Archives for May 2017

Guatemalan woman facing deportation receives sanctuary at North Carolina Episcopal church

[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal church in North Carolina is sheltering a Guatemalan woman as she defies federal orders to leave the country after failing to receive a stay of her deportation. The Guatemalan woman, Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, first came to the United States in the mid-1990s to escape violence in her home country, […]

‘River of Life’ pilgrimage down Connecticut River offers 40 days of prayer, paddling

[Episcopal News Service] New Hampshire Bishop Robert Hirschfeld has rowed on the Connecticut River for years. It once was a sort of industrial “sewer” but has since been cleaned up and restored to “a place of stunning beauty,” he said. Hirschfeld intends to show it also can be a place of worship and an inspiration […]

Church Pension Fund plans major revisions for greater flexibility in a changing Episcopal Church

Changes, due to start next year, also aim to preserve fund’s sustainability, benefits’ value

[Episcopal News Service] The biggest changes to the Church Pension Fund in the past 60-some years are due to go into effect next year. They are designed to better serve a changing Episcopal Church and its clergy and lay employees while sustaining the fund and maintaining the value of retirement benefits. That’s the message Church […]

RIP: The Rev. Carlson Gerdau, canon to Presiding Bishop

Gerdau, 84, served under Griswold and Jefferts Schori

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Carlson Gerdau, who served for a decade as canon to the presiding bishop under the Most Rev. Frank Griswold and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, died May 27 at age 84. Gerdau’s work for Griswold dated to 1988, when Griswold as bishop of the Diocese of Chicago hired Gerdau […]

California diocese hosts eco-justice conversation

Presiding Bishop preaches, attends fourth EcoConfirmation

[Episcopal News Service – San Francisco, California] “The work of saving God’s creation is nothing less than the work of God.” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spoke these words during a May 19 sermon framing creation care in terms of the Jesus Movement here at Grace Cathedral. “This is God’s world,” he said, encouraging those present […]

WCC calls for Pentecost global day of prayer for ‘just peace’ in Holy Land

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians are invited to participate this Pentecost in a global prayer campaign to call for peace in the Holy Land. The World Council of Churches, through a campaign called “Come, Spirit of Peace: A Global Day of Prayer for Just Peace in the Holy Land,” is calling on Christians everywhere to unite in […]

Presiding Bishop preaches on ‘forgiveness, repentance, healing and reconciliation’ in Haiti

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached a sermon “on the occasion of the liturgical signing of the covenant of reconciliation” on May 23 at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. All clergy in the diocese attended the special liturgy. “Mutual forgiveness and repentance, healing and reconciliation are hard work and they often take […]

Q&A: Los Angeles priest champions interfaith education, dialogue

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Gwynne Guibord is trained as a clinical psychologist, and for much of her adult life she expected to continue in private practice until retirement. But God had other plans for her. She began feeling a call to the priesthood after a series of midlife events prompted a stretch of soul-searching, […]

Episcopal Church’s sense of prayer aids ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ campaign

#Pledge2Pray now for 11 days between Ascension and Pentecost

[Episcopal News Service] Before the church was the church, the first followers of Jesus faced an uncertain time. He had ascended into heaven, after pledging to send the Holy Spirit “not many days from now.” However, the promised empowerment to be his witnesses had not materialized. So, Act 1:14 says, they prayed, constantly. It is […]

Episcopalians, Methodists propose full-communion agreement

Proposal needs approval of denominations’ governing bodies

[Episcopal News Service] A group of Episcopalians and Methodists has released its proposal for full communion between the two denominations. Full implementation of the proposal will take at least three years. The Episcopal Church General Convention and the United Methodist Church General Conference must approve the agreement, which culminates 15 years of exploration and more […]