Planned Giving Workshop 2018

The Diocese of Arkansas is offering a daylong planned-giving training led by facilitators from Episcopal Church Foundation on Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Little Rock. This workshop is being offered at no cost to your congregation as part of the diocese’s renewed emphasis on planned giving and stewardship. We do require that each congregation send … Read More

Greed and Gun Violence

A LETTER FROM BISHOP BENFIELD The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. – 1 Timothy 6:10 It might seem odd to start an article about the national crisis over gun violence with a quote from the Bible about greed, but it may indeed be the best place to focus. Last week the Episcopal Church’s House … Read More

Business Admin Workshop

An update from the Rev. Greg Hoover at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harrison, Ark.: “I just wanted to give you a quick update, and let you know that we had the groundbreaking today for Hope Cottages, the transitional housing project for homeless women and children, at St. John’s in Harrison. “There was a good turn out, and local CBS, … Read More

Why Your Congregation’s Commitment Is Important

Bishop Benfield recently sat down with the Rev. Amber Carswell to talk about why congregational commitments to the diocesan budget are important—they help fund everything from Camp Mitchell to curates, from youth and young adults to the Iona program—and how you can learn more about your congregation’s commitment.

Multi-Church Rummage Sale

Dozens of members of St. Theodore’s, Bella Vista, St. Andrew’s, Rogers and All Saints, Bentonville volunteered for this multi-church rummage sale, which raised $4,000 for Episcopal Relief and Development hurricane relief.

Hot Springs Village Churches Observe Reformation Sunday Together

Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Girlinghouse, crucifer Nancy Holst, and Episcopal Bishop Larry Benfield are surrounded by clergy from Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic churches on Reformation Sunday. On Sunday, October 29, 2017, Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic parishes in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in an ecumenical worship service at the Coronado Center, Hot Springs … Read More

Arkansas Clergy Starts School in His Native Kenya

The Rev. Dr. Samson Gitau, vicar of Christ Episcopal Church in Forrest City, Ark., is originally from Matharite Village in central Kenya. When it came time for high school there, he had to walk 12 miles to the nearest school. “I promised myself,” said Gitau, “that God willing and blessing me, I would start a high school in the community … Read More

Gene Crawford Ordained as Priest

It was a wonderful ordination to the priesthood Wednesday evening for Gene Crawford at Emmanuel Church in Lake Village. An additional highlight was that this was the first use of the beautifully renovated church building for a diocesan event after the devastating fire a couple of years ago.

Diocese of Arkansas Awarded Campus Ministry Grant

Last week, The Episcopal Church announced the winners of this year’s Campus Ministry grants, and the Diocese of Arkansas received on of three Leadership Grants for the Hendrix College Chapel Choir, directed by Thomas Alexander. The Hendrix College Chapel Choir is a student-led ensemble that offers weekly services of Choral Compline in Hendrix College’s Greene Chapel. The $12,000 leadership granted … Read More