Archives for 2017

First day of Bruno hearing brings testimony about bishop’s behavior

Disciplinary case centers on Los Angeles bishop's attempted sale of Newport Beach church

[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] The three-day ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing for Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno began March 28 with opening statements from the prosecution and defense, followed by at times emotional testimony from members of the congregation at the center of the dispute. Some of those witnesses cried as they […]

Church disciplinary hearing due to begin for Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno

Panel plans three days of testimony in dispute over bishop’s effort to sell Newport Beach church

[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno faces a rare disciplinary hearing here March 28-30 on accusations that he violated church canons, including engaging in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. The allegations, initially brought by the members of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, stem from […]

Lent Madness duo shines competitive spotlight on saints’ inspiring stories

[Episcopal News Service] The bracket is packed with big names. The matchups can be intense. Individual results may hinge on last-minute momentum shifts. And in the end, only one competitor claims the title of champion. March Madness? No, this is Lent Madness, and the saint who outlasts them all will be crowned with the Golden […]

Water: Common good or commodity?

Trinity Institute 2017

[Episcopal News Service] The demand for water is expected to increase 55 percent by 2030 and at the same time global water resources may only meet 60 percent of the world’s needs. “Africa, India, the Middle East and Australia already are in crisis,” said Maude Barlow, a former United Nations senior advisor on water, and […]

Episcopal Church Memes uses Facebook popularity to mix laughs, evangelism

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Art Bass is a trial lawyer and Episcopal deacon in Cleveland, Tennessee. He also happens to be the mastermind behind one of the most popular Episcopal-themed pages on Facebook – a page he maintained mostly in anonymity until he was confronted with his growing online popularity at a diocesan workshop. […]

Anglican, Episcopal women gather at UNCSW’s annual look at women’s status

Curry and Jennings tell women advocacy is God’s work guided by Holy Spirit.

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings told women from across the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion gathered for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women that their advocacy is God’s work. The women are in New York for the 61st session of […]

Saint Augustine’s president, with deep ties to university’s past, looks to future

[Episcopal News Service] Generations of Everett Ward’s family preceded him in graduating from Saint Augustine’s University, a historically black college in Raleigh, North Carolina, so he was no stranger to the campus in 2014 when he took over as interim president. He was named to that role permanently in April 2015, becoming the school’s 11th president. […]

Closing the loop on racial reconciliation

Two Virginia parishes reckon with their Confederate histories

[Episcopal News Service] He felt attacked, and says so, specifically choosing the word to convey his strength of emotion. Yes, he felt personally attacked. But A.W. “Buster” Lewis also felt that R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia–his parish–“as I knew it, was being attacked and that we needed to do something about it.” […]

Episcopal bishops make three-day journey into diversity and inclusion

Intensive work meant to equip bishops to lead Church into ‘beloved, gracious community’

    [Episcopal News Service – Hendersonville, North Carolina] In March 2015 in the aftermath of the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops decided it was time to write a new letter to Episcopalians about racism. Then, some of the bishops had a realization. “The first […]

Episcopal congregation leads effort to ‘green up’ Rust Belt city in western New York

[Episcopal News Service] Easter comes less than a week before Earth Day this year. That closeness is more than a fact of the calendar for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, New York. It’s a double calling to what the Rev. Luke Fodor terms “creation care.” The congregation at St. Luke’s is at the center of […]