Archives for November 2013

State College church opens doors for Thanksgiving Dinner

[Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania] The Community Café at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in State College, Pennsylvania, was born out of a desire by parishioners to fill the outreach void that was left when the State College Area Food Bank, which was housed at the church for many years, outgrew its space. For the past […]

Easton: Two dead, one hospitalized following fire

[Diocese of Easton] Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 26 to report the death of the Rev. David Dingwall, according to local news report. More information is now available in a more recent story here, which was posted mid-afternoon Nov. 27. The Rev. David Dingwall, rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal […]

Pittsburgh clergy can exercise ‘local option’ on same-sex blessings

[Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh] Bishop Dorsey McConnell has granted permission for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to bless same-sex relationships. In a Nov. 25 pastoral letter, McConnell announced that the decision of whether or not to bless same-sex relationships may be made by each pastor, in his or her own parish. The pastoral letter is […]

New York: Patrick Ward withdraws from bishop suffragan election

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Patrick Ward has withdrawn his name from the slate of nominees who will stand for election as bishop suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Ward, interim rector of Christ Church in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, was nominated by petition on Oct. 27. His name was added […]

Bishop Gray: ‘If Mississippi can do this, why can’t others?’

Closing address to 'Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America'

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray III made the following remarks to the end of the Nov. 15-16 “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America,” held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Fifty Years Later: Racism in America – Closing Address Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray […]

Jonathan Daniels House to open as Episcopal Service Corps member

[Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island] An exciting hurdle has been crossed by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island’s Jonathan Daniels House (JDH) project, which aims to open a service-oriented intentional community for young adults. After three years of planning and preparing, last week JDH received official membership into the Episcopal Service Corps, a national network of more than […]

Rhode Island students swarm St. Augustine’s ‘Feed a Friend Dinner’

[Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island] At its monthly “Feed a Friend” dinner on Nov. 19, St. Augustine’s Church in Kingston fed 80 people, at least 40 of whom were current University of Rhode Island students. St. Augustine’s is located on the URI campus and started the “Feed a Friend Dinners” last Shrove Tuesday when parishioners volunteered […]

Easton Bishop Shand plans resignation, calls for diocesan discernment

[Episcopal Diocese of Easton press release] On Nov. 19, Bishop James Shand announced his intention to retire, effective July 1, 2014. He shared the news with diocesan clergy that morning at their monthly clericus meeting, and with Diocesan Council that evening. The Standing Committee had been informed on October 17. Bishop Shand has served as […]

Texas: Home is where the heart is

[Diolog Magazine] Breaking the cycle of addiction that has plagued a family for generations takes courage and support. Jennifer has been sober for nine years, but at age 15, she began to mirror her mother’s chaotic life—having a child and getting into alcohol and drugs. Now 35, Jennifer is determined to be a good mother to […]

National poll finds discrimination prevalent in the United States

Perspectives vary widely by race, hope for the future remains

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] A new national poll commissioned by the Episcopal Church has found that nearly all Americans (98 percent) feel that there is at least some discrimination in the United States today. In addition, African-American respondents (49 percent) are three times as likely as white respondents (16 percent) and […]