Episcopalians join together to help neighbors in flooded West Virginia

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in the Diocese of West Virginia are helping their neighbors as the southeastern part of the state cleans up after last week’s devastating floods killed 23 people and damaged thousands of homes and businesses. Fifteen of the state’s 23 deaths occurred in Greenbrier County. The two Episcopal churches in the county, […]

Dallas diocese finds renewal and conversion through parish partnerships

[Episcopal Diocese of Dallas] The Rev. Betsy Randall doesn’t invite the un-churched to worship or to hear her preach the Gospel. Instead, she asks those who don’t know Christ to pick up a hammer, paintbrush or garden hoe and serve. It just happens that during the life-changing days focused on nails, paint and dirt that […]

José A. McLoughlin elected as seventh bishop of Western North Carolina

[Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina] The Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin was elected as the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. The election was held during a special Electing Convention June 25 […]

Kansas bishops issue pastoral directive banning firearms in churches

[Episcopal Diocese of Kansas] Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Bishop Dean Wolfe and Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas Bishop Michael Milliken June 20 issued a pastoral directive banning firearms from Episcopal churches in the state, effective Aug. 1, unless they are carried by designated law enforcement officials in the line of duty. In a letter sent […]

Central New York adds candidate to bishop election slate

[Episcopal Diocese of Central New York] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York has announced that it has added a fifth candidate to its original slate of four candidates for the position of 11th bishop of the diocese. The fifth candidate is the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector, Christ Church, Manlius, New […]

‘Gather Around the Table’

Contemplative group forms in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina] It’s a June evening in Charleston, and the back door of the church is unlocked. People come in at their own pace, embracing, smiling, setting down plates of cookies on the big table in the parish hall. No one speaks of it yet, but on everyone’s mind is a […]

Missouri bishop appoints deputy for gun violence prevention

[Episcopal Diocese of Missouri] “People of faith must challenge the tragedy of gun violence and I lend my voice to that challenge,” said the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, announcing the appointment of the Rev. Marc D. Smith, as deputy for gun violence prevention, less than a week after a […]

Spokane diocese announces 4 nominees for bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Spokane] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane has announced a slate of four nominees to stand for ninth bishop of the diocese. They are: The Rev. Canon Lucinda Ashby, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Idaho; The Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, canon to the ordinary in […]

In Mississippi, racial reconciliation is focus of Presiding Bishop’s visit

[Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry attended a historic event for the Diocese of Mississippi that was brought into being by four Jackson churches and one Vicksburg church as they organized services to honor and commemorate the legacies of Mississippi civil rights activists Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. St. […]

Group gathers in Detroit to remember Charleston AME shooting victims

[Diocese of Eastern Michigan] More than 120 people gathered in Detroit on June 12 to remember the nine lives lost last June at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina. The event occurred on the evening of the same day in which 50 people were killed and 53 injured in the early morning hours at […]