Archives for June 2015

Deputies vote: Remove the Confederate flag

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The House of Deputies on June 29 approved in an overwhelming voice vote Resolution D044, which “strongly urges all persons, along with public, governmental, and religious institutions, to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag.” The deputies join a growing number of people in sacred and secular […]

Deputies re-elect Byron Rushing vice president, unopposed

GTS, board for bishops’ members also elected

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The House of Deputies on June 29 re-elected Byron Rushing for a second term as vice president. He was unopposed. Deputy Sarah Neumann of Massachusetts nominated Rushing. President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings suspended the rules of order and called for the election […]

‘Put Jesus up front,’ presiding bishop-elect urges budget committee

Michael Curry asks group to help church ‘engage evangelism seriously’

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] As the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) nears its July 1 budget deadline, Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry on June 29 asked the members to craft a plan to help the church “put Jesus up front,” share the good news and makes disciples. “I talk of […]

Deputies elect 13 Church Pension Fund trustees; two clergy Executive Council members

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The House of Deputies on June 28 elected 13 trustees of the Church Pension Fund and two clergy members of Executive Council. Six lay members of Executive Council are to be elected when the House of Deputies reconvenes on June 29. Elected as Church Pension Fund trustees were: […]

Lent Madness fever infects Forward Movement booth

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Heard of Christmas in July? At General Convention, it was Lent in Pentecost in the Exhibit Hall. Lent Madness is the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck, a sports-loving Massachusetts priest who reasoned that basketball fans shouldn’t have all the fun and that the penitential season of Lent […]

Decatur church’s solar panels help clear the air and balance the books

[Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] In response to Pope Francis’ recent call for “all people of goodwill” to mitigate human-induced climate change and respond to environmental degradation members of Georgia’s faith leadership and scientific and environmental communities gathered at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to support his historic message. “The Pope’s clarion places high importance on lifting up […]

Churches reach out to Latinos: ‘God’s people are coming’

Mission Enterprise Zones, New Church Starts grants stir creativity

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about The Episcopal Church’s pledge at the 77th General Convention to partner with dioceses to begin innovative mission strategies. Previous stories are here. [Episcopal News Service] Bolstered by matching grants from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the Diocese of Olympia, the Rev. […]

Practicing a mission strategy of presence

Mission Enterprise Zone grant helps fund effort in Worcester, Massachusetts

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about The Episcopal Church’s pledge at the 77th General Convention to partner with dioceses to begin innovative mission strategies. Previous stories are here. [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Tom Brackett has a word for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts’ urban missioner in the South […]

Western NC’s Kairos West: Intentionally sacred among the secular

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about The Episcopal Church’s pledge at the 77th General Convention to partner with dioceses to begin innovative mission strategies. Previous stories are here. [Episcopal News Service] Any given day or night, the Kairos West Community Center hosts people interested in “funky fitness” classes, artists, […]

Convention’s liturgy and music committee to consider saints, songs, prayers

[Episcopal News Service] The General Convention’s Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee faces a full docket of liturgical resolutions at the 78th meeting of convention, even with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s resolutions and others concerning marriage-related resources and rites now referred to a separate legislative committee. The SCLM is one of the […]