Archives for July 2013

North Carolinians stand up for the poor, vulnerable on Moral Mondays

[Episcopal News Service] It’s not every day a bishop receives a courtesy call from one of his priests letting him know he plans to get arrested. Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry received just such a call from the Rev. Randall Keeney, vicar of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, before Keeney’s May […]

‘Listening to the spirit,’ task force is reimagining church

Co-conveners pledge a process of open, transparent engagement

[Episcopal News Service] Last July, the General Convention was filled with what one of the two conveners of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church calls “extraordinary and unanimous energy around reforming our structures of governance and administration.” Now, a year later, that task force created by convention faces the large job of channeling that […]

El Salvador: Youth group studies brutal history in context

[Episcopal News Service] Driving into the small, tranquil village of El Mozote, it’s difficult to comprehend that one of the largest violations of human rights in the modern Americas occurred there 31 years ago. The Inter-American Human Rights Court called the 1981 killings in and around El Mozote “a systematic plan of repression” carried out by […]

Folks flat-out having fun with traveling laminated Jesus cutout

[Episcopal News Service] If God is everywhere, a laminated dude named Flat Jesus is doing his best to prove the point. Just check out his Facebook page and you’ll find him riding in a hot air balloon with Virginia Episcopalians, accompanying mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Kenya, watching Despicable Me 2, assisting with […]

Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church provides report

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) met July 12-13 at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Linthicum, Maryland. The following is a report on their work. The Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church Background, challenge, and learning Since our initial meeting in February, […]

In Paris, brainwave makes radio waves for French-speaking Anglicans

[Episcopal News Service] Parisian Episcopalian Laurence Moachon is helping to raise the profile of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe by making French-language audio content available to Anglicans around the world. Le Magazine Anglican started broadcasting on the Frequence Protestante radio station some 18 months ago. Due to its popularity, it often is broadcast […]

Episcopal deaf ministries continue long history of service in new ways

[Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Marianne Stuart celebrates Eucharist on a Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama, the worshipers may be in pews a few hours south in Mobile or more than a day’s drive north in New York. The hearing daughter of deaf parents, Stuart simultaneously signs and speaks services as rector of St. […]

Church of England re-advances plans for women bishops

Steering Committee to prepare legislation for November vote

[Episcopal News Service] The Church of England’s General Synod, meeting in York, has resumed the debate on women bishops, calling for the creation of a steering committee that would prepare draft legislation in time for synod’s next meeting in November. A motion passed July 8 also asks that a draft Act of Synod, or draft […]

In Canada, first joint assembly for Anglicans, Lutherans is a milestone

[Anglican Journal] The Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is a watershed moment in the full communion relationship of the two churches. This is the first time the national governing bodies of the two churches are meeting together. While it is a time to celebrate 12 […]

Celebrations of marriage equality, court rulings continue across church

[Episcopal News Service] Steve Price’s white gardenia boutonniere and diamond pinkie ring were bittersweet tributes among a sea of joy at the June 27 “Celebration of Equality” at St. John’s Pro-Cathedral in Los Angeles. From Los Angeles to New York, worshippers gathered across the church to celebrate in very public and very personal ways, after […]