Archives for June 2012

Polly Getz might seek House of Deputies vice president post

[Episcopal News Service] Pauline H.G. Getz, who has served as House of Deputies parliamentarian since 2003, announced late June 25 that she would stand for election as vice president of that house. In a posting on her Facebook page, Getz said she had been asked to run by some of the leaders of the Episcopal […]

Experiments in love: liturgies as cultural expressions

[Episcopal News Service] When identical twin brothers asked the Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate for a quinceañera-like ceremony for themselves a few years ago, a new liturgy, “Los Cumpleañeros,” was born. With the twins’ input, Bass-Choate created a male version of the Latin American culture’s coming-of-age celebration for girls reaching their 15th birthday. After the 16th-birthday celebration […]

Arizona bishop ‘guardedly pleased’ with Supreme Court ruling

Immigration law is partially struck down on a 5 to 3 decision

[Episcopal News Service] Bishop Kirk Smith of Arizona said he is “guardedly pleased” about the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 25 landmark immigration ruling, which struck down the majority of the state’s controversial law targeting immigrants. “As one working and praying for a more just immigration policy, I was guardedly pleased with the Supreme Court ruling […]

‘Winter Count’ brings indigenous storytelling method to the Gospel

Niobrara Convocation combines Episcopal, Sioux traditions

[Episcopal News Service — Fort Yates, N.D.] The story is told that nearly 100 years ago an Episcopal bishop came to a gathering of Sioux Episcopalians to tell them they had to put away all things Indian in order to be good Christians. To make his point, North Dakota Bishop John Poyntz Tyler had a […]

Sally Johnson may stand for House of Deputies vice president

[Episcopal News Service] Sally Johnson, a seven-time General Convention deputy from the Diocese of Minnesota, said June 24 that she will stand for election as vice president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies if a clergy person is elected president of that house. “I have been encouraged to seek the vice president’s office and […]

Report lists dioceses’ financial support of church’s 2012 budget

[Episcopal News Service] Just more than 41 percent of the Episcopal Church’s dioceses and regional areas have committed to contributing the full amount asked of them to fund the wider church’s 2012 budget. According to a report posted June 21 here on the website of the church’s Finance Office, 46 of 111 entities reporting will pay […]

Meeting in Beirut, interfaith leaders work toward Middle East peace

[Episcopal News Service, Beirut] A landmark three-day Christian-Muslim peace conference concluded on a hopeful note here by issuing an appeal to religious leaders and institutions to collaborate on promoting human rights, self-determination, peaceful co-existence, and non-violence, particularly in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. “There are over five billion Christians and Muslims throughout the world, and […]

Presiding bishop proposes alternative 2013-2015 budget

Proposal 'beginning of reforming effort' to 'reorient' church towards mission

Editors’ note: Story updated June 22, 2012, to include comments from budget committee chair. [Episcopal News Service] In a somewhat unusual step, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on June 21 proposed an alternative budget for consideration by the upcoming meeting of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention. The proposal is “more clearly based on missional strategy […]

Martha Alexander to stand for election as House of Deputies president

[Episcopal News Service] Martha Bedell Alexander, a trustee of the Church Pension Fund and a North Carolina state legislator, had announced that she will stand for election as president of the House of Deputies. “I see it as a wonderful opportunity to serve God and His Church — and to make a difference,” Alexander, 72, […]

World Refugee Day a chance to highlight church’s resettlement work

[Episcopal News Service] On the eve of today’s observance of World Refugee Day, about 150 people gathered in a U.S. House of Representatives conference room to honor the legacy of Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) for working to bring attention to the plight of displaced people and refugees, and to celebrate those who continue such advocacy. […]