Atlanta bishop models ministry of presence at ICE detention center

[Dioceses of Atlanta - Lumpkin, Georgia] “… I was in prison and you visited me.”   Matthew 25:36 After driving 30 minutes south from Columbus, Bishop Rob Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta navigates nearly deserted streets lined with boarded up businesses then turns his white Ford onto a manicured lane and past a sign announcing Corrections […]

Western Massachusettes takes bold environmental stand

[Diocese of Western Massachusetts press release] The Trustees for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts passed a resolution at their meeting on August 27, 2014, “to reduce fossil fuel exposure and to invest in renewable energy projects as objectives for our portfolio going forward.” The initial reduction of the diocese’s and parishes’ investments in fossil fuels […]

Texas: Returning VETS strike a chord

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Col. Lynn Smith-Henry (ret.) and Kim Perlock, a classical guitarist and educator, weren’t necessarily on the same journey until David Boyd, the rector of St. David’s, Austin, introduced them. Smith-Henry—also a Lutheran pastor in the Anglican studies program at Seminary of the Southwest—was looking for a way to help veterans with […]

East Carolina notified of successful canonical consent process

Bishop-elect Skirving ordination and consecration on Nov. 8

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has notified the Diocese of East Carolina that Bishop-Elect Robert Skirving has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process. The Rev. Robert Stuart Skirving was elected on May 17.  His ordination and consecration service […]

Maryland diocese ordains Heather Elizabeth Cook as bishop suffragan

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland ordained and consecrated the Rev. Heather Elizabeth Cook as its suffragan bishop on Sept. 6 during a service at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. The service featured participants from across the diocese, as well as Cook’s family, friends and people from past ministries. To […]

Olympia diocese committed to multi-phase Oso mudslide recovery

[Episcopal Diocese of Olympia] Five months after a major mudslide occurred near Oso, a rural area of Washington State approximately 60 miles northeast of Seattle, Episcopalians in the Diocese of Olympia are expressing their gratitude to all who’ve donated to the ongoing relief efforts while focusing on the future. “Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal […]

St. Mary’s Church in Napa joins in quake clean-up

Red-tagged building needs inspection, organ replacing

[Episcopal News Service] While the outside of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Napa, California, looks perfect after the Aug. 24 magnitude-6 earthquake, the inside of the church is a different matter. Organ pipes litter the chancel floor while others hang precariously from the organ loft, some bent like drinking straws. Right after the quake at […]

Mississippi notified of successful canonical consent process

Bishop-elect Seage ordination and consecration on Sept. 27

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has notified the Diocese of Mississippi that Bishop-Elect Coadjutor Brian R. Seage has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process. As outlined under Canon III.11.4 (a), the Presiding Bishop confirmed the receipt of consents […]

‘New and creative ways of prayer’ available for everyday life

[Episcopal News Service] What is being called “a daily office for the 21st century” is now available to members of the Episcopal Church and beyond. “Daily Prayer for All Seasons,” developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music offers a variation on the Book of Common Prayer’s tradition of prayers for morning, noon, evening […]

Massachusetts Bishop Shaw offers update on illness

[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] Massachusetts Bishop Thomas Shaw, SSJE, sent a message to his diocese on Aug. 25 announcing that the brain cancer he has been battling since May 2013 is incurable and expressing gratitude for ongoing prayers and support. “At the recommendation of my medical team, I’ve decided now to pursue a course of treatment […]