Archives for August 2017

Eclipse-watching Episcopalians see a glimpse of the holy in celestial display

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Ken Brannon chose to close St. Thomas Episcopal Church for the morning on Aug. 21, because when you live in Sun Valley, Idaho, or any other point along the path of a total solar eclipse, no one wants to spend peak viewing hours indoors. “It was just gorgeous,” Brannon told […]

Episcopal-supported intentional community in Charlottesville embodies radical discipleship — and permaculture

Not a commune exactly, but these young people do a lot of sharing and caring

[Episcopal News Service] In the 95-degree heat, a young, bearded white man wearing a hat with a “Black Lives Matter” pin sprawls on a lawn chair past the graveled driveway of the house nestled in a valley off Monacan Trail Road southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia. A rainbow of origami cranes strung together like garland hovers […]

Presiding Bishop reflects on Charlottesville and its aftermath

Where do we go from here: chaos or community?

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] In his message for those gathering to worship this Sunday, occasioned by recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the readings of Scripture Episcopalians will hear this weekend, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry asks, “Where do we go from here: chaos or community?” Noting that “the stain of […]

Charlottesville faith community looks ahead after uniting against white supremacist march

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal clergy and other Charlottesville, Virginia, religious leaders joined hundreds of mourners Aug. 16 in remembering the woman killed amid the weekend’s violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters, as the city’s interfaith community takes stock and begins looking ahead. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” Susan Bro, […]

Texas bathroom bill’s defeat means 2018 General Convention stays in Austin

Curry, Jennings say church supports opposition to state’s anti-immigrant bill

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings expressed thanks Aug. 16 for the defeat of a “bathroom bill” in Texas and said General Convention will convene in 2018 in Austin as planned. “We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, […]

Episcopalians rally against hate as white supremacists bring violence to Charlottesville

[Episcopal News Service] When white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, sparking violence that left a counter-protester dead and dozens more injured, Episcopalians and other people of faith were among the most visible groups standing in solidarity against hate and bigotry. St. Paul’s Memorial Church overlooking the University of Virginia campus hosted a […]

Los Angeles bishop coadjutor says disputed St. James property sale contract is legally binding

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Coadjutor John Taylor has written to the diocese about the disputed St. James the Great Episcopal Church property on Lido Island in Newport Beach, California, that is at the heart of disciplinary proceedings against diocesan Bishop J. Jon Bruno. Taylor’s bottom line is that the contract to […]

‘Summer in the City’ offers refugee youth a domestic mission field

[Episcopal News Service – Dallas, Texas] On a hot, humid Wednesday evening in late June, 18 youth set out from St. Matthew’s Cathedral in central Dallas to nearby Garrett Park, a popular spot for homeless people. They carried a cooler of Gatorade and trays of sliced watermelon. Offering a cold drink and watermelon to the […]

Solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is outreach opportunity for Episcopal congregations along its path

[Episcopal News Service] Dixie Nelson, parish administrator at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Alliance, Nebraska, was working at a motel several years ago when she got a call from a professor in California. He was planning to be in town on Aug. 21, 2017, and wanted to book some rooms – all the rooms. It was […]

Episcopalians join immigration activists in vowing to ‘melt the ICE collusion’

Los Angeles interfaith activists chip away at ice sculpture, deportation policies

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians joined about 200 immigration activists in front of the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice on Aug. 3, bearing signs, beating drums and chanting “Escucha, estamos en la lucha” (“Listen, we are in the struggle”). They also chipped away at a melting ice sculpture, shaped in the letters I-C-E, acronym for […]