Expanded Emphasis on Prison Ministry in Arkansas

From the Rev. Dr.  Keith Hearnsberger, transitional deacon at St. Michael’s Church in Little Rock There are over 17,000 people incarcerated in over 20 different Arkansas Department of Corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities across the state. In 2019, as I prepared for ordination as a priest, I was among them for 102 days, following a car accident. While … Read More

Responding Creatively

A Letter from Bishop Benfield This year continues to present us with a combination of challenges that are unprecedented. There is the confluence of a long-overdue awareness of racism as an ongoing evil, a toxic political climate, and a frightening virus. The church, as always, is called to respond with compassion. Compassion in 2020 means that we must find new … Read More

Reopening Our Churches

17 June 2020 Sunday I made my first visit to a congregation since the pandemic began. It was to St. Peter’s Church in Tollville, where the congregation has done great job getting the church ready for in-person worship. On Monday I sent guidelines to congregational leaders across the diocese about how we reopen churches for in-person gatherings, for both worship … 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

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.