Archives for December 2011

Video: Presiding bishop’s Christmas Eve sermon

'We gather to celebrate his birth'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “The eternal hope and yearning of the human race emerges from darkness into light in the birth of this child both humble and divine,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori noted in her homily for Christmas Eve, 2011. “We gather to celebrate his birth and recover that eternal […]

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon

'Don't build lives on selfishness and fear'

[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury says Christmas challenges individuals and whole societies alike not to build lives based on selfishness and fear, but to be open to searching questions about identity and solidarity, stark questions that are more pressing in the wake of falling confidence in institutions and challenges to social order. In his […]

Episcopal clergy arrested after entering Trinity Church property

[Episcopal News Service] Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard and at least two other Episcopal priests were arrested Dec. 17 after they entered a fenced property — owned by Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street — in Duarte Square in Lower Manhattan as part of Occupy Wall Street‘s “D17 Take Back the Commons” event to celebrate three […]

Gifts that give back, year-round

Out of ideas for last-minute Christmas shopping? There are alternatives

[Episcopal News Service] Christmas is less than two weeks away but there’s still plenty of time for last-minute gifts that give back. From $3 to $300, local and international nonprofit agencies offer alternative gifts – and not just during the holidays – that can help convert a little cash into big change. For $12, one […]

Use of Trinity property becomes the focus of Occupy Wall Street

[Episcopal News Service] A sliver of property owned by Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, located at Canal Street and Sixth Avenue adjacent to Duarte Square in lower Manhattan has become the focal point of Occupy Wall Street as the movement against greed and economic inequality enters its third month. “If the movement is about economic […]

Presiding bishop’s Christmas message

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Jesus comes among us to remind us of a world living together in peace, to reclaim and make real that vision of creation for all humanity and all God’s creatures,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in the Christmas message for 2011. The following is the text […]

Unique Tri-Faith Initiative buys common ground

Omaha effort will create 'multi-faith neighborhood'

[Episcopal News Service] Omaha, Nebraska may not be the place that some imagine as fertile ground for the prospect of the three Abrahamic faiths finding common ground but, the vision of such peaceful co-existence has taken a major step towards becoming reality. The Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha announced Dec. 13 that it has completed the […]

Need a doctor? Free church medical clinics offer hope, help

[Episcopal News Service] The parking lot fills quickly on Tuesday afternoons at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings, Oregon as dozens of hopeful residents line up, take a number and wait their turn to see a doctor or other health-care provider. But first, they’re fed a hearty, healthy meal. “People can take a number, come […]

College students ‘keep the faith’

[Episcopal News Service] College can be a daunting environment for students who want to stay spiritually connected as they learn to navigate a world away from home and their parents. But with a little initiative and research, students can find opportunities to deepen their relationship with God, with campus ministries that help them acquire tools […]

Music, familiar and new, sets tone for Advent and Christmas

[Episcopal News Service] As inevitable as Advent wreaths and Christmas pageants, music fills Episcopal churches throughout the holiday season. Congregations embrace services of Lessons and Carols and performances of Handel’s “Messiah” as choir directors seek to provide a balance of the beloved and familiar with new works illuminating the miracle of the Incarnation. Unlike in […]