Calif. court’s preliminary decision: return 27 properties to Episcopalians

Former diocesan headquarters, campgrounds and investment trust included

[Episcopal News Service] In a preliminary decision, a California court has ordered the return of 27 properties held by a breakaway group to the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and has said that dioceses cannot opt to leave the Episcopal Church. St. James Cathedral, the former diocesan offices, the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center near […]

California diocese’s first eco-confirmation hailed a success

[Episcopal Diocese of California] On Saturday, May 10, the Diocese of California held its first-ever Eco-Confirmation at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker, California. The confirmation took place with the annual Woods to Waves health camps fundraiser hike at St. Dorothy’s. Two people renewed their baptismal vows, one person was received into The Episcopal Church, […]

Joyous celebration of Frances Perkins’ feast day from Maine to D.C.

[Episcopal News Service] In her many different roles as public servant but especially as secretary of labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cabinet, Frances Perkins exemplified these words, working steadfastly and ceaselessly to ensure that the poor and needy in our land “be maintained in health and decency.” “Like Jesus who fed the multitudes rather than […]

Hundreds gather to be ‘Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina’

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina] More than 300 people came up a road lined with Episcopal flags to worship, pray, give thanks and plan for the future of their diocese with each other and with help from leaders from across The Episcopal Church at the “Enthusiastically Episcopalian in South Carolina” Conference on May 3 […]

Former New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson and partner divorce

[Episcopal News Service] Former Diocese of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson has announced that he and his partner of 25 years Mark Andrew recently decided to get divorced. In a message to the diocese announcing the decision, Robinson said: “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us, not a decision entered into lightly […]

Mississippi diocese elects Brian R. Seage as bishop coadjutor

[Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Brian R. Seage was elected on May 3 as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Seage, 50, rector of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi, was elected on […]

Maryland diocese elects Heather Cook as bishop suffragan

[Episcopal Diocese of Maryland press release] In accordance with the Canons and Constitutions of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Maryland, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland today announced that the Rev. Canon Heather Cook was elected Bishop Suffragan of Maryland. Cook was elected on the fourth ballot from a slate of […]

Matthew Alan Gunter consecrated eighth bishop of Fond du Lac

[Diocese of Fond Du Lac] Matthew Alan Gunter was ordained and consecrated bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac April 26 in a service held at Appleton Alliance Church in Appleton, Wisconsin. Gunter is the eighth bishop of Fond du Lac, replacing the Rt. Rev. Russell E. Jacobus, who retired after serving as bishop of Fond […]

No guns at Episcopal churches in Georgia, bishops say

[Episcopal News Services] Firearms will not be permitted in buildings or on property of any Episcopal church anywhere in the state of Georgia, bishops of the two Georgia dioceses have said. Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Rob Wright and Diocese of Georgia Bishop Scott Benhase were responding to Gov. Nathan Deal’s April 24 signing of what […]

Episcopal Health Foundation purchases Houston office building

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] The Episcopal Health Foundation has purchased property for its new offices at 500 Fannin in Downtown Houston, Elena Marks, president and CEO of the foundation announced. The foundation plans to occupy the property this summer. The decision to purchase the space was made after a thorough study of alternatives, said foundation treasurer […]