What can or should a church do to combat gun violence? Bishop Scott Hayashi recounts The Episcopal Church’s decades of advocating laws to reduce gun violence as well as his own efforts to testify at the state legislature concerning guns. It's episode nine of Utah Epodcopalians.
"When you welcome the stranger, you welcome Jesus. The book of Hebrews in the New Testament says those who have welcomed the strangers have sometimes welcomed angels unawares." - Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry
Immigration is an issue that has divided our nation, separated families and caused great pain to many. On this episode of Utah Epodcopalians, The Rt. Reverend Scott B. Hayashi and The Rev. Dr. Pablo Ramos discuss the Episcopal church's stance on immigration and what we can do as individuals to follow Jesus and support those who are directly affected by this issue.
"When Jesus says, 'Let the little ones come unto me,' the 'little ones' are a sign of everybody who is on the margins. And so, it's the church's job to be welcoming and a source for mercy and compassion for all those people." - one of the many thought-provoking responses from The Very Rev. Tyler Doherty, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. On this episode of Utah Epodcopalians we ponder the question - what is the role of the church in aiding those who are hungry and homeless?
School's out for summer! That means it's time for Camp Tuttle, the Diocese of Utah's outdoor youth ministry to get into full swing. This episode's guests are Karen Gleeson, Camp Liaison/Youth Ministry Coordinator, and Melanie Lees, Camp Director...or as they're known at camp - "Shine" and "Mama Java." They highlight the overnight camps available for kids of all ages, as well as other programs for youth - not just Episcopal youth, but all youth. They discuss how Camp Tuttle and diocesan youth ministry help young people find God's love through connection with nature, new friends, and themselves.
For this episode of Utah Epodcopalians, we are gearing up for the 2019 Utah Pride Festival! The Episcopal Diocese of Utah has participated in the festival and marched in the Pride Parade for many years.
This year's diocesan participation is being coordinated by St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Salt Lake City. The Rev. Kurt Wiesner, Rector at St. Paul's, as well as Christian Larsen, a member of St. Paul's Vestry and also this year's diocesan Parade Marshal, discuss the dynamics of the Utah Pride Parade and why it is such an important event in both the Episcopal community and the wider Utah community.
This episode considers how culture and faith are connected and explores the ways in which these concepts interact. Guests are The Rev. Michael Carney, Vicar at St. Elizabeth's in Whiterocks, Utah, and Forrest Cuch, a Ute, advocate and educator, and the Bishop's Warden at St. Elizabeth's.
The debut episode of Utah Epodcopalians explores how visitors view the church and how the church can do better in explaining its inclusivity as well as its ritualistic worship. Cody Hatch, who is new to St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah, joins Bishop Scott Hayashi in discovering it is a church that welcomes questions, those who are not sure what they believe, and those transitioning from other faiths.