Disaster Chaplaincy Training

Three members of the Arkansas Episcopal Disaster Relief Team recently completed Disaster Chaplaincy Training sponsored by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN). Stan Vladenmar, St. John’s Episcopal, Fort Smith, Skip Cochran and Jan Thames, both of St. Margaret’s, Little Rock, were among 35 participants … Read More

Bishop Benfield Preaches Lyon, Staggs Ordination

Staggs, Lyon ordination

Kaye Staggs and Susan Lyon, two participants in the Iona Arkansas program, were ordained deacons last Saturday, August 8, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. Below is the sermon preached at the ordination by Bishop Benfield. Larry R. Benfield Diaconal Ordination of Lyon & Staggs 8 August 2015 Trinity Cathedral The ordinal for deacons in The Book of Common … Read More

Bishop Benfield Harvests Honey

Bishop Benfield spent much of the day Camp Mitchell, helping collect the honey from their beehives. (That’s right, he’s also a beekeeper.) Stay tuned for more info on where you’ll be able to buy the honey.

Ascension Day Service and Ordination

The Central Convocation celebrated Ascension Day with eucharist at Christ Church in Little Rock. Larry Burton was also ordained a deacon at the service.

St. Alban’s, Stuttgart Celebrates 110th

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Stuttgart, Ark., celebrated its 110th anniversary this past weekend, with a special celebration Saturday evening at the Grand Prairie Arts Center and a eucharist and meal Sunday morning at the church. Saturday’s event was attended by more than 80 people. Evening Prayer was led by the Rev. Eric LeBrocq Jr., who grew up in St. … Read More

ERD’s Response to Nepal Earthquake

A press release from episcopalrelief.org Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the ecumenical ACT Alliance in Nepal and local partners in northern India and southwest China regarding urgent needs and assessment efforts following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu on the morning of April 25. The earthquake was centered east of Nepal’s capital, near the town of Pokhara, … Read More

World Labyrinth Day 2015

Celebrate the 7th annual World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 2. “As mindfulness and meditation have gone mainstream, people around the world have been turning to labyrinths as a spiritual exercise or for stress relief,” says World Labyrinth day coordinator Lars Howlett. “While many use labyrinths for personal reflection, World Labyrinth Day is an opportunity to ‘Walk as One at … Read More

Bishop Benfield Writes to Governor

An Update from Bishop Benfield In some ways, it appears that the dust has settled on the debate over House Bill 1228, the effort that many people of faith, including your bishop, saw as an attempt to support discrimination under the guise of religious liberty. It was this bill, and the accompanying bill that became Act 137 (to prohibit local … Read More

Bus Stations of the Cross

This year, Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Ark., incorporated public transportation into their annual Station of the Cross service on Good Friday.