News Brief

Episcopal News Service. April 3, 1980 [80121]


The Advisory Committee on Scouting for the Episcopal Church will conduct a workshop on "Scouting U. S. A. and the Episcopal Church" on Friday, May 23, at 1:30 p. m., at the New Orleans Hilton Hotel. The workshop, which will be held during the May 21-23 meeting of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, will provide information about Scouting as a ministry to youth and families in the Episcopal Church. Registration is open to all who are interested in Scouting whether they are registered at the National Council or not. Anyone interested in the workshop may write for information to the Rev. William C. Hibbert, P.O. Box 3679, South Bend, Ind. 46628. The Advisory Committee is also seeking Episcopal chaplains for the 1981 Scout Jamboree to be held at Camp A. P. Hill, Va., July 29-Aug. 4. Episcopal priests and bishops who are interested in applying may contact Father Hibbert at the above address.


The Church of England will soon have as bishops two brothers who are identical twins -- as far as anyone knows, the first pair of twin bishops. The Rt. Rev. Peter John Ball is Suffragan Bishop of Lewes, Diocese of Chichester, in the south of England and his twin brother, the Rev. Michael Thomas Ball, has been appointed Suffragan Bishop of Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham in northeast England. Since 1976, Brother Michael has been senior chaplain of Sussex University and priest-in-charge of Stanmer with Falmer in the Diocese of Chichester. The twins grew up in Sussex, at Eastbourne, and both went to Lancing College before going on to Queens' College, Cambridge. The brothers founded the Community of the Glorious Ascension at Stroud in Gloucestershire in 1960.

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Seven regional Episcopal Conferences on Parish Renewal for 1980 have been announced by the Rev. Charles M. Irish, national coordinator of the sponsoring organization, the National Episcopal Charismatic Fellowship. Designed primarily for priests, vestry and lay leaders in parishes, the conferences will be held in Memphis, Tenn. (May 1-3); Cincinnati (May 15-17); Helena, Mont. (May 22-24); Cheyenne, Wyo. (May 22-24); Kansas City, Mo. (June 5-7); and Miami (June 19-21). Registration information may be secured from: 1980 Episcopal Conferences on Parish Renewal, 769 Wye Road, Bath, Ohio 44210.


The Rt. Rev. William C. R. Sheridan, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, has been appointed Chaplain-General of the Order of St. Vincent, the National Guild for Acolytes. Bishop Sheridan was named to his position by the Rev. Charles Lynch, Director-General. He succeeds Bishop William H. Brady of Fond du Lac. There are more than 400 U.S. chapters of the Order, which was founded on St. Vincent's Day in 1915 by the Rev. Harry Ruth. The Order is associated with the Guild of the Servants of the Sanctuary in the Church of England and the Scottish Guild of Servers. Information on chartering chapters may be obtained from Mrs. Sharon Brown, Secretary/General, P.O. Box 697, Oconomowoc, Wis. 53066.


James H. Pott, a retired missionary who served in China, Japan and Hong Kong from 1914 to 1957, died here in late 1979. He was born in Shanghai in 1891 and taught at St. Paul's High School, Anking (1914-1924); St. John's University, Shanghai (1924-1944); St. Paul's University, Tokyo (1950-1954); and Chung Chi College, Hong Kong (1954 until retirement in 1957). During World War II he was on indefinite leave to serve in the U.S. Army. Following the death of his first wife in 1946, he married Agnes Strasburg in 1947. She survives him and lives in Honolulu.


The 36-member Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance of the Episcopal Church's General Convention met here in late March and began its work for the triennium. The following officers were elected: Mrs. Lueta Bailey, Griffin, Ga., chairman; the Rev. Robert Royster, Lakewood, Colo., vice chairman; and the Rev. Canon George I. Chassey, Charleston, S. C., secretary.


A "Seminar on Parish Newsletters," designed for pastors, church secretaries and volunteer editors, is now available on cassette tapes by Raymond H. Wilson. An eight-hour seminar kit includes a 45-page workbook and a copy of a 64-page manual on newsletter production entitled "Words Ring Louder Than Bells." The kit is available for $29.95 postpaid, with extra copies of the workbook at $5 each and of the manual at $4.95 each. Kits may be ordered from the Center for Parish Communications, 207 West Kenneth Road, Glendale, Calif. 91202.


Charles Flint Kellogg, 70, a Dickinson College trustee and professor emeritus of history, died in late March at Harrisburg Hospital. He was in the department of history at the college from 1946 until his retirement in 1975. He was the author of a number of books and articles and was an authority on Asia and Asian affairs. Queen Elizabeth named Dr. Kellogg a Knight Officer in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in 1978. He was educated at Bard College, Harvard, General Theological Seminary, and received his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. Since 1973 he had served as chairman of the executive committee of the Association of Episcopal Colleges. He is survived by his wife, Mary-Margaret Cashnell Kellogg.


Cowley Publications, an Anglican publishing house founded in the summer of 1979, and operating under the aegis of the Society of St. John the Evangelist here, seeks to publish scholarly books written for the non-specialist, both clergy and lay. Cynthia Bell, editor, says that the works which are planned are "short, sophisticated and rather specialized books -- one man, one idea, that kind of thing." The non-profit company will feature Anglican Spirituality in the fields of theology, history and biblical study. Information may be obtained from Cowley Publications, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Mass. 02138.


An Episcopal Church task force concerned with Christian education materials and strategy for Hispanics met here recently and reviewed and evaluated various materials available. The group considered the possibility of translating into Spanish selected articles from the AWARE notebook -- a loose-leaf collection of Christian education resource materials. The Rev. Ivan Ramirez, Arlington, Va., is chairman.