Archives for February 2013

Bishops sign amici curiae briefs in support of civil marriage equality

Unanimous support for Proposition 8 brief and virtually unanimous support for DOMA brief

[Episcopal Diocese of California] More than two dozen bishops of the Episcopal Church have filed two briefs in U.S. Supreme Court supporting civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. At the invitation of the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of the Diocese of California and Christopher J. Hayes, chancellor of the diocese, bishops across the Episcopal […]

Health care reform’s impact on medical ministries uncertain

[Episcopal News Service] As the implementation of the Patient Care and Affordable Health Care Act begins to take shape, congregations in Louisiana and Ohio are fighting to continue meeting the needs of the medically uninsured. That includes pushing government officials to sign on to the expansion of Medicaid under the plan, slated for full deployment […]

Diocese of Newark: Lenten film series invites introspection

Matthew Broderick, other directors visit Morristown church

[Episcopal News Service] During the introspective season of Lent, a film and speaker series at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey, aims to help participants reflect on who they are and how they are spending their lives. It is, in a sense, of series about connections – within a particular family, and within […]

Newark: Church marks Emancipation Proclamation anniversary

Six-month series kicks off in Morristown, New Jersey

[Episcopal News Service] Emancipation “is in our DNA” at Church of the Redeemer  in Morristown, New Jersey, says the Rev. Cynthia Black, rector. “We talk about liberation. We live liberation.” So when it came time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the church that calls itself “a Christian liberation community in the […]

Atlanta: Bishop urges lawmakers to pass stronger gun laws

[Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] Bishop Rob Wright opened a session of the Georgia House of Representatives by speaking out on issues important to Episcopalians and other people of faith. After meeting with House Speaker David Ralston and being introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, an Episcopalian from Decatur, Bishop Wright told lawmakers that he brought […]

Task force for church structural reform issues statement

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church task force for church structural reform has issued a statement following the group’s inaugural meeting Feb. 14-16. The following is the statement in English and French below. The Spanish version is here. At the 77th General Convention, the Holy Spirit called The Episcopal Church to reimagine […]

From repentance to hope in Virginia

Service commemorates 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

[Diocese of Virginia] More than 500 people gathered at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Feb. 16 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special service of remembrance, celebration and witness. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori reminded those present that “emancipation is another word for the ongoing resurrection we […]

RIP: Former North Carolina Bishop Suffragan Hunt Williams laid to rest

[Episcopal News Service] Retired Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Suffragan Huntington Williams, Jr., died Jan. 28. A requiem Eucharist was held at Christ Church, Charlotte. Williams, 87, was buried at St. Peter’s Church, also in Charlotte. Williams served as bishop suffragan from 1990-1996. In the Diocese of North Carolina he served as rector of the […]

Scottish bishop preaches unity in South Carolina

[Episcopal News Service] Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney Robert Gillies visited Grace Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 10 for its “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan” service. Gillies presented South Carolina Provisional Bishop Charles vonRosenberg with a crozier carved by John Jaffries from oak from Balmoral Castle. Jaffries, before his retirement, was gillie (fishing and hunting […]

Texas diocese launches video series with global faith leaders

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] The Episcopal Diocese of Texas announces the launch of the LOGOS Project, a video series presenting global faith leaders offering their expertise on theological, practical and spiritual topics. The project was conceived in 2012 as the church’s version of TED Talks, the online video phenomenon at featuring “ideas worth spreading.” […]