Archives for November 2011

Dropping the money bomb

[Episcopal News Service] Recently, a Saturday night at the theatre began in an unusual manner. Before the curtain rose, the artistic director of the established theatre company took center stage, revealing that unless they received $70,000 by the end of November, and another $170,000 by the end of December, and another $260,000 by the end […]

All I want for Christmas

[Religion News Service] After noticing that Lexus wants me to give a $50,000 sedan to my wife this Christmas, I joined my family in the annual “Ehrich Christmas Wish List,” an online spreadsheet maintained by my youngest son. I knew I had to list something, so I thought hard. Had to be affordable — no […]

Bill Rankin honored for pioneering AIDS ministry

Co-founder and CEO of GAIA is lauded for work in Malawi

[Episcopal News Service] What do tennis champion Roger Federer, entertainer Madonna and Episcopal priest Bill Rankin have in common? All three have been moved by the plight of the impoverished African nation of Malawi, where more than 50,000 people die each year due to AIDS, and 650,000 children are AIDS orphans. But of the three, […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s video message for World AIDS Day

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day in which he talks about the part sexual violence plays in the spread of HIV, calling it “one of the most shameful facts of our day.” Williams recorded the video message during a recent visit to the eastern […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advent message

'The Communion is a gift, not a problem'

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has used his Advent letter to the Primates of the Anglican Communion and moderators of the United Churches to reiterate that the “Communion matters” to its members across the world and to the mission of God. In the letter issued Nov. 30, Williams highlighted how, over […]

Episcopal, ELCA presiding bishops issue World AIDS Day letter

[Office of Public Affairs] “World AIDS Day is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on God’s call to lift up the dignity and value of each person.” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint letter for […]

Online Advent calendar with audio meditations

[Diocese of Maryland] Reflecting themes of Advent, our online Advent calendar (available here) contains daily meditations on presence, rather than presents and waiting, rather than being weighed down by the stresses and concerns of our secular pre-Christmas season. The Diocesan Staff will “open” a window each day during Advent. Click on the open window to […]

Faith groups in Kenya seek to strengthen HIV/AIDS strategies

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] As new HIV/AIDS infections and related deaths decline, Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya discussed how to improve their strategies at a Nov. 23-25 conference in Nairobi titled “Doing More, Doing Better: Towards Zero New Infections.” It critically examined faith groups’ approaches and concluded that some led to increased stigma, […]

Abandonment complaint against South Carolina bishop dismissed

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This story was updated Nov. 30. The Episcopal Church’s Disciplinary Board for Bishops Nov. 28 said it cannot certify that Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence has abandoned the communion of the church. “Based on the information before it, the board was unable to make the conclusions essential to a […]

Haiti elects Ogé Beauvoir as bishop suffragan

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Ogé Beauvoir, dean of the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince, was elected Nov. 25 to be the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’sfirst bishop suffragan, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Beauvoir was elected on the second ballot with […]