of feeling you don’t get very often,” says Holbrook.
PA.                                      Both men, who sit on the local Habitat for Humanity board, are thrilled at the team-
Church of the Advent is located at       work that goes into the projects. Not only do you have 10 or so volunteers working
3010 Pioneer Ave. in Brookline.          on the houses, but you have people doing fund-raising and organizing; you have peo-
                                         ple and businesses that donate land or materials and you have teams, including young
Resolution Withdrawn                     people, who come in to help work on the project. One group of youths learning wood
Questions have been raised as to         construction at a local school constructed roof trusses and exterior walls as part of a
why Resolution No. 6, dealing with       class project. They were able to come out and work with building contractors from
trusteeship of parish properties,        W.M. Building Trades.
which was voted on and passed at a       “A lot of kids don’t get to be part of putting the pieces they fabricate together,” says
special convention of the diocese,       Henry.
Sept. 27, has been subsequently          Both men feel this is an opportunity to give back to the community that has been giv-
withdrawn with the approval of the       ing to them their whole lives. Holbrook says future homeowners get to see “faith at
diocesan governing bodies. The res-      work” as they build alongside the volunteers. “I don’t know a fellow out there not
olution was specifically addressed in    involved in a church,” he says.
a lawsuit filed by the Rev. Dr.
Harold Lewis and the senior warden
of Calvary Church, East Liberty.
The lawsuit deals with the legalities
surrounding trusteeship of diocesan
properties.
Regarding the controversial property
resolution, which invoked the most
singular dialogue at special conven-
tion, the diocesan position is that
“Resolution No.6 did not have, and
was not intended to have, legal
effect. The resolution was passed to
publicly assure various parishes who
were concerned about acquiring
property or engaging in capital cam-
paigns that the diocese did not
intend to exercise whatever rights it
might have in the property to under-
mine the use of the property by the
parishes. Neither its passage nor




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withdrawal had any affect on the
existing constitutions, canons or
rights of the diocese or of ECUSA.”




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                                         WELCOME TO ASCENSION:                                                                 PETER FEILER PHOTO

                                         The Rev. Jonathan Millard receives the symbol of a sheep from representatives of Ascension's youth
                                         ministry at the January 28 service inducting him as the 13th rector of Church of the Ascension.

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                                                                                         Parochial People Postings
FEBRUARY 2004          TRINITY
                                                               N E W S A RO U N D T H E D I OC ESE
                                                                             The Rev. Dr. Victor Zuck Obituary


                                                                             V
                      Parochial People Postings                              BY THE REV. CANON RICHARD DAVIES
                      Announcements                                                    ictor Zuck, one of
                                                                                       God’s faithful ser-      What he gave he
                      Dr. Peter Venable of Church of the Ascension                     vants, died on Jan.
                      successfully defended his thesis for a PhD in com- 6, 2004, at age 95, in                also received – the
                      puter science at CMU.                                  Hagerstown, MD. To have           praise and honors
                      Al and Ruth Murtha of Christ Church, Indiana,          known him is to have seen
                      celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 5.      the epitome of the
                                                                                                               from his business
                      They were married Nov. 5, 1943 at Holy Name            psalmist’s declaration,           associates, and the
                      Church in Duquesne.                                    “Make a joyful noise to           love of those he
                      The Rev. Dr. Bruce Robison, rector of St.              God, all the earth; sing the
                                                                             glory of his name, give to        touched in faith
                      Andrew’s, Highland Park, is on sabbatical from
                      mid-January to mid-April. The study topic of his       him glorious praise.”             and work.
                      sabbatical will be, “What the Rule of St. Benedict     (Psalm 66:1).
                      can contribute to the life and ministry we share at    The son of Jacob and Ora
                      St. Andrew’s Church, Pittsburgh, at the beginning      Zuck, Victor was born in Hagerstown, MD, on January
                      of the 21st Century.”                                  29, 1908. Following graduation from Blue Ridge Bible
                      The Rev. Dr. Harold Lewis, rector of Calvary,          College, he followed in his father’s footsteps in the organ
                      East Liberty, is on sabbatical from mid-January to     business, eventually working for the Moller Organ
                      the end of March 2004 and for July and August          Company. During the Depression, he worked for the
                      (inclusive of vacation). He will be a visiting profes- Everett Piano Company. There he developed an electron-
                      sor at the College of the Transfiguration,             ic organ called the Orgatron, which Everett built and dis-
                      Grahamstown, South Africa, as well as spending         tributed. When the patent rights, leased to the Rudolph
                      time at Bishopscourt in Cape Town. His itinerary       Wurlitzer Company during WWII, expired in 1952,
                      includes time in England where he intends to do        Victor returned to Moller as regional manager and sales
HENRY SCRIVEN PHOTO
                      further work on a new book.                            representative.
                                                                             Victor exemplifies those who are called late to ministry.
                      Bereavements                                           In his late 60s, he enrolled at Trinity Episcopal School
                      Bertha Batz, mother of Deacon Marion Kush (St. for Ministry, Ambridge. Ordained deacon in 1975 and
                      Mark’s, Johnstown), died Mon., Dec. 22;                priest in 1976, he served as vicar of St. Luke’s,
                                                                             Georgetown, until 1983. From 1983 until his 1988 retire-
                      Jean McIlvain, mother of Deacon Christine              ment to Hagerstown, he was an assistant at St. Paul’s,
                      McIlvain (Christ Church, North Hills), died Dec.       Mt. Lebanon, and priest-in-charge of Old St. Luke’s,
                      21.                                                    Scott Township, completing two degrees: Master of
                      Ordinations to the Priesthood                          Sacred Literature, 1982, and Doctor of Ministry, summa
                                                                             cum laude, 1983.
                      (dates are all late 2003 or early 2004)                Victor’s work at Old St. Luke’s actually began in 1975
                      • Layne Hansen, Dec. 14, All Saints’, Chevy            when he and a few lay persons began restoration efforts.
                         Chase, MD;                                          In addition to saving and electrifying the treasured 1823
                      • Gene Sherman, Dec. 14, Trinity, Beaver;              pipe organ, he utilized his life-long experiences in
                      • Jay Slocum, Dec. 14, Church of the Cross,            church architecture to direct the historical renewal of the
                         Bluffton, SC;                                       interior and exterior of the building. A member of Old St.
                                                                             Luke’s board and Trinity’s cathedral chapter, he received
                      • Julian Linnell, Dec. 16, Galilee Church, Virginia numerous awards, including the Award of Merit from
HENRY SCRIVEN PHOTO      Beach, VA;                                          Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation for his
ABOVE:
                      • Michael Ruk, Dec. 21, Trinity Cathedral;             work on the task force for handicapped access. Victor
Two Ordinands:        • Martha Eilertsen, Dec. 22, St. Paul’s, Mt.           was listed in the American Organ Guild’s international
Simon Barnes,            Lebanon;                                            biographical roll of honor in music and religion, as well
                                                                             as Marquis’ Who’s Who in Religion, and received the
top, and
                      • Nancy Chalfant-Walker, Jan. 6, 2004,
Rebekah                                                                      Masonic 50-year Service Award.
                         Redeemer, Squirrel Hill;
Neumann, bot-                                                                Following the Jan. 10 service in St. John’s, Hagerstown,
tom, were             • Amanda Nickles, Jan. 11, Christ the King,            he was interred in the family plot at Rest Haven
ordained to the          Beaver Falls;                                       Cemetery. His wife Nathalie Peterson, whom he married
diaconate in
                      • Deb Carr, Jan. 18, St. David’s, Venetia;             in 1937, one daughter Victoria Zuck Reilly, four grand-
December at
Trinity               • Paul Rodgers, Jan. 21, Trinity, Tarriffville, CT;    sons and five great-grandchildren survive him.
                                                                             Victor loved the Lord; he loved the people he served
Cathedral.            • Matthew Walter, May 9, 2004 Amman, Jordan. and, of course, he loved the music of praise an organ can
                      Ordinations to the Diaconate                           bring forth. What he gave he also received –
                                                                             the praise and honors from his business associ-
                      • Rebekah Neumann and Simon Barnes,                                                                           9
                                                                             ates, and the love of those he touched in faith
                         Dec. 13, 2003, at Trinity Cathedral.
                                                                             and work.
                                                                                                              TRINITY        FEBRUARY 2004




                                    Happens for Youth                                    Hanging Out
                                    This Weekend



                                    T                                                    A
                                             he 57th Happening was held at St.                     year ago, Trinity carried a story about
                                             Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon, the weekend of                   Coal Country Hang-Out Community
                                             Nov. 14 – 16, 2003. The weekend was                   Youth Center in Northern Cambria, an
                                    encouraging and inspiring to everyone. As evi-       outreach center that is dear to the heart of Ann
                                    denced at the closing, lives were changed, per-      Staples, deacon-in-charge at St. Thomas’,
                                    sonal faith deepened, serving God experienced        Northern Cambria, and St. Luke’s, Patton.
                                    and, most of all, Jesus Christ glorified.            Staples, who is president of the center’s board of
                                    Happening is a weekend offered twice a year to       directors, has been a driving force in organizing
                                    high school students in Grades 9 through 12          activities for youth and in developing the center.
                                    where teenagers hear the gospel explained by         Various local and national arms of the Episcopal
                                    their own peers. They see the gospel in action.      Church have helped fund the building and its
                                    Once you have come to a weekend as a partici-        programs. As a follow-up to that article, Staples
                                    pant, you may repeat the weekend as a staff          reports that the center, open Monday through
                                    member and have leadership opportunities.            Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as
                                    Happening provides teen staff with training in       Friday and Saturday nights, provides a full-ser-
                                    public speaking, music ministry, intercessory        vice youth facility, which includes daycare and a
                                    prayer, small group facilitation and servant         computer center. The latter offers free computer
                                    ministries. Teens are encouraged to seek spiri-      classes to adults and after-school lab time to stu-
                                    tual growth and become leaders for Jesus in          dents.
                                    their lives and home parishes.                       The former sanctuary space – the building was a
                                    Dates for the next Happenings:                       Roman Catholic church – has been converted
                                    April 16 – 18, 2004 – Trinity Cathedral;             into a gymnasium, courtesy of a grant from the
                                    Nov. 12 – 14, 2004 – Happening location to be        Richard K. Mellon Foundation.
                                    announced.                                           Staples encourages people to support the endeav-
                                    The Rev. Tom Finnie, priest in charge, and Tom       or financially and in prayer. “Contributions to
                                    Hillman, Happening director, oversee the             CCHYC will help underprivileged children to
                                    Happening program. For more information, you         realize their potential to become contributing
                                    may contact Tom Hillman at (412) 600-2555,           adults in an increasingly diverse and demanding
                                    or Cindy Thomas, Happening administrator, at         world. Providing the children of Northern
                                    (412) 257-3029. The registration deadline for        Cambria County with educational and cultural
                                    the spring Happening is April 3, 2004.               opportunities that are not currently available will
                                    Information is also available online at:             significantly impact the negative aspects of
                                    www.happeningpittsburgh.org.                         poverty and idleness of the area’s youth,” she
                                                                                         says.
                    SPECIAL PHOTO                                                        She invites people to come and tour the facilities
 ABOVE:                                                                                  at 1102 Maple Ave., Northern Cambria.
 Young people at Happening gathering.

