Archives for 2017

EPPN: Defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

[Episcopal Public Policy Network policy alert] In the next year, the Secretary of Homeland Security must decide whether or not to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to approximately 320,000 individuals. TPS is a temporary immigration status provided to nationals of certain countries experiencing environmental disasters or armed conflict. TPS is granted when returning home – via […]

Atlanta bishop joins honor guard for fallen Green Beret

[Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] Bishop Robert C. Wright on Oct. 16 joined Episcopal chaplains the Rev. Donna S. Mote and Barbara Pendergrast at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to welcome the remains of Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio. Johnson is one of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed Oct. 4 in […]

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 […]

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 […]

EPPN: Protect the Arctic Refuge

[Episcopal Public Policy Network policy alert] The bishops of the Episcopal Church recently returned from a meeting in Alaska where they encountered the pressing need to address issues relating to the environment. In their Letter to the Church, the bishops of The Episcopal Church stated: “You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are … […]

To boil or not? Lobster fundraisers raise ethical questions

[Episcopal News Service] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for vegan bake sales instead of lobster boil fundraisers, but some Episcopalians are finding the request a bit tough to swallow. Melissa Mary Wilson, coordinator for the Christian outreach division of PETA, called for an end to the popular fundraisers in a late […]