According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has declined nearly 8% in the last seven years, continuing a downward trend. Further, those who identify themselves as "unaffiliated" (defined by Pew as atheist, agnostic, or "nothing in particular") have risen almost 7% over that same time period. Overall, attendance at "main-line" Protestant and Catholic churches has been on a steady decline. Indeed, a quick glance at the evening news shows that those who are "religious" stand to be dismissed and/or vilified for their beliefs. It would seem that people of faith and their beliefs, which we all hold so dearly, are constantly under pressure to conform to the prevailing world trends.
Dr. Tony Campolo is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly on its website, www.RedletterChristians.org. He also is a media commentator on political matters, having guested on television programs including The Colbert Report, Nightline, Crossfire, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN News and MSNBC News. He co-hosted his series, Hashing It Out on the Odyssey Network and, presently hosts Across the Pond, a show on the Premier Christian Radio Network in England. Dr. Campolo has authored 39 books, with his latest released in October 2012, titled "Red Letter Revolution" (Thomas Nelson), with co-author Shane Claiborne.
Among his various appearances, Dr. Campolo was the keynote speaker at the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey which took place in Cherry Hill in 2006.
Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister, having served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.
We are very much looking forward to an inspirational evening of music, and words of encouragement from Dr. Campolo. We hope that you will join us for:
Faith Renewal: Strengthening Our Faith in a Changing World
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Fellowship with snacks will begin at 5:00 PM, with our program beginning at 6:00 PM on the grounds of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1989 Rt. 70 East, Cherry Hill, Nl. We hope that you will attend, and that you will share this information with anyone who may need a little renewal of faith.
Parishioners, bring your favorite recipe and join the end-of-summer celebration at the home of Kevin and Kristina McGee! Light supper dish or dissert for food, fun and fellowship. 141 Country Club Drive Moorestown, NJ 08057. Call the church office for more details
Knowing what to do, how to do it and when to do it are important parts of the ministry of acolytes! The first (of four) acolyte training sessions is scheduled for August 31. All acolytes (and those who'd like to become acolytes) are invited to come. See Archdeacon Lynn for more information!