Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Loretta Russell Hoffmann says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 June 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm Terrific article!I learned to play the carillon at Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, NJ. It is one of four carillons in the State, and with the majority of its 45 bells coming from England. I was thrilled when I arrived at Seabury in 2005 as a seminarian to learn of its 37 bell carillon. I think I got the most fun playing Seabury’s carillon on graduation days when I played for the graduating senior, “The strife is o’er.” Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Reverend John Hartman says: Jan Paxton says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Carillonneurs launch concert tour of bell-tower duets Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments (5) Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments are closed. Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT June 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm I am delighted to know the carillon at Grace Episcopal Church is still being played. It was a lovely instrument and restored during the time I was the organist-choirmaster there. One of the great difficulties was with the neighbors who called the church when the bells were rung. They did not have a practice instrument so fledgling carilloneurs had to practice in hearing of the whole neighborhood. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Jim Eccles says: Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group June 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm I played the carillon at Hollins University, VA when I was a student there. It was a real challenge, but lots of fun. Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL June 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm Fortunately, Grace did obtain a practice bench, but that didn’t stop neighbors from calling when we played on Sunday mornings. Check out their website for some great pictures and current history. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release By Sharon SheridanPosted Jun 17, 2013 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Reverend John Hartman says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal News Service] It’s one thing to practice piano duets in the parlor when no one’s home to hear. It’s another when your tunes, and possible missteps, reverberate across town.“When we practice on the main instrument, somebody always is listening,” says Lisa Lonie, carillonneur at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, and at Princeton University in New Jersey. She recently launched a carillon duet concert series with Janet Tebbel, carillonneur at two carillons in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and organist at Emmanuel-Resurrection Episcopal Church in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia.“Certainly we can do it on the practice console, but eventually you have to get upstairs, where the fine tuning is done,” Lonie said, adding, “Nothing shuts down a carillon faster than an irate neighbor.”The stamina required to hit the wooden batons, or keys, that pull wires to move the heavy clappers that strike a carillon’s bells also limits practice time in a way musicians playing many other instruments don’t face. The players strike the keys with their fists and operate the heaviest bells using foot pedals.“It’s tiring,” Tebbel said.[ooyala code=”R3M3VkYzr4ozO3HSNvqOLKWgLnxLPH4L” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″]“With other touring or duet partners,” Lonie said, “they can go in a sound studio and just practice together for hours. We can’t. We have like an hour, maybe an hour and a half max.”A traditional carillon, according to the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, is “a series of at least 23 tuned bells, played from a keyboard that allows expressiveness through variation in touch, and on which the player, or carillonneur, can play a broad range of music – from arrangements of popular and classical music to original compositions created just for the carillon.”Among religious institutions, Episcopal or Anglican churches boast by far the most manually operated carillons – 37 – of any denomination on the continent. The oldest, Lonie said, was built in 1882 and resides at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.Every carillon is different, from the size and number of bells to the tower where they play. These are among the 49 bells composing the 18-ton carillon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Photo: Sharon SheridanCarillons differ from bell tower to bell tower, with different numbers of bells and a different ambiance in each location, Tebbel said. “There’s no two carillons that are totally identical.”That makes touring a challenge, as the carillonneur must adjust to a different instrument and often a different number of notes in each location. “If you’re playing in an orchestra, you’re playing your violin that you know,” Tebbel said. “We don’t have that option.”Tebbel and Lonie adapt their music as needed from carillon to carillon. They also can adjust the wires connecting the keys to the bell clappers to accommodate how hard they hit the batons and how loud they want the bells to sound.As a performing duo, they can’t perform their program on the smallest instruments.