Archives for February 2013

A summary of Executive Council resolutions

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] During its Feb. 25-27 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below. Advocacy & Networking for Mission and Finances for Mission Direct Treasurer as to how to vote on a series of shareholder resolutions in keeping with Episcopal Church policies as previously stated […]

Executive Council resumes Middle East peace advocacy

Resolution responds to direction-setting by General Convention

Editors’ note: This story was corrected Feb. 28 to remove reference to the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine Israel Network having issued “A Prophetic Challenge to the Executive Council.” The network only publicized the document. [Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Feb. 27 began its part in the church’s 2013-2015 triennial […]

Executive Council decries gun violence, trafficking

Episcopalians urged to examine ‘cultural attitudes toward violence’

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Feb. 27 took a stand against gun violence and gun trafficking, and called on Episcopalians to “repent of our own roles in the glorification and trivialization of violence.” The resolution “really bubbled up from the grassroots,” Byron Rushing, vice president of the House of […]

Council considers proposal to stay at church center to further mission

Relocation is ‘only a mask for the real reform needed,’ report says

Editors’ note: Story updated Feb. 27 to include link to “Locating the Episcopal Church Center For Missional Strategy” report. [Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The church’s denominational offices would remain at the Episcopal Church Center in New York if the Executive Council accepts a recommendation it received Feb. 26 from a group of Domestic […]

Executive Council considers next triennial budget process

Members begin by ‘dreaming, visioning, praying’ about church’s future

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council began its three-day meeting here by examining a process to formulate a proposed budget for the 2016-2018 triennium. The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond, council member from New Hampshire, led his colleagues in a 75-minute exercise that included silence, prayer and 12-minute blocks of […]

Video & Feature: ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ rises in Christchurch, NZ

Transitional building serves as backdrop to commemoration service

[Episcopal News Service] Two years after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake decimated Christchurch, New Zealand, and its suburbs on Feb. 22, 2011, the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch helped the community remember the 185 people who died and look to the future. The building under construction that has been dubbed the Cardboard Cathedral was the backdrop to the […]

School shooting prompts prayers and new security reviews

[Episcopal News Service] In the two months following the shooting death of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school, Episcopal schools have been examining and revising their security measures to keep students safe. “In general, the reaction has been … a review of safety procedures,” said Ann Mellow, National Association of Episcopal […]

Structure task force gathers for first time

Presiding bishop, House of Deputies president offer views of work ahead

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, Feb. 14 each gave the church’s Task Force on Structure their own sense of the work facing the 26-member group. Their remarks came on the first day of the task force’s initial meeting being held […]

Episcopal Church joins immigration-reform push

Presiding bishop supports Ash Wednesday vigils, US Senate hears church’s stand

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined people from New Jersey and New York representing faith-based, community and immigrant rights groups on Ash Wednesday morning to begin a whole day of actions aimed at repenting the sin of immigration detention. “When the status of immigrants is questioned, our government frequently holds them essentially […]

Zumba dancing and photo-logging — go creative with Lent

[Episcopal News Service] Shannon Knapp of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, is Zumba dancing her way to Jerusalem as part of her 2013 Lenten spiritual practice. At least 83 others in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem are rowing, weightlifting, cycling, walking and even chair-exercising from nursing homes in the spirit of giving up unhealthy lifestyles as they count […]