Archives for November 2012

Episcopal, Lutheran presiding bishops issue World AIDS Day statement

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement for World AIDS Day 2012. The text of the statement follows: World AIDS Day, on the first of December each year, offers an opportunity for […]

Presiding bishop on Advent: ‘What is it that you are most waiting for?’

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Noting that Advent is a time of waiting for “the coming of the Prince of Peace, the one who will reign with justice over this world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori focuses on two questions in her Advent 2012 message: “What is it that you are most […]

Swift reaction follows rejection of women as bishops in England

‘Your church, not mine and not synod's,’ Canterbury tells women

[Episcopal News Service] Members of the Church of England struggled with their emotions in the hours after its General Synod rejected by six votes a measure to allow women to become bishops. It had been widely assumed that the oft-debated and amended measure — backed by both incoming and outgoing archbishops of Canterbury — would […]

England says ‘no’ to women as bishops

[Episcopal News Service] The Church of England on Nov. 20 rejected legislation that would have enabled women to become bishops. The legislation, called a measure, required a two-thirds majority in all three houses of laity, clergy and bishops at General Synod, the church’s main governing body meeting at Church House in Westminster. The measure passed […]

Continuing Episcopalians in South Carolina ‘looking to the future’

Decision by some to depart ‘saddens’ those they leave behind

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in South Carolina were “saddened” when others in the Diocese of South Carolina on Nov. 17 affirmed an earlier decision by the diocesan leadership to leave the Episcopal Church, but they said they also were “encouraged that many people, lay and clergy, are choosing to remain.” The Episcopal Forum of South […]

Prayers urged for the Democratic Republic of Congo

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has joined fellow Christians throughout the world in calling for a week of prayer Nov. 26-Dec. 2 for the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Pray for an end to the conflict, an end to violence and the atrocities, that the needs of the suffering may be supplied, and […]

Church builds community through post-Sandy relief work

[Episcopal News Service] “This was the church at its best.” The words surfaced again and again as Episcopalians described how their churches became distribution centers for relief supplies and sanctuaries of warmth and food in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the Northeast on Oct. 29. The storm swept away or flooded homes along […]

South Carolinians affirm decision to leave Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service – Charleston, South Carolina] The majority of South Carolina Episcopalians who attended a special convention at St. Philip’s Church here Nov. 17 affirmed actions by Bishop Mark Lawrence and the diocesan Standing Committee a month ago to disaffiliate the diocese from the Episcopal Church. Those actions took place after Presiding Bishop Katharine […]

Presiding bishop’s pastoral letter to Episcopalians in South Carolina

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a Pastoral Letter to the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. The following is the November 15 Pastoral Letter from the Presiding Bishop. ______________________________________________________________________ Katharine, a servant of Christ, to the saints in South Carolina. May the grace, mercy, and peace […]

Video: The Bible Challenge – From Whitemarsh to the World

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Marek Zabriskie, rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, spent 2011 reading the Bible cover to cover, a challenge that he says has enriched his life and made him more spiritually alive. His experience led him to develop the Bible Challenge initiative, through which thousands more also have […]