Happening in Flint: ‘We are all connected’

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Advocacy Peace & Justice, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By Katie ForsythPosted May 11, 2016 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Releasecenter_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL 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 Rector Collierville, TN Environment & Climate Change Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Happening in Flint: ‘We are all connected’ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Diocese of Eastern Michigan] This spring’s Happening youth event made a statement with the incorporation of water from around the world into their spiritual practice over the weekend of April 30-May.Flint, one of the biggest cities in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, is in the midst of a crisis. A couple years ago, under leadership of an emergency manager, the water supply in Flint was switched from a Detroit source to one out of the Flint River. Mismanagement and improper treatment led to dangerous amounts of lead being leached from the pipes that carry the water into the homes of Flint residents. It wasn’t until just months ago that the state recognized the issue and Flint broke into national headlines.To continue to keep the story of Flint in the hearts and minds of people throughout the church and in our communities, the “Happeners” asked other Happening communities around the globe if they would send in small bottles of water from their various natural sources.Bottles came in from as close by as just up I-75 and as far away as Haiti and the Jordan River.Bottles came in from around the world, from coast to coast and as far as the Jordan River and Haiti. Photo: Diocese of Eastern MichiganOn the opening day of the weekend, the waters were combined in a common bowl. The participants poured each bottle into bowl saying, “We are all your people, your creation. Let your love pour over us.”After the waters were combined, the spiritual directors for the weekend, the Rev. Shirley Seely of Eastern Michigan and the Rev. Eric Williams of Michigan, blessed it as the holy water for the weekend, using it throughout various activities and liturgical practices.Jordan Jungquist of Grace, Port Huron adds to the common bowl. Photo: Diocese of Eastern Michigan“My favorite thing we used it for,” explained the Happening rector, Margaret Williams, “was on Saturday night as we moved through the part of Happening that imitates a miniature Holy Week. During the Maundy Thursday-like foot washing service, we would dip our hands in the water and sprinkled it over everyone’s feet to symbolize our connection to the other Happening communities as everyone was praying for us and for the people of Flint throughout this process.”Margaret Williams, the rector of Happening #18, washes feet during the foot washing service. Photo: Diocese of Eastern MichiganThe Flint Water Crisis continues today with residents still yet unable to drink the water from their taps. Families exist on bottled water and are often dependent on external distribution sources. The vitamin-rich foods that aid in the removal of lead from the bloodstream are difficult to come by in many of Flint’s poorest neighborhoods. This generation of infants and children will be dealing with the effects of lead poisoning for their lifetime.The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development and the local parishes and organizations in Flint, have been providing water and healthy foods since October 2015.Happening is a youth event for high-school-aged young people led by their peers. It occurs twice a year and is a shared ministry of the Dioceses of Michigan and Eastern Michigan. For more information about Happening, contact Facilitator of Youth and Young Adult Networks McKenzie Bade at [email protected]— Katie Forsyth is the director of communications and public engagement in the Diocese of Eastern Michigan.  Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NClast_img