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 […]

Pennsylvania clergy confront addiction, recovery at ‘Wellness Day’

[Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania] “If you are a member of the Episcopal Church, you are co-dependent. The Episcopal Church is co-dependent and we have to get better,” the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, former bishop of Maine, told a gathering of more than 120 clergy from the dioceses of Central Pennsylvania, Bethlehem and Northwestern Pennsylvania […]

New Jersey church honors its war dead to highlight cost of conflict

[Episcopal News Service] While celebrating the divine gift of the Holy Spirit to the church on Pentecost Sunday, St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, also celebrated the human gifts of service and sacrifice as it honored men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who died serving their country. In particular, the […]

Dallas diocese elects George Sumner as next bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Dallas] The Rev. Canon George Sumner was elected May 16 to serve as the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of The Episcopal Church. Sumner, 60, is currently the principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada, […]

HOD State of the Church Committee issues statement, offers bulletin insert

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church has issued a statement following the conclusion of its work for the triennium: The House of Deputies State of the Church Committee (SOTC) has concluded its work for the triennium. The report, submitted as part […]