Archives for April 2015

Supreme Court cases prelude to marriage debate at General Convention

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians who followed the April 28 U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be married were no doubt looking ahead to the implications of the court’s eventual ruling for this summer’s General Convention. The Episcopal Church officially has advocated for equal treatment of lesbian, gay, […]

JNCPB sets process for presiding bishop nominations from the floor

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following concerning nominating bishops from the floor for the position of Presiding Bishop. The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) wishes to announce its process […]

Indigenous Episcopal voices speak out on self harm, suicide at UN forum

[Episcopal News Service] Suicide and self-harm rates among indigenous youth in the United States and worldwide have reached epidemic rates, according to the young men and women who testified during the April 21 session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Indigenous Episcopal voices, part of a delegation organized and supported by the […]

Presiding Bishop committee writes following final discernment meeting

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released a statement following its final discernment meeting. The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) concluded its discernment process at a two-day meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, […]

Episcopalians urged to act to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Energy companies covet ‘the sacred place where life begins’

[Episcopal News Service] To energy companies the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, particularly its 1.5-million acre coastal plain, is a potential oil and natural gas bonanza. To the Gwich’in, the indigenous people who for centuries have called it home, it’s sacred. This conflict has fueled for more than 30 years a contentious debate over whether this […]

Transformed by 12 years in Tanzania, missionaries set to return

[Episcopal News Service] As a child, the Rev. Sandra McCann dreamed of someday going to Africa. But she never imagined it would become her home, her ministry and her entire life for 12 years. When Sandy and her husband Martin reached their mid-50s, they made the audacious decision to give up their successful medical careers […]

Pakistan’s Christians faithful and resilient in face of persecution

[Episcopal News Service] Pakistan is one of the world’s most troubling epicenters for terrorism where minorities are targeted by religious extremists for having different beliefs or affiliations. Yet the persecuted Christian community – 1.5 percent of 180 million people – remains steadfast in faith despite the daily persecution they face. Last month, two bomb blasts […]

Empowering Episcopalians and the next generation to care for creation

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians old and young often turn to the phrase “this fragile earth, our island home” when talking about stewardship of the planet. It comes from Eucharistic Prayer C, found in the Book of Common Prayer. A little further down the page, the prayer continues: “You made us the rulers of creation. But […]

Standing in solidarity with the world’s persecuted minorities

[Episcopal News Service] Church bombings, brutal beheadings, forced conversions and mass migration have become the shocking trademarks of extremist factions in the Middle East and Africa, persecuting religious minorities and wiping out Christian populations that in some places – such as Iraq, Syria and Egypt – date back to the first century. For many in […]

Pilgrims continue to #ShareTheJourney, become refugee advocates

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church has been resettling refugees for 75 years, working with local congregations and resettlement agencies across the United States to welcome some of the most vulnerable people in the world who’ve fled violence, war, political, ethnic and cultural oppression. In early March, eight Episcopalians traveled to Kenya and Rwanda to […]