Archives for February 2012

‘Cathedral in the Night’ serves homeless, engages students

[Episcopal News Service] The loss of her job in the medical records field more than two years ago cost Carol Hopkins her home and forced her to move. And although Hopkins, 60, still makes searching for a new job a daily task, she fears her age is limiting her ability to find employment again. “I […]

Gettysburg parish marks 20 years with local soup kitchen

[Episcopal News Service] The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, a historic Episcopal parish located in Gettysburg in south central Pennsylvania, marked 20 years of close partnership with the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen with an open house event and special liturgy on Feb. 26. Prince of Peace’s Rector, the Rev. Kate Kelderman, was joined […]

Rhode Island cathedral to suspend services on financial grounds

[Diocese of Rhode Island] The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John in Providence, Rhode Island, announced Feb. 21 that, due to dwindling financial resources, its worship and pastoral services will be suspended after April 22. The St. John’s building at 271 North Main will retain its status as the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode […]

Southwest Florida diocese offers rebate to congregations

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida has decided to refund $175,000 to its 76 congregations. The decision, Bishop Dabney Smith said in a recent letter to vestries and bishop’s committees, was prompted by nearly 100 percent parish giving to the diocese in 2011. “We have attained a new culminating point in this […]

Episcopal churches to take Ash Wednesday services into the streets

[Canticle Communications] More than 40 Episcopal parishes in 11 states will take to the streets on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, marking the beginning of the holy season of Lent by giving “Ashes to Go.” In Chicago, St. Louis, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore, Newark, Erie, Austin and other cities and suburbs around the country, […]

Washington state’s two bishops support same-gender marriage law

[Episcopal News Service] The bishops of both the Episcopal dioceses of Olympia and Spokane will make provisions for their clergy to operate within the state of Washington’s new same-gender marriage law. Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation into law Feb. 13. The law takes effect in June. Opponents of the statute have vowed to seek its […]

Atlanta announces slate of 5 nominees for 10th bishop

[Episcopal News Service] Five priests have been nominated to stand for election to become the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. They are: the Rev. George F. Adamik,58, rector, St. Paul’s Church, Cary, North Carolina (Diocese of North Carolina), the Rev. Michael A. Bird, 44, rector, Christ Church, Bronxville, New York (Diocese of […]

Quincy, Chicago dioceses meet to discuss possible future together

[Episcopal News Service] Representatives from the Episcopal Dioceses of Quincy and Chicago recently met at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Peoria to “explore the possibility” of reunification of the two dioceses, Provisional Bishop of Quincy John Buchanan said in a press release. Bishop Jeff Lee of Chicago, who attended Quincy’s special reorganizing synod of April 2009 […]

General Seminary partners with Church Center on social media

New Digital Formation program focuses on mission and outreach

[Episcopal News Service] The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church is working with the Office of Communication of the church’s denominational headquarters on a new education program called Digital Formation. The goal is to help clergy and lay leaders throughout the Episcopal Church appreciate the importance of understanding the use and effects of social […]

Around the common table

Former camp counselor co-authors international cookbook

[Diocese of Southern Ohio] Erin Koepke found that the bond of food, of breaking bread together, transcends geography, age, race and culture. A longtime camp counselor in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Dayton, Koepke joined micro-farmers from South Africa and two colleagues to create a cookbook using locally […]