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

A Message from Bishop Benfield

My first official activity following last Friday’s surgery to repair my broken collarbone was Tuesday evening in Forrest City, where I ordained Peggy Barry as a transitional deacon. Peggy is part of the ministry team at Good Shepherd Church, a team that has been working for several years toward the goal of raising up locally trained ordained ministers for the … Read More

A Message from Bishop Benfield

When I left for vacation a few weeks ago, I simply wanted to go someplace where I could sit and read.  My wish was  fulfilled. While on vacation in Maui one of those legendary Hawaiian waves got the best of me.  I ended up cracking my left clavicle.  The doctor told me that he wanted me to spend time in my … Read More

“Church for the Under-Forty Crowd: Attracting Younger Adults to Congregational Life”

“What do younger adults want?” With the average age of parishioners on the rise, this is a question most mainline denominations are asking today. What are your thoughts? What is your congregation doing to evangelize the “under-forty crowd?” Congregations, the Alban Institute magazine, has recently published an article by Sarah B. Drummond adressing this question. Give it a read and … Read More