Archives for July 2015

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as the Presiding Bishop

Nov. 1 at Washington National Cathedral, live webcast

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral. The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected […]

Site cleaning begins at Haiti’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] More than five and a half years after a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on July 20 workers began cleaning the site, sectioning off the work area, removing bricks, terracotta tiles, sections of the cathedral’s walls and other remnants that eventually will be incorporated into the construction of a […]

Good Friday Offering celebrates generous support for Middle East ministries

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s annual Good Friday Offering appeal, which gathers and distributes funds in support of ministries throughout the Anglican Communion’s Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is celebrating its most generous collection in 10 years. Funds collected from the 2014 Good Friday Offering and available for distribution this year totaled […]

General Convention wrap-up: Historic actions, structural changes

First black presiding bishop, marriage equality approved, church governance revamped

[Episcopal News Service] The 78th General Convention, in a series of historic moments, elected the first African-American presiding bishop; approved marriage equality for all Episcopalians; adopted a budget that emphasizes racial reconciliation and evangelism; endorsed the study of fossil fuel divestment; opposed divestment in Israel, Palestine; and made some significant changes to the church’s governance. […]

General Convention: Speaking up, in big and small ways, about race

Pop-up conversations offered safe places for sharing

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] With the nation’s racial tensions boiling, the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church has spoken in a big way about its priorities, earmarking $2 million for racial justice and reconciliation work in the next triennium. The initiative involves “new money” and unrestricted funds and sends a strong […]

Persecuted Christians need greater solidarity, convention urges

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Editor’s note: The following article has been changed to include reference to Resolution C018, “Solidarity with Holy Land Christians.” Advocacy for Christians facing persecution and living in the context of civil war are the subject of several resolutions that were passed by The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, […]

Convention turns diocesan asking into a mandatory assessment in 2019

Resolution sets up process to study salary for House of Deputies president

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] General Convention, meeting in the last hours of its nine-day gathering here, made mandatory the current voluntary diocesan budgetary asking system for the 2019-2021 budget cycle and imposed penalties for noncompliance. Substitute Resolution D013 also conforms the church’s canon on the budget to the process that has actually […]

Plans to be created for prayer book, hymnal revision

General Convention rejects open communion resolutions

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] General Convention 2015 took a step toward revising the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal 1982, directing the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) to prepare plans for revising each and to present them to the next convention in Austin, Texas, in 2018. Among other […]

Video: Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry preaches at General Convention Closing Eucharist

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Now I’ve got one word for you,” the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry of North Carolina, Presiding Bishop-elect, told the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in his sermon on July 3. “If you don’t remember anything else I say this morning, it’s the first word in the […]

President Obama sends greetings to Presiding Bishop-elect Curry

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] President Barack Obama sent congratulations to Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry in a letter dated July 2. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and the first female primate to serve in the Anglican Communion, read the president’s letter to Curry, who […]