St. Paul’s Chapel celebrates 250 years in Lower Manhattan

[Episcopal News Service] Two hundred and fifty years to the day it opened its doors in Lower Manhattan in what was then the countryside, St. Paul’s Chapel celebrated its anniversary with a special worship service and setting off a yearlong celebration. In his sermon, the Rev. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street, imagined what […]

National Cathedral faces calls to remove windows with Confederate generals

[Religion News Service] After quietly removing panes bearing the Confederate flag from its stained-glass windows, leaders of the Washington National Cathedral are now wondering what to do about remaining images of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “How can you justify having those windows in a house of God?” challenged Riley Temple, a former board member of […]

Standing Rock asks for federal probe of law-enforcement tactics

[Episcopal News Service] The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the handling of the Dakota Access Pipeline project to “facilitate communication, defuse tensions, support peaceful protests, and maintain public safety.” That Oct. 25 statement was emailed to Bismarck, North Dakota, television station KFYR hours after Standing Rocking Sioux Nation Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II asked U.S. […]

CETALC considers regional issues in theological education in Latin America

[Episcopal News Service] Following an August retreat in Panama with representatives from the different regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Episcopal and Anglican leaders in theological education are clear that training must include analysis of regional problems so that clergy can perform quality pastoral work. The Commission of Theological Education for Latin America and […]

Diocese of Puerto Rico announces bishop slate

[Diocese of Puerto Rico] The Search and Nominating Committee for the election of a Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, after deep prayer and discernment in the exercise of its responsibility and in accordance with the criteria established by the Standing Committee, on Sept. 27 announced a slate of four candidates for the position […]

Gretchen M. Rehberg elected ninth bishop of Spokane

[Episcopal Diocese of Spokane] The Rev. Canon Gretchen M. Rehberg has been elected as the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, which is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. She is the 59th woman to be elected bishop in the Anglican Communion and the first in the Diocese of Spokane. […]

Dallas ministry aims to meet refugees’ practical, emotional and spiritual needs

[Episcopal Diocese of Dallas] A group of refugees sat in a semi-circle facing a large wooden cross while balancing paper plates of chicken and potato salad on their laps as their children played tag in the carpeted expanse of an adjacent room. A few Muslim women wore the traditional hijabs covering their heads while others […]

California Episcopal bishops issue statement supporting Proposition 62, repeal of death penalty

Episcopal bishops from all six dioceses in California have issued a statement supporting Proposition 62, which, if passed, would repeal the death penalty in the state. The statement follows. Grace and peace to you, in the Name of Jesus Christ. We are the bishops of the six dioceses of the Episcopal Church in California. We […]

Sheep blessing brings unique role for Idaho priest

[Episcopal News Service] On a normal Sunday, the Rev. Ken Brannon, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley, Idaho, ends his services by blessing his congregation. After services on Oct. 9, though, he stood with a shepherd’s crook in the middle of neighboring downtown Ketchum, blessing a thousand baaing sheep as they swarmed […]

Bulletin inserts for Oct. 16: Children’s Sabbaths; Hurricane Matthew

Bulletin inserts for Oct. 16, the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, focus on the 25th annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebration. Download bulletin insert as PDF: full page, one-sided half page, two-sided Special bulletin inserts are also available from Episcopal Relief & Development, Responding to Hurricane Matthew, and from the Episcopal Public Policy Network, #EpiscopaliansVote: Election Engagement 2016. Spanish bulletin […]