Archives for October 2017

Seminary of the Southwest helps smooth the path to becoming a military chaplain

[Episcopal News Service] Joshua Woods first felt the calling while he ministered to hospice patients in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Many patients were military veterans and spouses. As he counseled them, Woods, a lay chaplain, heard what an impact military chaplains made in their lives. That’s when Woods, now 34, knew he wanted to become […]

Fires ‘still just raging’ in Northern California as Episcopalians try to help others while facing their own perils

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Northern California continue to monitor the growing wildfires in their neighborhoods while finding ways to help their communities deal with the ongoing and expanding disaster. The Rev. Jim Richardson, priest-in-charge at Church of the Incarnation in hard-hit Santa Rosa, told Episcopal News Service on the afternoon of Oct. 12 that […]

Political unrest in Haiti delays grand opening celebration at rebuilt Episcopal school

[Episcopal News Service] The threat of violent political protests in Haiti has forced Episcopal leaders to postpone the grand opening celebration at a rebuilt school that had been scheduled for Oct. 16. The Oct. 12 letter from St. Vincent’s School administrators did not identify a specific threat to the school but spoke of general concern […]

Episcopal churches help communities grapple with the opioid crisis

Narcan training, education, advocacy are tools in the effort

[Episcopal News Service] If someone with diabetes starts shaking and seizing with insulin shock, would you try to help? What about if someone was grimacing in pain from a heart attack right before your eyes — would you call 911? Of course, you would, said Donna Barten, 56, a recently retired research neuroscientist on the […]

Update: Episcopalians flee Northern California fires – and help their neighbors

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Karen King woke up to flames in the middle of the night Oct. 8 in her Oakmont Village home east of Santa Rosa, California. “We could see the flames jumping on the top of the ridges of Annadel [State Park] that separate us from Kenwood,” said King, who is the […]

Q&A: Union of Black Episcopalians President Annette Buchanan

[Episcopal News Service – Asbury Park, New Jersey] Annette Buchanan recently spoke to Episcopal News Service about her role as president of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the organization’s goals and importance within the Episcopal Church. The Union of Black Episcopalians is the descendant of several such organizations with the church, dating from 1856 […]

Primates conclude Canterbury meeting ‘renewed in their ministry’

[Episcopal News Service – Canterbury, England] A positive spirit has swept through the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral this week as primates from most of the Anglican Communion’s 39 provinces gathered to address issues of common interest, with many saying they feel renewed in their ministry. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, attending his second Primates Meeting, spoke […]

Video: Presiding Bishop’s message from the Primates Meeting

The full text of the Presiding Bishop’s message follows. I’m here at Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Communion, where the primates of the Communion have met, assembled and gathered by the archbishop of Canterbury. We just concluded what was a meaningful, a beautiful, indeed, a holy gathering of the primates of our […]

Beyond Relevant: The Episcopal Church’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Episcopalians, schools and supporters are working to renew, strengthen ties

[Episcopal News Service] When Skylar Mitchell arrived at Spelman College, an all-female historically black school in Atlanta, Georgia, she found herself in an unfamiliar environment. “I had never been around only black people before,” she said last year, as her sophomore year drew to a close. “I didn’t like that I didn’t know how to […]

Global issues dominate Primates Meeting, as marriage equality still challenges communion

Scottish Episcopal Church faces same ‘consequences’ as U.S.-based Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service, Canterbury – England] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is joining most of his fellow Anglican primates – or senior church leaders – in Canterbury this week for a five-day meeting that focuses primarily on global issues of peace and justice, evangelism and discipleship. But the issue of marriage equality has taken up a […]