Archives for December 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon

Archbishop Justin Welby’s sermon preached at Canterbury Cathedral the morning of Dec. 25. Luke 2:1-20 The normal processes of life do not stop because we are celebrating Christmas; today 360,000 babies will be born, 151,000 people will die. Life in all its rawness continues to happen to people both far away and close to us, even if news-gathering slackens.  News does not stop […]

National Cathedral to host customary post-inaugural prayer service

[Episcopal News Service] Washington National Cathedral will again play out one of its traditional roles in U.S. life next month by offering Donald Trump and the nation a chance to come together in prayer. The 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service will take place Jan. 21, the day after Trump is sworn in as the country’s […]

In Northern California, a Christmas service for special-needs children

[Diocese of Northern California] Big stuffed monkeys scattered on the floor in front of the altar and beanbag chairs weren’t what you’d expect to see at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Lincoln, California, which usually holds services in its simple white-washed church building in traditional prayer book fashion. But on Dec. 17, the parish had prepared […]

Holy Land Institute for the Deaf assists refugees and prepares disabled children for meaningful participation in life

[Episcopal News Service] For more than 50 years, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf has worked to enable deaf, deaf-blind children, hearing impaired as well as children with other sensory and physical disabilities, for inclusion and participation in their families, communities and societies in a meaningful way. It is the only school in the […]

Montana congregation bridges two denominations, shares a chapel

Called to Common Mission: 15 years of Episcopal-Lutheran partnership

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 6, 2001, after 30 years of dialogue, the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while maintaining their autonomy, agreed to come together to work for joint mission in the world and to allow clergy to move freely between the two churches. This week, ENS is running a “Called to […]

Pennsylvania priest rallies support for displaced Iraqi Christians

[Episcopal News Service] The way the Rev. Christopher Bishop tells it, it took just one pivotal conversation for him to feel a powerful calling to travel to northern Iraq as an unofficial Episcopal ambassador to displaced Christians, whose lives have been threatened by the rise of the group known as Islamic State, or ISIS. Bishop likens […]

Alaska church, merged in 1979, believes it’s what the future will look like

Called to Common Mission: 15 years of Episcopal-Lutheran partnership

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 6, 2001, after 30 years of dialogue, the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while maintaining their autonomy, agreed to come together to work for joint mission in the world and to allow clergy to move freely between the two churches. This week, ENS is running a “Called to […]

Standing Rock chaplains attended to needs after joyful news

[Episcopal News Service – Cannon Ball, North Dakota] When the trauma chaplains who volunteered to go to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota answered the call, none of them knew exactly what to expect. Thousands of military veterans were planning to descend on the Oceti Sakowin Camp just north of the reservation to […]

Lutheran-Episcopal student ministry at MIT encourages unity

Called to Common Mission: 15 years of Episcopal-Lutheran partnership

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 6, 2001, after 30 years of dialogue, the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while maintaining their autonomy, agreed to come together to work for joint mission in the world and to allow clergy to move freely between the two churches. This week, ENS is running a “Called to […]

Blending Episcopal-Lutheran congregations in Baltimore

Called to Common Mission: 15 years of Episcopal-Lutheran partnership

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 6, 2001, after 30 years of dialogue, the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while maintaining their autonomy, agreed to come together to work for joint mission in the world and to allow clergy to move freely between the two churches. This week, ENS is running a “Called to […]