Archives for April 2016

Houston-area residents hoping for FEMA aid after catastrophic storms

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Although most of the water has receded, residents in Montgomery County are now facing a harsh reality after historic floods that devastated the Greater Houston area last week—many have uninhabitable homes and others have no federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 13 inches of rain fell in […]

North Carolina bishops issue statement regarding HB2

[Diocese of North Carolina] On March 23, the North Carolina General Assembly convened a one-day special session to consider HB2, which legislators passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed the same day. The bill, drafted in response to a Charlotte City Council ordinance granting people the right to use gender-specific facilities based on their gender identity, not […]

Diocese of Western North Carolina announces bishop slate

[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Western North Carolina Standing Committee April 18 announced a four-priest slate of candidate to be the next diocesan bishop. The candidates are: The Rev. Hannah E. Atkins, Trinity Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas; The Rev. Cyndi Banks, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Boone, North Carolina; The Rev. Thomas James Brown, Episcopal […]

A message from the Bishop of Ecuador Litoral

'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.' Psalm 46:1

Dear friends, we would like to express our deep gratitude for the messages of affection and prayers we have received for our Diocese and our country during this very difficult time. We have lived an unforgettable experience in which we feared for our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and the lives of the […]

Calls for prayer, solidarity with the church in Ecuador

Widespread needs still being assessed

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Episcopalians from across the church called for prayer and solidarity with the Episcopal dioceses of Ecuador Litoral and Ecuador Central and the people of Ecuador who still are trying to assess the loss and damages caused by a devastating earthquake that struck the South American nation Saturday, April […]

East Tennessee bishop announces retirement

[Diocese of East Tennessee] George Dibrell Young, III, fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, has announced that he plans to retire at the end of 2017 and has called for the election of his successor. Young expects to retire as a new bishop is ordained. Young’s successor will be elected in August 2017 […]

Nominees for bishop slate announced in Easton

[Diocese of Easton] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton has announced a slate of four nominees to stand for election as 11th bishop of the diocese. They are: The Rev. Kathryn A. Andonian, rector, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, Pennsylvania The Very Rev. Brian Grantz, Cathedral of Saint James, South Bend, Indiana […]

Celebration and a call to love mark Presiding Bishop’s visit to Charleston

[Episcopal Church in South Carolina] The Episcopal Church in South Carolina welcomed the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry with music, barbecue, a cathedral celebration and a day-long conference on evangelism and racial reconciliation during a three-day visit to Charleston April 8-10. The visit was a time to give thanks for the renewed life and energy of […]

Long Island bishop issues letter regarding political activity

Republican fundraiser to take place near site of 2008 hate crime

[Episcopal Diocese of Long Island] Long Island Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano issued the following letter April 13 in advance of a scheduled Republican Party fundraiser to be held Thursday on the same block where in 2008 an Ecuadorean immigrant was fatally stabbed by a white teenager. The teenager was one of a gang of high […]