Archives for February 2012

‘Pastor Sadie’ waits (mostly) patiently for racial equality

[Episcopal News Service] This is the last in a series of interviews ENS is publishing during Black History Month featuring interviews with Episcopalians involved in the civil rights movement and the church’s work of reconciliation. A lifelong Philadelphia resident, the Rev. Sadie Mitchell says she never experienced the blatant discrimination that African-Americans did in the […]

Presiding bishop preaches at St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong

Lent an opportunity to work on ‘restoring and healing’ relationships

[Episcopal News Service – Hong Kong] A video stream of the presiding bishop’s sermon is available here. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached to a full house on the first Sunday of Lent during a service at St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong Feb. 26. “This season called Lent is an opportunity to work on […]

Seminarian followed an unplanned path into civil rights activism

[Episcopal News Service] During Black History Month, ENS is publishing interviews with Episcopalians involved in the civil rights movement and the church’s work of reconciliation. The Rev. Judy Upham didn’t intend to go to Selma, Alabama. She was studying at the Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School) in Cambridge, Massachusetts – unusual in itself […]

Video: Ashes to Go

[Episcopal News Service] One of a growing number of Episcopal Church priests takes Ash Wednesday out of the church and into the streets or, in this case, the train station.

‘It takes a community’ … to godparent

[Episcopal News Service] When considering what makes for great godparents, think 12-step program sponsor. “One of the things I tell parents when I’m doing baptismal preparation is, it’s like the sponsor in an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) context,” said the Rev. Ruth Lawson Kirk, rector of Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, Delaware. “You want somebody […]

Lent Madness: A lighthearted approach to saintly education

[Episcopal News Service] Anyone who considers Lent boring or deadly serious never met the Rev. Tim Schenck. While other Episcopalians may be contemplating whether to give up chocolate or alcohol, or which spiritual discipline to take on for a solemn 40 days, Schenck is busy pondering whether Augustine or Lancelot Andrewes would match up better […]

Privileged background gave woman power to change the system

[Episcopal News Service] During Black History Month, ENS is publishing interviews with Episcopalians involved in the civil rights movement and the church’s work of reconciliation. “I like making trouble,” says Happy Jones, who recounts her past with passion and laughter. “It’s just fun.” Now almost 75, Jones — whose given name is Dorothy — caused her share […]

Presiding bishop’s Lent message

Jefferts Schori calls for focus on Millennium Development Goals

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites a focus on the Millennium Development Goals for Lent 2012. “I invite you to use the Millennium Development Goals as your focus for Lenten study and discipline and prayer and fasting this year,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori said.  “The Millennium Development […]

Retired professor reflects on lifetime working toward racial healing

[Episcopal News Service] During Black History Month, ENS is publishing interviews with Episcopalians involved in the civil rights movement and the church’s work of reconciliation. “I’ve spent most of my life working on racial healing,” says Catherine Meeks, 65, chaplain of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta‘s antiracism commission. “I’m so thankful that my journey has been […]

Churches, sacred spaces – easy targets for thieves?

[Episcopal News Service] Google “church” and “robbery” together and the hits just keep on coming. Recent thefts of copper wiring, mostly from outdoor air conditioning units, as well as other less frequent instances of break-ins, armed robberies and embezzlement, have taught church officials a painful lesson — that even sacred spaces may be easy targets for […]