Archives for 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon

[Anglican Communion News Service] Isaiah looks forward to God rescuing His people, instantly recognisable, leading them in victory. Hebrews looks back at the great line of prophets and says this arrival is the climax to the whole of history. John starts with those words that send shudders up the spine, consciously echoing Genesis, “in the […]

Creches and nativities, living or otherwise, tell the Christmas story

[Episcopal News Service] It wasn’t so much the donkey in Grace Church’s living Nativity scene that surprised Benjamin de Leon, as the llama. “It was great fun, interesting because you’re outside in a little manger. There was a donkey there, and a llama, definitely some animals,” recalled de Leon, 41, who served as Joseph a […]

Choirs support and comfort those at life’s thresholds

[Episcopal News Service] It all started with a song. Twenty-three years ago, Kate Munger filled in as a bedside volunteer for a friend dying of AIDS. “All morning I did chores, and in the afternoon I was supposed to sit by his bedside. And he was comatose and agitated, and I was terrified,” she recalled. […]

Reaching out to prisoners, their families at Christmas

[Episcopal News Service] ‘Tis the season to be joyful at New Hope Oklahoma’s Dec. 21 Christmas party, hosted for hundreds of children with incarcerated parents, held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa. Michelle Young started attending the agency’s afterschool programs — and also its Christmas parties — in seventh grade, when someone told her about […]

Community arts collaborations grow at a church in Brooklyn

[Episcopal News Service] Around 5:30 this evening, a handful of musicians, a film projectionist, clergy and maybe a dancer will arrive at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, N.Y., to pool their talents and hope the Holy Spirit inspires the Eucharist they will lead an hour […]

They’ll be home for …Fourth Advent

Severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, ‘All Saints in Exile’ set to return

[Episcopal News Service] After more than a year in exile, the members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, will be home for Christmas. In fact, the parishioners of the church that Hurricane Sandy swamped on Oct. 29, 2012, will be home for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. All Saints’ doors will open […]

One year later, church remembers Sandy Hook victims

Pressure mounts for stricter gun control

[Episcopal News Service] One year after the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed, Episcopalians across the nation participated in memorial services and spoke to the need for tighter gun control. At Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, about two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site […]

Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2013

Mensaje de Navidad del 2013 de la Obispa Presidente

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Note: The following message is presented in English and Spanish Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2013 “May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.” [December 12, 2013] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts […]

TREC issues letter to the Episcopal Church

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Taskforce for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has issued a letter to the Episcopal Church. TREC Letter to the Church: December 10, 2013 In the last several months, the members of the Taskforce for Reimagining The Episcopal Church have been on a listening tour – in […]

United States officially bids farewell to Mandela

National Cathedral hosts interfaith service

[Episcopal News Service] On the day when Nelson Mandela’s body began lying in state outside South Africa’s official seat of government power, an array of dignitaries gathered in the U.S. capital to say farewell to “a man of biblical stature.” Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, of Congregation B’nai Tzedek, compared Mandela’s story to that of the Old […]