Archives for October 2017

Tax exemption for clergy housing allowance ruled unconstitutional – again

[Episcopal News Service] A federal district judge in Wisconsin has once again ruled that the Internal Revenue Service’s clergy parsonage exemption is unconstitutional, a decision that ultimately could have profound financial effects on many Episcopal clergy members and congregations. Judge Barbara Crabb, sitting in Madison in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of […]

LA diocese, congregation still at odds over disputed St. James property

[Episcopal News Service] The dispute over the St. James the Great property in Newport Beach, California, that is at the heart of disciplinary proceedings against Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno has taken several recent turns. Late on Oct. 10, Los Angeles Bishop Coadjutor John Taylor and the Rev. Rachel Anne Nyback told […]

Episcopal Church Economic Justice Loan Committee awards
 three loans to community development organizations

[Episcopal Office of Public Affairs]  The Episcopal Church Economic Justice Loan Committee (EJLC) has awarded three loans totaling $950,000 to community development organizations to assist in affordable housing and small business development in areas that lack access to traditional lending. The Economic Justice Loan Committee has granted $300,000 in loans to Partners for the Common Good PCG, Washington, […]

EPPN: Tell Congress to protect children’s health care

[Episcopal Public Policy Network policy alert] Congress has allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire. The failure to reauthorize this program threatens the health of 9 million children and pregnant women as well as the positive financial trajectory and stability of their families. We must urge Congress to approve and fund a five-year extension! […]

RIP: Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop of Connecticut

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, died peacefully at his home in Deering, New Hampshire, early Oct. 5. Walmsley had been struggling with a bad case of pneumonia for the last few weeks.  He had recently returned home from the hospital and was […]

Episcopal leaders react to Las Vegas mass shooting

Memorial services held for Bishop Jean Rigal Elisee of Newark, New Jersey

[Diocese of Newark] With sadness, members of the Diocese of Newark announced the passing of the Rt. Rev. Jean Rigal Elisee, who served as the diocese’s supply bishop, assisting with confirmations from 2005 to 2007. His funeral was Sept. 30 at Grace Church in Newark, New Jersey, followed by a repast. It was preceded by a viewing that […]