Utah Epodcopalians
All About Advent

All About Advent

November 26, 2019

It may be Christmas season in the malls, but it's Advent in the Episcopal Church. Advent is one of the least understood seasons in the church calendar. It is a time of reflection and preparation that enhances the meaning of the upcoming season of Christmas. Bishop Scott B. Hayashi and St. Mark’s Cathedral Dean Tyler Doherty explain the purpose of Advent and how to observe it on this episode of The Utah Epodcopalians. 

All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve

October 28, 2019

Halloween didn’t just somehow start with costumes and trick-or-treat. It goes back to All Hallows Eve which is the evening before All Saint’s Day in the Christian calendar. Hallows is the term for Saints, so it is the eve of the saints. The Utah Epodcopalians traces the origins and the religious significance of All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day. Our special guest is The Rev. Trace Browning of All Saints Church, Salt Lake City.

Seasons of the Church Year

Seasons of the Church Year

October 14, 2019

The concept of seasons is one of the most misunderstood in the Episcopal Church. Not Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, but instead Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. These seasons and the colors associated with them form the "Liturgical Calendar." It is a basic and essential part of the Episcopal faith. This episode of Utah Epodcopalians aims to demystify the seasons of the church year and their colors - not just for Episcopalians, but for everyone! Special guest is The Rev. Christopher Szarke, Rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Midvale.

For even more information about the liturgical calendar, click here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/calendar-church-year

Better Angels: A Safe Forum for Political Conversation

Better Angels: A Safe Forum for Political Conversation

September 27, 2019
Safe and respectful political conversation! This episode of Utah Epodcopalians highlights St. Luke’s 14-year program of promoting meaningful civic dialogue in a safe environment, through "Project for a Better Understanding" and now "Better Angels" workshops. Better Angels workshops are a place to be who you are and to share in listening. This new Epodcopalians episode features The Rev. Charles Robinson, Rector of St. Luke’s Park City, who has been a voice of reasonable dialogue at this highly charged political time. He and podcast host, Craig Wirth, explore rhetoric and how to create a tone of respect. For more information about Better Angels, go to this link: https://www.better-angels.org/
Sunday School

Sunday School

September 16, 2019
Kids are back in school and that also means "church school." On this timely episode of Utah Epodcopalians we talk Sunday School with St. Paul's (SLC) Russ Pack. Russ just finished 27 years teaching and directing Sunday School and youth programs at the urban congregation.
 
He's seen children and curriculum change as the world has changed. There are also vital changes and emphasis on the ways we handle safety and inclusivity. Despite all the changes through time, "Church School," is an all-important ministry in our church and with those who have children. 

 
The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

September 4, 2019
It is difficult to visualize the steps of Jesus or the stories of the Bible in a land halfway around the world. However, The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler is an expert in Biblical history and in the land in which the Books of the Bible take place.
 
The powerful settings of Biblical stories are often called “the Fifth Gospel,” because of the powerful images of the geographic locations that serve as a backdrop to Bible verses. Canon Nestler is the Course Director at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. After a decade as a priest in Utah, she moved to Jerusalem to fulfill a life-long calling to the Holy Land. She joins the Utah Epodcopalians to describe the land and to help promote a diocesan pilgrimage to Israel.
Gun Violence

Gun Violence

August 19, 2019

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.

Welcome the Stranger

Welcome the Stranger

July 29, 2019

"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.

Our 152-Year History and Who We Are Now

Our 152-Year History and Who We Are Now

July 15, 2019
Happy Birthday to the Episcopal Church in Utah! In July of 1867, The Rt. Rev. Daniel S. Tuttle arrived in Utah to bring the Episcopal Church to the "wild" west. He would also establish a faith of social justice that still drives much of the church's outreach today.
 
In episode seven of Utah Epodcopalians, Diocesan Historian Kurt Cook and Russ Pack of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake explore the common thread between our history and who we are now as a unique church in Utah.
 
Hunger and Homelessness

Hunger and Homelessness

June 24, 2019

"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?

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