Archives for August 2012

Isaac brings heavy rains, flooding to Gulf Coast

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note on Sept. 3: Since this article was published, the situation in some parts of Louisiana has deteriorated due to continued rising water and ongoing power outages. ENS plans updated coverage as new information is verified by the impacted dioceses. Seven years after the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, clergy in the Episcopal […]

‘Want Prayer?’ Progressive lay evangelists take church to the streets

[Episcopal News Service] Progressive lay evangelist Adrian Dannhauser has been known to stand on a busy Stamford, Connecticut street at lunchtime with a sign: “Want Prayer?” Sometimes she’d add a verbal invitation to those who approached. Others sometimes passed her by, slowed, turned around and returned. “You’d hear about the loss of a loved one […]

Should confirmation be required?

[Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Canon Lee Alison Crawford told vestry members church canons required they be confirmed, an anguished junior warden resigned. “As the (former) rector of a congregation whose average Sunday attendance was under 50, which gave me a core group of maybe 30 people, I usually found out by accident that somebody […]

Gulf Coast Episcopalians prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal dioceses along the U.S. Gulf Coast were initiating disaster preparedness plans Aug. 27 as Tropical Storm Isaac emerged into the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters after drenching Haiti and the Dominican Republic and skimming Southeast Florida and the Florida Keys over the weekend. The U.S. National Weather Service has issued hurricane […]

Haitians, Dominicans brace for Isaac

[Episcopal News Service] As Tropical Storm Isaac bore down on the island of Hispaniola Aug. 24, residents of Haiti and the Dominican Republic were warned to take shelter as best they could. Diocese of Haiti Bishop Suffragan Oge Beauvoir told Episcopal News Service at midday that he had been in touch with clergy in the […]

Reading Camp takes literacy to the world

[Episcopal News Service] About one billion people read the world in a different way. According to United Nations statistics, they are 17 percent of the global population aged 15 years and above who are saddled with illiteracy, unable to read this article. For the leaders and volunteers of Reading Camp, an Episcopal Diocese of Lexington […]

Convention offers way to help bishops, dioceses reconcile

Canonical process prescribes method for ending episcopal relationship

[Episcopal News Service] The bishops and deputies who gathered in Indianapolis in July for the 77th meeting of General Convention made a historic statement about the relationship between bishops and dioceses, acknowledging that, on rare occasions, that relationship becomes severely strained, sometimes to the point of breaking. The statement, made by way of Resolution B021, […]

Diocese of Lexington elects Douglas Hahn as bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Lexington] The Very Rev. Douglas Hahn was elected Aug. 18 as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and Standing Committees of the Episcopal Church. Hahn, rector of St. Thomas Church in Columbus, Georgia, in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, was […]

Church strengthens its position on immigration reform

In California, diocese urges state action on ‘safe communities’

[Episcopal News Service] Clergy, community members and young immigrants gathered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on Aug. 15 to celebrate a nationwide temporary reprieve from deportation for young, undocumented immigrants. But while applauding the limited measure that provides a legal pathway to work for young people brought to the United States as children, the […]

Title IV continues to attract debate

Convention's changes to disciplinary canons are part of a long journey

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church canons have expressed concern about clergy behavior since the General Convention in 1789 made it wrong for clergy — except “for their honest necessities” — to “resort to taverns, or other places most liable to be abused to licentiousness.” That original Canon 13 also warned that clergy who “[gave] themselves to base […]