Why Your Congregation’s Commitment Is Important

Bishop Benfield recently sat down with the Rev. Amber Carswell to talk about why congregational commitments to the diocesan budget are important—they help fund everything from Camp Mitchell to curates, from youth and young adults to the Iona program—and how you can learn more about your congregation’s commitment.

Multi-Church Rummage Sale

Dozens of members of St. Theodore’s, Bella Vista, St. Andrew’s, Rogers and All Saints, Bentonville volunteered for this multi-church rummage sale, which raised $4,000 for Episcopal Relief and Development hurricane relief.

Hot Springs Village Churches Observe Reformation Sunday Together

Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Girlinghouse, crucifer Nancy Holst, and Episcopal Bishop Larry Benfield are surrounded by clergy from Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic churches on Reformation Sunday. On Sunday, October 29, 2017, Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic parishes in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in an ecumenical worship service at the Coronado Center, Hot Springs … Read More

Arkansas Clergy Starts School in His Native Kenya

The Rev. Dr. Samson Gitau, vicar of Christ Episcopal Church in Forrest City, Ark., is originally from Matharite Village in central Kenya. When it came time for high school there, he had to walk 12 miles to the nearest school. “I promised myself,” said Gitau, “that God willing and blessing me, I would start a high school in the community … Read More

Gene Crawford Ordained as Priest

It was a wonderful ordination to the priesthood Wednesday evening for Gene Crawford at Emmanuel Church in Lake Village. An additional highlight was that this was the first use of the beautifully renovated church building for a diocesan event after the devastating fire a couple of years ago.

Diocese of Arkansas Awarded Campus Ministry Grant

Last week, The Episcopal Church announced the winners of this year’s Campus Ministry grants, and the Diocese of Arkansas received on of three Leadership Grants for the Hendrix College Chapel Choir, directed by Thomas Alexander. The Hendrix College Chapel Choir is a student-led ensemble that offers weekly services of Choral Compline in Hendrix College’s Greene Chapel. The $12,000 leadership granted … Read More

100 Years of Pancake Suppers

Trinity Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff celebrated 100 years of Shrove Tuesday pancake suppers last week. Learn a little more about its history at the church and celebrate along with them.

Updates from Convention

The 145th Annual Diocesan Convention took place last weekend in Little Rock. Elections were held for several diocesan committees and boards, as well as for deputies and alternates to next year’s General Convention. Those results appear below. The convention also passed four resolutions, the full text and sponsors of which appear below the election results. Whereas, the parishioners of St. … Read More

Stephens Scholarships for Delta Students

Students in certain Delta counties (Arkansas; Ashley; Chicot; Crittenden; Cross; Desha; Drew; Jefferson; Lee; Lincoln; Mississippi; Monroe; Phillips; St. Francis; and Woodruff) who are either recent high school graduates or rising seniors are welcome to apply for a Stephens Scholarship to attend college within Arkansas. Preference will be given to applicants whose household income is below 150% of the federal … Read More

PB Q-and-A and Sermon

If you couldn’t make it to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at Christ Church in Little Rock yesterday, you can listen to both his Q-and-A session with Bishop Benfield and his sermon below.