TACL Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19

All are invited to an interfaith family service offered in the spirit of  Unity and Gratitude, with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Brown on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m., at Temple B’Nai Israel, 100 West Earle Ave., Easton.

The Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown is an ordained Elder and the Easton District Superintendent (consisting of 124 churches) of the Peninsula Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church.

This service is sponsored by the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity. TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity. TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity November 15th Meeting

All are invited to attend the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) fall meeting on Wednesday, November 15th from 12:00 – 1:30 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Rd, Easton, MD 21601.

TACL will provide lunch and activities designed to encourage networking and fellowship among clergy and lay faith leaders as we engage in this year’s theme of “Making Connections”.

Our speaker for the meeting will be the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Nancy Andrew.  Ms. Andrew will share her experience of leading this volunteer-based group for the last 8 years and will update us on the Habitat’s latest initiatives.

TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity, now in our 51st year.  TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.  TACL achieves this through education, relationship building, and diverse ministries.

To help with our planning, please tell us if you plan on attending: taclexcom@gmail.com

TACL Chairperson – Rev. Sue Browning
TACL Vice Chairperson – Rev. Tim Poly
TACL Secretary – Minister Dee Pinder
TACL Treasurer – Rev. Nancy Sajda

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity May 17th Meeting

Our final TACL program this year will include a chance to learn from our speakers and to celebrate the winners of our annual TACL service awards.

We will meet on Wednesday, May 17th from 12:00 – 1:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Easton at 7401 Ocean Gateway.

TACL will provide lunch and activities designed to encourage networking and fellowship among clergy and lay faith leaders as we engage in this year’s theme of “Making Connections”.

Our speaker for our meeting will be Cindy Green, Inmate Classification/Case Manager, for the Talbot County Department of Corrections.  She will share the needs and hopes for their organization and for the many people they serve.

We will also recognize several community members with well-deserved TACL service awards.

TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity, now in our 51st year.  TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.  TACL achieves this through education, relationship building, and diverse ministries.

To help with our planning, please tell us if you plan on attending: taclexcom@gmail.com

TACL Chairperson – Rev. Sue Browning

TACL Vice Chairperson – Tim Poly

TACL Secretary – Minister Dee Pinder

TACL Treasurer – Rev. Nancy Sajda

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity March 15th Meeting

talbot clergyAll are invited to attend the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) winter meeting on Wednesday, March 15th from 12:00 – 1:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton at 7401 Ocean Gateway.

TACL will provide lunch and activities designed to encourage networking and fellowship among clergy and lay faith leaders as we engage in this year’s theme of “Making Connections”.

Our program, “Living Our Values: How Service Ties to Faith” will be an opportunity to learn from one another about volunteer opportunities in Talbot County, and to consider ways faith communities can help their members reflect upon their experiences of service.

TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity, now in our 51st year.  TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.  TACL achieves this through education, relationship building, and diverse ministries.

To help with our planning, please tell us if you plan on attending: taclexcom@gmail.com

TACL Chairperson – Rev. Sue Browning

TACL Vice Chairperson – Tim Poly

TACL Secretary – Minister Dee Pinder

TACL Treasurer – Rev. Nancy Sajda

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity January 18th Meeting

talbot clergyAll are invited to attend the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) winter meeting on Wednesday, January 18th from 12:00 – 1:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton at 7401 Ocean Gateway.

TACL will provide lunch and activities designed to encourage networking and fellowship among clergy and lay faith leaders as we engage in this year’s theme of “Making Connections”.

Our meeting program will be “Engaging in Complex Conversations.”  The program will be presented by Rev. William Wallace, Pastor at Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, and Cynthia Jurrius, Executive Director, Mid Shore Community Mediation Center.

TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity, now in our 51st year.  TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.  TACL achieves this through education, relationship building, and diverse ministries.

To help with our planning, please tell us if you plan on attending: taclexcom@gmail.com

TACL Chairperson – Rev. Sue Browning

TACL Vice Chairperson – Tim Poly

TACL Secretary – Minister Dee Pinder

TACL Treasurer – Rev. Nancy Sajda

TACL Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) will have it’s annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service this Sunday, November 20, at 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Temple B’nai Israel, 101 Earle Avenue, opposite the emergency room entrance of University of Maryland Shore Health Systems. The service is an opportunity for the community to come together in the spirit of gratitude and unity.

This interfaith family service will include music, story and a message on “The Blessings and Challenges of Unity” offered by Rev. Sue Browning, the chair of TACL and minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton.

Our offering this year will be given to the Good Samaritan Fund, a non profit fund in Talbot County that assists families with utility bills and other emergency services.

Light refreshments will follow.

For more information, write to taclexcom@gmail.com.

Cameron McCoy to Speak at TACL Annual Luncheon

Cameron McCoy is the guest speaker at Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity's 51st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Cameron McCoy is the guest speaker at Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity’s 51st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Cameron C. McCoy is the featured guest speaker at the 51st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon of Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity at noon, Wednesday, June 8, at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, 114 South Washington Street in Easton. This potluck/brown bag event is open to the public.

Mr. McCoy may be the youngest speaker ever to address TACL’s annual meeting. Yet, he has inspired enormous crowds at civic holiday events with his poetry, essays, and oratory, and is best known for studies and readings of his life’s model at the annual Frederick Douglass Day ceremonies at the Talbot County Court House.