“We would not perform this program on less than four octaves,” Tebbel said. “Having more is fun, but … we would not be able to play with integrity with less.”Cut the number of bells in half, you cut the console in half, Lonie explained. “You don’t have enough notes, and you don’t have enough room.”Added Tebbel, “There would be no differentiation between the two parts.”For their current series, which began on St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s 49-bell, 18-ton carillon in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 9, the duo played selections ranging from part of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” to an arrangement of Camille Saint-Saens’ “Le Cygne (The Swan)” to a Disney medley.A wide variety of carillon repertoire is available and continues to be composed, Tebbel said. “We have some amazing composers for carillon who are active right now who understand the overtone of a series of bells. The big thing with carillons … is the high bells are by definition quieter because they’re less metal. You have to play your lower bells quieter and less often, and the upper bells are more active. The normal disposition of music is, you listen to the top notes for the melody.”For their concert, they chose from among about 40 different duets, she said. “A lot of the stuff is just arranged by various duos.”The duets are fun, she said, “because normally it’s a very lonely thing when you’re up in the tower. You get no input at all. You can’t tell if they’re listening. Often you can’t even hear the applause. There’s some recital venues where people don’t bother to applaud; they just honk their car horns.”That isolation offers an advantage, however, if the players wish to communicate during performances. During the concert at St. Peter’s, the duo counted beats, prompted each other and even apologized for a note played in the wrong octave.[ooyala code=”ozNHVkYzq4Nhp1ocfC7i7XPmCs2_iWCA” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″]“When you’re on stage, you can’t give those visual cues, and clearly those audible cues, or just laugh about it,” Lonie said. “That’s the fun of it, too. … I think it enhances our performance.”That doesn’t mean it’s easy.“It’s actually quite tiring to play duets,” Tebbel noted.“If something goes awry,” she said, she can “fake it” as a soloist. In a duet, “There ain’t no faking up there. We’ve got to keep it tight. That’s what ensemble playing is: It’s tiring, but also why it’s so much fun.”A carillonneur uses her or his fists and feet to hit wooden levers that pull wires attached to clappers on bells to make them ring. A player can adjust these wires, shown here, to accommodate how loudly the bells will play and the force used to move the clappers. Photo: Sharon SheridanTebbel started out playing handbells and first tried the carillon while studying organ at the University of Michigan. She went on a tour of Europe, and “I was hooked.”“When you’re in Europe, bells are part of your life,” she said. “They chime the hours, but they also chime out weddings and deaths and births and all kinds of stuff.”She recalled a Belgian friend who, upon hearing a bell ringing, commented, “Oh, somebody’s been born.”The carillonneur enjoys the “physicality” of playing the bells. “There’s a tremendous response … to your effort,” Tebbel said. “And there’s something about the timelessness of bells that has always gotten me.”That “timelessness” also appeals to Lonie, a pianist who played handbells before learning the carillon.“We’re just a blip in the life of these bells as players,” she said. “These bells last for hundreds of years.”She recalled ascending a bell tower in Amsterdam to reach a 1562 carillon. “There’s a wall with all the carillonneurs of this ancient instrument. The bells were the same, but we’re just a blip.”She also enjoys the way this musical instrument brings together a community. At the Morristown concert, people gathered on the church lawn to hear the concert but also listened from the booths of an outdoor art show across the street or while walking through town. “That’s fabulous,” Lonie said. “It’s a democratic instrument.”The duo last performed a concert series on tour together in 1997. This year, they will play June 23 in Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where they performed together for the national carillonneurs’ guild in 2009 and where Lonie was featured on an NBC television special “Ringing in the Holidays at Longwood Gardens” and recorded her first solo CD, “The Bells of Christmas at Longwood Gardens.”Lisa Lonie plays the lower, “secundo,” part of a carillon duet during a concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Lonie and duet partner Janet Tebbel took turns playing the upper and lower parts, performed pieces in various styles – sometimes echoing each other’s melodies, sometimes accompanying each other – and interspersed a few solo works in the concert. Photo: Sharon SheridanThe series will continue in Pennsylvania at their respective churches – Tebbel’s First United Methodist Church of Germantown on July 16 and at St. Thomas on July 17 – and at Valley Forge Episcopal Chapel on July 18. Then they will travel to the McDonough School in Baltimore July 19; Chicago area bell towers, including Rockefeller Chapel with its largest bell weighing 18.5 tons, from Aug. 11-13; and Princeton University Aug. 25. They also hope to perform some recitals next year in Europe, when the World Carillon Federation meets in Antwerp, Belgium.Carillonneurs play with different styles and repertoires in different places, Tebbel noted. “There is a North American sound.”The duo have their own recognizable style. “It’s kind of like the Philadelphia Orchestra,” Lonie said. “It’s a Philadelphia sound.”But while they have a sound, they still lack a name.“We cannot come up with a good name for ourselves. There’s a challenge,” Lonie said, inviting creative suggestions. “There is time. We can adjust the program!”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA June 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm This bells article resonates with me, because, for a year or two while at college, I had the high honor and distinct privilege of being one of the few people who, on a rotating basis, performed this wonderful job at my campus, each weekday afternoon at around five o’clock. Having a key to that keyboard and walking the little-used walkway to get to it was, itself, a sobering, focusing experience that was simultaneously humbling and exhilarating. Thanks for an article that brings back these wonderful memories.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed an executive order revoking a Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from joining the military. The new order, which Biden signed during a meeting Monday with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, overturns a ban ordered by President Donald Trump. It also immediately prohibits any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity. Biden’s order says gender identity should not be a bar to military service. “America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception,” the order says.
