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IN MEMORIAM: Eulalie Fenhagen

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Eulalie Swinton McFall Fenhagen, 88, died peacefully at her home at Arbor Landing, Pawleys Island, SC on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Eulalie was the wife of The Very Rev. James Fenhagen II (deceased April 5, 2012), who was President and Dean of General from 1978-1992 and rector of several parishes in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and South Carolina.

The Fenhagens retired to South Carolina, and they were members of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.  A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island on Friday, February 8th at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Fenhagen with the Rev. Jason D. Roberson, former General student, now Assistant Rector at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, her home parish on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

Mrs. Fenhagen with the Rev. Jason D. Roberson, former General student, now Assistant Rector at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, her home parish on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

Mrs. Fenhagen was born June 5, 1930, in Baltimore MD. She attended Sweetbriar College and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Social Work. She lived in Columbia, SC, Washington DC, Hartford, CT, New York, NY, Georgetown, SC and finally Pawleys Island, SC. She dearly loved her three children: daughter (Leila, deceased November 7, 2005); sons James Corner Fenhagen III (Julianne) and John McFall Fenhagen, as well as two grandchildren, Aaron David Fenhagen and Jessica Moreno Trahan. Her full life was a unique mix of gracious hospitality, honest critique, passion for social justice, compassion for those in need, and a deep spirituality combined with a feisty spirit and a robust sense of humor. The breadth and depth of her experiences made their way into stories she shared to mentor, enlighten and entertain her family and numerous friends around the world.

A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Friday, February 8 at 10 am, and a committal service will be held at St John's Georgetown Parish, Washington, D.C., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC, 29440. Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Taking the Time

Taking the Time

Nobody about to be baptized promises to make regular retreats. Neither does anybody about to be ordained. The annual parochial report wants to know your Average Sunday Attendance, the number of children in your church school, how your number of baptisms stacks up against your number of funerals, and the vector of your balance sheet, but it does not demand to know whether or not the parish schedules retreats or quiet days for its members, or keeps them informed about opportunities for these experiences in other communities.

Rowan Williams to Lead General Seminary Paddock Lectures in February; Michael B. Curry to Preach

Rowan Williams to Lead General Seminary Paddock Lectures in February;  Michael B. Curry to Preach

Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, will lead “45 Years of ‘Being Christian’: Rowan Williams at General Seminary” in the seminary’s annual Paddock Lectures. The presentation will feature his bestselling catechetical work, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer in addition to his reflections on a life of ministry, academia, and ecclesiastical leadership.

Sold Out Conference Trains Clergy and Laity on Spiritual Care of Transgender People and Families

Sold Out Conference Trains Clergy and Laity on Spiritual Care of Transgender People and Families

When asked about the importance of this conference, Stace responded, “Religious institutions have an opportunity to save lives.” She went on to cite several studies that indicated the significant decrease of depression and suicide rates among transgender people and discovering a genuinely affirming religious community.

The Magdalene Sculptures by Heather Sisk ’10 on Display at the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library

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Artist and Spiritual Director Heather K. Sisk received her M.A. in Spiritual Direction from General in 2010 and has returned as a Middler M.Div. candidate. Her original sculptures on the theme of Mary Magdalene as spiritual guide, first exhibited at General in 2012, are now on display in the lobby of the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library.

This project is based on the subject of Sisk’s Masters Thesis and was funded in part through a grant awarded by the Episcopal Evangelism Society in 2010. These pieces act as three dimensional icons to accompany a retreat based on The Magdalene as role model for a spiritual journey which is accessible to all of us. The retreat has traveled since 2012.

As Sisk describes the project:

“Mary Magdalene as disciple, witness, and prophet is one of our strongest role models for understanding the elements that emerge as one enters into a spiritual journey. This installation explores the arc of The Magdalene’s witness through healing, discernment, abiding, and transformation. For hundreds of years the emphasis on her character as a prostitute has overshadowed her vital role as a close follower of Jesus and the first witness to the resurrected Christ; obscuring her significant example of spirituality. These four sculptures are dedicated to spiritual elements I believe The Magdalene exemplifies for us, and are always intended and extended for the community in her prophetic exclamation, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ These elements do not follow in a necessary order but cycle within us as we grow into deeper awareness of the movement of the divine encounter.”

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