 FAR RIGHT:
 Long-time St.Thomas, Gibsonia, parishioner Ray
 Konefal shared his knowledge of wood carving with
 Cub Pack 413 of Mars. Konefal demonstrated the
 tools and methods for carving and helped the
 youngsters work on their Whittlin’ Chip card by dis-
 cussing safe usage and care of a pocketknife.The
 Cubs worked on a wooden Christmas tree orna-
 ment as part of the process. In this photo, Konefal
 is shown working with cub A.J. Ambrust.

 RIGHT:
 Peter Schnepp of St.Thomas-in-the-Fields, Gibsonia,




          2 ou
 made a dedicated shepherd, tending the little lamb
 in front of him, Joshua Martin, at the church's
 Christmas pageant.




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       Pew Y                                                           KEN SCOTT PHOTO                                    KEN SCOTT PHOTO
                                                                                                           Cotton to Coal




Cotton to Coal:
                                                             N E W S A RO U N D T H E D I OC ESE
FEBRUARY 2004        TRINITY




                               a Life Journey
                                                                                                               LENTEN EVENT


L
BY MARJIE SMITH
                                                                                                               “Lord, Make Me
                                                                                                               the Woman You
         ong-time Christ Church,              He eventually became a foreman many
         Greensburg, parishioner Walter       years after he got his certification, in

                                                                                                               Want Me to Be”
         Frank Haile has a lot of stories –   spite of top marks. Although he doesn’t
91 years worth of them. Some of these         outright blame racism for the hold up, the
anecdotes that have framed in his life        facts speak for themselves as he relates
will be perpetuated in a book he has writ-    his experiences.
ten. The book, entitled From Cotton to        It was his wife Harriett (Quarles), now
Coal, is currently being edited with          deceased, who brought him to the church
hopes of it being published.                  in Greensburg. When they were dating,
The Old Hanna’s Town resident’s memo-         she told him, “You want to get married;
ries go way back to growing up in Heath       you’ve got join the church.” He joined in
Springs, South Carolina, the son of a         1943. His family had lived a long way
sharecropper. There wasn’t much money         from a church, he says, but they studied
in sharecropping. “If you didn’t grow it,     the Bible. Both he and his wife have
you didn’t have it,” says Haile. He can       been active in the church, Haile having                               Featuring, and written by
remember his dad saying, “If he had five      sat on the vestry.                                                        Janet Helms
acres of ground and a mule, he could          Haile lives in a big farmhouse on the Old
                                                                                                               Sat., March 20, 2004, at 1 p.m.
look after 20 kids.”                          Hanna’s Town property, which is man-
He came close. He had 15 kids, 13 of          aged by the Westmoreland County                                  at Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
them living to be adults. But even with       Historical Society. It was when the prop-                      A special afternoon for the women
two mules times were tough when the           erty was owned by the Steel family in the                        of our diocese and their guests
crops failed.                                 1950s that Haile began working as a                                       A Lenten event
The Promised Land was north where jobs        caretaker and manager of the family’s                                Sponsored by the ECW
were opening up in coal mining. The           black Angus herd. He did it for 13 years                       A musical and dramatic journey in
sharecroppers were so poor, they pooled       before going back underground – as a                                          prayer
their money to send someone up to find        foreman – to make ends meet.
work. Haile’s dad found work in the min-      Now he lives on the property and serves                          “Our women were profoundly
ing community of Crabtree, sending for        as a caretaker.                                               impacted by Janet Helm’s dramat-
his family once he was established.           In his near-century window on life, he                            ic autobiographical witness to
“There were eight of us who came up,”         has had many views. He has worked at                           God’s faithfulness and grace. Her
recalls Haile. “I was 11 years old, but I     many things and encountered a variety of                      perfectly selected songs, powerful-
had only been to school eight months all      hurdles, but he has triumphed. Sadly, at                        ly and beautifully performed for
together.” The school in Heath Springs,       the time of the interview, he had recently
like the people, lacked money and sup-        buried one of his three children, but the
                                                                                                             God’s glory, along with creatively
plies. “But if you wanted to learn you        other two have been able to go on and                             illuminated, self-disclosing dia-
could.” And Haile has spent his whole         collect an assortment of university                            logues with God, encouraged us
life learning as much as he could, as time    degrees that weren’t accessible to their                      to trust God in deeper ways. This
and money afforded.                           dad. Instead, he handed them his hard                          is, indeed, a life-transforming and
Finishing high school older than his peers    work, his integrity and his genes for                                   powerful ministry.”
due to his earlier lack of schooling, and     learning to carry on the next chapter of                                . . . Rev. Karen Berns
unable to afford college, at age 21 Haile     the family story.                                                          Set this day aside!
took a job in the coal mines making
$2.72 a day. “That’s $2.72 a day, not an       Walter Frank Haile at home in Old Hanna’s Town                 Watch for further details in your church
hour,” he says.                                                                                                publications or call Jane Adamson at:
From the outset, a second characteristic                                                                                 (724) 356-4444
of Walter Frank Haile emerged – the
first was to seize all educational oppor-
tunities – and that was his willingness                                                                        When they were dating,
to work hard, harder than those around
him, even when people took advantage                                                                           she told him, “You want to
of it or felt it made them look bad. He                                                                        get married; you’ve got
was only 150 pounds back then, but “I
was strong,” he says. The combination
                                                                                                               join the church.”
of those two factors led him on a hop-
scotch employment pattern between
mining and farming throughout his life.                                                                                                            11
                                                                                      MARJIE SMITH PHOTO
Rwanda Changing Lives
Diocesan Investment in
                                                                                             TRINITY        FEBRUARY 2004

                                                                                                           Rwanda Update




I
BY JEANNE HUNGERMAN, EXECUTIVE         DIRECTOR,WORLD VISION

      t was 1994, and the most captivating news of that
      year was the report of a white Ford Bronco in a
      slow police chase. Like most of us, I was glued to
my TV to see the outcome of the O. J. Simpson drama.
At the same time, a horrific tragedy was occurring but
not widely reported. In the small East African country
of Rwanda, ethnic cleansing was taking place.
When the world awakened to the awful truth, more
than one million people had been slaughtered in less
than 100 days, leaving 600,000 orphans and 300,000
child-headed households. Thousands more fled to the
DRC, Tanzania and other surrounding African coun-
tries for safety. One family, which included an adult
son named John Ruchyana, escaped from Rwanda.
Ruchyana was an Anglican priest who eventually
attended Trinity School of Ministry in Ambridge, PA.
There, he developed a friendship with fellow priest and
student Bob Duncan. Both men became bishops in the
mid 1990s.
It wasn’t until 1996 that Ruchyana and his family
could return to their home country of Rwanda. What
they witnessed was the total destruction of families,
communities and their country. It would take a miracle
to bring about restoration and reconciliation. However, God moves in mighty
ways in the most impossible situations.                                                Our vision for every
Ruchyana realized it would take a great deal of resources to restore his coun-         child, life in all its
try so he contacted his U.S. friend, Duncan, who was now the Bishop of the             fullness; our prayer for
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, to tell the story of his defeated countrymen
                                                                                       every heart, the will to
and to ask for help. In the meantime, a World Vision staff person working in
church relations, Brian Sellers-Peterson, an Episcopalian and friend of                make it so.
Duncan, began discussions about ways they could assist the people of
Rwanda. It was determined that a partnership between the Episcopal Diocese          CONTACT INFORMATION:
of Pittsburgh and World Vision would be a good beginning.                           Jeanne Hungerman
At the 1999 Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh Annual Convention, a resolution         Executive Director
                                                                                    World Vision
was passed deciding that the diocese would partner with World Vision in             201 Overlook Drive
Rwanda by sponsoring 1,000 children by 2005. Today the lives of over 600            Sewickley, PA 15143
boys and girls have been dramatically changed because of their faithful spon-       (412) 749-1806 Telephone
sor friends from the Pittsburgh diocese.                                            (412) 749-1807 Fax
                                                                                    jhungerm@worldvision.org
And there is much more to report. Child sponsors often ask me if their chil-
dren receive all of their monthly support. First, in order to maintain the high
quality of ministry, tracking and reporting, there are overhead costs.
Currently, for every dollar given, 86 cents is designated directly to ministry.
However, those 86 cents accomplish much. Not only is a sponsored child
helped, but support is given to his siblings as well as all of the other children
and families living in the community.
          World Vision is a child-focused ministry committed to addressing the
          root cause of poverty through community development. This is
    12    accomplished through building trust with the local leadership and
          helping them identify the community’s severest needs. We can                           See RWANDA, p. 13
                                                                                                  CURSILLO
FEBRUARY 2004         TRINITY




                                                                                            Come Back to
                                                     RWANDA continued from p. 12
                                                                                            the Mountain
                                          supply the expertise, but it is the community      A day of study and fellowship
                                          members themselves who decide what is                           on
                                          needed and how to address the problems.
                                         In most situations, community development
                                                                                             Sat., March 27, 2004
                                         happens with the provision of safe, clean         from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                                        drinking water, primary health care, educa-         (8:30 a.m. continental breakfast)
                                        tion, agricultural and business development          at Holy Innocents Leechburg
                                       and Christian witness. Increased life expectan-              366 Third Street,
                                       cy, peace and reconciliation within the com-              Leechburg, PA 15656
                                       munity and with God provide an atmosphere                Phone: (724) 845-6165
                                       where children and families survive and thrive.
                                                                                            For:
                                      Presently, your generous, faithful sponsorship        • All Cursillistas/pilgrims
                                      of Rwandan children provides:                           who need to be
                                               • Sponsorship of 5,640 children                refreshed;
                                                 (includes siblings and neighborhood        • Cursillistas who want to
                                                 children);                                   reconnect in the Fourth
                                               • 3,343 children attend school (an             Day;
                                                 increase of 10%);
                                               • School uniforms and shoes;                 • Pilgrims from February
                                               • 100% of the children have been vacci-        and March weekends;
                                                 nated for measles, 1,776 received med-     • Teams and sponsors of
                                                 ical treatment, mostly for malaria;          February and March
                                               • Work continues on the construction of        weekends.
                                                 medical facilities;
                                               • Over 100 trauma counselors have been
                                                 trained;                                             ADDITIONAL INFO:
                                               • More than 500 households have been        Extended break-out session for “not-
                                                 provided with improved sanitation and
COUNTRY STATISTICS                               safe water;
                                                                                           so-new” Cursillistas/pilgrims. We will
Population                   7.8 million                                                      plot our addresses on a zip code
                                               • Construction of new homes has begun
Land mass               10,169 sq. miles         for families in desperate need of            map and work in groups. If you’re
People per square mile              768          improved shelter;                           not in a Fourth Day group, groups
Life expectancy             39.33 years        • 100 adult literacy teachers have been                  will be forming!
Literacy rate                     70.4%          identified to be trained in a new         Music, worship, Eucharist, fellowship,
Under Age 5 mortality rate 183/1,000             methodology that will help adults learn
Access to safe water                41%                                                    Ultreya, short talks, small groups and
                                                 to read and write;
Average annual income        US $1,200         • HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention                            lunch.
Those living below poverty line     66%          meetings were held to educate the         This day is designed to remind us of
HIV/AIDS prevalence (adults)         9%          community;                                the message of the Fourth Day and
People living with AIDS         500,000        • All youth have been organized into        to revisit the question: How we can
Orphans due to AIDS             260,000          football (soccer) and volleyball clubs     restructure our lives so that we can
                                                 to promote unity;
                                               • And, finally, the staff conducted meet-     live more within the presence and
                                                 ings to talk about HIV/AIDS and                                will
                                                 poverty and formed anti-AIDS clubs in                       of God?
                                                 primary schools.                                Fee: $15, including breakfast
Bishop Duncan assures me that sponsoring 1,000 children by the end of 2004                                 and lunch
is still a strong commitment of the diocese. Over 300 children continue to wait               Registrations must be received by
for a sponsor. Please contact me for more information.                                                  March 18, 2004
                                                                                              For more information, call Lawna
Isaiah 58:9-10 says, “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the                   Blankenship at (724) 942-3504, or
pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend on behalf of the hungry                   Joe Gorecki at (724) 785-5911.
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.”
On behalf of the children of Rwanda, Murakoze! Thank you for your kindness
in helping orphans and vulnerable children and for your partnership in creating                                               13
a better future for the families we serve. God bless you!
                                                                 Mortal Soil




