End of Trial Use

The official year of trial use of Holy Women, Holy Men concluded on June 30. Many thanks to our blogging team who created the posts, and to all of our readers and all of you who commented on the commemorations.

This summer the Calendar Committee of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is continuing its review of your comments and responses to the online survey. The committee is preparing recommendations for the commission to review at our October meeting, and a public report of those recommendations would come after that meeting.

Ruth Meyers

Chair, Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

9 thoughts on “End of Trial Use

  1. I am the Chair of the Historical Commission in the Diocese of West Texas. We have a woman from San Antonio whom we would like to see included in Holy Women Holy Men. Her name is Dear Artemisia Bowden.

    What is the process for submission?
    Any help will be appreciated

    • Thanks for asking.

      Guidelines and procedures for adding a commemoration to the calendar of the Episcopal Church are detailed in Holy Women, Holy Men, pp. 742-746. Here’s a brief summary.

      The principles guiding selection include historicity, Christian discipleship, significance, memorability, range of inclusion (not only Episcopalians and other Anglicans, but also ecumenical representation, and attention to gender and race as well as the inclusion of lay people), and perspective (normally, two generations or 50 years will have elapsed since the person’s death).

      The procedures expect that local and regional commemoration takes place for many years prior to churchwide recognition. Once a local commemoration is well established and has spread, a congregation or organization may submit to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music a request that an individual or group be added to the calendar.

      Alternatively, a diocesan convention can adopt a resolution that is directed to the General Convention, or a bishop or deputy can propose the addition of a commemoration. These resolutions are filed with the General Convention Office and go from there to the convention legislative process. Ordinarily the convention refers such proposals to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for review and recommendation to the following General Convention. Only rarely in the past thirty years has convention added a commemoration to the calendar without a prior review by the commission.

  2. Does this mean wr are to cease using HWHM in liturgies such as Morning Prayer or weekday Eucharists?

  3. looking forward to more daily posts in the future. thes meditations on spiritual leaders have been a grace-filled way to start my day.

  4. Is or will Holy Women, Holy Men be available on line? Or do I have to purchase a hard copy?
    Tom Van Brunt

  5. Is it possible to continue to daily subject (without blogging/comments) without incurring any addition costs to the organization? I actually possess the hardcopy, but I feel that it’s convenient and encouraging to read the person(s) honored on each day –

    Thanks for considering this –


  6. I will miss the posts, which were e-mailed to me. For all the hard work, you have my appreciated.

  7. A lay Twitter-er has been keeping a Twitter feed with links to this blog, and I greatly enjoyed it. It is how I found out about the blog. Thank you for everything!

  8. I very much appreciate being still able to look at the materials, and continued commentary.
    Thank you!!

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