Archives for August 2017

Summering Episcopalians love their seasonal chapels

By the sea, the lake or the mountains, the churches are a quiet tradition

[Episcopal News Service] They have clergy every Sunday, but few have a priest to call their own. Most are only open for a few weeks, but some meet every Sunday of the year. Most Episcopalians have never set foot in one, but for those who have worshipped in them for years, they are imprinted on […]

With Harvey still drenching the South, Episcopalians minister to neighbors

From Coastal Bend of Texas to Florida, flooding rains wreak havoc

[Episcopal News Service] Robert Jordan, senior warden of Trinity Episcopal Church in Baytown, Texas, says it was just something that had to be done: going out onto the Houston floodwaters in his 18-foot aluminum boat to discover people who needed rescuing. So far, he has found about 30 folks. Some he rescued from their garages; […]

An ecclesiastical mystery with Civil War roots opens a new chapter

North Carolinian finds lost Virginia communion set in yard sale donations

[Episcopal News Service] A mid-1800s communion service that once was lost has now been found and returned home to Christ Church in Millwood, Virginia, but the story of its 162-year absence remains a mystery. The latest chapter opens in late spring of this year in New Bern, North Carolina, when Cheryl Lawrence was sorting through […]

‘Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help’

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Harvey

  [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us,” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about […]

Episcopalians face into ‘catastrophic and life-threatening’ Hurricane Harvey

Church officials assessing damage and finding ways to aid their communities

[Episcopal News Service] As Hurricane Harvey stalled over the Houston area causing catastrophic and deadly flooding, Episcopalians across south Texas are assessing the unprecedented storm’s damage while finding ways to help their neighbors. Episcopal Relief & Development staff is coordinating with the dioceses of Texas, West Texas and Western Louisiana on potential assessment and response […]

‘All Saints’ movie details how refugees saved struggling Episcopal church

[Episcopal News Service] After a split over theology in the 1990s, there were only 12 members of the congregation left at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. The church couldn’t pay its mortgage. By 2007, the church was in danger of closing. Today, 130 to 150 parishioners attend Sunday […]

Pressure mounts to remove Confederate symbols from Episcopal institutions

[Episcopal News Service] Parishioners who attended Sunday worship at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 20 should not have been surprised that Dean Gail Greenwell’s sermon addressed the issue of racism, given the national outcry over a large white supremacist rally in Virginia the weekend before. Those hate groups had gathered in defense […]

Manhattan Episcopal church and community protect, fight for Guatemalan mom

Amanda Morales and children, facing separation by deportation, granted legal review

[Episcopal News Service] Amanda Morales Guerra might be ripped from her children’s lives and returned to the violent country she fled 14 years ago. That real fear drove Morales, 33, a Guatemalan native in danger of deportation for entering and living in the United States illegally, to seek sanctuary more than a week ago at […]

Virginia congregation deeply divided over church’s name honoring Robert E. Lee

[Episcopal News Service] Was Robert E. Lee an American hero or a traitorous defender of slavery? The Confederate general has been called both in the ongoing debate over whether statues, monuments and plaques in his honor should be remain on display in public places, from parks to churches. At least one aspect of Lee’s biography […]

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 […]