 Mortal Soil: Standing Watch Over History’s Finest
                                                                                                     TRINITY       FEBRUARY 2004




W
 BY CHRIS RODELL, PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE

             hen Jim Cole says it takes him the better part of
             a day to cut the grass at historic Trinity
             Episcopal Cathedral, you wonder if he uses
scissors. The total turf could fit under a two-car garage.
“It’s mostly trim work,” says Cole, the church superinten-
dent. “You have to be real care-
ful. You don’t want to damage
any of the tombstones.”                  “this land has
As you can probably surmise,             always been used
this is going to be a very grave         for burying the
story. “This is the oldest ceme-
tery in Pittsburgh,” Cole, 57,
                                         dead. At one time,
says. “Lots of people probably           this whole block
walk past it every day and have          was an Indian
no idea it’s up here. But this           burial ground.”
land has always been used for
burying the dead. At one time,           ...Jim Cole
this whole block was an Indian
burial ground.”
Thrillers like Poltergeist and Amityville Horror have con-
vinced most of us that only unholy mischief can result
from building atop ancient Indian burial grounds. But the
300 block of Sixth Avenue deep-sixes that sepulchral
myth; lots of good has risen from the ground here.
Besides Trinity, the church stands steeple-to-steeple with
First Presbyterian Church.
Cole swears he’s not superstitious but confesses there is
one aspect of his job that haunts him: “It’s the pigeons,”
he says. “They are a real nuisance, but they won’t let me         ABOVE:                                              MARJIE SMITH PHOTO

do anything about them.” Ah, yes: Thou shall not kill.            Jim Cole at Trinity Cathedral
“It’s not even that,” he protests. “I’d like to put these
blunt little pegs up that would keep them from roosting on        with bringing peace to western Pennsylvania before his
the church, but even that upsets some people.” Apparently,        death Jan. 28, 1797. Settlers called him Red Pole. “At
thou shalt not even create discomfort.                            least once every two or three weeks somebody stops by
                                                                  and puts a rose or carnation on Red Pole’s grave,” Cole
“Other than the pigeons, it’s a joy to work here,” he says.       says. “I leave it out until it wilts, then I take it away.”
“It’s very rewarding to be caring for such a historic
place.”                                                           The 50 or so souls from Trinity’s graveyard ought to rest
                                                                  easy knowing someone as caring as Cole is overseeing
If there are ghosts emanating from beneath this sacred            their remains. He keeps the lawn trimmed, removes stray
ground — and no one says there are — then a finer class           trash and makes it a perfectly pleasant place for both the
of ghosts has never gathered in Pittsburgh, and that              living and the dead. As for himself, he lives in Cranberry,
includes the pale apparitions drifting in and out of the          where he and his wife, Jan, raised two children. In the
posh Duquesne Club just across the street. Some of                great scheme of things, of course, all our earth-bound
Pittsburgh’s most historic people are buried here — early         addresses are temporary. All but one. “Yeah,” Cole says.
settlers to whom streets, buildings and entire towns owe          “I have a place up in Pinewood Memorial Park all ready
their names, people like James O’Hara, George Robinson            for when my day comes.” Sure, it doesn’t have the pres-
and Dr. Nathaniel Bedford.                                        tige of Trinity, but it’s a place where he can finally rest
The most famous underground resident, however, has no             assured he won’t see a single pigeon.
           ceremonial names bestowed in his honor and,
           except for one mysterious visitor, his heroic           This story has been reprinted, with permission, from the
    14     deeds are practically forgotten. He is Mio-Qua-         November 2003 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Back Talk column,
           Coo-Na-Caw, the Shawnee village chief credited          written by Chris Rodell.
                                 Absalom Jones and Joseph:
                                                                                   Absalom Jones Day
FEBRUARY 2004        TRINITY




                                 From Slavery to Leadership
                                 A
                                 BY MARJIE SMITH
                                               bsalom Jones, a man    carve out their own lit-
                                               who serves as a bea-   tle part, their only little
                                               con and reminder       community within the
                                     that a strong belief in one’s    system,” Oasin reflect-
                                     own personhood and dignity       ed. “They weren’t even
                                     can lead to seemingly impos-     allowed that.”
                                     sible victories, has company     The fact that Jones and
                                     in scripture. The Rev. Jayne     his fellow parishioners
                                     Oasin, special speaker during    left as a community
                 MARJIE SMITH PHOTOS
                                     a pontifical mass at Absalom     strengthened their
                                     Jones Laity Day, held at         resolve. As such, in
Trinity Cathedral Feb. 7, compared Jones to the Bible’s               1787, the Free Africa
Joseph. Both were sold as slaves and both worked hard, set            Society was formed.
themselves apart and became, not just free men, but exem-             The society built a
plary leaders. Both offered spiritual leadership in their             church, which
adopted lands where they arrived as slaves.                           was dedicated
It was an apt analogy.                                                July 1, 1794. In
Oasin, who has a remarkable history of leadership herself, as         October of that
set out in her resume, serves as social justice officer for the       same year, the
ECUSA peace and justice ministries. As Wanda Guthrie, a               church was
member of the diocesan commission on racism, noted, Oasin             accepted as a
helps implement, programmatically, decisions made at gen-             member of the                            TOP LEFT:
eral conventions regarding economic justice, anti-violence            Episcopal                                During a liturgical dance
                                                                                                               workship led by the Rev.
and racism.                                                           Diocese of Pennsylvania and Jones
                                                                                                               Cynthia Swann, Gretchen
                                                                      was ordained deacon in 1795 and
But Oasin, in preparing for her visit, was shocked to discov-                                                  Lowery demonstrates the
                                                                      priest in 1802.                          importance of facial expres-
er that there is no book on Absalom Jones telling his com-
plete story. She threw out the challenge for someone to write         “We must continue to tell and reflect sion and stance for setting
                                                                                                               the mood in liturgical dance.
a book on this man, born a house slave in 1746 in Delaware,           on his story so we don’t forget who
whose life journey, personal conviction and courage took              we are,” said Oasin.                     TOP RIGHT:
him to the point where he became the first Afro-American              In comparing Joseph and Absalom          The Rev. Huett Fleming
                                                                                                               leads the procession during
Episcopal priest. As she reminded those gathered, he, along           and how they helped Egypt and            the Eucharist.
with Richard Allen and a group of fellow African                      America, respectively, prosper, she
Americans, turned the tide of history when they refused seg-          minced no words in calling for jus-      IN SET:
regation in St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in                tice and reparations. “The heinous       The Rev. Jayne Oasin
Philadelphia. They walked out.                                        institution of slavery enabled the
                                                                                                               LOWER LEFT:
“They were just trying to worship God; just trying to pray.           American Revolution to become not Amy Guthrie, standing,
They were not trying to overthrow anything or be subver-              just another ill-planned and ill-con-    teaches Pat Kimbrough,
sive. They had been given a                                           ceived rebellion of a colony of          Briana Davis and Tiarra
system – albeit an unjust                                             England but to become the richest        Cook how to do weaving,

system and they were                                                  nation ever known in the history of      during a workshop.

     just trying to                                                   the world.”
                                                                      Along with the solemn mass, the celebration of this church
                                                                      further included a viewing of the racism commission’s
                                                                      video, Breaking Down the Walls, a superb meal and a num-
                                                                      ber of workshops ranging from liturgical dance and botani-
                                                                      cal weaving to inequality in children’s education.
                                                                      Although attendance was somewhat disappointing, Guthrie
                                                                      remarked, “Because I do so much organizing work, anything
                                                                      is OK. It wasn’t very well attended but it’s a good
                                                                      benchmark of where you’ve been and where
                                                                      you’re going.”                                                  15
                                                                 Missionary Watercolors (Art Monitor)
                                                                                                   TRINITY   FEBRUARY 2004




Missionary
 Watercolors
A
Tell Stories of Global South Church
          pril and Alan Morris are SOMA, USA missionar-
          ies. While on mission, April and Alan, through
          photo and written journals and the keeping of
watercolor sketchbooks, record the people and events that
become later, in Alan’s studio in Sewickley, the
Missionary Watercolors. The subjects of the Missionary
Watercolors include global missions, the church (often
the persecuted church) and biblical themes that are partic-
ularly relevant to the global mission of the church
through evangelism. These images tell a bold story of the
gospel of Jesus Christ and ‘kingdom expansion’ in the
Global South, as experienced through the eyes of the
artist. The paintings observe firsthand, for the viewer, the
beauty and power of the church of Jesus Christ, which is
on the front lines of the faith and is living with persecu-
tions because of that faith.
This is not elevator art. It is
moving, engaging, inspiring
and is sometimes spiritually           The Missionary
disturbing for people whose            Watercolors, painted
faith is in Jesus Christ. This         by Alan Morris, who
may be because most west-              along with his wife
ern Christians have little first       April, is a SOMA
hand knowledge of the cir-             USA missionary.
cumstance of the church on
the front line of the battle
that is being waged for the
hearts, souls and bodies of men women and children in
the Global South. The Missionary Watercolors attempt to
tell that story in a medium that engages the heart as well
as the mind through the eyes of the viewer. They tell the
story of the uncomfortable realities of the Christians in
the Global South, living in a world that is hostile to the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The purpose of these paintings is: 1) to introduce individ-
uals to relationship with Jesus first and then, 2) to foster,
among the people of faith in Christ, new cross-cultural
relationships. It is April and Alan’s intent, and they
believe their calling, to facilitate relationships and friend-
ships between the leaders of the western church in
America, and the persecuted church on the front lines in
the Global South. April and Alan consider themselves not
only missionaries to the Global South but missionaries to
          the church in America as well. They are con-
          cerned that the western Anglican church has lost
   16
          touch with the church in the rest of the world.
                                                      ART
                                                     MONITOR
 This is not elevator art. It is moving,
 engaging, inspiring and is sometimes
 spiritually disturbing for people whose
 faith is in Jesus Christ.


