Oregon diocese calls for prayers, transformation following shooting

[Diocese of Oregon] Bishop Michael Hanley of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon has extended prayers for the victims, their families, and all the students and faculty of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, after a gunman opened fire at the school Oct. 1, reportedly killing nine people and injuring seven. “Gun violence has intruded into too […]

Muslims and Christians to mobilize 1 million faith leaders to improve child, maternal health

[Issued by Episcopal Relief & Development, Member of the Faith Alliance for Health] An interfaith coalition of faith-based organizations has announced it will mobilize one million faith leaders over the next five years to help improve the health of women and children in countries with high child mortality rates. The Faith Alliance for Health comprises […]

Boys Home of Virginia hosts Teach a Man to Fish event

Renowned instructor Dusty Sprague introduces young men to art and skills of fly fishing

[Boys Home of Virginia press release] Fly fishing is a lot like life – it may look easy but there’s a lot to learn. That’s why renowned fly-casting instructor Dusty Sprague and other enthusiasts gathered on the 1,400-acre campus of Boys Home of Virginia on Sept. 26 for Teach a Man to Fish, a first-ever […]

San Joaquin’s ‘Tour Against Trafficking’ aims to raise awareness, stamp out slavery

[Episcopal News Service] Diana Cisneros, 29, of Bakersfield, California, had spent much of Sept. 13 helping a human trafficking victim find safe haven. “My husband was on his way to church and he saw this young girl, running from a hotel with no shoes on; it was a red flag to him,” she told the […]

Diocese of Dallas notified of successful canonical consent process

Bishop-elect Sumner ordination and consecration on Nov. 14

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of  Dallas that Bishop-Elect George Sumner has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process. The Rev. George Robinson Sumner, Jr., was elected Bishop […]

Audrey Cady Scanlan ordained as bishop of Central Pennsylvania

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Audrey Cady Scanlan was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on Sept. 12 during a service at The Forum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the chief consecrator and Bishop Ian Douglas of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut delivered […]

Heather Cook pleads guilty to automobile manslaughter

Plea in Baltimore court averts trial, former bishop now awaits sentencing

[Episcopal News Service] Former Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook is due to be sentenced late next month after pleading guilty Sept. 8 to automobile manslaughter and three other criminal charges. The other charges to which Cook pleaded include driving while intoxicated, texting while driving and failing to remain at an accident resulting […]

‘Metro Theology’ fosters church, community engagement

ABCD principles build strength in small city

[Episcopal News Service] “It takes a village” is an adage often associated with child rearing, but when it comes to addressing poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, crime and other societal problems communities face, it’s an applicable truism. In Huntington, West Virginia, for instance, a small city with a population of 50,000 people – 30 percent living […]

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 […]