Archives for 2017

National Council of Churches calls for cessation of ‘hostile acts and rhetoric’ between US, North Korea

[National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA] The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA calls for an immediate cessation of hostile acts and rhetoric between the leaders of North Korea and the United States. Steps must be taken immediately to avoid the possibility of a cataclysmic nuclear war. […]

Bethlehem accepting nominations for bishop

[Diocese of Bethlehem] The search committee for the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem is now accepting nominations.  Information about the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem and the process for nominations can be found here. The person elected will succeed the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, who was elected provisional bishop in 2014. Rowe is also bishop […]

‘Mainstream, not extreme’ was sentiment for interfaith advocacy day at Texas capitol

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] A broad coalition of mainstream Texas religious leaders spoke out Aug.1 against Senate Bill 3 and other so-called “bathrooms bills” that would discriminate against transgender youths and adults. The speakers, who represent millions of mainstream faith community members, included leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, and a non-denominational Christian […]

‘Sanctuary’ defines San Francisco congregation’s sense of mission on more than immigration

[Episcopal News Service] The small Episcopal congregation of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco, California, has embraced its role as a “sanctuary” church in ways that go well beyond the current political debate over federal immigration policy. St. John is engaged in the immigration debate, to be sure, with its vestry voting this year to […]

EPPN: Protect immigrant youth today

[Episcopal Public Policy Network policy alert] Since the end of June, there have been two major developments concerning protections for young people brought to the U.S. as children, known as DREAMers. We need you to speak out today for protections for these young adults today by taking TWO actions. Update on Protections for DREAMers In […]

Rafael L. Morales Maldonado consecrated bishop of Puerto Rico

[Diocese of Puerto Rico] The Rt. Rev. Rafael L. Morales Maldonado was ordained and consecrated the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Puerto Rico on July 22 during a Eucharist celebrated at the Pedro Rosselló Convention Center in San Juan. A native of Puerto Rico, Morales lives in Toa Alta and is the second Puerto Rican to be elected […]

Houston soccer team brings identity and community to young refugees

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Brazilian playwright and journalist Nelson Falcão Rodrigues once said, “In football (soccer), the worst blindness is only seeing the ball,” a sentiment with which Houston: reVision CEO Charles Rotramel would probably agree. On a mildly hot Saturday in Spring, Texas, Rotramel stands next to the soccer field watching the reVision FC […]

Jennifer Brooke-Davidson consecrated bishop suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas

[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson was ordained and consecrated the sixth bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on July 29 in a festive service at Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. She is the first woman to be ordained a bishop in the diocese. Presiding Bishop […]

Brian Cole elected fifth bishop of East Tennessee

[Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee] The Rev. Brian Cole was elected the fifth bishop of the Diocese of East Tennessee on the fifth ballot July 28 by delegates gathered for the electing session of the 33rd Annual Convention of the diocese at St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville. Cole, 49, has served as rector of the […]

Donkeys help Connecticut retreat center celebrate its rebirth after 5 years closed

[Episcopal News Service] Trinity Retreat Center has 55 acres in rural northwest Connecticut, a history that dates back more than 100 years, ties to a prominent New York City congregation and plans to reopen after closing five years ago. And it has donkeys – five of them, going on six. The retreat center’s directors, working with […]