Archives for June 2012

CMEP conference: Middle East peace process needs new paradigm

[Episcopal News Service] Positing that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is broken, at best, 120 members of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 24 organizations and denominations to which the Episcopal Church belongs, gathered June 18 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to seek a new way forward. CMEP, which has […]

LOS ANGELES: Nun cultivates ‘Good Seeds’ at juvenile jail

[The Episcopal News, Diocese of Los Angeles] Feeling beloved is a tough sell for “Serena,” 15, and the other students in the “Good Seed” classes taught by Episcopal nun Sr. Greta Ronningen at a California juvenile jail. Their schoolwork says so. Like Serena, whose series of colored pencil self-portraits depict “parts” of herself and also […]

Texas churches give Malawi Water Well funds to visiting bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] The Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, bishop of Southern Malawi, arrived in Texas on June 13 and immediately began an extensive tour of churches and ministries. As the partner diocese of the Diocese of Texas, many churches work on projects and mission trips to Southern Malawi, especially in building water wells across […]

House of Deputies president election schedule changes

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson has announced changes in the timetable for electing her successor. The schedule for electing a new vice president of the house remains the same. The up-to-date schedule for the elections, which will take place during the 77th meeting of General Convention July 5-12 in […]

Falls Church Anglicans appeal to state Supreme Court

[Episcopal News Service] The last of seven breakaway congregations that had legal disputes with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church has sought permission to appeal a judge’s order that it return control of certain church property to the diocese. The Falls Church Anglican Church, as the Convocation of Anglicans in North America […]

TEXAS: In Houston, Es Café is feeding body and soul

[Diocese of Texas] Undaunted by many challenges, the Rev. Alejandro Montes and San Mateo Episcopal Church continue to reach out to the Latino community in Southwest Houston and Bellaire. This week, Es Café, premiered from the church’s parish hall with a delicious Mexican-style breakfast and lots of needed help. Open every Tuesday and Thursday, from […]

PENNSYLVANIA: Flooded neighbors not forgotten

Grant to assist diocese to build on initiative of local parish

[Diocese of Bethlehem] The Diocese of Bethlehem has received a grant from Episcopal Relief & Development to implement a plan intended to help residents of West Pittston still recovering from last September’s flooding while also preparing Episcopal churches in the region to respond to future disasters. The grant comes in addition to other assistance and resources. […]

Former Diocese of West Virginia Bishop John Smith dies at 72

[Episcopal News Service] Former Diocese of West Virginia Bishop John Smith, 72, of Brunswick, Maine, died June 2. He died after a two-year struggle with leukemia, according to an obituary in the Portland, Maine, Press Herald newspaper. Smith, who was born Sept. 11, 1939 and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, was diocesan bishop of […]