Archives for December 2012

Video: Presiding Bishop preaches in Ramallah

[Episcopal News Service] “Our brothers are looking for the Holy One even if they don’t yet have the language for what it is they are seeking. Are you looking everywhere for Jesus? Go out and seek other anxious children, those brothers and sisters of ours who are also looking for him. We will find him […]

Christmas in the Land of the Holy One

‘Light shines in the darkness,’ presiding bishop says in Christmas Eve sermon

[Episcopal News Service – Jerusalem] “A child is born, a prince of peace who will establish justice, here and around this earth. He will be guide and counselor, a ruler to lead us in paths of peace, who will break down walls and make the path straight,” said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her Christmas […]

Video: Praying for a holy land

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East runs more than 30 education and healthcare institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, bringing vital services and a much-needed lifeline to the local community. The diocese and many of its institutions operate against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict […]

The Holy Innocents: Newtown, Washington and the Way Forward

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations has issued the following call to action. The Holy Innocents: Newtown, Washington, and the Way Forward One of the more striking contrasts on the Christian calendar is the commemoration of the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, three days after the celebration of Christmas. […]

Interfaith community comes together for ‘silent nights’ in Chicago

City plagued by gun-related violence

[Episcopal News Service] Three hundred people gathered at First Baptist Congregational Church on Chicago’s west side Dec. 17 to pray for silent nights unbroken by gunfire in a city that has in recent years seen an increase in gun-related violence disproportionately affecting youth. Organized by CROSSwalk, the interfaith “Silent Nights” vigil and service blended readings […]

Church continues to keep Sandy Hook victims in thoughts, prayers

Leaders urge gun control laws

[Episcopal News Service] Thoughts, prayers and expressions of sorrow flowed in from Episcopalians across the United States and from Episcopal Church partners in the world-wide Anglican Communion in response to the Dec. 14 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Friday, a gunman forced his way into the school, killing 26 people, 20 of […]

Presiding bishop calls for prayer following the Connecticut tragedy

'Will you pray and work toward a different future…'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls for prayer following the tragedy in Connecticut: We grieve with the many families and friends touched by this shooting in Connecticut.  We mourn the loss of lives so young and innocent.  We grieve that the means of death are so readily […]

Waiting out (and wading through) Advent

[Episcopal News Service] Just one way self-described “Adventophile” Mark Roberts stays focused on the reason for the season is with an Advent tree. “I have a small green artificial tree in my office that I decorated with purple lights,” said Roberts, a Presbyterian pastor, blogger and retreat leader at the Laity Lodge near San Antonio, Texas. At […]

Presiding bishop’s Christmas Message 2012

'Discover the love of God poured into our world in human form'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Discover the love of God poured into our world in human form,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her Christmas Message 2012. The following is the text of the presiding bishop’s Christmas Message 2012: Christmas Message 2012 The people who walked in darkness have seen a […]

Episcopal Compliments embraces spirit of appreciation during Advent

[Episcopal News Service] This definitely belongs on Santa’s “nice” list. On the evening of Dec. 4, a certain anonymous Episcopalian in a certain undisclosed diocese in the continental United States was surfing on her iPhone while watching the movie “Bridesmaids” on television when she saw a Facebook friend had “liked” a compliments page at his […]