Archives for March 2014

Los Angeles cathedral(s): ‘One ministry in two places’

This article is the third in a four-part series on the ministry of cathedrals, featuring interviews with their deans. The first article, “Video: Inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, with Dean David Ison” is available here; the second, “Education always a part of Ashton Brooks’ vocation,” is available here. In 2013, ENS also published a series […]

Wood bank’s unique ministry warms those left in the Montana cold

‘Those who live in the shadow of the American Dream’ get free firewood

[Episcopal News Service – Dillon, Montana] When winter drove snow and cold up against the Continental Divide in southwestern Montana this season, the arrival of the self-proclaimed Woodchucks or Woodchicks with a load of firewood from the Tri Parish Wood Bank was a welcome sight. Many congregations run food banks or feeding programs, but the […]

House of Bishops concluding ‘bridge-building’ spring retreat

Bishops are ‘growing together as a house more deeply’

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church House of Bishops’ nearly complete annual spring retreat has been a time of community building and bridge building. “You cannot work as effectively as colleagues if you are not also friends, and there is emotional and relational capital – spiritual capital – that’s generated in these gatherings that we […]

Video: Bishop Dinis Sengulane, Mozambican pioneer of peace

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Dinis Sengulane, the longest-serving bishop in the Anglican Communion, retired March 25 after leading the Diocese of Lebombo in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for almost 38 years. Consecrated as bishop in 1976, Sengulane made his mark as one of Africa’s greatest peacemakers when his efforts to mediate […]

Federal government studies Occupy Sandy movement

Some participants worry about how the study will be used

[Episcopal News Service] The Occupy Sandy network that sprung up in the days after Hurricane Sandy devastated vast stretches of New York and New Jersey has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which says it is looking to broaden future disaster relief efforts. However, not everyone is taking that explanation at […]

Education always a part of Ashton Brooks’ vocation

First dean of Santo Domingo’s Epiphany Cathedral

This article is the second in a four-part series on the ministry of cathedrals, featuring interviews with their deans. The first article, “Video: Inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, with Dean David Ison” is available here. In 2013, ENS also published a series on cathedral deans, available here. [Episcopal News Service – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] […]

New Community gathers ‘Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream’

[Episcopal News Service] About 200 clergy and laity from across the Episcopal Church gathered to “set the vision quest” during the March 12-15 New Community Clergy and Lay Conference at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Themed “Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream,” the second such gathering of ethnic ministries throughout the church was […]

Visual arts forge connections among artists, churches and communities

[Episcopal News Service] When ceramic artist Linda Vonderschmidt LaStella joined St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Metuchen, New Jersey, she was encouraged to join The Arts at St. Luke’s. But when she attended meetings, “the only things spoken about were performance and music,” she recalled. “At the end of each meeting, I’d go, ‘Where are the ‘visuals’?” […]

Video: One young adult…and a South African clinic

[Episcopal News Service] Keri Geiger from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has decided to do something bold and daring. She’s left behind her steady job on a labor ward in Richmond to bring her nursing skills to a poverty-stricken community in South Africa. Geiger is spending one year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer, […]

Women need integrated services for empowerment, panel says

58th UNCSW session focuses on MDGs and women, girls

[Episcopal News Service] When Granny Seape worked in the credit departments of two different banks in post-apartheid South Africa, she grew tired of managers who refused to see that “if you invest in a woman, you are investing in the whole nation.” Seape, an Anglican Consultative Council delegate to the March 10-21 session of the […]