Archives for September 2017

Episcopal Church bishops challenge Trump, Congress on DACA in NYTimes ad

[Episcopal News Service] Some 125 Episcopal Church bishops signed a full-page ad that ran Sept. 21 in the New York Times, imploring President Donald Trump and member of Congress not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program known as DACA. “To do so would endanger the lives of thousands of young people […]

This New York priest is on a mission to help children trapped in sex trafficking at hotels

Hotel-sized soaps labeled with a toll-free hotline can help.

[Episcopal News Service] She strode through midtown Manhattan with purpose, her black tote bag held close as she dropped a dollar into the jangling coffee can of a street person stationed on a corner. Weaving around the city sidewalks in her flowered pencil skirt, black flats and black tank with a clerical collar, the Rev. […]

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby excited by prospect of “extraordinary” Primates’ Meeting

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury has been speaking of his excitement at the prospect of next month’s Primates’ Meeting. Justin Welby has invited primates and moderators from around the Anglican Communion to Canterbury for the Oct. 2-6 meeting. The gathering gives Anglican leaders an opportunity to discuss major issues within their provinces, […]

Lee church changes name: Confederate general dropped to return to ‘Grace’

[Episcopal News Service] R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia, where Robert E. Lee once served as senior warden will no longer honor the Confederate general in its name. After two years of tense debate in the congregation, the vestry voted, 7-5, on Sept. 18 to change the church’s name to its previous Grace Episcopal […]

Diocese of Alaska backs grassroots climate efforts as it prepares to welcome Episcopal bishops

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Alaska is working with a grassroots group called Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition to educate communities about renewable power sources and to empower native Alaskans and other residents to speak out on issues related to climate change. The Episcopal Church’s United Thank Offering, or UTO, program awarded the diocese […]

Episcopalians find and give grace in the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] As the Diocese of Texas continues an energetic response to relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey’s punishing rains, churches and volunteers from across the country have offered help. Within the diocese, congregations have sent teams to muck out homes and church buildings, helping both neighbors and strangers. The Ven. Russ Oechsel, diocesan […]

Virgin Islands churches banding together to care for their Irma-hit neighbors

Efforts consolidating to bring relief to those who suffered ‘catastrophic damage’

[Episcopal News Service] Yvonne O’Neal believes that she crossed paths with more than one angel in the last week in Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, complete strangers helped her leave the decimated island and get back to her home in New York. O’Neal, who was born on Tortola to […]

Reflection from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on post-hurricane relief

  “It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry offers in a reflection. A video of the Presiding Bishop’s reflection here. The Presiding Bishop’s reflection follows: Whether it is the pain of the […]

Charlottesville congregations once divided by segregation now chart healing path together

[Episcopal News Service – Charlottesville, Virginia] “Trauma” was the word Presiding Bishop Michael Curry chose in the aftermath of Aug. 12, the day white supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Virginia. “The bitter, painful reality of what we have called and known to be racism, which never went away, was like a scab was ripped off Aug. […]

Irma’s damage slowly coming into focus across the Caribbean and Florida

[Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Stephen Morris welcomed 14 guests into his family’s home in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a sleepover as Hurricane Irma uprooted trees, tore off branches, downed a power line and cut off electricity and hot water on his street. Meanwhile, Morris, a visiting Swiss couple and local friends who were […]