Archives for January 2014

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Anti-trafficking efforts intensify in advance of Super Bowl

Episcopalians join interfaith coalitions

[Episcopal News Service] In the months leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, Episcopalians in New Jersey and surrounding states have been gearing up, not for the big game, but for an influx of women and children who officials say will be trafficked into the region for sexual exploitation. The dioceses of New Jersey and Newark […]

Cultivating ‘missional imagination’

Summit explores ways to engage in God’s mission

[Episcopal News Service] Five Episcopal bishops, three theologians, diocesan missioners and observers gathered Jan. 21-23 in a suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, conference center to begin a conversation about discovering a new identity for the church in a new age. The three-day Missional Summit was designed to explore new ways of interpreting, experiencing and acting out God’s […]

Atlanta’s bishop joins sanitation crew to mark Dr. King’s birthday

[Diocese of Atlanta]  Atlanta’s Bishop Rob Wright took a page out of history Wednesday and spent Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday with city sanitation workers. “Dr. King spent his last hours on earth advocating for garbage workers, and it only seems right that I mark his birthday by spending it with those in similar circumstances,” […]

Church ‘on call’ to assist missionaries in the field

[Episcopal News Service] For Episcopal Church adult and Young Adult Service Corps missionaries serving throughout the Anglican Communion, help is simply a phone call, an e-mail, text message or Skype conference away. “We do make great efforts to be on call and available 24/7 for all our missionaries,” said the Rev. David Copley, mission personnel […]

Video: One young adult…and a mission for migrant workers

[Episcopal News Service] Sara Lowery from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama is spending one year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer working with Hong Kong’s Mission for Migrant Workers. The mission helps some of the 300,000 domestic workers who sometimes encounter abuse or exploitation in their workplace. It operates an open-door policy for women […]

Church sends memo to US President, Congress on South Sudan crisis

[Episcopal News Service] A Jan. 10 memo to the Obama Administration and members of U.S. Congress sent by the Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations outlines the current crisis in South Sudan and makes recommendations urging the government and the international community to partner with South Sudanese civic and faith leaders to stem […]

Four years later, Haiti’s resurrection continues

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer, special offering to help rebuild cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] The remains of the two most iconic symbols of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, — its murals and its bells — are entombed today on the cathedral grounds awaiting resurrection. Episcopalians have an opportunity on Jan. 12, the fourth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated wide swaths of the country, to […]