Archives for July 2017

Jail chaplains share presence of God with Virginia inmates through Bible studies, prayer

[Episcopal News Service] Robert Dilday has served for about a year and a half as a volunteer chaplain at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia, leading Bible studies with inmates and, more recently, visiting with those being held in solitary confinement. As part of a growing team from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church engaged in this ministry, […]

Episcopal Church leaders oppose Trump’s ban on transgender people in military

Editor’s note: This story is being updated as Episcopal News Service recevies additional statements. See below. [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church leaders are making clear their objections to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter of his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said July 28 that […]

Presiding Bishop responds to Trump’s transgender military ban

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “I am compelled to oppose these actions and to affirm the moral principle of equal rights for all persons, including the LGBTQ communities,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry stated in his statement. “I do so as a follower of Jesus Christ, as Presiding Bishop of […]

Union of Black Episcopalians looks to church’s future

First joint conference honors black Episcopalians, Lutherans role in churches

[Episcopal News Service – Cherry Hill, New Jersey] African-Americans in both the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America were called this week to help build the future of their churches by working hard in the present. The call to action came during the Union of Black Episcopalians’ 49th annual conference, held July […]

Video: Presiding Bishop preaches during Union of Black Episcopalians Eucharist

[Episcopal News Service – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached at African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas during a July 25 Eucharist commemorating the 225th anniversary of the black presence in the Episcopal Church. “The child you save today may save you tomorrow,” was Curry’s refrain during the sermon. He called on people of […]

Draft order calls for Bruno to be suspended from ministry for three years

Panel also asks Los Angeles to let congregation return to St. James' building

[Episcopal News Service] The hearing panel considering disciplinary action against Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno has drafted an order calling for his suspension from ordained ministry for three years because of misconduct. The five-member panel concluded in a 4-1 decision that “the scope and severity of Bishop Bruno’s misconduct … have unjustly […]

Curry, Jennings urge Texas House leader to continue opposition to Texas ‘bathroom bill’ noting General Convention planned 2018 meeting in Austin

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written a second letter to Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus urging him to stand firm in his opposition to that state legislature’s effort to pass a “bathroom bill” during the current special session. The Episcopal […]

Episcopal faith is common ground for Kansas lawmakers on opposite sides of political aisle

[Episcopal News Service] Kansas state Reps. Brandon Whipple and Lonnie Clark would seem at first glance to have little in common. Whipple is a young Kansas transplant with a growing young family, and Clark is a retiree who grew up in the state. Their differing backgrounds extend to their politics: Whipple is a Democrat and […]

Priest declares ‘Last Howlelujah Tour’ with ailing dog a barking success

[Episcopal News Service] The priestly pup Nawiliwili “Wili” Nelson has become quite the celebrity from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Las Vegas, Nevada, and he concluded his road trip with the Rev. Bill Miller on July 16 by topping $10,000 raised for animal wellness charities along the route of their “Last Howlelujah Tour.” Wili, a terrier […]

As EYE17 closes, ‘peacemakers’ make a path home

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum leaves lasting impression 

[Episcopal News Service – Edmond, Oklahoma] As the sun began to set July 12 on Oklahoma City, Episcopal youth assembled by diocese and processed from St. Paul’s Cathedral four blocks south on North Robinson Avenue to the Oklahoma City National Memorial for a candlelight vigil. The vigil followed an earlier visit to the memorial’s museum, […]