The issues and concerns of the Church in
America are not often the issues and concerns
of the church on the front lines of the faith.
The Missionary Watercolors are images that
intentionally facilitate evangelism. It has
been a wonder to see the response to this
work. The artist has watched as tears fill the
eyes of some as they viewed these images and
listened to the stories behind the paintings.
Each piece has a story worth hearing. The
message of this work is overtly about person-
al and individual relationship with Jesus as
the only hope for humankind to live in peace
and in relationship with God. There has been
no attempt to be subtle or covert about the
artists’ interest in touching the hearts of the
viewers with the gospel of Jesus Christ
through this work. Alan is a self-taught
painter whose work might best be described
as abstract/realism. The works are convincing
realism and it shows in their ability to tell the
viewer a story and engage them in it and yet;
these pieces leave the viewer abundant free-
dom and space to understand and complete
                      the story being told accord-
                      ing to his or her own faith
                      in Jesus Christ.


                     Alan and April Morris are
                     completing their master’s
                     degrees in missions and evan-
                     gelism at Trinity Episcopal
                     School for Ministry in
                     Ambridge, where they are
                     being equipped for further
                     mission work.The paintings
                     can be seen at:
                     The Sewickley Gallery and
                     Frame Shop
                     549 Beaver St.
                     Sewickley, PA
                     (412) 741-5858
                     Many of the images may be
                     viewed on the Web site:
                     www.missionarywatercolors.com

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                 A Heritage of
                                                                                               TRINITY      FEBRUARY 2004

                                                                                                   Archival Findings




                 REACHING                                                                      OUT
                 U
                          nless we are historians at               Brackenridge-St. Barnabas:
                          heart, most of us never
                          think about how our                      The first Episcopal worship took place the summer
     BY LYNNE
                 churches began. We just assume                    of 1884 at the skating rink in Tarentum. Bishop
     WOHLEBER,   they were always there: an open                   Cortlandt Whitehead preached and baptized one
     DIOCESAN    door of peace for a troubled                      child from nearby Creighton. Worship moved to
     ARCHIVIST   world, a haven in good times and                  Staley’s Hall, in 1885, then to Dunlap Hall, until
                 bad and a place to believe, to                    their building was completed in 1888.
                 belong and to be involved.
ARCHIVAL
     FINDINGS


                 Who first reached out and
                 brought people of the faith                       Brentwood-St. Peter’s:
                 together for worship? Where did
                 these Episcopalians gather until                  In 1938, the Rev. Kempster, rector of St. Mark’s,
                 they had a facility of their own? I               Knoxville, appointed two families to establish a
                 discovered that many congrega-                    Sunday school in Brentwood. When the St. Mark’s
                 tions began meeting in homes,                     vestry refused their request to become a parochial
                 schools, other churches or hotel                  mission, Bishop Mann granted diocesan mission
                 halls. For some, a building of                    status in 1940 – in time for the congregation of St.
                 their own was available within a                  Mary’s to celebrate in its new meeting place at the
                 year; others waited more than a
                                                                   Baldwin Township High School music room. St.
                 decade. I have selected the fol-
                 lowing colorful beginnings to set                 Mary’s became St. Peter’s Chapel, Brentwood,
                 you thinking. They represent                      upon completion of the church in 1941.
                 those parishes already in exis-
                 tence by 1865, as well as those                   Brighton Heights-All Saints:
                 that came after the new diocesan
                 borders between Pittsburgh and                    Two couples from England, Joseph and Susan Keay,
                 Erie were established in 1910.
                                                                   with Ann and Ben Keay, coordinated the first con-
                                                                   gregational meeting of St. John the Baptist on the
                                                                   second floor of Morrison’s Drugstore, in February
                                                                   1889. Following the name change to All Saints in
                                                                   1896, the congregation began meeting in Morris Hall
                                                                   until its first building was completed in 1906.

                                                                   Canonsburg-St. Thomas:

                                                                   In 1866, first Bishop John Barrett Kerfoot addressed
                                                  ARCHIVAL PHOTO   a congregation, gathered by the Rev. James A.
                 WAYNESBURG TENT:
                 In 1903, the small congregation of St.            Brown of Trinity Church, Washington, in the dining
                 George’s, Waynesburg, erected a tent on its       hall of a boarding house in Canonsburg, preaching
                 newly purchased lot to avoid paying proper-       and confirming two persons. In 1891, the congrega-
                                                                   tion moved to The Coliseum, and from 1897 until
                 ty taxes.

                                                                   completion of their church in 1901, they met in the
                                                                   Odd Fellows Hall.
    18
FEBRUARY 2004      TRINITY

 Crafton-Atonement:                                      Uniontown-St. Peter’s:

 A group of Episcopalians from the adjoining com-        In 1841, the first rector, the Rev. William W.
 munities of Crafton, Ingram and Thornburg met in        Arnett, who provided pastoral care to Trinity,
 Ingram Station in 1871, then in Crafton Station in      Connellsville, and Grace Church, Menallen, estab-
 1872. By 1873, the sanctuary was completed.             lished regular worship in the old red brick court-
                                                         house. St. Peter’s later shared the Methodist’s log
                                                         structure, where Episcopalians plastered the meet-
 Georgetown-St. Luke’s:                                  inghouse walls and constructed seats from old
                                                         stagecoach planks, with legs made from wheel
 In the 1790’s, Episcopal worship began on a flat-       spokes. Both congregations worshipped there until
 boat anchored to the south bank of the Ohio             St. Peter’s built its first sanctuary in 1842.
 River along side the village of Georgetown, a
 stopover for keelboats traveling up and down the        Warrendale-St. Christopher’s:
 river. The first log church was not constructed until
 some time after 1800.                                   In early November 1956, the first service was held
                                                         in the former Tea Room, a converted frame
                                                         school house located on old Route 19 north of
 Greensburg-Christ:                                      Warrendale, in Marshall Township. St. Paul’s, Mt.
                                                         Lebanon, loaned an altar and rail, credence table,
 In September 1800, Fr. Robert Ayres, an itinerant       baptismal font and communion vessels. Members
 former Methodist circuit rider, preached several        rounded up choir pews and a small pump organ
 times to a small congregation in Arthur O’Hara’s        (still used for church school worship). A building
 barn. In October of that year, he also preached at      was constructed in 1959.
 several candlelight services in the courthouse.
 Worship continued there until the first church was
                                                         Waynesburg-St. George’s:
 built in 1824.
                                                         When Bishop Cortlandt Whitehead and the Rev.
                                                         William W. Walker visited the farm home of
 Jeannette-Advent:
                                                         George and Sarah Elms in the village of Fordyce
 Pioneer members of St. Stephen’s mission of Christ      in 1886, he baptized the couple’s six adult children,
 Church, Greensburg, first worshipped in 1890 in         confirmed them and their mother, and administered
 King’s Hall on Fourth Street, later the site of the     Holy Communion to all present. In 1903, the small
 Jeannette Publishing Company. When fire                 congregation erected a tent on its newly pur-
 destroyed the building in 1892, they met in a vari-     chased lot to avoid paying property taxes. The con-
 ety of hotel halls, storerooms, a livery stable and,    gregation later worshiped in a variety of halls,
 in 1898, in the Lutheran Church, where they stayed      schools, churches and, during the war, in Lizzie
 until their own facility, renamed Church of the         Elms’ living room. From 1948 until the church was
 Advent, was completed in 1904.                          built in 1960, they met in Ivyhurst, Waynesburg
                                                         College’s Victorian home.

 Sewickley-St. Stephen’s:                                Wilkinsburg-St. Stephen’s:

 From 1789-99, Fr. Francis Reno preached in
                                                         In the fall of 1860, the Rev. Robert B. Peet, rector
 Sewickley in Squire John Way’s barn on the
                                                         of Calvary Church, East Liberty, began Sunday
 lower side of Beaver Road. In December 1861,
                                                         afternoon services in a log cabin, private homes
 Pittsburgh deacon William P. Ten Broeck led
                                                         and in the Wilkinsburg United Brethren Church. In
 Sunday morning worship with 11 Episcopalians in
                                                         1881, fire damaged the worship area in the base-
 the old Methodist church. Later, they met in the
                                                         ment of an unfinished hotel, and the congregation
 Presbyterians’old building, rent-free (with coal),
                                                         met in the Park Place Laundry until its building
 from 1823 until their small sanctuary was complet-
                                                         was completed by Christmas 1892.
 ed in 1864.
                  Outreach:
                  Action or Instinct?
                                                                                                  TRINITY        FEBRUARY 2004

                                                                                                                Ruminatorial



                                                                            in another cultural context by working for justice
                  13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has        and telling and living the good news. For these
                  lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It   students, outreach isn’t something they do but
                  is no longer good for anything except to be               rather defines them as Christ-followers.
                  thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
                  14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a       Three Nails, Pittsburgh, PA “exists to see a conta-
                  hill cannot be hidden.                                    gious release of God’s freedom and purpose in the
                  15 “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under           world” (www.threenails.org). Three Nails, of
                  a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in
                                                                            which I am a part, desires to connect people with
       BY HOLLY   the house.
                  16 “In the same way, let your light shine before          God, experience real relationships with real peo-
      RANKIN                                                                ple and live our lives together, transforming our




                  I
                  others, so that they may see your good works
      ZAHER       and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”          world. What does this look like? ‘Nailers’ have
                  - Matthew 5:13-16                                         been a part of events in the community that are in
                                                                            line with what it looks like to love God and love
RUMINATORIAL

