Archives for July 2012

Susan Ellyn Goff ordained bishop suffragan for Virginia

[Diocese of Virginia] Susan Ellyn Goff was ordained and consecrated July 28 as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. More than 700 people gathered to celebrate the consecration of Virginia’s first female bishop. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the chief consecrator. Co-consecrators were the Rt. Rev. […]

Benchmarking the church

[Episcopal News Service] In the wake of the 77th General Convention, journalists from two esteemed pillars of the press (The Wall Street Journal on the right and The New York Times on the left) have leveled some harsh criticisms of the Episcopal Church, citing long-term decreases in church attendance and finances. Both writers attribute the […]

New process for Constable Fund grants unveiled

Funds earmarked for mission initiatives

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grant Review Committee has announced a new cycle and process for Constable Fund Grants beginning August 1 for the 2012-2013 grant cycle. “As part of its work during the 2010-2012 triennium, the Episcopal Church Executive Council expressed the desire to review processes and widen […]

The high cost of ‘true’ diversity

[Episcopal News Service] With the Summer Olympics underway, we’ll be hearing and reading a steady stream of stories extolling diversity. Beginning with the opening ceremony, in which athletes from each country parade around a track before taking their positions alongside fellow competitors, the games provide a visual metaphor for the way many Americans think of […]

Gary R. Hall named dean of Washington National Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall, Episcopal priest of 35 years and currently rector of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has been named as the 10th dean of Washington National Cathedral. The cathedral chapter made the announcement on July 30 after a search committee recommended Hall from “a diverse pool […]

North America wins Cranmer Cup

ROXBURGHE, SCOTLAND — A golf team made up of 15 priests and bishops from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada has once again defeated the clergy team from the Church of England and the Church of Ireland in the bi-annual Cranmer Cup Golf Tournament. Bishop Tom Ely of the Episcopal Diocese of […]

In India, churches accuse state of favoring Hindu temples

[Ecumenical News International, Bangalore, India] Church leaders in India’s southern Karnataka state have joined secular groups in criticizing the state government’s decision to give 170 million rupees (US$3 million) to Hindu temples that agree to pray for rain in a drought-wracked monsoon season. “Lack of rain is a worry for everyone … Let everyone pray […]

Zimbabwe Anglicans threatened with arrest, barred from shrine again

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans in Zimbabwe’s Diocese of Masvingo may once again face arrest for trying to commemorate the life and ministry of Arthur Shearly Cripps1 and for carrying out their ministry. As ACNS reported last year, clergy and pilgrims were prevented from holding their celebrations at the Shearly Cripps Shrine by excommunicated bishop […]

Video: Canon Phil Groves on Continuing Indaba

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Phil Groves talks about the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process that has run four pilot conversations during the last three years to enable conversation across different cultures and contexts.

Continuing Indaba enables ‘gospel-shaped conversation’

Video: Canon Phil Groves speaks about the process

[Episcopal News Service] Enabling conversation across difference has been the main objective of the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process. But the fruits of the program in breaking down barriers and building friendships across vastly different contexts have far exceeded any expectations, according to the Rev. Canon Phil Groves, who said the guiding […]