Archives for May 2016

Memorial Day 2016: We will remember them

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Of all the civic holidays on our U.S. calendar, Memorial Day may come closest to a deep embrace of spiritual values. Originally called “Decoration Day,” this remembrance began following one of the most poignant eras in our country’s history. Between 1864 and 1866, just after the end of the […]

Reconciliation at heart of Pakistani Christian response to persecution

Episcopalians stand in solidarity, explore partnerships

[Episcopal News Service] The Easter Day suicide bombing at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed at least 72 Christians and Muslims and injured more than 300, sent shockwaves throughout the region. But the March 27 attack did not deter Episcopalian Caroline Carson from leaving the Diocese of Louisiana for Pakistan the following day on […]

Being people of God together in mutual relationship

Missionaries share lessons from the field

[Episcopal News Service] “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson, an aboriginal elder, activist and educator, from Australia is credited with these words, spoken by her and others in the […]

Interfaith marchers trek 200 miles to support farmworkers

[Episcopal News Service] One more vote. If one more New York senator supports the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices bill, that decision could turn it into law and affect the lives of more than 60,000 farmworkers statewide, many who climb ladders to pick apples, crouch to shake the soil off onions, and stand […]

GEMN conference explores mission in a time of migration

[Episcopal News Service – Ponce, Puerto Rico] What does it mean to do God’s mission with a world in continuous motion? That was the theme set forth by the 21st annual Global Episcopal Mission Conference held last week in Puerto Rico. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans have long made the journey north, but the Caribbean […]

Video: Mobile Loaves and Fishes

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] On Thursday, May 19, Thursdays at 2 will feature Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church’s Facebook […]

Episcopal congregations find ways to engage in current political cycle

Discerning a congregation’s vocation is crucial to its work, leaders say

[Episcopal News Service] Google the phrase “religion and politics” and in .52 seconds the search engine will suggest at least 140,000,000 internet entries. Obviously, the mixture of the two strikes many a nerve and none more so than during a presidential election year. Faith communities often grapple with whether and how deeply to be involved […]

Presiding Bishop shares his vision for mission

21st annual Global Episcopal Mission Network conference

[Episcopal News Service – Ponce, Puerto Rico] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry brought his message of the Jesus Movement to the 21st Global Episcopal Mission Network Conference during a May 18 keynote address. “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find [some] bread,” he said, offering a quote from by the Ceylonese Methodist […]

Election Toolkit helps Episcopalians engage in nonpartisan activities

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The 2016 election in the United States remains the top of the news in media outlets, and it is inevitably a topic in personal conversations. To provide education about the election as well as assisting in being prepared, The Episcopal Church has developed an online toolkit with […]

Ecuador Litoral continues to respond to earthquake victims’ needs

[Episcopal News Service] Saturday, May 14 marks four weeks since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador causing the death of more than 650 people, injuring more than 4,600 and displacing some 30,000. Recovery from the loss of life and the estimated $2 to $3 billion in damages will take years. Over the past month, the Episcopal […]