                        wonder if we need to change our attitude            others. They’ve volunteered to gather food for the
                        about outreach. Usually when I hear the term        local food bank, volunteered at a Blues Festival
                        outreach, it is something we “do” as in,            thrown to raise money for charities and helped fix
                  “What is your church doing for outreach these             homes that need a bit of work. Besides organized
                  days?” The answer usually encompasses a litany            events like this, done because that is part of their
                  of programs and events that the church staff, usu-        DNA, it is normal to see Nailers helping others
                  ally the rector, has deemed appropriate for out-          who need help, whether it’s buying food for
                  reach purposes. Many churches have an outreach            someone who is hungry or taking in someone
                  budget and designate a certain amount of funds            who needs a roof over his or her head. For Three
                  towards specific programs that somehow love               Nails, this type of outward, outreach perspective
                  God and love others. But I wonder if that kind of         is one infused in its DNA.
                  attitude, the attitude that says that outreach is
                  something we do, is really helpful? What if,              Emergent is a “generative friendship of missional
                  instead, we became people of outreach, so that the        Christian leaders around the world”
                  values of loving God and loving others became so          (www.emergentvillage.com). Those who are
                  enveloped in who we are that we stopped asking            friends of Emergent hold a missional perspective,
                  the question of what churches do for outreach and         one that is outward focused and encompasses
                  began wondering how we as the people of God               much of what being “outreach-minded” entails.
                  become people of outreach?                                Folks involved with Emergent have the type of
                                                                            missional (or outreach) mindset that calls them to
                  It reminds me of Jesus talking about salt and light       work in jobs that bring justice; that sees their lives
                  in Matthew Chapter 5. Salt does not choose to be          as lives that impact the world; that calls them to
                  salty. It does not wake up in the morning and             buy the products they consume with integrity and
                  decide to give flavor and preserve. Salt, by its          that seeks to serve those around them. People
                  very nature, is salty. Likewise, light doesn’t            regularly take in others who need a place to live,
                  decide at certain times to give light and at certain      provide food for people when there is need and
                  times to withhold light. Rather, light gives light –      even pay bills for folks when a need presents
                  that’s what it does. Could it be that Christians          itself. This type of missional (or outreach)
                  don’t choose to do outreach; it is part of their          mindset describes an attitudinal adjustment from
                  nature? Is it part of their DNA? Just like salt and       outreach as a program out there with which to be
                  light, is outreach not something Christians do but,       involved to something that impacts on all the
                  rather, something they are?                               decisions that one makes.
                  What might this look like? Here are a few exam-           I wonder if we need to change our attitude about
                  ples of this type of attitude that I’ve seen over the     outreach. I wonder what our world might look
                  past few weeks:                                           like if this attitude shift occurred. I wonder if it
                  Urbana 2003, a student missions conference,               might look more like the Kingdom of God.
                  hopes that Urbana “is a place to learn about glob-
                  al mission and God’s will, and to be challenged            Holly Rankin Zaher is the online education coordi-
                  by the world’s needs” (www.urbana.org).                    nator for Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. She
                  Through the conference, 20,000 college students            is also a part of Emergent’s coordinating group,
                                                                             Three Nails and Rock the World – all missional or
      20          were exposed to the globalness of following God.           outreach-minded communities.
                  Many young people decided to live out their faith
                                  This Old Church




Replacing Windows
FEBRUARY 2004         TRINITY


Consider Restoring Rather than

                                                    ture in the Twelfth Century was inspired by




O
 A column dedicated to the care and upkeep of       the effort to infuse religious spaces with
 older churches. Next month: stained glass win-     light, symbolic of the divine spirit. The suc-
 dows!
                                                    cess of the Gothic style in meeting this
         ne of the most problematic mainte-         desire – through the unprecedented large
         nance issues for older churches and        windows – has inspired the use of Gothic
         other religious buildings is the care      Revival styles even in so much of our mod-
                                                    ern church architecture.                            BY MICHAEL
and upkeep of their windows. This is not
                                                                                                       EVERSMEYER,
really surprising: while windows may, due           The windows in our churches and other reli-
to familiarity, seem to be simple things, they      gious buildings, while varied in appearance,        ARCHITECT
actually fulfill a complex set of functional        fall within a few distinct categories of mate-
requirements. They must allow light to enter        rial and function. Some windows are fixed




                                                                                                     CHURCH
                                                                                                      THIS OLD
a building, while preventing water from             in place; others open on hinges; and still
                                                    others slide open on tracks of some kind. Up
                                                    until the mid-Twentieth Century, most win-
                                                    dows were made of wood, which can fall
                                                    prey to rot that attacks the wood itself, and
                                                    to misalignment of their parts, so that they
                                                    no longer function properly. Metal windows,
                                                    which were introduced in the form of steel
                                                    windows in the 1930s, can suffer similar
                                                    maladies if the steel starts to rust. Leaded-
                                                    glass windows (so-called because the win-
                                                    dows are made up of a number of individual
                                                    pieces of glass held together by strips of
                                                    lead) can be afflicted by the aging of the
                                                    lead, which makes it brittle, and by slump-
                                                    ing and deformation under the weight of the
                                                    glass and lead.
                                                    Leaving the issue of stained glass and other
                                                    decorative windows until later, one of the
                                                    biggest decisions to be made about problem
                                                    windows is whether to repair the windows
                                                    or replace them. It is commonplace today to
                                                    simply dispose of old windows and replace
                                                    them with new ones. In the past, windows
                                                    were usually manufactured locally in small
doing the same. Windows must open to                sash and door shops. Today, though, a few
allow warm breezes in, but they must also           large companies of national scope make
keep cold winds out. We want some win-              most windows, and local skills have largely
dows to provide us with a view of the out-          atrophied. Contractors have at the same time
side, and we want other windows to be dec-          become more comfortable with the whole-
orative accents for the inside. A substantial       sale replacement of windows, instead of the
part of the history of church architecture –        detailed and time-consuming work of repair-
and of architecture in general – has been the       ing them. In fact, in places where their
story of the varied and ingenious ways that         appearance is unimportant, the replacement
windows have been designed to meet these            of problematic older windows may be the
requirements.                                       easiest way to deal with them.
Until modern times, the principal struggle          However, I believe that original windows
was simply to get light into churches. The          ought to be restored if at all possible. The
development of the Gothic style of architec-        windows of older churches were usually                     21

                                                                  See WINDOWS, p. 29
Trinity Cathedral Flag Project
                                                      Cathedral Flag Project                                    TRINITY          FEBRUARY 2004




                                                                                                D
Ambridge:        Church of the Savior        Indiana:            Christ Church                            uring the 138th Annual
                 Chile, Honduras, India,                         Chile, Kenya, Rwanda,                    Convention of the Episcopal
                 Jordan, Madagascar, Mexico,                     Uganda
                 Nepal, Uganda
                                                                                                          Diocese of Pittsburgh, the
                                             Kittanning:         St. Paul’s Church              Trinity Cathedral Flag Project was
Beaver:          Trinity Church                                  Honduras, Jordan,
                 Philippines, Rwanda                             Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda
                                                                                                officially unveiled with a procession
                                                                                                of flags representing the missionary
Beaver Falls:    Christ the King                 Ligonier:       St. Michael’s of the Valley
                 Honduras                                        Congo, Guatemala, India,
                                                                                                endeavors supported by the parishes
                                                                 Japan, Nepal, Pakistan,        of the diocese.
Blairsville:     St. Peter’s Church
                 India, Rwanda                                   Rwanda, Uganda                 The flag project has been developed
Bloomfield:      Seeds of Hope                   McKeesport:     St. Stephen’s Church           as a doorway into the vastness of the
                 Tunisia                                         Pakistan, Rwanda               international mission partnerships of
Brackenridge: St. Barnabas Church                Monroeville:    St. Martin’s Church            the diocese and as an invitation to all
              Kenya                                              Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda         who enter into our cathedral church
Brentwood:       St. Peter’s Church              Moon Twp:       St. Philip’s Church            to join in our life as Anglican
                 Rwanda                                          Trinidad & Tobago              Christians transforming our world
Brookline:       Church of the Advent            Murrysville:    St. Alban’s Church             with Jesus Christ.
                                                                 Columbia, Croatia, Ethiopia,
                 Rwanda
                                                                 India                          Following is a list, by parish, of the
Brownsville:     Christ Church                                                                  nations supported by the diocese.This
                                                 New Brighton: Christ Church
                 Honduras, Jordan, Rwanda,
                                                               Peru                             list will be updated in a diocesan
                 Tanzania                                                                       brochure at regular intervals to reflect
Butler:                                          New Kensington: St. Andrew’s Church
                 St. Peter’s
                                                                 Honduras, Uganda               the changing face of international
                 Guatemala                                                                      outreach.
Crafton:         Church of the Nativity          North Versailles: All Soul’s Church
                                                                   Honduras, Rwanda
                 Chile, Pakistan                                                                Parishes contributing to project with-
Cranberry Twp: Church of the Resurrection        NorthernCambria:                               out international missionary activities:
               Cuba                                              St. Thomas Church              Charleroi:          St. Mary’s Church
Cranberry Twp, Warrendale:                                       Rwanda
                                                                                                Donora:             St. John’s Church
              St. Christopher’s Church           Oakland:        Church of the Ascension
              Rwanda                                             Guatemala, South Africa,       Liberty Boro:       Church of the Good
                                                                 Uganda, “Undisclosed                               Samaritan
Clairton:        Church of the Transfiguration
                 Uganda                                          Nation”                        Pittsburgh:         Trinity Cathedral
East Liberty:    Calvary Church                  Oakland:        Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship
                 Haiti                                           Austria, Japan, Mexico,
                                                                 Nepal, Peru, Tunisia
Fox Chapel:      Fox Chapel Church
                 Pakistan, Rwanda, Suriname, Oakmont:            St. Thomas Memorial Church
                 Uganda                                          Honduras, Mexico, Peru,
                                                                 Tunisia
Freeport:        Trinity Church
                 Rwanda                          Patton:         St. Luke’s Church
                                                                 Rwanda
Georgetown:      St. Luke’s Church
                 Israel, Rwanda                  Pittsburgh:     Three Nails Ministry
                                                                 Pakistan
Glenshaw:        Church of Our Saviour
                 Honduras, Romania, Rwanda, Red Bank:            St. Mary’s Church
                 Tunisia, Uganda, Kenya                          Nigeria
Greensburg:      Christ Church              Sewickley:           St. Stephen’s Church
                 Guatemala, Rwanda,                              Australia, China, France,
                 Pakistan, Chile                                 Honduras, India, Israel,
                                                                 Japan, Mexico, Pakistan,
Homestead:       St. Matthew’s Church                            Russia, South Africa, Tibet,
                 Rwanda                                          Tunisia
Hopewell Twp:    Prince of Peace              Somerset:          St. Francis-in-the-Fields
                 Chile, China, Columbia,                         Honduras, Rwanda
                 Honduras, India, Israel,
                 Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Washington:        Trinity Church
                 Rwanda, Uganda                                  Honduras, Malawi, Rwanda,
                                                                 Uganda                         ABOVE:
                                                                                                                                       DAVID SADD PHOTO

                                                                                                Flags now flying at Trinity Cathedral are laid out in
   22                                                                                           preparation for processing them at diocesan conven-
                                                                                                tion.
                              Liturgically Bent

Lenten Season
FEBRUARY 2004       TRINITY




Springtime for the Soul
M
           y wife and neighbors will attest to      grave) to enable new life to overpower the
           the fact that I am no gardener; but      old nature.
           nevertheless there is something          You see, Lent is a season not simply to ‘give
about spring gardens that pleases me in             something up’ but to work in cooperation
ways I don’t really understand.                     with God as we grow in righteousness. We
Maybe it’s the signs of new life amidst the         ought to come out the other end of a legiti-
forgotten autumn leaves still unraked;              mate Lenten season having tasted the real
maybe it’s the disappearance of the snow            power of our loving heavenly Father, and
and the thoughts of putting the shovel away
                                                                                                              BY THE REV.
                                                    being more Christ-like as a result of it.
and getting the golf clubs out, or maybe it’s                                                                CANON DR.
                                                    Some might accurately argue that self-reflec-
the new warmth in the air inviting increased                                                                 JERRY SMITH
                                                    tion, with the view to growing in Christ-like-
time outside – whatever it is, I like spring.       ness, ought to be an everyday part of our
The Lenten season is to be a “springtime for        Christian pilgrimage. As correct as this argu-
the soul.” Did you know that? It is be a time       ment is, equally true is the fact that emotion-
when our spiritual lives evidence the signs         ally most of us couldn’t handle living in this




