How to Love Your Neighbor During a Pandemic

An Update from Bishop Benfield All of us continue to struggle with appropriate responses to the presence of COVID-19, a situation that is taking us into uncharted territory as a church. I am not certain how long this virus will remain virulent among us, but I am certain that as Christians, the second Great Commandment should undergird the responses we … Read More

Praying with Eyes Open

A LETTER FROM BISHOP BENFIELD In many of our congregations this past Sunday we offered up prayers for the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. It has become an all-too-frequent ritual: eyes closed, prayers said, and flags lowered to half-staff. Some people might ask of what use it is to pray in such a situation. After … Read More

Long-Term Flood Relief

Flooding in Arkansas 2018

AN UPDATE FROM BISHOP BENFIELD Some disasters are quickly occurring events and require an immediate response. Think of what it is like when a tornado strikes; in a matter of minutes the damage is done. Other disasters, such as the flooding that is now occurring in Arkansas, occur over a long period of time, and the extent of damage sometimes … Read More

“On The Row”: Stories from Arkansas’ Death Row

Founded in 2012 as a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas by storyteller Kathy McGregor, the Prison Story Project benefits incarcerated women and men. Inmates explore their truths through poetry, creative writing, literature, songwriting, and visual art. Their work is then curated into a staged reading performed by actors. The goal of the Prison Story Project is … Read More

An Introduction to ‘Baptized for Life’

Baptized for Life (BFL) is a five-year collaborative initiative between Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary and up to twenty-four congregations in six Episcopal dioceses in the continental United States, including five congregations in Arkansas, as well as Camp Mitchell and St. Martin’s in Fayetteville. BFL will support participating congregations as they nurture lives of meaning and purpose. BFL will … Read More

A Conversation with Bishop Benfield: The Prayer Book and Expansive Language

One of the hot topics at the most recent General Convention in Austin, Texas, was prayer book revision. And one thing that developed out of that on-going discussion is a new, expansive-language liturgy for trial use. But what does it all mean for your congregation? Bishop Benfield sits down with Thomas Alexander, a General Convention lay deputy, to talk about … Read More

Supporting Clergy in the Diocese of Cuba

After more than 50 years, the Diocese of Cuba has rejoined to The Episcopal Church. But the clergy there are without pensions. We can help. If our diocese gives just $6,500, we can aid the aged and aging clergy of the church in Cuba. You can make your gift to the Bishop’s Fund. marked “Cuba.” Give Now

Serving Christ in the Delta

Serving Christ in the Delta from Episcopal Arkansas on Vimeo. Those of you who attended last year’s diocesan convention will remember our guest speaker, Dr. Catherine Meeks, urging us to be active participants in dismantling racism and building what she called a “Beloved Community.” And then the recently concluded General Convention used that same language when it committed to racial … Read More

General Convention Wrap-Up

A Letter from Bishop Benfield A decade can make a huge difference. My first experience of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church was in 2007, and my first General Convention was in 2009. In those days there was still considerable unease in the House of Bishops over where each bishop stood on a variety of issues, and roll … Read More

Iona Collaborative in Arkansas

At a time when many dioceses are scrabbling to put in place quality local training for clergy, the Iona Collaborative in Arkansas stands out as an example of how to do it well.