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Three former campers who also have been members of Ascension School resident staff will share duties of summer program director this year: Amy Rooper of St. Paul’s, The Dalles; Aaron Tensen of St. Paul’s, Nyssa, and Isabel Feibert of St. Matthew’s, Ontario.
The first camp on the calendar this year is Music Camp, a new offering that will be led by Brian Fairbanks, associate musician at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, and by Bishop Nedi Rivera. Fairbanks directs the Choir School at St. Mark’s as well as three choirs, including the Gallery Choir, whose repertoire includes Hebrew, African, jazz and traditional Anglican music.
Music camp, from July 28 to August 2, is being offered for grades 3-6 and for grades 7-12. Originally, the camp for older students was to be a day camp but it was expanded into an overnight camp because of the level of interest. Enrollment at each camp is limited to 30 students, who will offer a public performance on the last day of camp.
For more information, contact Patty Olson Lindsey or Lisa Boquist at 541-568-4514. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ; camp schedules and fees are at www.coveascensionschool.com
“We simply made one decision to be faithful and then another. We didn’t wait for everyone to get on board, develop a five year plan, or get all our ducks in a row. We kept it simple and expanded as there was need and capacity. In the end, I suppose, we trusted God and we trusted one another,” she says.
A link to Hunter’s story, and to other Vital Practices stories about Hispanic Ministries in The Episcopal Church is here: http://www.ecfvp.org/vestrypapers/cultivating-leaders/pushing-past-fear/
In a unanimous vote, Diocesan Council and Standing Committee on March 16 ratified as diocesan policy the blessing of same-sex relation- ships, acting on a resolution passed at the 2012 General Convention.
“Within that resolution it says if there are churches and rectors who don’t feel comfortable [with same-sex blessings] they don’t have to, but I think it would really be important that we take a stand, particularly if we’re portraying ourselves as inclusive as a diocese,” said council member Kim McClain., a member of Trinity, Bend.
“If that’s a motion, I would second it, in the spirit of open table,” the Rev. Dan Gardner said, referring to the unsuccessful EDEO resolution at General Convention that sought to open Holy Eucharist to everyone.
Regarding the same-sex blessings vote., Gardner, vicar at St. Thomas, Canyon City. said “My comment is, it’s about time, we’ve been messing with this forever.”
Before authorizing a same-sex blessing, Bp. Nedi Rivera said, she will require everything she requires before marriage rites, including baptism and connection to a church.