RIP: Retired Western Massachusetts Bishop Andrew Wissemann

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Andrew Frederick Wissemann, the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, died peacefully at home early on the morning of Aug. 20. “Bishop Wissemann served the people of this diocese with clarity of purpose and compassion during his eight-year episcopate,” said current Bishop Douglas Fisher in announcing the […]

Maui’s ‘A Cup of Cold Water’ pours hope into homeless community

[Episcopal News Service, Maui, Hawaii] The blue and white van bounced slowly, a bumpy ride along the rocky beach, bringing water, food, clothing, first aid and personal care items to isolated homeless communities along the mouth of Maui’s Wailuku River in Hawaii. Nearing a small encampment of several cars and trucks sheltered by trees and […]

Chicago diocese ponders next move after Appellate Court loss

[Episcopal Diocese of Chicago press release] On Thursday, July 24, the Fourth District Appellate Court for the State of Illinois upheld a lower court’s ruling that certain property of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy belongs to a breakaway group, now organized as the Anglican Diocese of Quincy. The position of the Episcopal Church is that […]

Los Angeles: Religious leaders call for prayer for migrant children

[Episcopal News, Los Angeles] Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno is among religious and civic leaders who called for a weekend of prayer and compassion July 19-20 for more than 52,000 young children who are in United States custody after fleeing violence, murder and extortion by criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Bruno, […]

West Texas: San Marcos church rekindles passion for God’s creation

[Diocese of West Texas’ Church News] St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, Diocese of West Texas, sits at the base of a gentle embankment dappled in a profusion of bluebonnets and dotted by shady live oak trees. The sanctuary is lined with soaring windows as though nature itself is invited to join the services […]

South Carolina: Bishop permits blessings of same-sex relationships

[Episcopal Church in South Carolina] The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg on July 8 granted permission for priests to bless the committed relationships of same-sex couples in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. In authorizing the use of “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” vonRosenberg gave permission for priests to respond pastorally to […]

Olympia diocese, departing members reach amicable settlement

[Canticle Communications] The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and two Anglican churches that left the Episcopal Church in 2004 have reached an amicable settlement that returns all property to the diocese while making it possible for all parties to continue with their ministries. St. Charles Church, Poulsbo and Grace by the Sea, Oak Harbor disassociated from […]

Pittsburgh Bishop McConnell reflects on the lessons of faith in illness

[Diocese of Pittsburgh] Bishop Dorsey McConnell of the Diocese of Pittsburgh has released a video reflection on the lessons of faith contained in the new hit movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.” The film is based on the popular novel by John Green, who often speaks of how his own life and ministry as an […]

Marriage task force releases study guide, discussion resources

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has released Dearly Beloved, resources for conversation and discussion. The following is a report From the Task Force on the Study of Marriage. We are pleased to offer to The Episcopal Church a resource for study and discussion about marriage. […]

Clergy Couples Conference held for priests, bishops

Clergy from 12 dioceses met to celebrate the gifts for ministry that clergy couples bring to the wider church at the first Clergy Couples Conference held in the Episcopal Church in more than 20 years. The conference and retreat, which was underwritten in part by grants from the Virginia Theological Seminary and the Gadsen Foundation […]