Archives for 2011

Corona Episcopalian inspires support for wheelchair ministry

St. John's Church meets 'Advent Challenge' and more

[Episcopal News, Los Angeles] Erin Tharp of Corona preached a powerfully inspiring sermon Nov. 20 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church without uttering a single word. The 28-year-old former straight-A student, who has been in a wheelchair and unable to speak for nearly half her young life, inspired the congregation to meet an “Advent […]

Province IV bishops call meeting with colleague ‘honest, forthright’

Conversation with Mark Lawrence did not yield complete agreement

[Episcopal News Service] Six of the 20 Province IV diocesan bishops said Dec. 15 that their meeting the previous day with their colleague, Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence, was characterized by “gracious hospitality and collegiality” but not complete agreement. The bishops of the Episcopal Church’s Province IV had asked Lawrence Dec. 5 […]

Bishop Christopher Epting named to assist in Diocese of Chicago

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting in January will become the assisting bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Epting is the retired bishop of the Diocese of Iowa who later served for nine years as the presiding bishop’s deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations. He retired from that position at the […]

Alternative worship ‘pops up’ in Portland, Oregon, for Advent

[Episcopal News Service] A new church has literally “popped up” in Portland, Oregon, offering alternative and movable worship, an Advent vespers here, an Advent Mass celebrated there – followed by pub conversations nearby. “PopUp Church,” also known as All Souls, debuted Dec. 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Portland with a weekly series […]

New SCLM resources offer information on proposed blessing rites

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has released educational materials and other information surrounding its plan to ask General Convention to authorize a three-year trial use of its proposed rite for blessing same-gender unions. The downloadable materials are available in English and Spanish here. They are part of the […]

St. Alban’s, D.C., honored among ‘interfaith engaged’ leaders

[Ecumenical News International] Five congregations demonstrating a special enthusiasm and exemplary work for interfaith relations have been named “model interfaith engaged congregations” by the National Council of Churches (NCC), according to a news release. In June, the NCC’s Interfaith Relations Commission asked for nominations from its member communions and other communities affiliated with the Council […]

Retired Easton Bishop Sorge dies in Colorado

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Elliot L. Sorge, eighth bishop of the Diocese of Easton, died Dec. 6 in Centennial, Colorado. He was 82. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Centennial. Sorge and his wife, Marjorie, were living in Centennial, a suburb of […]

Answer: Be a contestant on ‘Jeopardy’ game show

Question: What did a Virginia Tech Episcopal chaplain recently do?

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. D. Scott Russell, Episcopal Church chaplain at Virginia Tech, learned a few things during the journey that brought him to a recent appearance on the television quiz show “Jeopardy.” The pressure of nine million people watching you bet your knowledge against two other players can make 30 minutes pass like […]

Seminarians create interfaith chaplaincy ministry in Occupy Austin

[Episcopal News Service] Seminarians in Austin, Texas, are “taking the gospel to the streets” as an interfaith chaplaincy ministry to those participating in Occupy Austin. “I am proud of the campus chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) at the Seminary of the Southwest. They are taking the gospel to the streets and exemplify the […]

South Carolina bishop asked to explain property action

Bishops want Lawrence to meet with them, supply information in writing

[Episcopal News Service] The bishops of the Episcopal Church’s Province IV have asked their colleague, Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence, to meet with them “to have a clarifying conversation” about his decision to issue property deeds to each diocesan congregation. Diocese of East Carolina Bishop Clifton Daniel, provincial vice president, requested the meeting […]