Churches reach out to Latinos: ‘God’s people are coming’

Mission Enterprise Zones, New Church Starts grants stir creativity

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about The Episcopal Church’s pledge at the 77th General Convention to partner with dioceses to begin innovative mission strategies. Previous stories are here. [Episcopal News Service] Bolstered by matching grants from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the Diocese of Olympia, the Rev. […]

Practicing a mission strategy of presence

Mission Enterprise Zone grant helps fund effort in Worcester, Massachusetts

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about The Episcopal Church’s pledge at the 77th General Convention to partner with dioceses to begin innovative mission strategies. Previous stories are here. [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Tom Brackett has a word for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts’ urban missioner in the South […]

Western NC’s Kairos West: Intentionally sacred among the secular

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about The Episcopal Church’s pledge at the 77th General Convention to partner with dioceses to begin innovative mission strategies. Previous stories are here. [Episcopal News Service] Any given day or night, the Kairos West Community Center hosts people interested in “funky fitness” classes, artists, […]

Convention’s liturgy and music committee to consider saints, songs, prayers

[Episcopal News Service] The General Convention’s Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee faces a full docket of liturgical resolutions at the 78th meeting of convention, even with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s resolutions and others concerning marriage-related resources and rites now referred to a separate legislative committee. The SCLM is one of the […]

Breakaway group rejects offer to settle South Carolina property lawsuit

[Episcopal News Service] An offer by South Carolina Episcopalians to settle a church-property lawsuit in eastern South Carolina was rejected by a breakaway group on June 15, the same day the offer was made public. The Episcopal Church in South Carolina offered to let 35 parishes keep their church properties, whether or not they choose […]

$1 million gift to Sewanee supports School of Theology’s vision

[Sewanee press release] The University of the South has announced a $1 million gift from the Episcopal Foundation of Texas. Though the gift is being made to the university as a whole, a significant portion has been designated for the School of Theology. “We are blessed by our long partnership with Sewanee and we have […]

Judge postpones start of Heather Cook’s homicide trial

[Episcopal News Service] A Baltimore judge June 4 postponed until September former Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook’s criminal trial. Cook’s trial was scheduled to start that day in Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Wanda Heard’s courtroom. She stands accused of 13 charges for allegedly causing the Dec. 27, 2014, car-bicycle accident in […]

Episcopal Relief & Development partners with Texas dioceses on flood response

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal dioceses of Texas and West Texas in response to severe flooding caused by weeks of heavy rain across the region. Church teams in both dioceses are providing pastoral care and conducting needs assessments in areas where people lost homes and […]

Archdeacon finds neighbor helping neighbor in Houston

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] “I saw a lot of people with a light in their eyes,” said the Very Rev. Russ Oechsel, archdeacon for the Diocese of Texas. “They know God is with us all the time.” Oechsel led an emergency spiritual care team from the Diocese of Texas through the streets of the Meyerland […]

Spokane Bishop Waggoner announces plan to resign

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Diocese of Spokane Bishop James E. Waggoner Jr. recently announced that he has asked the diocesan Standing Committee to begin searching for his successor. Waggoner, 67, said he will resign his post upon the ordination and consecration of the ninth bishop of Spokane. Waggoner was ordained and consecrated in October 2000 […]