The eighth-annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon, a student-led fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, raised an all-time high amount of funds at this year’s event. Committee members said Saturday’s event in the Angela Athletic Facility raised $104,374.83 for the Hospital. “Seeing the total reveal at the end was so exciting and unexpected,” Dance Marathon president Amy Tiberi said. Tiberi said she first became involved with the event in her high school and developed a passion that she wanted to carry over to her college experience. “I am from the Indianapolis area and was involved with Dance Marathon all throughout high school,” Tiberi said. “It was a very natural transition for me to be a part of the committee here at Saint Mary’s. I have had close friends treated at Riley Hospital, so there is that personal connection, but really just seeing how much this hospital positively affects lives is enough for me to want to be involved.” She said the committee hosts several fundraisers throughout the academic year, but the marathon is its most well-known campus fundraiser. “Each year we pick a theme for Dance Marathon and throughout the year we raise money through sponsors and local business support,” Tiberi said. “This year the theme was ‘Rock of Ages’ and we went in with the goal of raising $88,000.” Tiberi said the event gives students who are not on the committee the chance to fundraise for the cause. “I knew I couldn’t be a board member, but at the same time I wanted very much to be a part of this marathon because it is for such a great cause,” senior Gabriell Sabatini said. “I was able to sign up as a dancer and raise about $200 for the Riley Hospital”. This year the marathon featured music, dancing, games, crafts and other entertainment. Tiberi said she encouraged students from other area colleges to come, as well as members of the community. An estimated 300 people attended the event. Salon Rouge, a local salon, sponsored a table at the event giving away gift bags and offering services for a low price. “We are a small business in town and we want the community to know we are here to help,” manager Ann Malencia said. “We are not just here to make money. You never know the background of the person walking through the door of the salon and we want to show the community we are here to listen and we are here to help.” Tiberi said most participants’ favorite part of the marathon is when local Riley families come in and share their stories to the crowd. Gary Newcomb, whose child receives treatment at Riley, publicly shared the story of his daughter, Emily, for the first time. “About eight months ago, after a misdiagnosis from a local hospital, Emily had to be rushed to Riley Hospital where they found out her liver was very enlarged and tumors were on it,” Newcomb said. “A couple of months later we received a phone call saying Emily had fluid in her brain.” Newcomb said he and his wife “literally thought we were watching her [Emily] pass in front of us”. But after two brain surgeries, Newcomb said Emily is in the recovering process thanks to the compassion and care of the staff at Riley Hospital. “Her brain surgeries were right around Christmas time and we mentioned to the staff we were unable to get a family picture with Santa,” Newcomb said. “After Emily was out of her second surgery a nurse came and got us. One of the doctors, not even Emily’s, drove to his house to pick up a Santa costume and came back to the hospital so we could get our family picture. This is just one example of the compassion of the Riley staff.” Newcomb thanked the crowd and said Riley families hugely appreciate fundraising events like Dance Marathon. “Emily is easily over a million-dollar baby,” Newcomb said. “Without this type of monetary support we really don’t know what we would have done.” Mother Brooke Young also spoke about her son, Seth, and his experience with the hospital. “One minute we were packing for a family vacation to Texas and the next minute our world was turned upside down,” Young said. “We received a phone call from Seth’s doctor saying there were abnormalities in Seth’s bloodwork. He was admitted to Riley hospital and we were told our 12-year-old son has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.” Young said her family was “forced to endure a journey they never thought they would be taking”, but the hospital staff at Riley was there to throughout its duration. “We have developed loving relationships with the nursing staff at Riley hospital,” Young said. “They have become what we consider parts of our extended family.” Young ended her story by thanking the crowd and the Saint Mary’s organizers of Dance Marathon. “Know what you are doing is absolutely amazing,” Young said. “You are truly helping families. Never doubt the Riley staff. They are an army of amazing people and have a true compassion for the children they care for.” Tiberi said these are the stories and the people her committee works for. “It truly is a good cause,” Tiberi said. “I can’t wait to see the passion for Dance Marathon continue to pour out next year.”