Archives for June 2017

Presiding Bishop ‘deeply concerned’ about Bruno’s actions, places ‘partial restriction’ on bishop

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, citing behavior that “may threaten the good order and welfare of the Church,” has taken disciplinary action against Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno while a disciplinary panel weighs whether to punish Bruno further over his role in a failed land sale. “I am deeply concerned […]

Tennessee Episcopalians add to growing efforts to honor lynching victims

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee is leading efforts to research and memorialize lynching victims in Nashville and statewide, following in the footsteps of a prominent commission conducting similar racial reconciliation work in Atlanta, Georgia. The Tennessee diocese, which covers the geographic middle third of the state, created its Task Force on Anti-Racism last […]

Sioux Episcopalians celebrate faith family, seek oneness through Jesus at Niobrara Convocation

[Episcopal News Service – Red Shirt Table, South Dakota] The congregation here, Christ Episcopal, is known as a family church, where the longtime pastor and family patriarch, the Rev. Robert Two Bulls Sr., has led services for decades in a small building overlooking the western edge of South Dakota’s Badlands on Pine Ridge Reservation. His […]

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits Mizeki festival in Zimbabwe, delivers sermon

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry traveled this month to Zimbabwe to attend an annual festival for the martyred 19th century missionary Bernard Mizeki and delivered a sermon there to more than 15,000 pilgrims from across Central and Southern Africa. Curry was invited to the festival by Bishop William Jay Lambert of the Episcopal […]

Teaching bishops to be bishops

College for Bishops faces time of change and questions

[Episcopal News Service] How do you learn to be a bishop? For most of the Episcopal Church’s life, new bishops learned on the job with little or no outside help. It’s only in the last 24 years that the church has had a formal process for such learning. That process, run by the College for […]

Standing with Standing Rock taught Episcopalians about solidarity

Lessons range from theological to nitty-gritty and logistical

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. John Floberg has more than 3,000 pounds of flour in his garage. Depending on your point of view, the bags symbolize either the Episcopal Church’s mission and ministry or the law of unintended consequences, or both. Floberg, priest-in-charge of Episcopal congregations on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock […]

Episcopal Migration Ministries hosts World Refugee Day interfaith conversation

#StandTogether #WithRefugees

[Episcopal News Service] Judaism, like all religious traditions, calls Rabbi Victor Urecki to welcome the stranger, the refugee. In the Torah, God tells the Jews no less than 36 times to “love the strangers in their midst,” reminding them they were once strangers in Egypt, he said. Still, it’s not Urecki’s Jewish faith that drives […]

Collars on the Corner brings prayer, spiritual connection to streets of Milwaukee

[Episcopal News Service – Milwaukee, Wisconsin] Luria Sampson had plans Saturday morning, and they didn’t include prayer – not at first. Driving east down West Center Street in Milwaukee, he was on a course for his daughter’s house, his thoughts focused on her safety in a city suffering through a surge in shooting deaths. But […]

‘Cathedral of the Confederacy’ reckons with its history and charts future

[Episcopal News Service – Richmond, Virginia] Looking around the sanctuary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here nothing suggests an altered space. Enough plaques, stained-glass windows, wall sconces and other adornments remain that the sanctuary is anything but bare. Its columns, deep-red pew cushions and the Tiffany Last Supper mosaic above the altar offer much for […]

Disciplinary panel sanctions Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno

Bishop accused of trying again to sell church at heart of pending disciplinary case

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church ecclesiastical disciplinary panel considering a complaint against Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno has sanctioned the bishop for again trying to sell St. James the Great Episcopal Church. The Hearing Panel told Bruno on June 17 that he is prohibited from “selling or conveying or contracting to […]