Archives for June 2014

Presiding Bishop receives honorary degree from Oxford University

[Adapted from an Oxford University press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was among five prominent figures from the worlds of science, the arts and religion to receive honorary degrees from the University of Oxford on June 25. Jefferts Schori, who received the Degree of Doctor of Divinity, said: “[Oxford] is a place where the […]

#Episcopal ‘Social Media Sunday’ a digital invitation

[Episcopal News Service] While in church this Sunday, get out your smart phone. Facebook a selfie, live-tweet a prayer, blog an idea, video the hymn-singing, Instagram photos, Pinterest fun images, Foursquare a location — and use #Episcopal — so “Social Media Sunday” goes viral. Social Media Sunday is an invitation to Episcopalians to share faith […]

Video: Alban Pilgrimage pays tribute to Britain’s first Christian martyr

Presiding Bishop preaches, joins festival as special guest

[Episcopal News Service, St. Alban’s, England] June is festival time in St. Albans. In this ancient city in the south of England, giant puppets dramatize the final journey of third century Alban, paying tribute to Britain’s first Christian martyr and saint. Hundreds come to join in the pilgrimage, celebrated annually around June 22, the day […]

Presiding Bishop’s 2014 World Refugee Day message

'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Remember in prayer all who flee persecution and suffering in search of security and peace, remember the baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace, and reaffirm our commitment to welcoming the stranger as Christ himself,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her 2014 […]

Video: One young adult…and a Roman refugee center

This video story is being published in time for World Refugee Day, which is observed on June 20. [Episcopal News Service] In the shadow of the Colosseum, one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colle Oppio Park is home to many of Rome’s refugees. A mile north, in the crypt of the Episcopal […]

Navajoland Area Mission continues to raise up native leaders

Convocation sees two Navajo ordained, elects first all-Navajo deputation

[Episcopal News Service – Fort Defiance, Arizona] The Episcopal Church’s Navajoland Area Mission continued during its 38th annual convocation to make history and change the shape of its ministry. In a liturgy at Good Shepherd Mission here, filled with traditional Navajo and Episcopal symbols, Navajoland Bishop David Bailey on June 14 ordained Cathlena Arnette Plummer […]

Colombia: Church stands with internally displaced people

[Episcopal News Service  – Bogotá, Colombia] Two to three families seeking shelter arrive weekly at Divine Savior Episcopal Church in Barrio Los Libertadores, a low-income community on the outskirts of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. “Many people need to flee their homes and their land for fear of their lives,” said the Rev. José Antonio Romero, referring […]

Council takes action on both justice and governance issues

Increased aid for Navajoland, church center, budget, social policies on agenda

[Episcopal News Service – Phoenix, Arizona] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council concluded its three day meeting here June 12 by taking a series of actions focused on the good order of the church and answering the call to speak out for justice. More support for mission and ministry in Navajoland Council members agreed to increase […]

Episcopal Relief & Development photo exhibit celebrates 75 years

Executive Council gets preview of exhibit that will travel throughout the church

[Episcopal News Service – Scottsdale, Arizona] If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then a new traveling photo exhibition previewed here June 10 is a more-than 33,000-word photo essay about Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75-year legacy. The 75th Anniversary Photo Exhibition shows the organization’s global reach of its mission “healing a hurting world,” as […]

Executive Council discusses process used to fund churchwide mission

Members: Dioceses want to pay less, more payment accountability

[Episcopal News Service – Phoenix, Arizona] The liveliest discussion during the opening session of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council June 10-12 meeting here surrounded how much money the General Convention ought to ask dioceses to contribute to the church-wide budget – and what should be done about dioceses that do not pay the full amount. […]