                                                                                                             LITURGICALLY
                                                                                                            BENT
of new development. I suspect that the              space 24/7, 365 days of the year. The liturgi-
sprouts of new discipline or the correcting         cal calendar recognizes a seasonal rhythm
of wrong thinking is to God what those daf-         that makes our journey with (and to) Jesus
fodil spikes breaking the soil are to many of       far more balanced. The flow of a disciplined
us. The blanket of the old nature is being          Lent is followed by the radical joy that
replaced by the signs of a new power being          comes from knowing the full power and vic-
released.                                           tory of the resurrection. The calendar gives
One edition of the Anglican Book of                 me another whole year to appropriate the
Common Prayer suggests that:                        victory of Lent, before being called upon to
“Every Christ man or woman should from time         seriously unearth more of the old nature.
to time frame for himself a RULE OF LIFE in         Holy Scripture is quite clear that, among
accordance with the precepts of the Gospel and      other things, one of God’s goals for his
the faith and order of the church; wherein he
may consider the following:                         redeemed community is to be made increas-
The regularity of his attendance at public wor-     ingly into the image and likeness of His son
ship and especially at the Holy Communion;          Jesus. As we earthly parents delight in
The practice of private prayer, Bible-reading and   watching the maturing process unfold in our
self-discipline;                                    own offspring, so God’s heart rejoices as He
Bringing the teaching and example of Christ into
his everyday life;                                  witnesses the transformation of His children.
The boldness of his spoken witness to his faith     The Book of Common Prayer sums it all up
in Christ;                                          in the exhortation to the Ash Wednesday ser-
His personal service to the church and the com-     vice:
munity;
The offering of money according to his means        “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the
for the support of the work of the church at        church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by
home and overseas.”                                 self-examination and repentance; by prayer,
                                                    fasting and self-denial and by reading and
This suggestion in the catechism is one way         meditating on God’s holy Word.”
that we might prepare the soil of our souls
for the new life that our God wants to pro-         All to the end that you might know first
duce within us. This same opportunity is            hand the fruit of the spring time of your
afforded us in the exhortation of the Ash           soul.
Wednesday liturgy. This service reminds us
that the Lenten season is not simply a cruel
idea of a mischievous God, anxious to make           The Rev. Dr. Jerry Smith teaches pastoral theology
our lives miserable. Rather, it is the corpo-        and serves as academic dean at Trinity Episcopal
rate recognition that we need both to take           School for Ministry in Ambridge. His doctoral the-
regular, serious moral inventory and to enter        sis was on the use of the liturgical calendar to aid
into the necessary discipline that will allow        spiritual development.We hope to run regular
the power of God the Holy Spirit (that same          guest liturgical columns.                                         23

power that raised Christ Jesus from the
                                                                                                         TRINITY        FEBRUARY 2004
                                                                                                          Cuba Report

                                     The Genesis of the
                                     Cuba - Pittsburgh Ministry
                                     O
                                     BY JOE SARRIA
                                              n April 9, 1994, I had an inspiration   tive.” St. David’s introduced Alpha (In
                                              from God to help the church in my       Spanish) to Cristo Rey, and St. David’s and
                                              native Cuba, and in April 17, 1995,     Cristo Rey’s families have been matched via
                                     the calling was put in writing. The core of      pen-pal letters, photos and prayer.
                                     the vision was to support the Cuban church       Carol Stevenson observes, “It’s humbling to
                                     via Cuba-Pittsburgh parish partnerships. This    sit with a Cristo Rey mother of five in her
                                     became a reality in my 1996 visit to Cuba,       home, smaller than a one-car garage, and
                                     when Cuban Bishop Jorge Perera formalized        hear her say that even though she does not
                                     St. David’s (Peter’s Twp.) partnership with      have much, she is rich in Jesus…and to see
                                     Cristo Rey (Christ the King) parish. Since       how much they do with so little and how lit-
                                     then, three partnerships have been formed.       tle we do with so much.”
                                                                      God con-        Since May 2002, the Rev. Gordon Green,
                                                                      firmed his      rector of Church of the Resurrection,
                                                                      will through    Cranberry Twp., has led two team visits to
                                                                      a recurrence    its partner parish in San Juan, and plans
                                                                      of the origi-   future annual visits to Cuba. There, they visit
                                                                      nal visions’    with parishioners and distribute BCPs,
                                                                      dates of        Bibles, school supplies and medicines.
                                                                      April 9 and     Resurrection financed the completion of San
                                                                      17. For the     Juan’s building, and Resurrection families
                                                                      first four      have “adopted” San Juan families as prayer
                                                                      years, key      partners and pen pals.
                                                                      events,
                                                                      including       Green says, “At Resurrection, we feel that it
                                                                      four trips to   is a privilege and obligation to share our
                                                                      Cuba,           resources with San Juan. The Cubans, in
                                                                      occurred on     turn, freely give of their spiritual riches…In
ABOVE:
Rafael Sori, of Church of the        those dates. Mystified, we researched the        return, we take home a more intimate knowl-
Anunciacion,Cuba, fixes a sink       Bible and found these events happening on        edge and confidence of God’s love for us
under the tutelage of Art            those days in April (Jewish month of Nisan):     that spills over into our parish life. The
Loriso, of St. Philip’s, Moon Twp.
                                     Noah’s ark landing, the Exodus (deliverance)     results: a transformational community.”
                                     of the Jews from Egypt, Ezra’s and               After returning from Cuba, Tim Reed, said:
    “God touched my                  Nehemiah’s departures for Jerusalem to           “The trip certainly changed my life…it’s
                                     rebuild the city, Esther agreement to go to      given me a heart for the Cuban people, a
    heart for the                                                                     desire to know God’s heart for them and a
    Cuban people and                 the king and save the Jews and our Lord’s
                                     resurrection. A common theme was the wel-        desire to know better God’s purposes for
    I feel a passion to              fare of God’s people.                            me.”
    minister to them.”               At a meeting of St. David’s, Peter’s Twp.,       Rev. Eric Taylor and four lay leaders visited
    ... John Moran                   and Cristo Rey, a ministry to the communi-       Cuba in 2002 and in October 2003. Together
                                     ty’s elderly was conceived. Since then, that     with the Cubans, they painted and laid tiles
                                     ministry has become a “model ministry” for       in the church and fellowshiped with the con-
                                     the entire Diocese of Cuba. Cristo Rey’s         gregation.
 Joe Sarria is chairman of
 the diocesan Cuba com-              congregation has grown from a mission of         John Moran, who will be leading future
 mittee.                             25 in 1996, to a parish with 85 adults and 96    trips, stated, “The Cubans have learned to
                                     children. The Rev. Carlos Tamayo, rector of      smile and persevere despite their adversi-
                                     Cristo Rey, has said, “Our partnership with      ties…We seldom appreciate the freedoms we
                                     St. David’s has opened a new dimension for       have because we are surrounded by material
                                     my ministry and has made it more effec-          excess…God touched my heart for the
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                                                                                                      See CUBA, p. 25
FEBRUARY 2004      TRINITY                                                               Regarding Communications

Regarding Communications,
Trinity, the AAC and the Network

M
           any questions and requests      producing the convention reports and         The Role of Trinity
           come into the communica-        looking after convention details such        Because people are frustrated, some-
           tions office regarding the      as a video, signage etc.                     times expectations of Trinity have
communications tools of the diocese,       When the position suddenly became            extended beyond the norm for a
perceived and real responsibilities of     open, I happened to be relatively new        diocesan newsletter. Some would like
the communications position, frustra-      to the area, available and experienced,      to see it serve as a major point of dia-
tion over the current theological divi-    having spent almost five years as            logue for the conflict between the dif-
sion and confusion over the connec-        communications officer / editor at a         fering positions within the diocese,
tion of the diocese to existing and        small Canadian university, two               particularly in regards to the actions
emerging coalitions such as the            decades as a newspaper journalist and        of General Convention and ensuing
American Anglican Council and the          25 years as the spouse of an Anglican        activities; others have been upset at
Network of Anglican Communion              priest.                                      the amount of space taken up by cov-
Dioceses and Parishes (the Network).                                                    erage of the dialogue regarding the
                                           I was hired in a part-time contract
It is not possible to meet every com-      position as communications consul-           issue at our own conventions. In the
munications inquiry, need or frustra-      tant, fulfilling some of the responsi-       middle of the expectations, I drew on
tion, so perhaps a letter outlining gen-   bility and preparing a report, which         my years of experience as a journalist,
eral information would be helpful.         was delivered in October, regarding          editor and columnist, and decided that
This is particularly important, I          diocesan communications. My first            the issues could only be covered as
believe, due to a recent decision by       day in the office in August was the          items coming out of official diocesan
the diocese to split the positions of      day the bishops voted at General             dialogue and decisions and as letters
communications and Trinity editor in       Convention to endorse the consecra-          to the editor that responded to printed
order to provide the best communica-       tion of Gene Robinson. To say that           information in Trinity, otherwise the
tions possible. I have been asked to       the phone lines and e-mail exploded          issue would strangle all the life out of
continue editing Trinity on a contract     would be a worthy metaphor; to say           the pages, which are intended to
basis and a search has begun for           that August, September and October           report on the daily workings of broth-
someone with high-tech aptitude and        disappeared from the personal radar          ers and sisters in Christ within the
knowledge to fill the communications       screen would be accurate and to say          diocese.
chair.                                     that it was an intensive course on           To try to cover information on dis-
The Communications Position                Episcopalians would be an understate-        putes and theological embattlement is
Let me provide a bit of recent history     ment.                                        equally difficult because breaking
regarding the position, which I took       Through it all, my major responsibili-       news is not only stale but possibly
over at the beginning of August, after     ties have been to produce Trinity and        reversed by the time it goes through
several days of orientation in early       NOW and handle media and commu-              the process of being edited, designed,
July. Up to that point, the position has   nications calls and issues. The Web          printed and mailed. Since Trinity is
been filled by a full-time communica-      site has been under the care of the          now on a regular bi-monthly sched-
tions director, responsible for, among     bishop’s secretary, Melanie Contz,           ule, it cannot be an avenue for current
other things, editing and publishing       and the convention journals have been        information. That is why we have
Trinity and a leadership news bulletin     produced cooperatively by the assis-         national publications such as The
called NOW, supervising the online         tant bishop’s secretary, Gloria Clever,      Living Church and Episcopal Life, as
listserv NEWS, updating the Web site,      and Melanie Contz.                           well as Web sites of all persuasions.
                                                    See COMMUNICATIONS, p. 29

