Bishop Benfield on the Recent Tornadoes and bin Laden’s Death

Moral fiber is not a phrase that you will find in the Bible or the Book of Common Prayer. But it is a phrase that describes part of the make-up of each of us; it is probably fair to say that each of us has a slightly different moral fiber depending on such things as how we were raised, the … Read More

How the Violence of the Tornadoes Brought Churches in the South Together

Church bells call people to prepare for worship. The month of April has seen tornado sirens throughout the South call people of faith to pray for deliverance from severe storms and to ask God and one another how they might assist the storms’ victims. The month’s storms culminated in the devastation that focused on northern Alabama Wednesday evening. Tornadoes and … Read More

Bishop Benfield’s Easter Sermon

[Listen to the audio.] Some places are just down right scary: dark alleys and empty parking garages immediately come to mind. In any TV drama, if a person is walking down an alley or through an empty garage, there is going to be trouble. Let’s add another such place: churches at night. That’s right: churches at night. As nice as … Read More

Help Rebuild the Episcopal Church in Haiti, Brick by Brick

When the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, it effectively leveled the most populous diocese of The Episcopal Church. Seventy percent of church buildings were considered a total loss. Diocesan-run schools, clinics and hospitals that served over 100,000 Episcopalians, as well as countless community members, were wiped out in thirty-five seconds . . . Read more here. To purchase bricks to … Read More

Agenda for the 139th Convention of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas

We look forward to seeing you this weekend at the 139th convention of the Diocese of Arkansas.  Some details you need to know before you arrive: Agenda: Friday – March 11– all activities at Trinity Cathedral (17th & Spring Streets), except the reception at the Governor’s Mansion Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. in Chancellors’ Hall The opening service is at … Read More

139th Annual Diocesan Convention, March 11-12, 2011 in Little Rock

To the Episcopal Congregations in Arkansas: The Central Convocation churches north of the Arkansas River, and I as your bishop, invite you to the 139th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Arkansas. It will convene with Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. The evening will continue with a reception at … Read More

2011 Diocesan Budget approved

Tuesday the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas met and approved the diocesan budget for 2011 and also reviewed the financial results for 2010. First, the historical part: In 2010 the diocese ended up with a $4,000 surplus based on expenses that totaled $1,344,000. It was thanks to your generous gifts and the hard work of staff members … Read More