Neel Lane appointed Episcopal Relief & Development board chair

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Daniel McNeel ‘Neel’ Lane, Jr. has been appointed the new chair of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors, effective Nov. 1.  The appointment was made by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, newly installed presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, who transitions to the position of honorary chair.  […]

Heather Cook sentenced to seven years in prison

[Episcopal News Service] Former Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was sentenced Oct. 27 to seven years in prison for causing the Dec. 27, 2014 death of a Baltimore father of two. Cook had pleaded guilty Sept. 8 to automobile manslaughter and three other criminal charges for causing the car-bicycle accident in suburban […]

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 […]