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 […]

Brotherhood of St. Andrew expands prison ministry

Half-way house planned to help parolees adjust

A half-way house to help parolees adjust to modern society is being planned by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. A site in Texas has been selected and brothers meeting in Mississippi June 10-15 heard reports from the organization’s prison ministry volunteers who say such a facility is “sorely needed.” The proposal was delivered to the […]

Vermont: Senator, bishop, faith leaders discuss economic justice

[Episcopal Diocese of Vermont] On June 20, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a news conference with Vermont religious leaders to discuss the moral implications of extreme wealth and income inequality. Bishop Thomas Ely, Rabbi Joshua Chasan, the Rev. Lynn Bujnak, and Monsignor Roland Rivard were present, as well as several other Episcopal clergy and […]

Celebrating World Refugee Day

Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office shares Abel's success story

[Diocese of Olympia] For young people like Abel, a 24-year old refugee from Eritrea, the prospect of starting from scratch in a new society on his own hit him suddenly. “You know, I think all people want to make success. But we struggle, all of us do. That was what I realized right away. That […]

Episcopal parties file petition for review by U.S. Supreme Court

[Episcopal Diocese of Forth Worth press release] On June 19, 2014, The Episcopal Church and loyal Episcopal parties and congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. A copy of the petition is here. The Fort Worth parties were joined in the filing by […]