Archives for April 2013

Episcopal churches prepare for disaster, create community networks

Becoming ‘sanctuaries of hope’ in time of disaster

[Episcopal News Service] In the event of earthquake or fires or other disaster, Betsy Eddy will tweet an invitation to San Francisco’s Diamond Heights community, to come to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church for food and resource information. It’s just one part of the church’s — and the neighborhood’s — disaster preparedness plan. It makes use […]

Six months after Sandy, Episcopalians find ministry in disaster

Evolving local needs mean evolving mission opportunities

[Episcopal News Service] When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States six months ago, the so-called “Frankenstorm” gave some New Jersey Episcopalians new ways of understanding the biblical experiences of exile and Passover. The winter contingent of St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach is in exile. Sandy swept the seasonal chapel off […]

Dean follows example of ‘everyman’ Peter in pastoring cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] This is the latest in a series of articles about Episcopal cathedral deans When James Munroe was elected dean of Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts, in late 1997, he told his mother his title would change from “the Rev.” to “the Very Rev.” “She collapsed on the ground in hysterical laughter,” […]

Boston Marathon aftermath

Many Episcopalians were directly effected by the April 15 bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the ensuring manhunt.

Boston-area Episcopalians gather for prayer, offer solace to neighbors

[Episcopal News Service] They all may not have been able to get to their churches, but in the hours after the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was captured April 19, Episcopalians in the Boston area continued to support each other and their neighbors. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, as he holed […]

Fast-growing diocese a model of ‘entrepreneurship’

[Episcopal News Service – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] The microbus carrying Episcopalians from Michigan and South Carolina hugged the Caribbean coastline as it traveled east on Highway 3 from Santo Domingo to Boca Chica, the first of seven stops to visit missions and ministries of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana. In the days following, the microbus […]

Parish near manhunt epicenter feels connection to wider church

‘Cloud of witnesses’ surrounds Church of the Good Shepherd Watertown

Editors’ note: Story updated at 6:20 p.m. April 19 with new details about manhunt. [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Amy McCreath awoke in Washington, D.C., April 19 to learn that her parish of Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown, Massachusetts, was close to the epicenter of an unprecedented manhunt for the second of two […]

Diocesan offices, cathedral closed as Boston manhunt continues

Bishop reports local Episcopalians safe, asks for continued prayer

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts asked for prayers early on April 19 while the entire city of Boston and some surrounding towns were locked down as police searched for the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. “Given the ongoing police activity that you are no doubt seeing on the news, […]

From clowning to kayaking, hobbies offer clergy respite, re-engagement

[Episcopal News Service] For the Rev. Bonnie Perry, kayaking the rough waters of Lake Michigan mitigates the stresses of navigating similarly challenging patches of parish life. “It’s insane that we’ve got young people being killed regularly on the streets of Chicago,” the rector of All Saints Church in Chicago said during a recent interview with […]

Maryland parish pre-school teacher gravely wounded in bombing

Sister also wounded as the pair cheered their mother’s marathon run

[Episcopal News Service] Erika Brannock, 29, who teaches preschoolers at Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center in Towson, Maryland, has lost part of her left leg after being injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. Brannock and her sister, Nicole Gross, 31, a personal trainer at Charlotte Athletic Club in North Carolina, were at the finish line to […]