Archives for February 2017

Glitter Ash Wednesday takes ritual, adds glitter, mixes in meaning, sparks debate

[Episcopal News Service] Ashes on the forehead are arguably the most conspicuous mark of a Christian during the year. Signifying mortality and repentance, they are a visible sign to the world on Ash Wednesday that a believer is preparing for the season of Lent. It is the conspicuousness of the ashes that the Rev. Elizabeth […]

Episcopal Church scholarship applications for 2017-2018 now accepted

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to the Episcopal Church.  The scholarships assist students who are mostly enrolled in […]

English diocese assisting with urgent relief funding in Kenya

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Diocese of Chichester in southern England is assisting with urgent relief efforts in the drought-hit Kenyan Diocese of Nakura. An emergency grant of 5000 pounds is being sent directly to the diocese, which, in partnership with the Anglican Church of Kenya’s Development Services, will buy and distribute food and […]

Episcopal Migration Ministries to close Miami office

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] After more than three decades serving as a model for successful resettlement and integration, the Episcopal Migration Ministries’ satellite office in Miami, Florida, will close at the end of July. The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, explained that the closing is due […]

Episcopal agencies weigh renewed aid efforts in South Sudan after famine declared

[Episcopal News Service] The relief agencies of the Episcopal Church and its Anglican partners are considering a possible expansion of their support of relief efforts in South Sudan after the United Nation’s recent famine declaration, which has drawn increased international attention to the growing crisis in the country. The famine declaration on Feb. 20 was […]

Episcopal Asset Map celebrates 99 dioceses, invites full participation across church

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Asset Map, an online platform showing the location and ministries of Episcopal churches, schools and other communities, is now officially active in the Episcopal Church’s 99 dioceses located in the United States. Map participation will expand to the Episcopal Church dioceses not located in the […]

Local Episcopal bishops urge prayer, solidarity in wake of bomb threats at Jewish schools

Bishops Budde and Johnston: 'A threat on any community of faith is a threat against every community of faith'

[Episcopal Dioceses of Washington and Virginia]  A statement from Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Bishop Shannon S. Johnston of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia: “We are grieved by the news that two Jewish schools in our area had to be evacuated yesterday due to bomb threats. The Gesher Jewish […]

April gatherings designed for Episcopal missional leaders

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Two conferences for Episcopal Church missional leaders are slated for April at Virginia Theological Seminary: Missional Voices and Genesis Gathering. Missional Voices The Missional Voices gathering for leaders throughout the Episcopal Church is scheduled for April 21-22. The Rev. Tom Brackett, staff officer for new church starts […]

Webinar on welcoming refugees slated for March 8

'Love in Action: Episcopal Churches Welcome Refugees'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Migration Ministries is hosting a one-hour free webinar, Love in Action: Episcopal Churches Welcome Refugees, on Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Mountain/1 p.m. Pacific/noon Alaska/11 a.m. Hawaii). Participants will learn about community efforts born out of Episcopal congregations to create […]

Anglican Church in Burundi takes action to help families threatened by famine

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Burundi, in conjunction with Christian Aid and its partners, has initiated an emergency effort to support some of the many vulnerable people facing severe famine across the country. Local emergency committees have now been set up in the regions of Makamba and Rumonge to identify the most […]