Archives for April 2014

Episcopal churches look to help communities after deadly storms

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church dioceses and congregations are helping their neighbors cope in the aftermath of deadly spring storms that lashed a wide section of the Midwestern and southern United States and killed at least 34 people, 15 of them in Arkansas. Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas Bishop Larry Benfield said April 28 that the […]

El Hogar offers Honduras’ ‘hardest cases’ a chance for a new life

[Episcopal News Service – Tegucigalpa, Honduras] For the past 35 years El Hogar has served Honduras’ toughest cases, boys and girls, some of whom have been abused, neglected and abandoned. “There are some that don’t have families, some we know for sure whose parents have passed away, and there have been children who have been […]

Global network aims to raise awareness, ‘stop genocide in South Sudan’

[Episcopal News Service] Members of “the network” ring in faithfully every Friday; a dozen or more callers from across the Anglican Communion with a common mission: to support and advocate for the people of South Sudan. “Our concern as southern Sudanese, and as church leaders, is how to stop this war. Thousands of people are […]

‘To help people, to further the kingdom’

Congregations engage the complexities of mental illness

[Episcopal News Service] When Matthew Collins was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about seven years ago, he lost his job, his marriage and his self-understanding in rapid succession. “Mental illness turned my own mind into something I no longer recognized,” Collins told ENS recently. During two sleepless weeks he cycled through psychosis, paranoia, grandiose illusions, beliefs […]

‘Reclaiming Gospel of Peace’ wraps up in Oklahoma City

Anti-violence event participants move into Holy Week as more gun violence occurs

[Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] After nearly three days of learning and praying about how to turn the epidemic tide of violence in the world, participants in the Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace gathering left here to begin Holy Week as the United States witnessed yet another shooting attack. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, […]

Archbishop says church must ‘join its enemies on their knees’

Resorting to violence denies the possibility of redemption

[Editors’ note: a correction was made to this article to remove reference to the location of the mass grave where Welby said he had been told Christians were murdered out fear that they might become homosexual because of Western influence.] [Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said April 10 […]

‘Life becomes simple’ with lasting Lenten practices

[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent may rapidly be coming to a close but some creative Lenten spiritual practices seem sure to linger on. Like the ‘Fat-Tuesday’-inspired “Skinny Tuesdays” running club at Trinity Cathedral in Miami in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. After the traditional Fat Tuesday pancake suppers “we figured everyone was […]

Episcopalians gather to ‘challenge mythology of violence’

[Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] An Episcopal Church effort to have “a dialogue that our society has not been able to accomplish” about violence in general and gun violence in particular began April 9 here. Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence being held April 9-11 at […]

Video: The American Cathedral in Paris: A place of transformation

This article and video is the last 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; the third, “Los Angeles cathedral(s): […]

Philippines: Mission in the midst of crisis

Global partnerships deepen as typhoon response continues

[Episcopal News Service] Just over a week after the bishop of the newest diocese in the Philippines was consecrated on Nov. 23, 2012, Super Typhoon Bopha hit, killing more than 1,000 people and destroying homes and land. Almost 12 months later, in November 2013, came Super Typhoon Haiyan, killing as many as 10,000 people, making […]