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

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

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.

Looking Forward: Letter

A Letter from Bishop Benfield When this pandemic began and we closed our churches, many of us were looking forward to the Sunday when we would all return to church and it would feel like Easter at last. That sense of anticipation is probably more palpable now that Arkansas’s governor will allow certain businesses to start operations again on May 4. … Read More

Summer Camps Canceled for Camp Mitchell

A Letter from Bishop Benfield The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a directive for camps and faith-based operations, which states that “all summer camps, including pre-camp counselor preparations, cannot operate as usual this summer.” There is worry about bringing together large numbers of young people in cabin settings. The Health Department does not plan to re-evaluate this directive until … Read More