Archives for May 2013

Oklahoma tornado clean-up shows ‘miraculous’ outpouring of support

[Episcopal News Service] Barely a week into the cleanup after a string of tornadoes killed dozens and devastated parts of Oklahoma, the Rev. Paul Snyder’s role had shifted from first responder to “helping people try to get order back into their lives.” Snyder, a 35-year sheriff’s deputy, an 18-year police chaplain and a deacon for […]

Feature & Videos: ‘Pilgrimage of trust,’ comes to Pine Ridge Reservation

‘Pilgrimage of trust,’ Taizé Community come to Pine Ridge Reservation

Taizé brothers, South Dakota organizers welcome 600 pilgrims to weekend of prayer

[Episcopal News Service – Red Shirt Table, South Dakota] Pilgrims from all over the world came May 24-27 to a hot and dusty stretch of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation prairie land bounded by the Black Hills and the Badlands to learn about and practice trust and reconciliation, overcome stereotypes, form friendships and grow in faith. […]

Former Bethlehem dean shepherded Delaware cathedral in final days

[Episcopal News Service] As the Very Rev. William Lane describes it, the typical Episcopal cathedral is a parish-plus: plus hospitality to the diocese, plus prophetic ministry to the community, plus a showcase for best practices in worship and programs. “Cathedrals are a strange bird in the Episcopal Church,” said Lane, who served as dean of […]

Two years later, tornado-ravaged Joplin rebuilds

Episcopalians close to finishing home for those moving away from abuse

[Episcopal News Serve] For those living in what is known as Tornado Alley, this time of year is tornado season. On hot, humid days, people live with one eye on the sky, watching the clouds, and many communities have gone through the heartbreak of a tornado’s destruction and resolved to rebuild stronger. As Moore, Oklahoma, […]

Oklahoma: A global outpouring of support, and a long road to recovery

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians and others from across the globe reached out May 21 in prayer and support for Oklahomans, still reeling from a massive tornado that had injured hundreds and killed dozens of people, including 9 children, the day before. “This is the first full day since the tornado and a lot is still […]

Prayers urged, diocese reaches out, as deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma

[Episcopal News Service] Updated at 11:50 a.m. to include revised death toll, lowered from initial count. Bishop Ed Konieczny called for prayer, while staff and clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma reached out to the community, after violent tornadoes on May 20 left at least 24 dead, including 7 children, and more than 120 […]

Western Michigan diocese elects Whayne Hougland Jr. as 9th bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan] The Rev. Whayne M. Hougland Jr. was elected at a special electing convention on May 18 to be the 9th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. Hougland, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, was elected on the 8th ballot out of a field of […]

The Holy Spirit, comforting and mysterious, is ‘never neat’

[Episcopal News Service] The Holy Spirit comes, for some, as a comforting presence. For others, it’s a disturbing upsetter. And still, for others, it is mysterious, even scary. But don’t confuse it just with Pentecost – the 50th day after Easter – which the church observes this Sunday (May 19) and which “challenges us to […]

Falls Church Episcopal celebrates past, looks to future

Episcopal congregation may still face at least one more legal hurdle

[Episcopal News Service] When the members of The Falls Church Episcopal formally install their new rector and celebrate their ministry together May 15, it will be just more than a year since they first returned to their historic building, nine months since their rector joined them and five days ahead of what they had hoped […]