Relief and Prayer for the Victims of the Oklahoma Tornadoes

No doubt you have been moved with compassion for the people hit hard by tornadoes in the Oklahoma City, OK region – especially in the hardest hit area of Moore, OK. 

The International Diocese, led by Bishop Bill Atwood, has a church in the region – St. James, Oklahoma City (The Rev. Tere Wilson, Rector).  Bishop Atwood assures us that this parish will be a good relief command post – our local point of contact in directing donations for tornado relief. 

You can give through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund – either immediately online or by mailing in a check.  ARDF will send the funds to the International Diocese for distribution.

Donate now by credit card by going to this link for ARDF:

Checks can be sent to:
Anglican Relief and Development Fund
PO Box 3830
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3820
Please note: “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” in the memo line.

Thank you for your generous giving. May God bless those affected by this disaster.

“O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Surprising Merrily: A Play in One Act

Bishop Keith Ackerman commends the work: “All streams of Anglicanism will find this to be a film that will endure, as will the Faith that it represents!”

The renowned theologian and author J.I. Packer adds:  “Sound, Stimulating, Satisfying.  A first-rate introduction to real Anglicanism.”

Anglicans comprise the third largest Christian group globally, yet very few lay people here in North America can explain Anglicanism effectively. How to get people up-to-speed about Anglicanism in reasonably short order? Even inspire one to dig deeper into it. Books? Teachings? Well, of course. But how about a little technology? A DVD perhaps. But not the infomercial sort of thing. What if an entertainment answered the question “What is Anglicanism?” Helped people to tell others “Why I’m an Anglican?” What if there were, well, a one-act stage play? One that wasn’t “churchy” at all, though accurate and entertaining. Maybe add a little Gershwin music for good measure. And a prickly media lady – we’ll call her Merrily Inclement – to confront historical Anglicans C.S. Lewis, Thomas Cranmer and Richard Hooker. What if Hollywood got involved – filmed a great performance by professional actors, producer, director, cinematographers, film editors, sound people . . . the Hollywood cinematic works? Well, it’s happened! Surprising Merrily is now a 45 minute DVD that can be enjoyed by a Church congregation or by anyone at home or with friends.

Thomas Cranmer renovated the English Church during the Great Reformation, producing the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549. Richard Hooker (1554-1600) refined Cranmer’s legacy. C.S. Lewis came to faith some 400 years later. He wonderfully expounded the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic faith in our time.

Though Merrily Inclement and her Surprising Merrily television show are fictional, the four characters meet in a literary form called the supposal where – as they explore Anglicanism – we are reminded that a personal encounter with “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” has a way of producing its own surprises.

View the Trailer:

Trailer for Surprising Merrily from Joe Russell on Vimeo.

You may purchase a copy a DVD at -OR- Anglican House Publishers will gift one copy to churches who promise to screen the play for their congregation.  To request your free copy, send an email to