Archives for November 2013

Searching for understanding one day after fatal church fire

‘There will be resurrection experiences out of this,’ bishop says

[Episcopal News Service] Instead of celebrating a Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist on the morning of Nov. 27, the members of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church remained stunned after a fire at the church the morning before killed two people, including their rector. The Rev. David Dingwall, who would have turned 51 on Dec. 26, died hours after […]

‘Bless’ Friday is about serving, not shopping

[Episcopal News Service] Instead of power-shopping the Thanksgiving day-after sales, Robyn LaRocca and her teenage daughters will be doing laundry, and preparing and serving meals to Houston-area homeless. They are teaming up with about 20 members of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston for “Bless” Friday, a Nov. 29 alternative to the traditional […]

National Cathedral to charge admission on a trial basis in 2014

[Episcopal News Service] Seeking to raise an estimated $300,000 in additional annual revenue, Washington National Cathedral on Jan. 1 will launch a six-month trial of charging tourists to visit its historic building. Though charging admission is a new policy, the cathedral has charged for specialty and group tours, said Richard Weinberg, the cathedral’s director of communications […]

Presiding Bishop’s Advent Message 2013

'It’s a time to be still and listen'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Advent is a quieter time of the year in the Church’s understanding,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her Advent Message 2013. “It’s a time to be still and listen, listen deep within to what is growing, ready to emerge into new life.” The […]

Traveler finds Coptic Christians loving their neighbors despite attacks

[Episcopal News Service] Hearing about unrest in a country doesn’t generally inspire people to travel there. But when he learned that dozens of Christian churches were being torched after protests began surrounding the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, the Rev. Gavin Roger’s response was: “I’ve got to go.” Rogers, a Church of Christ […]

Sioux Episcopalians celebrate new church arisen out of arsonist’s ashes

St. James comes home to a ‘place for new memories’

[Episcopal News Service – Cannon Ball, North Dakota] On a brilliantly bright but frigid late Nov. 23 morning here on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, the people of St. James Episcopal Church officially came home to a new church that echoes a teepee and feels as if the worshippers are gathered in a dream […]

Resources for Advent waiting, Christmas anticipation

Episcopal Relief & Development gets grant for ‘groundbreaking’ work

Grand Challenges Explorations funds innovative health, development programs

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Relief & Development announced Nov. 20 that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will allow Episcopal Relief & Development, in collaboration with its Ghanaian partner, the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), to pursue an innovative […]

Video – Christians in Pakistan: Persecuted yet steadfast in faith

[Episcopal News Service] On Sept. 22, 2013, two suicide bombers targeted All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar at the end of a Sunday worship service, killing 127 people and injuring 170. Many of the victims were women and children. Bishop Samuel Azariah of the Diocese of Raiwind, moderator of the Church of Pakistan, says that […]

State of Racism conference ends on hopeful note

Unpacking racism is painful, scary, life-giving work, Mississippi bishop says

[Episcopal News Service – Jackson, Mississippi] Judging by the report-back from three rounds of small-group discussion, participants in the Nov. 15-16 “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America,” left here with hope and renewed dedication. Navita Cummings James, chair of the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism, and the Rev. Angel Ifill, the church’s […]