Archives for June 2013

Article & video: Toua Vang is first Hmong priest in Anglican Communion

[Diocese of Minnesota] Toua Vang was ordained June 27 by Diocese of Minnesota Bishop Brian N. Prior as an Episcopal priest. It looked very much the same as the other ordinations; Prior placed his hands on Vang’s head, saying: “Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Toua; fill him with […]

Bishops pledge prayers, support for continuing Episcopalians

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] Responding to stories of loss and blessing told by worshiping communities across eastern South Carolina, the bishops of Province IV of The Episcopal Church June 27 issued an “Open Letter to The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,” pledging prayers for the people of the diocese and support […]

Pennsylvania priest survives Alaskan wilderness plane crash

[St. David’s Episcopal Church] Planning on a brief time of prayer and renewal during a sabbatical, the Rev. W. Frank Allen left his day-to-day activities as rector of St. David’s (Radnor) Episcopal Church at the end of May for a family vacation. But his plans took an unexpected turn during a sightseeing tour on June […]

Central Pennsylvania bishop to retire due to health reasons

[Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania] The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, has announced his intent to retire due to health issues. Baxter, who has recently returned from a three-month sabbatical, told members of the diocese that, although his recent health issues are much improved, “it has also become […]

Rainbow Village offers impoverished families tools for self-sufficiency

[Pathways] The congestion in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is hard enough to manage by car. Steven Jackson’s family of six had it even worse the night they had to leave their motel on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. They were broke. They had no car. For Jackson, then a junior at Norcross High School, and his three younger […]

Mississippi: Unique labyrinth offers a walk of abundance

[Mississippi Episcopalian] During the recent Spring Picnic at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mississippi, parishioners created a unique labyrinth out of canned goods to benefit Stewpot’s Food Pantry. Parishioners donated more than 1,700 cans of food and then used them to create a seven-circuit labyrinth. Cans of beans, mandarin oranges, carrots, tuna, peanut butter […]

Anne Hodges-Copple ordained as North Carolina’s bishop suffragan

[Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina] The Diocese of North Carolina, on the morning of June 15, ordained the Rev. Anne Elliott Hodges-Copple as its sixth bishop suffragan. Hodges-Copple becomes the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church’s Province IV. More than 1,400 people attended or participated in the service, held in the historic Duke Chapel […]

State high court won’t reconsider decision against Falls Church Anglican

[Episcopal News Service] In a one-sentence order issued June 14, the Virginia Supreme Court denied a request from The Falls Church Anglican to rehear its earlier decision reaffirming a circuit court ruling that returned The Falls Church property to loyal Episcopalians to use for the  mission of the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church. The denial […]

Weekend food program brings ‘Shear Blessings’ to Houston children

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Last summer, Melissa Peter had the idea of helping children in Houston’s Third Ward and began asking how to help at Blackshear Elementary School. To her surprise, the administration told her they received almost no community support, and she resolved to make a difference with the help of Holy Spirit Episcopal […]

Music sets stage for deeper conversation in Austin

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] The smooth trumpet of Jeff Lofton filled the local eatery near St. Matthew’s in northwest Austin on June 9. It was the 15th offering of Soul of a Musician, a collaboration of St. Matthew’s and Spicewood Tavern, just across the street from the church. The series is designed to provide a […]