New Recommendation on When to Consider In-Person Worship

This Monday the bishops of the Episcopal Church had a Zoom meeting with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the future of worship, given the Covid-19 pandemic. The hopeful news that he wanted us to share with you is that there is going to be an end to this pandemic; we will one day return to worship as we have known … Read More

VIDEO: Guidelines for Distributing Holy Communion

Guidelines for Distributing Holy Communion Effective June 28, 2020 Covid-19 continues to infect large numbers of people. We are not certain what future infection rates might look like. The rate of infection varies from county to county in Arkansas; there are many locations where continuing online worship should be the only way that congregations gather, but there are locations where—with … Read More

Regarding Camp Mitchell’s Pause in Operations

An Update from Bishop Benfield Many of you may have watched the video I released last week, announcing that operations at Camp Mitchell will be temporarily paused beginning July 5. At Diocesan Convention in February, I reported on the increasingly large operating losses of the camp and appointed a task force to see what the next steps should be. As the task force … Read More

The Person on Your Doorstep

Larry R. Benfield  |  29 September 2019  |  St. John’s, Helena-West Helena Let’s get one thing clear up front: Any gospel lesson that starts by referencing a very comfortable man dressed in purple and fine linen, and by the end of the lesson states that that man is in Hades, ought not be in the Bible. But, alas, that is what … 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