City’s faith groups come together to voice differences, similarities as they grapple with social changes

[Diocese of Atlanta — Gainesville, Georgia] A near-capacity crowd of about 300 gathered on a recent Wednesday evening at Grace Episcopal Church to hear local pastors of different denominations explore ways their faith groups respond to social and legal challenges from the secular community. The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector at Grace Church, said, “Christianity beyond […]

VIDAS responds to need in Puerto Rico

Island faces drought, entrenched economic crisis

[Episcopal News Service – San Juan, Puerto Rico] Tucked behind the Epsicopal Diocese of Puerto Rico’s administrative offices in Trujillo Alto, an increasingly mixed income municipality within metropolitan San Juan, sits Centro San Justo, a two-story education and childcare center serving 140 students aged 2 months to 5 years old. Centro San Justo, or Saint […]

Gary Hall, Washington National Cathedral dean, retiring at end of year

[Washington National Cathedral] The Very Rev. Gary Hall, tenth dean of the Washington National Cathedral, announced Aug. 18 that he will retire on December 31. “Over the past three years, the bishop, the staff, the chapter, and I have done the hard work of placing the cathedral on solid financial footing:  Our budget is balanced […]

Bishop James Magness, Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries, to retire in 2017

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has announced the upcoming resignation (retirement) of Bishop James “Jay” Magness, the Sixth Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church. “Bishop Magness has brought a new level of clarity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to the office, and has increased […]

Russell Kendrick consecrated bishop of the Central Gulf Coast

[Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast press release] The Rt. Rev. J. Russell Kendrick was ordained and consecrated as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall. More than 1,500 people attended the festive consecration service, and more than 3,500 […]

Diocese of the Dominican Republic elects Moisés Quezada Mota bishop coadjutor

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota has been elected as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Quezada, 58, rector of Jesus Nazareno and Good Samaritan mission churches in San Francisco de […]

10 years building in Nicaragua

[St. John’s Episcopal Church] For the 10th consecutive year, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, New York partnered with Bridges to Community (a non-profit community development organization based in Ossining, New York), to travel to Nicaragua on a building and cultural exchange trip. In the last decade, nearly 100 parishioners and friends have worked side […]

Episcopal clergy reach out to help burned churches

[Diocese of Atlanta] A church arson fire in the central Georgia city of Macon has prompted Episcopal clergy in the area to sponsor a special offering to help rebuild the church and other similarly victimized congregations. “We are asking all 11 parishes in the Macon Convocation to take up an offering on Sunday, July 26, […]

Convention further strengthens church’s position on immigration, refugees

[Episcopal News Service] General Convention passed a number of resolutions aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees throughout The Episcopal Church. Resolution D069 calls for the church to support birthright citizenship, particularly in countries where it has dioceses. In 2010, for instance, the Dominican Republic changed its constitution removing jus soli, the right […]

Convention acts to streamline Title IV process, fund training materials

[Episcopal News Service — Salt Lake City] The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, meeting here June 25-July 3, approved several Title IV revisions, including adding sanctions for those who may attempt to delay or disrupt the disciplinary process and allocating money to produce training videos and manuals to help streamline proceedings. The Standing […]