Archives for January 2014

February 2 is Theological Education Sunday

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] As called for in General Convention Resolution 2006-D008, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called upon Episcopalians to recognize the importance of theological education on February 2. GC 2006-D008 names the first Sunday in February of each year to be Theological Education Sunday. Bishop Jefferts Schori stated: […]

Texas diocese sells Galveston student building

College ministry to looks towards bright future

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Galveston, Texas, Episcopal leaders gathered at the former site of the William Temple Episcopal Center (WTEC) on January 25, for the Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance. In February, the Diocese of Texas will officially close on the sale of the property located at 417 Market St. and the community labyrinth will […]

Presiding Bishop issues statement on LGBT rights

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered) rights: The Episcopal Church has been clear about our expectation that every member of the LGBT community is entitled to the same respect and dignity as any other member […]

South Sudanese church ‘an example’ in speaking for peace

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrived in Juba, South Sudan the morning of Jan. 30 saying he brought with him “the greetings, love and encouragement” of his fellow Anglicans to those suffering amid the ongoing conflict in the country. Praising the South Sudanese Church as “an example to us all” in […]

Episcopal Church Office of Communication: 2013 by the numbers

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] For the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, 2013 was a remarkable year. “The year 2013 showed continued dramatic growth in audiences for all of our digital publications, our website and our social media outlets,” noted Anne Rudig, Director of Communication. Our internal and external media relations efforts […]

Church considering IRS parsonage-exemption court case

[Episcopal News Service] In the wake of the U.S government’s decision to appeal a federal district judge’s decision that the Internal Revenue Service’s clergy parsonage exemption is unconstitutional, members of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, in collaboration with the Presiding Bishop’s Office, are considering whether the church should lend its voice to the […]

Presiding Bishop’s office notifies Fond du Lac of successful canonical consent process

Bishop-Elect Gunter ordination and consecration on April 26

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has notified the Diocese of Fond du Lac that Bishop-Elect Matthew Alan Gunter has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process. As outlined under Canon III.11.4 (a), the Presiding Bishop confirmed the receipt […]

Archbishops recall commitment to pastoral care, friendship for all

[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have Jan. 29 written to all primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, recalling the commitment made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral support and care of everyone worldwide, regardless of sexual orientation. In their letter, the […]

Called to Common Mission, focusing on mission

Reaching out to all, including the ‘nones’

[Episcopal News Service] Call them Lutheran-Episcopal digital collaborators. Episcopalian Dr. Elizabeth Drescher and Lutheran Pastor Keith Anderson co-authored “Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible” and closed out the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a Jan. 25 “CommFest 2014” workshop about church communication and social media at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. […]

Central Pennsylvania invests honorary canons

[Diocese of Central Pennsylvania] A Service of Solemn Choral Morning Prayer was attended by approximately 250 clergy and lay people on Saturday January 25th for The Investiture of Honorary Canons. The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter and the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania invested seven honorary canons (5 clergy and 2 lay) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg. They […]