Archives for February 2017

Jennifer Brooke-Davidson elected bishop suffragan of Diocese of West Texas

[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas press release] The Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson was chosen bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas during the 113 annual Diocesan Council on Feb. 25. She is the first woman to be elected bishop in the Diocese of West Texas. Brooke-Davidson, 56, is currently the vicar of St. Elizabeth […]

A ‘Day of Pentecost moment’ at lunch on the LSU campus

[Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana] “At St. Alban’s Chapel, we focus our energy on hospitality, preaching the Gospel, and music,” remarked the Rev. Andrew “Drew” Rollins on a recent Wednesday afternoon. “If we are strong in those areas, we will do well. But if we falter in any of those areas, nothing else will make up […]

Episcopal dioceses to test variety of approaches to racial reconciliation with grant money

[Episcopal News Service] A “peace camp” for children in New Mexico, translated into a new program for adults. American cultural assimilation classes for women who recently arrived in Dallas as refugees. Ecumenical outreach in the black community by a half dozen predominantly white churches in east Texas, where hate groups have been reported in alarming […]

Virginia congregation honors slaves who built church, offers ‘gratitude and repentance’

[Episcopal News Service] If an appreciation for history warms your heart along with the Holy Spirit on Sunday morning, there are a few things to know before worshiping at the Falls Church. First of all, there are two Falls Churches. The city of Falls Church, Virginia, was incorporated after the Episcopal church that gave it the […]

Northern California Episcopal churches turn out for Oroville Dam evacuees

[Diocese of Northern California] More than 180,000 Northern California residents were ordered to evacuate on the afternoon of Feb. 12, after officials said the emergency spillway from the Oroville Dam might fail. The first tweet from the California Department of Water Resources came in at 4:24 p.m. and sketched the situation in the darkest of […]

James Mathes to join Virginia Theological Seminary faculty as associate dean of students

[Virginia Theological Seminary] The trustees of the Virginia Theological Seminary, at their Feb. 8 board meeting, unanimously approved the appointment of the Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes (’91) as the new associate dean of students. Mathes, who is currently the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, will join the VTS community this summer. He […]

Little church hosts big ministry with free lunches in Minnesota

[Episcopal News Service] As an outpost of the Episcopal Church in a small Midwestern community, Trinity Episcopal would easily be overlooked if not for an unlikely success story that is told once a month through food and fellowship. Even the most active members of this parish in Litchfield, Minnesota, population 6,726, openly describe the congregation […]

Episcopalians in Baltimore ‘walk in prayer’ for refugees

[Diocese of Maryland] For many of the more than 300 people who marched through downtown Baltimore on Feb. 4 to support refugees, the issues at play are not personal. But for Amer Omar, 22, the issues are real and painful. When he describes the day in 2009 when the police stormed into his family’s home in […]

Curry, Jennings support advocacy against Texas ‘bathroom bill,’ noting General Convention planned 2018 meeting in Austin

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, have written to the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives to praise his opposition to a so-called “bathroom bill” in that state. “The need for voices of conscience is urgent at this moment, because laws […]

Live-streaming offered for two Pittsburgh services with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

[Episcopal News Service] Two major events during Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s visit to the Pittsburgh diocese Feb. 3-5 will be streamed on the internet for those unable to attend in person. Viewers can watch the Absalom Jones Day Eucharist from Holy Cross Church, Homewood, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, and the “Taking […]