Seafarers' ministries, Korean peace talks, call to proactive evangelism featured in newest 'Episcopal Life Focus' multicast

December 20, 2007

The December edition of "Episcopal Life Focus" -- a half-hour video "multicast" featuring church mission, ministries and news -- is posted for online viewing here.

Ministries aiding seafarers -- who typically work for months at a time away from home and family -- are outlined in a "One Episcopalian" interview with lay leader Doug Stevenson, director for advocacy and law at the New York-based Seamen's Church Institute.

Anchored by Episcopal Life Media executive editor Jan Nunley and produced by Michael Collins, the December Focus edition also includes a conversation with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on her participation in a recent Anglican Communion international peacemaking conference with segments held in both North and South Korea.

Also featured is an interview with the Presiding Bishop's new canon, the Rev. Dr. Charles Robertson, who comments on the Church's mission and his own new ministry.

An additional segment includes the Episcopal Church's director of mission, the Rev. Dr. James Lemler, and its director of congregational development, the Rev. Charles Fulton III commenting on mainline church attendance trends and steps for proactive evangelism.

This edition of Episcopal Life Focus is sponsored by Episcopal Books and Resources, with online captioning for the hearing impaired provided by the Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Los Angeles.

The program is also available for placement on community-access cable channels offering free air time. Further information is available by phoning Collins at 212-716-6018.

The next upcoming edition of Episcopal Life Focus is scheduled to air January 17. It is set to feature interviews with staff from the Episcopal Church's Washington-based Office of Government Relations, and a profile of ministries at Manhattan's Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

Direct inquiries about programming and requests regarding community-access cable placement can be addressed to Collins via e-mail,, or by phoning 212-716-6018.

The program is part of the newly integrated "Episcopal Life Media" initiative that complements the churchwide monthly newspaper, Episcopal Life, with the Episcopal Life Online website, weekday e-mail releases, regular streaming video reports and weekly inserts for Sunday parish bulletins. Top stories are featured from the Episcopal News Service.

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