Rise in Christians has China’s churches, government looking for help

[Episcopal News Service] A small white chapel of Western design sits amid the high-rise residential buildings of Macau, a former Portuguese colony now administered by the People’s Republic of China. Popularly known as the “Morrison Chapel” in honor of Scotsman and Presbyterian minister Rev. Robert Morrison, the first missionary to land in the region in […]

Communicating God’s message through pop culture

[Episcopal News Service] Daisy, an early 20th century servant girl on the popular PBS period drama “Downton Abbey,” struggled at the end of the show’s second season to understand and accept the love of another. After the loss of her husband, Daisy questioned her grieving father-in-law’s request to adopt her as a daughter, wrestling to […]

Roman vespers unite pope, archbishop of Canterbury in prayer

Williams preaches at St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal parish

[Episcopal News Service] Anglicans and Roman Catholics share a somewhat turbulent history, but differences were brushed aside March 10 when Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI prayed together during an ecumenical vespers service at San Gregorio Magna al Celio in Rome. The service marked the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Italy’s […]

Video: Archbishop of Canterbury preaches at Rome’s Episcopal church

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivers a sermon March 11 at St. Paul’s Within the Walls, an Episcopal Church parish and the first non-Roman Catholic church to be built inside the walls of Rome. The St. Paul’s congregation was joined by members of All Saints Anglican Church in Rome, a parish in […]

Slain Episcopal School head remembered as loving teacher, guide

'This is the day of Dale's resurrection,' preacher affirms

[Episcopal News Service] Members of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville community and their friends, including city and state officials, were assured during a memorial service March 9 that it was the day of resurrection for murdered Head of School Dale Regan. “This is the third day since the tragedy occurred. This is the day of […]

Marge Christie’s love for the Episcopal Church never dims

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles ENS is publishing during Women’s History Month. [Episcopal News Service] The two best decisions she ever made, says Marge Christie, were accepting her husband George’s marriage proposal and joining the Episcopal Church. The two decisions were, in fact, related. After they met in high […]

School prepares to celebrate Regan’s life as community pays tribute

[Episcopal News Service] While students at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Florida, gathered March 8 to paint river rocks to help them grieve the murder of Head of School Dale Regan two days earlier, details began to emerge about the former teacher who shot her and then killed himself. Regan often spoke to students at the […]

Liturgy commission releases proposed same-gender blessing rite

General Convention to consider trial use of rite along with marriage study

— Updated at 10:00 a.m. March 9, 2012 to include dates of House of Deputies online discussion and other details. [Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has released excerpts from its “I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing: Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships,” report, including the […]

School offers counseling as details of shooter’s life emerge

Teacher appeared troubled in days before he killed former boss, self

[Episcopal News Service] In the wake of the March 6 murder-suicide at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Florida, officials have opened the campus to students, faculty and staff seeking counseling and comfort. A public memorial service for slain Head of School Dale Regan is planned at 11 a.m. March 9 in the school’s Campion Courtyard between […]

Head of Jacksonville Episcopal School killed in murder-suicide

No students involved, killer was teacher fired earlier in day

[Episcopal News Service] A Spanish teacher who had been fired earlier in the day March 6 shot and killed Dale D. Regan, the head of Episcopal School in Jacksonville, Florida, on the school’s campus and then turned the gun on himself. Police said Shane Schumerth, 28, came on campus with an AK-47 in a guitar […]