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First Camp Grad Helps Seniors Make Transition to "Next Great Adventure"

On May 13th- 14th, Camp Weed held its first ever Camp Grad. This was an event for graduating high school seniors focusing on how students make the transition from high school to college while remaining a part of church. During this time of life, it can become common for youth to go to college, drop out of church, and return years later. This event focused on providing a chance for youth to see that there are ways for them to stay involved in their home churches and at college chapels while away at university.
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Kevin Gay Named 2016 Medal of Honor winner by Florida Bar Foundation

The Diocese of Florida would like to add our congratulations to those being offered to community leader Kevin Gay for being named the Florida Bar Foundation's 2016 Medal of Honor Award winner. Mr. Gay was also named Humanitarian of the Year by local non-profit OneJax last month. Kevin is a parishioner at St. Paul's by-the-Sea and is Operation New Hope's founder and CEO. Two recent articles in the Florida Times-Union cover his recent honors and the valuable work he does for our community. This article by Charlie Patton recounts his journey of faith as well as the impact that journey has made in guiding him in his work on a daily basis.
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It's Time to Register for Summer Camp 2016

Camp Weed is an Episcopal camp operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida for youth completing grades 2-11. Campers of all denominations are welcome to attend Camp Weed to experience wholesome Christian fun in the great outdoors. If your child or grandchild hasn't signed up for Camp Weed yet, please visit the Summer Camp 2016 website page by clicking the link below. Also, please share this information with your friends, family, and parish!
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University of the South at Sewanee Commencement

In his role as 24th Chancellor of the University of the South at Sewanee, The Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard presided over the School of Theology Commencement ceremony on May 6. Bishop Howard has served as chancellor at Sewanee since 2012. This year's commencement speaker was Charlie Rose, "CBS This Morning" co-host. The commencement weekend was a chance for alumni, students, and other members of the Sewanee family to gather for a number of events such as "The Art of Conversation," presented by Pulitzer prize winner and Sewanee alum Jon Meecham and Charlie Rose. Congratulations to all the new School of Theology graduates!
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Bishop Howard Holds Lay Leadership Meeting in Tallahassee

A lively and frank exchange would be the best way to describe the Lay Leadership Meeting held May 12 in Tallahassee. Twenty-seven parish leaders who attended enthusiastically shared their insights and experiences in the 90-minute meeting. Bishop Howard posed three questions: 1. What things keep bringing you back to your parish? 2. Have you seen your parish do things to bring in new members? 3. What are the problems and issues you face at your church?
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Shepherd's Hands Opens Free Clinic in Live Oak

Shepherd's Hands of Suwannee Valley, Inc. opened the free clinic doors on April 19 at St. Luke's, Live Oak. Father George Hinchliffe, Rector of St. Luke's, Live Oak, led a prayer and offered a blessing at the opening of the clinic. Shepherd's Hands of Suwannee Valley, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that received start-up funds from the Episcopal Diocese of Florida this year to create a mobile unit to provide healthcare services to the Suwannee Valley area for uninsured and low income people. The next Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic will be held at St. Luke’s on May 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
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Alpha Inspires Lay Leaders and Clergy

This past Saturday 35 clergy and lay leaders from the Diocese of Florida gathered at St. John's Cathedral to learn how to share Alpha courses with their parishes and communities. Speakers Jeff Kirby, Discipleship Pastor at Church of the Resurrection UMC in Kansas City, and Jad Scott Levi, Alpha USA Sr. Regional Director and Co-Pastor at Trinitas, both gave outstanding and engaging presentations.
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Presiding Bishop joins landmark summit on Holy Land peacemaking

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined more than 100 church leaders from the Middle East and the United States at the Carter Center last month for an unprecedented summit focused on seeking a lasting two-state solution for peace in the Holy Land and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
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