Archives for October 2013

John-David Schofield, leader of San Joaquin departure, dead at 75

[Episcopal News Service] Retired Bishop John-David Schofield, who nearly six years ago voted with a majority of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin’s congregations to realign with the Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, died Oct. 29. A statement on the Anglican Church in North America’s website said Schofield, 75, was found dead seated […]

New York adds a bishop suffragan candidate

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Patrick J. Ward has satisfied the necessary requirements to be nominated by petition as a candidate for election as bishop suffragan, according to an Oct. 27 e-mail from the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Ward presently serves as interim rector of Christ Church in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. […]

Dominican church stands with Dominicans of Haitian descent

Hundreds of thousands face statelessness

[Episcopal News Service] Dominicans of Haitian descent are facing statelessness after the constitutional court of the Dominican Republic ruled ineligible for citizenship any children born of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic. Because of the court’s ruling, hundreds of thousands of descendants of immigrants, mostly from Haiti, who were born in the Dominican Republic, will […]

NJ bishops allow clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages

[Episcopal News Service]  Same-sex couples in the state of New Jersey began getting married shortly after midnight Oct. 21 after the state’s Supreme Court refused to postponed enactment of a lower court’s ruling. Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith said on Oct. 18 shortly after the state Supreme Court opened the door to same-sex weddings […]

Fond du Lac diocese elects Matthew Alan Gunter as 8th bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac] The Rev. Matthew Alan Gunter was elected eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac at the 139th Annual Convention on Oct. 19. Gunter, rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was elected on the 2nd ballot out of a field of three candidates. […]

New York diocese announces 5 nominees for bishop suffragan

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York has announced a slate of five nominees to stand for election as the diocese’s bishop suffragan. They are: The Rev. Kim L. Coleman, rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia; The Rev. Canon Susan C. Harriss, rector, Christ’s Church, Rye, New York; The […]

Texas: Beaumont congregation skips church to serve in the community

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] St. Stephen’s, Beaumont, left the pews on Sunday, Sept. 29, and took over the community, volunteering for non-profit organizations for their first “Service Sunday.” More than 165 parishioners split up into nine teams, tackling projects that ranged from tending a community garden to visiting the elderly. “It was an incredible, incredible […]

West Texas: Camp Capers expands in size to expand in mission

[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] Camp Capers, the 80-acre Diocese of West Texas camping and retreat center located in Waring, Texas, doubled in size this week with the purchase of an additional 108 acres. “This is truly a historic and significant moment in the life of the Diocese of West Texas,” said the Rt. Rev. […]

Western Michigan: Whayne M. Hougland ordained as ninth bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan] The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan consecrated its ninth bishop, the Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., a Kentucky native, on Saturday, Sept. 28. He succeeds the Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert, who retired in August after serving the diocese for 12 years. An estimated 1,000 people filled Van Noord Arena […]

Atlanta: Harvard professor schools clergy on leadership

[Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of leadership that churches have the opportunity to address in their communities and beyond, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Ronald Heifetz said Sept. 30 addressing Episcopal Church clergy from Middle and North Georgia. Heifetz’s presentation at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta focused on […]