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

Interested in the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant?

Many things have already been said in the public arena about the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. As Provinces around the world continue to discuss this important document I think it worth clarifying some points about it. I am not arguing here for or against the Covenant, merely pointing out that it should be debated fairly, with an accurate reading of … Read More

The House of Bishops issues pastoral letter on immigration, September 21, 2010

Para leer la carta en español, haga clic aqui.  Una Carta Pastoral de la Cámara de Obispos. Dear People of God, Throughout our meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, we have reflected on the immigration crisis facing our host state, the United States, and all nations globally. A number of us visited the United States-Mexico border and saw first hand the many … Read More

Sermon given by Bishop Benfield at St. John’s, Helena

Larry Benfield Proper 17 – Year C 29 August 2010 St. John’s, Helena People often accuse us Episcopal members of the clergy of not speaking out enough on sin, and they may be right. Here in Arkansas I generally avoid the topic like the plague. I have by and large left the message that we are miserable offenders to the … Read More