Archives for May 2012

Churches embrace the Genesis Covenant, seek GreenFaith certification

Episcopal Church, GreenFaith to host webinar

[Episcopal News Service] St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, has a long history of environmental stewardship, so in 2010 when one of its priests suggested the church pursue GreenFaith Certification, the congregation got on board. Two years later, as St. David’s approaches the end of the certification period, it’s been remarkable to see how […]

Children can grow in faith with Abundant Life curriculum at convention

[Episcopal News Service] While adult deputies and bishops conduct the business of General Convention this summer, the children gathered at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis will train to become mission ambassadors to their congregations back home. The Children’s Ministries of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Indianapolis are partnering with the diocese’s Waycross […]

Episcopalians, Methodists unite against malaria

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Relief & Development‘s NetsforLife® program partnership and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) announced May 23 that they have formed a partnership to prevent and control malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The new effort will be able to reach Africans in 21 countries where malaria is endemic, the two groups said […]

Anderson will not seek re-election as House of Deputies president

Process for electing new president, vice president announced

[Episcopal News Service] Bonnie Anderson has announced that she will not stand for re-election as president of the House of Deputies during the July 5-12 meeting of General Convention in Indianapolis. In a May 23 announcement letter to the deputies and first alternates of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, Anderson said she plans to spend […]

Interfaith supporters of farmworkers rally in Albany

[Episcopal News Service] Fifteen years ago Rural & Migrant Ministry began advocating for New York’s farmworkers with the goal that the state’s labor laws be modified to extend basic labor rights and protections to the men and women who work in the fields, the orchards and the food-processing plants that comprise the state’s $3 to […]

Tutu, Jefferts Schori discuss mission in the church

A conversation at Washington National Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu shared a personal story from his childhood during a mission-focused conversation May 19 at Washington National Cathedral, a story that has stuck with him for more than 70 years. The 30-minute, live webcast conversation between Tutu and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine […]

New Hampshire diocese elects Robert Hirschfeld as bishop coadjutor

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld was elected on May 19 as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Hirschfeld, 51, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, Massachusetts (Diocese of Western Massachusetts), was elected on the first ballot out of a field of three nominees. He received 91 votes of 166 cast […]

Violence at churches is rare, but ministers remain vigilant

Church workers know they are 'on the front lines'

[Episcopal News Service] Standing at the window in her church office, Roberta Karstetter watched the angry man circle the building, checking every door as he looked for a way inside. She had just refused to let him into the offices of Christ Episcopal Church in Delavan, Wisconsin, where she is the parish administrator. “I spoke […]

Presiding bishop issues pastoral letter on Doctrine of Discovery

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “We seek to address the need for healing in all parts of society, and we stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples globally to acknowledge and address the legacy of colonial occupation and policies of domination,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori wrote in her Pastoral Letter on the […]

Communion resolutions open the table for discussion

At issue: unbaptized people receiving the Eucharist

[Episcopal News Service] The young woman who called St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River, Oregon, was upset and asked if the church offered communion. “I really need some support right now and I feel like it starts there,” she told the Rev. Anna Carmichael, the parish’s rector. The wrinkle was that while the woman […]