Archives for November 2011

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 […]

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 […]

New York diocese elects Andrew M.L. Dietsche as bishop coadjutor

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Andrew M.L. Dietsche was elected on Nov. 19 as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Dietsche, 57, who currently serves as the diocese’s canon for pastoral care, was […]

Central Florida diocese elects Gregory Brewer as bishop

[Diocese of Central Florida] The Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, 60, rector of the Parish of Calvary-St. George’s in New York was elected on Nov. 19 as the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Brewer […]

‘Day of Action’ marks 60 days of Occupy Wall Street

Interfaith leaders march over the bridge

[Episcopal News Service] Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters and supporters, including an interfaith contingent, converged on lower Manhattan Nov. 17 for a Day of Action, marking the two-month anniversary of the birth of the worldwide nonviolent protest movement against economic inequality. Before Occupy, “people were, we were, like zombies … this is a wake […]

Presiding bishop explains role in receiving Nevada priest Bede Parry

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Nov. 17 that she received a Roman Catholic priest into the Episcopal Church despite him admitting an incident of sexual misconduct because she believed “he demonstrated repentance and amendment of life.” Questions about Jefferts Schori’s decision, made in 2004 when she was bishop of the Diocese […]

Faith leaders support ‘occupiers’ in various ways

99 Percent Movement grows and shifts

[Episcopal News Service] As the worldwide protest movement against economic injustice that started with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in New York enters its second month, participants and their supporters in the religious community are regrouping in some locations after police evicted them from encampments this week while faith leaders continue to provide material and spiritual […]

Clergy continue support following Occupy Wall Street camp breakup

[Episcopal News Service] As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors regrouped after New York police ousted them in a pre-dawn Nov. 15 raid from the movement’s original encampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, Episcopal clergy and other interfaith leaders in New York continued their support and planned for the future. Efforts included trying to secure meeting space […]

Christian leaders continue advocacy for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Presiding bishop joins White House meeting

[Episcopal News Service] Christian leaders are urging the U.S. government to step up its leadership in resolving the prolonged stalemate in peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, especially in light of a recent controversial move by Israel to establish a new settlement in East Jerusalem. A Nov. 11 alert from the Episcopal Public Policy […]