                                                    CUBA continued from p. 24
Cuban people and I feel a passion to       are universal languages that express         • Bring human and financial resources to
minister to them.” Moran also chal-        the love of Christ and communicates            help renovate 20 parishes;
lenges us by stating: “I can’t lead the    love to their Cuban partners.                • Help establish an Episcopal seminary
                                                                                          with TESM’s help;
whole country to Christ but I am           The 1995 vision called for promoting         • Bring lay leaders to help with Cursillo,
doing something and encourage you          Pittsburgh-Cuba parish partnerships            ECW Daughters of the King, Faith
to action, too.”                           throughout Cuba. Following the lift-           Alive and other lay ministries;
                                                                                        • Bring technology to help the Cubans
St. Philip’s team will visit Cuba next     ing of restrictions, it called us to:          evangelize more effectively;
April to do drama and music shows at       • Bring clergy to Cuba on mission trips      • In God’s timing, do evange-
Anunciacion and other parishes. John         to help Cuba’s 22 priests minister to 70     listic crusades throughout
feels that Christian drama and music         congregations;                               Cuba.                              25
                                                                New Network

Bishop Duncan Elected
                                                                An Insider’s Glimpse


Moderator of New Network
                                                                                                      TRINITY          FEBRUARY 2004




A
[EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE]
          new group calling itself the    term. Also elected was a 12-member
          Network of Anglican             steering committee, but the names of
          Communion Dioceses and          its members were not immediately
Parishes (NACDP) was officially           released.
launched and a charter adopted after      A Network of Dioceses and
two days of meetings at Christ            Convocations
Church in Plano, Texas, Jan. 19-20.
The charter states that the intent of     The network’s organizing convoca-
the network is that its associated dio-   tion was composed of bishops and
ceses and “convocations,” or clusters     selected lay and clergy representa-
of congregations in non-affiliated        tives from12 dioceses of the
dioceses, “will constitute a true and     Episcopal Church: Albany, Central
                                                                                     ABOVE:                                 BRUCE MASON PHOTO

legitimate expression of the              Florida, Dallas, Florida, Fort Worth,      Joan Malley, Church of the Ascension, Bishop Robert
Worldwide Anglican Communion”             Pittsburgh, Quincy, Rio Grande, San        Duncan and Canon Mary Hays sign the Network of
for those opposed to two controver-       Joaquin, South Carolina, Springfield       Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes char-

sial resolutions adopted by the           and Western Kansas.                        ter during a January meeting in Plano,Texas.

General Convention in Minneapolis         According to its charter, the network      memo, whose existence was revealed
this summer.                              will consist of participating dioceses     in the previous week’s Washington
Resolution C045 consented to the          and “convocations” – the entity with-      Post, from the American Anglican
ordination and consecration of the        in which a group of at least six           Council’s Geoff Chapman, rector of
Rev. Gene Robinson, who has lived         parishes or congregations not part of      St. Stephen’s in Sewickley,
in a committed same-sex relationship      a network diocese can affiliate with       Pennsylvania, to congregations seek-
for 14 years, as bishop coadjutor of      the network. The network will initial-     ing to affiliate with the fledgling net-
the Diocese of New Hampshire.             ly include five geographical convoca-      work. But within hours of the net-
Resolution C051 recognized that           tions (New England, Mid-Atlantic,          work’s announcement, another net-
“local faith communities are operat-      Southeastern, Mid-Continental, and         work describing itself as “loyal
ing within the bounds of our common       Western) and one non-geographical          Episcopalians throughout the church”
life as they explore and experience       convocation known as the Forward in        had issued its own statement calling
liturgies celebrating and blessing        Faith North America (FiFNA) convo-         on Episcopalians to “stop defending
same-sex unions.”                         cation, for those opposed to women’s       the AAC, to resign membership in
                                          ordination.                                that organization and to repudiate
As expected, Bishop Robert Duncan
of Pittsburgh was elected moderator       No mention was made at the final           affiliation with the NACDP.”
of the new network for a three-year       news conference of the confidential        This article has been edited for length.




I
An Insider’s Glimpse at the Network
BY CANON MARY HAYS
      have recently returned from         ratify a charter, but the agenda com-      I am continuing to work with the
      Plano, Texas, where the organiz-    mittee worked hard to make the             steering committee to work out some
      ing convocation of the Network      meeting more than that. We decided         of the implications of the Network
of Anglican Communion Dioceses            to invite representatives from mis-        for ongoing relationships with parish-
and Parishes met. I was one of the        sionary agencies and to include            es and other dioceses.
delegates from Pittsburgh, along with     “Great Commission minutes” from
the Rev. James Simons, Bill Roemer        individual dioceses to remind us all         EDITOR'S NOTE:
and Joan Malley (Pittsburgh sent          that the point of what we were doing         Because of concerns expressed and mentions
those who had been elected with the       was to carry out God’s missionary            in the media of dialogue during the organizing
highest number of votes to be             work in the world.                           convocation of the Network regarding the
deputies to General Convention. Each      The Charter was unanimously ratified
                                                                                       ordination of women Article VIII of the char-
of the 12 dioceses had a representa-                                                   ter has been printed below. For further
                                          – quite an accomplishment for a              details, visit the American Anglican Council
tive on the steering committee and I      group of leaders from diverse situa-         Web site at www.AmericanAnglican.com
was Pittsburgh’s rep.)                    tions. At several points it looked as if     ARTICLE VIII
As a part of the steering committee, I    everything would fall apart, but we          Ordination.The affiliates of the Network hold
                                                                                       differing positions regarding the ordination of
          was appointed to lead the       continued to pray, listen to God and         women and pledge that we shall recognize
          agenda subcommittee. The        honor one another. In a kind of              and honor the positions and practices on this
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          convocation was called to       miraculous way, unity came upon us.          issue of others in the Network.
                                                                    Letter from Iranian
FEBRUARY 2004     TRINITY
                                                                    Bishop




          Face of Persecution
           Church Perseveres in



           O
           Dear Friends
                    ur recent visit to Canada via the UK was an     league with Beelzebul, the prince of demons (the
                    intense experience of thrills and threats.      West), where I had traveled to secure and strengthen
                    The celebration of the baptism of our first     contacts. They had been told they had been arrested
           grandson in Canada, our participation in the FDI         because I had made charges against them and that
           Conference held at LBC and the family visits were        they had had to act accordingly!
           all joyful and uplifting events. Attending a             When peace was restored in Isfahan, I attended a
           Thanksgiving service in memory of John Coleman           dinner party in Tehran arranged by a member of the
           was a grand occasion to meet many old friends            Foreign Office, at which leaders of the minority
           again.                                                   communities were also present. I had made up my
           The sad news of seven arrests in Isfahan reached us      mind to share our problems with him, which I did,
           while we were in Canada. Being so far away made          and he promised to help. At the table I met someone
           the news more bewildering and confusing. When            who knew most of the Presbyterian missionaries of
           we reached the UK, the bad news accelerated so           the pre-revolution period, who had taught him the
           that we were warned by close friends to stay away.       Gospel. He had visited and talked with Bishop
           But we were led to go back and face the challenges,      Hassan at that time in Isfahan, discussing with him
           whatever they might be. Our ministry would have          about the Christian faith. He had studied Christian
           been ruined and we ourselves would have been             theology in Spain and now was working in the for-
           demoralized if we had not heeded the “still small        eign office. He shared with me his plans for making
           voice.”                                                  the church in Kerman a center for tourism. He was
           When we got back to Iran, it became clear that the       surprised to know that it belonged to the diocese!
           real target had been the diocese, not individuals as     A few days later, a friend and I decided to visit the
           such. The diocesan administrator, the accountant,        church in Shiraz. We drove to Isfahan and after
           the lay readers, a preacher, an organist and my per-     holding the church service we went together to meet
           sonal secretary had been targeted. They had been         the needs of our people there. There I met with
           accused of unlawful propaganda and later set free        Ershad authorities and listened to their complaints
           on bail, waiting to appear before the religious court.   against the church. I promised to pursue their legiti-
           Bahman, our deacon who had been lately trans-            mate concerns, which I did. During the HC service,
           ferred to Isfahan, had also been made to go home         a large group of Christian tourists attended and par-
           and ordered to stay away from the church fellow-         ticipated, as I made the service bilingual. The pres-
           ship, on threat of arrest. The others who had been       ence of the Spirit affected us deeply.
           arrested and released were in the same boat! The         Next day all of the church members gathered to
           aim was clear. It was to disrupt completely the life     make plans for the maintenance of church services,
           of the diocese.                                          and to elect the church council. Later at night two
           We stayed a few days in Tehran to talk to a friend. I    were confirmed. ...
           had appointed him to act on my behalf in my              The diocese has moved into a new phase. Nailed,
           absence. He had shown an amazing capacity of             hanged and naked on a cross her situation seems
           care, love and wisdom in his dealings, and he had        desperate. Her passion is more real than ever. Her
           won the respect of the authorities. He had traveled      main issue is not survival but death and resurrec-
           to Isfahan and Shiraz to calm down the situation, to     tion. Will she be faithful at this stage? Pray that she
           console the disheartened and to plead for the release    will fix her eyes on the faithful one, who died, rose
           of those in trouble.                                     again and is coming again.
           At the service we held in Isfahan, many took             Yours in Him,
           courage and attended. Even some of those who had
           been pressed not to come were present! There was a       Iraj
           new life, a new sense of security all around.            Bishop in Iran
           Now the most urgent need was to meet the troubled
                                                                     A letter from Iraj, Bishop in Iran, is printed in
           ones. They needed care, sympathy and supporting           Trinity at the request of Bishop Robert Duncan.
           assurances. They had been made to believe I was           The letter appeared in Mustard Seed, an occasion-   27
           the root cause of their ordeals because I was in          al letter of the Friends of the Diocese of Iran.
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must indicate they are for publica-              than is used today and has greater nat-   isolation, are more efficient than older
tion by being addressed “The                     ural resistance to rot and decay.         ones. Double-glazed windows allow
Editor” or “Dear Editor” or by hav-              Repairing these windows therefore         less heat to escape or enter through
ing “For Publication” written at the             yields a better overall product than      the glass itself than single-glazed
top. Letters over 200 words may be               new windows. In addition, there is the    windows, and their tighter construc-
subject to editing for length. Letters           ethics of waste: why dispose of build-    tion prevents most drafts and leaks.
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                                                 by repairing the balances (the weights    save energy and relieve utility costs,
Dear Editor;                                     and pulleys), which can be made to        church funds would be better spent on
Rightly or wrongly, the morality of homo-
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ness, on the other hand, remains uncontro-       the stops that hold the windows in
                                                 place in their tracks. None of these      glazed windows are found to be desir-
versial. In her letter to Trinity (“Another
Perspective on the way Jesus Would               repairs requires an advanced degree       able, they can be achieved in the old-
Behave,” December 2003), Barbara N. Baur         in woodworking – in fact, the amateur     fashioned way: by installing storm
repeated a widely circulated misrepresenta-      carpentry skills needed are usually       windows.
tion of the facts by asserting that Gene         within the abilities of active church     One other argument in favor of older
Robinson divorced his wife to enter into a       members. Even steel windows can be        windows: broken glass can be easily
homosexual relationship. In fact, the            brought back to life by ordinary          replaced, even by persons lightly bur-
Robinson divorce was not the result of a         metal-working and welding shops.          dened with construction skills. When
homosexual affair. Bishop Robinson did not
                                                 But what about energy? The argument       insulated glass is broken, not only are
even meet his partner until after his ex-wife
was remarried. Ms. Baur should have              is often made that older single-glazed    the insulating qualities lost, but the
checked her facts.                               windows (one piece of glass deep) are     entire glazing unit must be replaced
                                                 less energy-efficient than windows        with a new one at much greater cost
Lionel Deimel
St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon                          with insulated glass (double-glazed,      and difficulty.

