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.
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.
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
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?