Bound for Morehouse College in Atlanta, McCoy is a recent graduate of Easton High School, where he was president of the Student Government Association during both his junior and senior years. A member of the National Honor Society, he has been honored as a Maryland Scholar and a Maryland Scholar with Distinction. The winner of numerous state and local essay and academic awards, he has been a member of the EHS NJROTC, and has participated in a variety of leadership experiences including Maryland Leadership Workshop, Boys State, RYLA, and Voices of Democracy. The son of Mr. Leroy and Dr. Lois McCoy, he is a youth and worship leader at the Union Baptist Church of Easton.

“There may be older, wiser voices,” TACL chairman Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson said, “but it is spiritually invigorating for us to hear the voice of the future. Cameron reminds us of Jesus saying to his disciples that they would perform miracles greater than his own. In Cameron’s sense, we are hearing from tomorrow today, unleashing us from the past.”

It is also the custom at the annual Meeting to present community leadership excellence awards, the recipients’ names made public during the presentation ceremony. A subsequent release will include photos and bios of the honorees.

TACL, now entering its 52nd year, is Talbot County’s interfaith organization promoting its spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good. It achieves these through education, relationship building, and its diverse ministries. For more information about TACL, please write to bishop@goeaston.net .

County Mental Health Association Director Jackie Davis to speak at TACL April 13

Jackie Davis, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Talbot County (MHATC) will be the guest speaker at the noon April 13 meeting of Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL), hosted by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miller Hall. The Cathedral is located at 315 Goldsborough Street in Easton, and Miller Hall is located to the rear on North Street. The public is invited to this brown bag meeting.

Ms. Davis will speak on community mental health services, with an eye to TACL’s initiative for community and parish nursing, to help congregations practicing the complete range of spiritual, physical and mental health. MHATC’s director for five years, she is especially known for promoting mental wellness and behavioral health through education and advocacy.

“I have always admired Jackie for her professional drive,” said TACL chairman Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson. “Just a few weeks ago, we bumped into each other at the statehouse in Annapolis, each representing our respective works, visiting elected and appointed officials over a range of bills for children’s mental health. She is a most energetic professional, and I know she will be an inspiration for all of our ministries, clergy and lay. I think she may be the binding element to bring all our concepts together, along with our member partners, the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC).”

“Jackie’s concepts will add another layer to what we in TACL have come to understand,” Bishop Joel added, “that with our dramatic increase in Talbot’s elder population, simultaneous with a leveling off of younger care givers, whether family or professional, those congregations which understand and practice the soul-mind-body complex of spiritual health will be those congregations which thrive.”

Ms. Davis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a background in professional services with the Federal Government. She is a recent widow and the proud mother of two young adult daughters.

TACL, now entering its 52nd year, is Talbot County’s interfaith organization promoting its spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good. It achieves this through education, relationship building, and its diverse ministries. For more information about TACL, please write to bishop@goeaston.net .

TACL Offering St. Patrick’s Day Interfaith Service

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) invite all Talbot County residents to the interfaith prayer service commemorating St. Patrick’s Day, at 12 noon, Thursday, March 17, in Temple B’nai Israel, 101 West Earle Avenue, adjacent to the Emergency Room at Shore Regional Medical Center.

Always an upbeat event, the service includes songs, readings, and greetings from Talbot’s religious communities, with no long sermon. It is the event which begins Talbot’s social festivities of the day.

Patrick was a 4th Century English teenager, whose autobiography relates that he was kidnapped by Irish pirates, escaped home to England, becoming a monk, priest and bishop, returning to his captors, then capturing the spirit of the Irish tribes.

“Patrick’s legend illuminates ours,” said TACL chairman Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson. “In this time of religious bigotry, the rise of anti-semitism, and Muslim disdain. By his bravery long ago, Patrick unites us today in our common work, our faithfulness with God and our fellow humanity.”

TACL, now in its 51st year, is Talbot County’s interfaith organization promoting its spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good. It achieves this through education, relationship building, and its diverse ministries. For more information about TACL, please write to bishop@goeaston.net.

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Scholar to Speak on 50th anniversary of Vatican Council Declaration on Religious Tolerance March 9

Dr. Joseph Prud’homme will speak on the 50th anniversary of the 2nd Vatican Council’s declaration on religious tolerance, Nostra aetate, at Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity at noon, Wednesday, March 9, at Easton Church of the Brethren, 412 South Harrison Street. The public is invited to this brown bag meeting.

This landmark document ushered in a new era in interreligious relations, especially between Jews and Christians, and opening doors to future relations with Muslims and Buddhists.

“What better time,” said TACL chairman Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson, “than the middle of Lent, and in this volatile season of racial and religious intolerance, than for Christians, Jews and Muslims, and even those of no particular faith tradition, to consider this historic document which provides to us a universal understanding of our deepest desires for the love of God?”

Joseph Prud’homme, an Oxford resident, is a professor of Political Science and Religious Studies at Washington College, Chestertown, and the found director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture, an academic center that explores the historic and on-going contributions of the Judeo-Christian tradition to political and cultural flourishing, and which is inspired by President George Washington’s remarks in his Farewell Address of 1796: “…..that of all the elements necessary for political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable components.” He holds his PhD from Princeton University and has conducted additional training at the Harvard Law School. He hails from Austin, Texas.

TACL, now in its 51st year, is Talbot County’s interfaith organization promoting its spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good. It achieves this through education, relationship building, and its diverse ministries. For more information about TACL, please write to bishop@goeaston.net.

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