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New Director of Finance & Operations

We are excited to announce that the next Director of Finance & Operations for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona is Patti Henderson. Her first day will be October 1st, 2023. Patti was born as a lifelong Chicagoan before moving to Arizona in 2021. The draw of the sunshine and warm weather originally brought her to the …

Camp Genesis Sunday is Sept. 17th!

Did you know that over 200,000 children in AZ have one or both parents incarcerated – that’s 10% of the national total! These children often suffer from sleeplessness, attention deficit disorders, separation anxiety, depression and other issues including guilt and the stigma associated with incarceration. In fact, the issue has become so prevalent that Sesame …

What’s Going On for Prison Awareness Month

In 2016 (by Convention resolution), the month of September was designated as Prison Awareness Month throughout the Diocese. The Diocesan Prison Ministry Team is encouraging members from each congregation in our Diocese to become involved in one or more of the many opportunities for ministry available. These opportunities include: More information is available on the Diocesan …

Renewing Recovery Ministry

A few weeks ago, I wrote about renewed leadership for our Disability Concerns Committee.  This week, I would like to introduce you to the Rev. Joann Leach, who has been meeting with me about reinvigorating our Diocesan Recovery Ministry.  I am JoAnn Leach and I moved to Flagstaff in my retirement in 2020. I serve …

Lamenting Invisible Scars

On Friday, September 8th at 7 pm the Diocese is offering “Lamenting Invisible Scars: Prayers of Repentance and Healing for Child Sexual Abuse in the Church” at Trinity Cathedral. Members of all our churches are welcome to join us for prayer, silence, and reflection.  When we first announced the service, one response we got was …

Paper in the Life of the Church

By Thomas Blum Here in the Phoenix area, we just recently had a record run of thirty-one consecutive days with temperatures above 110°; many days over 115°. There can be little doubt that climate change is rearing its ugly head. One of the many culprits that may come as a surprise to many people is …

Back to School Generosity

by Laurel WayDirector of Communications This time of year is bittersweet for many people. For some, it’s an exciting time to reconnect with friends and start classes again. For others, especially parents, it’s a time of changing schedules, saying goodbye to those who are going off to college, and a time to get in last-minute …