Diocesan Convention Homily

Larry R. BenfieldGenesis 35:1-2019 February 2022 Every time something significant happens in the world, authors start trying to make sense of the event through fiction. Our current pandemic is no exception. In fact, there have already been debates on whether it is too early to write fiction about Covid-19. But that debate has not stopped authors such as Gary Shteyngart, … Read More

UPDATES FROM DIOCESAN CONVENTION

Elections and Appointments The following people were elected to positions on diocesan committees and boards by the clergy and delegates of diocesan convention: Executive Committee, Clergy RepresentativeThe Rev. Mercedes Clements, Trinity, Van Buren. Standing Committee, Lay RepresentativeBay Greenhill, Grace, Siloam Springs. Standing Committee, Clergy RepresentativeThe Rev. Elizabeth Henry-McKeever, St. Michael’s, Little Rock. Board of Review, Lay Representatives (2)April Baily, St. … Read More

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