Archives for July 2012

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 […]

Legendary Japanese-American priest celebrated in Nebraska

[Episcopal News Service] While imprisoned in four World War II internment camps in four years the Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano led worship, ministered to and taught those around him, including his jailers, other internees, and German POWs. The Nebraska priest’s life and ministry are the stuff of legend, so much so that the state legislature […]

UNRWA extends funding for six months to Gaza’s Ahli Arab Hospital

[Episcopal News Service] The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has offered to extend funding support for the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza for six months, allowing the hospital to honor its financial obligations and retain its staff until the end of 2012. On June 1, UNRWA announced it would no longer fund the […]

Baptism before communion is still church’s norm

Convention debate shows practice doesn't always follow canons

[Episcopal News Service] The seeming disconnect in some parts of the Episcopal Church between the theology and practice of admission to communion became newly apparent to the Rev. Canon Beth Wickenberg Ely on a recent Sunday morning. Ely, canon for regional ministry in North Carolina, who was presiding at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, […]

Washington National Cathedral hosts AIDS memorial service

[Washington National Cathedral] Washington National Cathedral hosted a gathering of more than 850 individuals from many faith traditions on July 21 for “From Darkness to Light,” an evening service to memorialize those lost to AIDS and uphold a spirit of hope and commitment during the NAMES Project Foundation’s 25th anniversary display of the AIDS Memorial […]

Episcopalians, others send prayers for Colorado after shootings

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians and others are reacting to what one called the “empty evil” of the mass shootings in a Denver-area movie theater just after midnight July 20. The Rev. Gary R. Brower, an Episcopal priest and university chaplain at the University of Denver, told Episcopal News Service via e-mail June 20 that “given […]

Convention moves to balance ‘environmental’ and ‘economic’ justice

[Episcopal News Service] In the past 20 years the state of Iowa has experienced three crisis-level floods, the latest, in 2008, put nearly a third of the state underwater. “It was a 500 year flood, causing $60 billion in damages,” said the Very Rev. Cathleen Bascom, dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in […]

AIDS conference draws global religious activists to DC

[Episcopal News Service] Faith in the face of discrimination and disease can be difficult, but for more than 750 activists who have arrived in Washington, D.C., ahead of the July 22-27 International AIDS Conference to take part in an interfaith pre-conference, it is also indispensable. Joining the main event, Turning the Tide Together, which will […]

Episcopal, Lutheran presiding bishops’ statement on AIDS Conference

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in presenting the following joint statement on the 2012 International AIDS Conference meeting in Washington DC July 22-27. We join together as Presiding Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church […]

Convention OKs continued trial use of ‘Holy Women, Holy Men’

Gathering also approves 1979 lectionary option, refers creation rites for more work

[Episcopal News Service] The 77th General Convention in Indianapolis made headlines when it approved a provisional rite of blessing for lifelong same-gender relationships (Resolution A049). But it also considered 35 resolutions on a wide range of other liturgical issues, from authorizing continued trial use of Holy Women, Holy Men to considering the best way to […]