Archives for November 2011

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, […]

Dallas church grows as community garden feeds neighbors

[Faith & Leadership] Members of the tiny Episcopal Church of Our Saviour asked themselves this question eight years ago: If the church closed, would it be missed? The answer, congregants sadly agreed, was no. They cast about for ideas to help the church connect with the surrounding neighborhood, eventually deciding to start a community garden […]

Trustees approve plans for new Virginia Seminary chapel

[Episcopal News Service] Plans for the new “Chapel for the Ages” at Virginia Theological Seminary were approved Nov. 9 by the board of trustees of the historic seminary in Alexandria, according to a VTS press release. The new structure will replace Immanuel Chapel, built in 1881, which was destroyed Oct. 22, 2010 in an accidental fire. […]

Georgia Supreme Court upholds property ruling

[Episcopal News Service] The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court ruling that the real property and other assets of Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah are held in trust for the Diocese of Georgia and the Episcopal Church. The text of the 6-1 opinion, as well as the dissenting opinion, is here. The court’s […]

UTO announces $1.6 million in grants for mission and ministry

[Episcopal News Service] The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church has awarded 59 grants for 2011 totaling slightly more than $1.6 million to aid the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grants were awarded to projects in 39 Episcopal Church dioceses, eight companion diocese relationships, and 12 international […]

Salt Lake City cathedral gets new dean

[Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon, Jr. was installed and seated Nov. 14 as dean and rector of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, Utah. He most recently served at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Talladega, Alabama. Waldon also led rebuilding efforts in Alabama after the devastating tornado […]

As injured American veterans return home, congregations reach out

[Ecumenical News International, Newton, Massachusetts] Some wounds of war are all too visible — a missing leg, a shattered arm. The invisible wounds of mind and soul are often more difficult to spot, and equally hard to treat. But those who know where to look can help them heal, and it’s a message that is […]

Mariann Budde consecrated as Washington’s ninth bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The bells of Washington National Cathedral, silent since the Aug. 23 earthquake, rang out joyfully following the Nov. 12 consecration of the Diocese of Washington’s ninth bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde. And though black netting draped across the cathedral ceiling was testament to ongoing repair work, colored light from the […]

3 Episcopal congregations nominated for California ‘Energy Oscars’

[Episcopal News Service] Three Episcopal churches are among the nominees for the fifth annual “Energy Oscar” awards to be presented on Nov. 15 by California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco. The awards honor California congregations of many faiths that address global warming and energy conservation issues in their […]

Church membership shows some regional growth, overall decline

Statistics mirror trends in U.S. Protestant membership

[Episcopal News Service] While membership in 16 of the Episcopal Church’s domestic dioceses and eight of its non-domestic ones grew in 2010, recently released data shows that overall membership has declined. The decrease is part of a trend that has seen membership decline by just more than 16 percent since 2000. Membership in the Episcopal […]