VIDEO: Guidelines for Distributing Holy Communion

Guidelines for Distributing Holy Communion Effective June 28, 2020 Covid-19 continues to infect large numbers of people. We are not certain what future infection rates might look like. The rate of infection varies from county to county in Arkansas; there are many locations where continuing online worship should be the only way that congregations gather, but there are locations where—with … Read More

Comments Put in Context

A Letter from Bishop Benfield Last week I sent out a Communiqué article reflecting on the president’s misuse of Holy Scripture and an Episcopal Church near the White House for a photo op. The action itself and the events leading up to it were parts of a crisis in race relations that is both societal and religious. I admit that … Read More

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

A Letter from Bishop Benfield Read the Bible, especially Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” To see the president of the United States stand in front of an historic Episcopal church with a Bible in hand as a political prop—while using rubber … Read More

Regarding Camp Mitchell’s Pause in Operations

An Update from Bishop Benfield Many of you may have watched the video I released last week, announcing that operations at Camp Mitchell will be temporarily paused beginning July 5. At Diocesan Convention in February, I reported on the increasingly large operating losses of the camp and appointed a task force to see what the next steps should be. As the task force … Read More

VIDEO: Our Approach to Regathering

Bishop Benfield on our plan for regathering: “We Episcopalians will spend the month of May asking several questions about what steps we will need to take before we are ready to open our doors for worship.”

Our Approach to Regathering

04 May 2020 We face challenges as a church in this age of pandemic, but we are confident that the church is up to the challenge. Over the next few months we in Arkansas will find ways to bring our community back together in person, always mindful that we will look out for the health of everyone around us. In … Read More

Church Food Pantries

Bishop Benfield on the importance of sharing food to the Christian story and the importance of church food pantries in the current moment.