Archives for January 2017

House of Deputies President Gay Jennings: Stand with Refugees

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[House of Deputies] The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies, wrote to deputies Jan. 31 about how and why the Church ought to continue its support of refugees. Dear Deputies: Like many of you, in the last week I have watched the news from Washington D.C. unfold with increasing […]

Public Policy Network announces refugee advocacy campaign

[Episcopal Public Policy Network] The Episcopal Public Policy Network is launching a nationwide advocacy campaign in support of refugees. Over the next two months, we’re challenging Episcopalians to call their national, state, and local elected officials at least four times. Now, more than ever, people of faith must make their voices heard. We have created […]

Diocese of Texas releases Spanish resource to help newcomer ministries

[Diocese of Texas] The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has announced the release of Juntos en Mision: Invitación, Bienvenida y Conexión, a digital training series for Spanish-speaking congregations. Juntos en Mision was developed to help parishioners learn to invite, welcome and connect visitors and new members as well as strengthen their existing ministries. The five-part video […]

Baltimore seafarers center helps crew stranded in harbor by snafus

[Episcopal Diocese of Maryland] “If this had to happen to us, we’re glad it happened here.” So said the crew of the cargo vessel M/T Newlead Granadino to the Rev. Mary Davisson, executive director and chaplain at the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center (BISC). The crew was marooned on board by immigration restrictions, corporate snafus and […]

St. Paul’s shelters the homeless during northern California’s floods

[Diocese of Northern California] It may signal the end of a long, hard drought for California, but the storm that blew in the weekend after New Year’s also brought flooding and misery, especially for those without permanent shelter. But St. Paul’s in downtown Healdsburg, Sonoma County, was ready for the influx of homeless people displaced […]

Episcopalians in Dallas diocese become caretakers of slave burial site

[Diocese of Dallas] On a recent cold, blustery Saturday morning a group of volunteers from St. Mark’s in Irving gathered with tools and shovels at one of the Texas’ oldest slave burial sites, Shelton’s Bear Creek Cemetery, to make repairs and tend the grounds. “It’s great to honor the slaves and their descendants who are […]

Vermont diocese purchases Rock Point solar array

$270K investment promotes environmental, economic sustainability

[Diocese of Vermont] The Episcopal Church in Vermont recently completed its purchase of the Solar Installation (aka the Solar Farm) at Rock Point, the diocese’s 146-acre center in Burlington best known for its school, conference center, community gardens, and hiking trails. The 35-tracker, 147-kilowatt solar array, which was previously under the ownership of AllEarth Renewables, […]

Rio Grande Bishop Vono announces plans for retirement

[Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande press release] Bishop Michael L. Vono of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande has announced his plans to retire in the late fall of 2018. Vono formally notified Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Jan. 3, seeking approval of his resignation as bishop diocesan, and permission to elect his successor […]

Carl Wright reaches required majority in canonical consent process for bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Rev. Carl Wright that the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process have been received for bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries. […]

Bulletin insert for Jan. 15, Epiphany 2(A): United Thank Offering