Editor:                                                                COMMUNCATIONS continued from p. 25
I enjoy reading Trinity and while I am sorry
to have seen letters in recent issues critical   When the diocesan office needs to get     op’s secretary are not personally
of Bishop Duncan, whom I know to be a            information out to the diocese, it will   involved with decisions made in
good and godly man, I hope that your read-       send information to the leadership        those organizations. We do not mean
ers realize how blessed they are to be in a      through NEWS or specific mailings.        to appear unhelpful when you call
diocese in which differences of opinion are      With the development of the Web as        and ask about items you have read in
permitted in a diocesan paper.                   the main vehicle of communications,       the media, but we often find out
Here on the other side of the state, in the      NOW will be discontinued.                 about them in the same way you do.
Diocese of Pennsylvania, we are not nearly       Relationship with AAC and                 The best way to get current informa-
so fortunate. Our diocesan newspaper
                                                 the Network                               tion on these organizations is to visit
would never print letters so critical of the                                               their Web sites or contact their com-
bishop, and, indeed, if it was one’s only        Many questions are asked regarding        munications people.
source of news, one would think that the         the relationship of the diocesan office
radical revisionist agenda is joyously           to the American Anglican Council          I hope this has helped answer some
accepted everywhere!                             and the new Network. The staff at the     basic questions.
Yours faithfully,                                diocesan office serves the diocese.
W. Steven Woodward                               Therefore, employees such as the          Marjie Smith
Chester Springs, PA                              communications director or the bish-      Trinity Editor
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Calendar
                            DIOCESAN



    MARCH           - APRIL            2004
MARCH 2004
2       Diocesan Council, Trinity                Interviews
        Cathedral (5 p.m.)                 23    D/3 Clergy
        Convention Committee (3                  Fellowship at         ABOVE:                                                    SPECIAL PHOTO
        p.m.)                                    St. Barnabas,         St. Nick visits kids at St. Christopher’s, Cranberry
3       Bishop Duncan at Christian               Brackenridge (8 a.m.)
        Leaders Breakfast (7 a.m.)               D/2 Clergy Fellowship at St.                  13          Board of Trustees, Trinity
                                                 Brendan’s, Franklin Park (1                               Cathedral (12 noon)
        ECW Board, Trinity Cathedral
        (9 a.m.)                                 p.m.)                                                     Clergy Association board meets
                                           24    Commission on Ministry,                                   at St. Andrew’s, Highland Park
        Canon Hays at Ordinand’s                                                                           (12 noon)
        Training Program (10 a.m.)               Calvary Church (3 p.m.)
                                           25    Chapter, Trinity Cathedral (5:15                          Introduction to the diaconate
7       Bishop Duncan at St. Peter’s,                                                                      and liturgics for deacons, St.
        Butler (confirmation/visitation)         p.m.)
                                                                                                           Martin’s, Monroeville (7 – 9:30
        Bishop Scriven at All Saints’,     25-26 Bishop Scriven at GOAL                                    p.m.)
        Rosedale (Penn Hills) (confir-           Project Board of Directors
                                                 Retreat (Gilimary)                                        Commission on Racism,
        mation/visitation)                                                                                 Redeemer, Squirrel Hill (4:30
9       Bi-Vocational Clergy               28    Bishop Duncan at St.                                      p.m.)
        Fellowship at Ritter’s Diner (7          Bartholomew’s, Scottdale (con-
                                                 firmation/visitation)                         14          Commission on Ministry,
        a.m.)                                                                                              Calvary Church (3 p.m.)
        Christian Associates Council             Bishop Scriven at St. John’s,
                                                 Donora (confirmation/visita-                  17          Introduction to the diaconate
        Meeting (10 a.m.)                                                                                  and liturgics for deacons, St.
                                                 tion)
        Clergy Association Board, St.                                                                      Martin’s, Monroeville (9 a.m. –
        Andrew’s, Highland Park (12        31    Canon Hays at Ordinand’s                                  3 p.m.)
        noon)                                    Training Program (10 a.m.)
        Board of Trustees, Trinity         APRIL 2004                                          18          Happening Closing at Trinity
                                                                                                           Cathedral (3 p.m.)
        Cathedral (12 noon)                2     Church Army Banquet,                                      Bishop Duncan at Christ
        Commission on Racism,                    Pittsburgh Cathedral Hall,                                Church, Brownsville (confir-
        Redeemer, Squirrel Hill (4:30            McKees Rocks (6:30 p.m.)                                  mation/visitation)
        p.m.)                              6     Bi-Vocational Clergy                                      Bishop Scriven at St. Andrew’s,
11      D/7 Clergy Fellowship at                 Fellowship at TESM (8 a.m.) –                             Highland Park
        Calvary (8 a.m.)                         NO MEETING, PLEASE                                        (confirmation/visitation)
                                                 ATTEND RENEWAL OF
        D/10 Clergy Fellowship at                VOWS                                          19          Standing Committee, diocesan
        Trinity, Washington (1 p.m.)                                                                       office (4:15 p.m.)
                                                 Clergy Renewal of Vows,
        Chapter Executive Committee,             Trinity Cathedral (10 a.m.)                   22          Chapter, Trinity Cathedral
        Trinity Cathedral (4:15 p.m.)                                                                      (5:15 p.m.)
                                                 Convention committee (3 p.m.)
15      Standing Committee, diocesan             Diocesan Council, Trinity                     25          Cursillo Closing (Women’s) at
        office (4:15 p.m.)                       Cathedral (5 p.m.)                                        Ligonier Camp & Conference
16      D/1 Clergy Fellowship at                                                                           Center (3 p.m.)
                                           7     ECW Board, Trinity Cathedral
        Prince of Peace, Hopewell (8             (9 a.m.)                                                  Bishop Duncan at St. Mary’s,
        a.m.)                                                                                              Charleroi (confirmation/visita-
                                           8     Chapter Executive Committee,                              tion)
        D/5 Clergy Fellowship at                 Trinity Cathedral (4:15 p.m.)
        Grace, Mt. Washington (1                                                                           Bishop Scriven at St.
        p.m.)                              9     Good Friday (Diocesan Office                              Brendan’s, Franklin Park (con-
                                                 Closed)                                                   firmation/visitation)
18      D/8 Clergy Fellowship at St.
        Martin’s, Monroeville (8 a.m.)     10    Easter Blessing over the City,                26          Introduction to the diaconate
                                                 Mt. Washington (10 a.m.)                                  and liturgics for deacons, St.
        D/4 Clergy Fellowship at St.
        Peter’s, Blairsville (1 p.m.)            Bishop Duncan at Trinity                                  Martin’s, Monroeville (7 – 9:30
                                                 Cathedral for Easter Vigil                                p.m.)
18-24   Spring House of Bishops,
        Camp Allen, Navasota, TX           11    Easter Sunday                                 29-30       Clergy Spouse Conference,
                                                 Bishop Duncan at Ascension,                               Summit Inn, Uniontown
19-20   Postulancy and Candidacy
                                                 Oakland (confirmation/visita-                 30          Bishop Scriven at SAMS Board
                                                 tion)                                                     Meeting, Ambridge (12 noon)
30
 Missionary
 B
          eing a missionary can sound glam-         and seminaries and speaking at many ecu-
          orous and exotic to some people.          menical services and gatherings.
          But the reality is usually different.     But, ‘Did you try praying and asking God
 Several times in different countries and situ-     what he was doing?’                                     BY THE RT.
 ations, I have been faced with the questions:      Yes I did, but I didn’t find it easy, nor did I
 How can I possibly reach out to the people                                                                REV. HENRY
                                                    receive any clear advice as to what to do.          SCRIVEN, ASSIS-
 in this town/city/neighborhood and bring
 them to at least be interested in the gospel?      ‘Did you meet with others to plan and pray?’         TANT BISHOP
 How can I serve them in the name of Christ?        Yes, but probably not as much as I should                OF PITTS-
 How can I get their attention and interest?        have.                                                      BURGH
 How can I communicate in such a way that I         And, I must confess, I have probably largely
 am not immediately dismissed as a crazy            failed at most of the above methods.




                                                                                                      SCRIBBLINGS
                                                                                                         SCRIVEN’S
 foreigner? How can I obey the Great
                                                    So was it worth it? What was God doing?
 Commission to go and make disciples?
                                                    I’m sure He was working in me and teaching
 I’ve tried waiting in church to see if they        me stuff. I will never know how God has
 would come (they didn’t). I’ve tried visiting      been at work through any of those above-
 door to door at different times of the day.        mentioned methods – maybe in eternity.
 I’ve tried open-air evangelism in the parks
                                                    I think He was saying, “Sometimes it’s just
 and in the streets with a sketch board and
                                                    like that; you’re not supposed to see the
 without, with music and without, aiming at
                                                    results, and life is hard.” There are no easy
 the kids and aiming at the adults. I’ve tried
                                                    answers. But often there are compensations:
 giving out tracts; I’ve tried posting tracts in
                                                    learning the richness of other cultures, dis-
 letter boxes of houses and apartment blocks.
                                                    covering the poverty and deprivation of
 I’ve tried special concerts, films, services
                                                    many people in the world, observing the
 and dramatic presentations in church and out
                                                    courage and faith of Christians in the midst
 on the street. I’ve offered free English
                                                    of persecution and catching the occasional
                     lessons. I’ve tried small
                                                    glimpse of glory in the most unusual places.
                      groups, youth groups,
                       children’s groups, prayer    I’m still a great believer in mission. I am so
                       groups and ecumenical        grateful for the people who faithfully prayed
                        groups. I’ve tried teach-   for us and gave to SAMS so that we could
                           ing in other churches    do our work. I think it is an amazing privi-
                                                    lege to pray for missionaries and see that
                                                    God does answer prayer. It is so good for us
                                                                   and our churches to be
                                                                   involved in partnership with
                                 How can I communicate             other churches outside the
                                in such a way that I am            USA.
                               not immediately dismissed           Mission is not easy, but it is
                              as a crazy foreigner?                what we are called to do.
                                                                   Fortunately we have many dif-
                                                                   ferent ways of doing it.
                   LEFT:
                   Bishop Henry Scriven holds aloft the British flag as well
                   as his American flag socks in a moment of levity prior
                   to the processing of the flags at diocesan convention.



DAVID SADD PHOTO                                                                                                     31
   LENT
   This photo, snapped
   exactly as things were in
   a clergy friend’s garage, is
   a reminder of how Jesus
   is often buried in our
   lives and resurrected
   with the gardening
   equipment at Easter.

                                                                  MARJIE SMITH PHOTO




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