Archives for September 2012

Five big questions about the ‘Jesus’ wife’ discovery

[Ecumenical News International] In a surprise announcement that seemed scripted by the novelist Dan Brown, a Harvard professor revealed an ancient scrap of papyrus on Sept. 18 that purports to refer to Jesus’ wife. The so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” presents a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, said Karen King, a well-respected historian of […]

Church welcomes Moravian pastor in historic example of communion

[Diocese of Western North Carolina] On Sept. 16, the Rev. Carl Southerland was installed as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, North Carolina, becoming the first Moravian pastor of an Episcopal parish since the two denominations inaugurated a full-communion relationship in 2011. “It is an exciting day for the Moravian Church and the […]

Fort Worth diocese calls Rayford High as its provisional bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has called the Rt. Rev. Rayford High, recently retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, to serve as its next provisional bishop. Clergy and laity attending the 30th Diocesan Convention Nov. 3 in Stephenville, Texas, will vote on the recommendation. If […]

National Council of Churches approves restructuring recommendation

[Ecumenical News International] The National Council of Churches (NCC) governing board, meeting in New York Sept. 17-18, approved a plan for re-envisioning and restructuring that includes a “new organizational structure and an implementation strategy to bring it to fruition.” The board adopted the recommendation of a Task Force on Re-envisioning and Restructuring, which presented its […]

Eau Claire diocese announces 4 nominees for bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire announced a slate of four candidates for its sixth bishop. They are: The Rev. Robert B. Clarke, priest-in-charge, Holy Apostles’ Church, Oneida, Wisconsin (Diocese of Fond du Lac); The Rev. Richard E. Craig III, former rector, St. John the Baptist, Portage, Wisconsin (Diocese of Milwaukee); The […]

Former battlefield in U.S. will be site of prayers for peace

[Ecumenical News International] At a place called Antietam, there were 23,000 casualties in the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. More than 150 years later, 20 different religious traditions will gather on this battlefield in the state of Maryland on Sept. 21 to share prayers and songs of peace. The 2012 International Day of […]

U.S. denominations urge candidates to respond to poverty

[Ecumenical News International] U.S. Christian denominations and faith-based aid groups said on 13 September that presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have responded to an invitation to state their intentions for dealing with poverty. Video statements from Romney, the Republican candidate, and Obama, the incumbent president and a Democrat, can be viewed at, […]

ALASKA: Summer storms cut remote village’s water supply

School-age children evacuated to regional hub

[Episcopal News Service] Harsh weather conditions and extreme storm warnings are nothing new for the residents of Kivalina, but the late summer’s heavy rains and subsequent rising water levels have left the island community without clean water and delayed the start of school locally. “According to a friend, NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] had […]