Archives for April 2012

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of sisterhood

Presiding bishop preaches at interfaith service

[Episcopal News Service — Washington, D.C.] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a former Girl Scout, preached at a packed April 28 interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral that celebrated a century of girl scouting. Before the opening sing-along began, with a rendition of “Make New Friends,” girls in green sashes and badge-embellished waistcoats scampered around […]

Convention to consider position on proposed Anglican Covenant

[Episcopal News Service] The Anglican Covenant has been variously rejected, affirmed, approved and subscribed to by some Anglican Communion provinces, and even been given an “amber light” by one. The Episcopal Church will soon consider its own formal response to the document which supporters say offers a way to bind Anglicans globally across cultural and […]

Proposed liturgies honor creation, offer Daily Office alternatives

[Episcopal News Service] While much public attention focused on its work on same-gender blessings, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music tackled multiple other issues during the 2010-2012 triennium. “The work that is put into the lap of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is breathtaking,” said the Rev. Jennifer Phillips, commission vice-chair and […]

Video: Combating pneumonia, child mortality in Zambia

Episcopal Relief & Development builds on success of malaria prevention

[Episcopal News Service] Pneumonia, or acute respiratory disease, is the second leading cause of mortality among children under five in Zambia. It’s a major health concern that Episcopal Relief & Development, in partnership with the Zambian Anglican Council and other stakeholders, is determined to combat through the implementation of a pneumococcal vaccination program later this […]

Episcopalians join religious voices at climate change conference

[Episcopal News Service] Climate activist and Episcopal priest the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas described the Episcopal Church’s response to climate change during a groundbreaking April 23 conference on the Scientific, Religious and Cultural Implications of Global Warming in Washington, D.C. The conference, which brought together religious, scientific, medical and military leaders to alert citizens across the […]

In Portland, ‘Beer n’Hymns’ draws diverse congregation

[Episcopal News Service] The ages-old tradition of beer and religion has come to Portland. About 75 people gathered in the parish hall at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church for “straight-up Christian hymns, beer and bratwurst and — this being Portland — gluten-free beer and veggie sausages,” said the Rev. Karen Ward, who organized the April 20 […]

‘Blue Book’ reports posted on General Convention’s website

[Episcopal News Service] The Blue Book, the collection of reports to the Episcopal Church’s 77th General Convention of the work completed by its committees, commissions, agencies and boards (CCABs), during the 2010-2012 triennium, is now available to download here. The book, at more than 750 pages, also contains more than 150 “A” resolutions that the […]

Western Louisiana diocese elects Jacob W. Owensby as bishop

[Episcopal News Service] Note: Updated at 9:12 p.m. with remarks from Bishop-elect Owensby. The Very Rev. Jacob W. Owensby was elected April 21 as fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. Owensby, 54, dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana, was elected on the sixth ballot from a field of three candidates. […]

People of faith called to be environmental activists

Utah panel explores intersection of poverty and environment

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City, Utah] Participants in the Episcopal Church’s “The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment” program April 21 agreed that people of faith can and should play an important role in organizing communities to be both good neighbors and stewards of creation. “In the Abrahamic religious traditions, poverty confronts the […]

Pittsburgh diocese elects Dorsey W. M. McConnell as 8th bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell was elected April 21 as eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McConnell, 58, rector of Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, was elected on the sixth ballot from a field of three nominees. Two other nominees withdrew after the third ballot. McConnell […]