The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton Sermon to the New Rector of St. Bart’s, May 21, 2013

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This sermon was preached by the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton at the Celebration of New Ministry for the twelfth Rector, the Rev. Floyd Monroe “Buddy” Stallings, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, New York City, in May of 2013. The lections for the evening were Mark 9:33-37 and Romans 12:1-8. The Rev. Barbara Crafton is one of the great preachers of the Church. Also shown is the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York, who instituted Buddy as the new Rector of St. Bart’s that evening.

This video was directed and produced by Greg Harper of HarperVision and the Rev. Matthew Moretz. Camera operators were Karen Schadow, Tom Faxton, and Kathleen Harper. Edited by Matthew Moretz.

The Vestments are produced by Grace Vestments. Barbara is wearing the cope from our Coronation set.

Liz Faublas interviews Father Dennis Gill Rector of Philadelphia’s Mother Church during DNC

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During this exclusive interview, Father Gill calls for peace and unity during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The cathedral church (Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul) is the principal church of the diocese, because it is here that the bishop as local ordinary of the diocese has his throne (chair), called the cathedra. Open since 1864 and located at the East side of Logan Square on 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is the largest brownstone structure in Philadelphia and the largest Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. The history of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is central to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, El Paso, Texas

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Just so you know- we recorded this interview inside of a rather large Church with high ceilings. There is an odd sound quality to this recording. Hope you do not judge this recording by that. I did correct the timing on this. For some odd reason, Youtube was showing the original version at over 35 minutes!

I sat down with Rev. Dr. Lin S. Lilley, the Rector-Elect of St. Alban’s and had a wonderful conversation. After our talk, as we were talking about other things, we both mentioned that St. Alban’s feels like home.

We also discussed some of the history, and beauty of St. Alban’s. The small chapel, and more.

This interview is was done for a story I wrote for the El Paso Herald-Post about the Church. I do hope you enjoy the interview and will read the article.


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