Archives for June 2016

Letter from Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies

'Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written the following letter to the Episcopal Church. June 28, 2016 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: We all know that some things in holy Scripture […]

ABCD method offers transformation to communities, lives

Asset-Based Community Development builds on gifts not scarcity

[Episcopal News Service – Federal Way, Washington] A new tool being used by a growing number of Episcopal Church congregations invites Episcopalians to shift their approach to mission work: Don’t rush in to assess needs in order to devise programs to meet those needs; instead listen, build relationships, find each other’s gifts and discern how […]

For Ecuador Litoral, Tennessee companion relationship stays the course

Ecuador diocese continues on the path to self-sustainability

[Episcopal News Service – Guayaquil, Ecuador] Like all relationships, companion diocese and parish-to-parish relationships ebb and flow, but for the parishes in the dioceses of Tennessee and Ecuador Litoral, their long-standing relationships have stayed the course and have continued to evolve. Openness to change and deep listening characterized the Diocese of Tennessee’s most recent visit […]

Zanzibar’s Christ Church Cathedral opens slave-trade heritage center

Historic cathedral restored, to be rededicated

[Episcopal News Service – Stone Town, Zanzibar] Christ Church Anglican Cathedral stands here as a symbol of remembrance to the men, women and children taken from East Africa and sold into slavery. A massive stone structure just outside the historic city’s narrow streets and corridors, the cathedral also serves as a reminder of the Anglican […]

Episcopal Digital Network launches new service in French: Actualités

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Digital Network has launched Actualités, designed to provide news and information for French-speaking readers. Actualités, which means “news” in French, was designed to provide services for French-speaking Episcopalians and Anglicans throughout The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Actualités is available here. “The Episcopal Church includes […]

Immigrants continue to breathe life into St. Paul church

Partner parish to co-sponsor a refugee family

[Episcopal News Service – St. Paul, Minnesota] When you walk into Holy Apostles Episcopal Church here on any given Sunday you will find a melting pot. A young female Hmong deacon in her 30s will be hugging a white congregant in his 80s, and youth of many races and ages will be sitting together listening […]

Video: Refugee, Migration and the Anglican Communion

[Episcopal News Service] With World Refugee Day being observed today (June 20), ENS is republishing a video produced in collaboration with the Anglican Communion Office, titled “Refugee, Migration and the Anglican Communion.” The video explores the global impact of the refugee crisis and the responses from Anglicans worldwide.

Companions visit, express solidarity with Ecuadorian Episcopalians

Earthquake recovery, emotional healing may take years

[Episcopal News Service – Manta, Ecuador] The poor, women and children, suffer most in the aftermath of disaster. In Ecuador, where a massive earthquake killed more than 650 people and displaced more than 30,000 in April, in addition to trauma, grief and emotional wounds inflicted, women and children have experienced increased rates of domestic violence, […]

Video: Presiding Bishop Curry on World Refugee Day

'We must find a way to end the suffering of human beings'

  In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution that force people to flee at an […]

Episcopalians hold vigils for Orlando shooting victims

Call for end to gun violence

[Episcopal News Service] With prayer and song, a diverse crowd of worshipers gathered at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 15 to honor those killed and injured in a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub three days earlier. Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith joined speakers from various […]