Archives for August 2013

‘Doing mission and creating disciples’

Dioceses empower local leaders in cultural contexts

[Episcopal News Service] Without a local formation program like Waiolaihui’ia in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i, potential priests like Malcolm Kealanu Hee could likely never see ordination. Hee, 50, juggles two teaching positions with busy family and other responsibilities. But every other month, he spends an intense 72-hour weekend at a local retreat center, learning […]

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’

Born to be ‘bikers’: Motorcycle ministries reach out to under-served

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon William “Jay” Geisler has baptized during a biker rally over a motorcycle sidecar, performed weddings with the bridal couple in black leather and sparked rousing cheers when he told mourners “there’s only two types of bikers — those who have gone down and those who will go down.” “Someone […]

Episcopalians continue to offer aid along long road to Sandy recovery

Lessons learned change lives, perhaps the whole church

[Episcopal News Service] If you do not live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic of the United States, Hurricane Sandy, which devastated those states nearly 10 months ago, may be a distant memory. That is not the case for many who live in those areas, however, and Episcopalians continue to help during what is only the […]

Back 2 School: Blessing backpacks, blessing lives

[Episcopal News Service] Kids of all ages are enjoying a seasonal rite of passage – the blessing of the backpacks – and even getting a little help from their local Episcopal churches to go back to school. For Jalen Henderson, 12, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church near downtown San Diego, attending the congregation’s […]

North Carolina group explores partnership in Costa Rica

[Episcopal News Service – San José, Costa Rica] It may have been love at first sight. On a recent Tuesday morning, a priest, a pediatrician, a judge and a schoolteacher walked into the Episcopal Church of Costa Rica’s Hogar Escuela, or “Home School,” in the Barrio Cuba section of San José to find 160 children […]

Episcopalians near Idaho fires taking precautions

Others beyond the fire lines offer prayers, rooms for evacuees

[Episcopal News Service] In case anyone needed further evidence of how bad the wildfires are that are burning around Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley in Idaho, the number of people attending Sunday Eucharist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum was a sure sign. While the resort town parish normally welcomes about 230 worshippers on […]

Bilingual summer Bible camp draws together two congregations

[Episcopal News Service] This is the story of two congregations, two languages and one teen who helped bring them together to launch a new ministry. Seventeen-year-old Hannah Kraft of Morristown, New Jersey, loves Spanish. Two years ago, she took a Spanish-immersion course in Costa Rica. Last summer, she attended “a really rigorous program” in California. […]

Inclusion, diversity mark homecomings for San Joaquin churches

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Tim Vivian plans to march this Labor Day weekend. Vivian, priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s Church in Bakersfield, California, will join others along a 280-mile pilgrimage from the state capital in Sacramento to Bakersfield, to urge lawmakers to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Participating in the pilgrimage, a reconstruction of the historic […]

Marriage study task force begins work by sharing experiences

Dialogue on marriage, theological reflection tools among group's goals

[Episcopal News Service] The 12 Episcopalians given the task of exploring the “biblical, theological, historical, liturgical and canonical dimensions of marriage” and marriage’s “changing societal and cultural norms and legal structures” began their first face-to-face meeting July 29 by each talking in depth about their own experiences of marriage, divorce, singleness and lifelong committed relationships. […]