Faith community urged to be ‘locomotive’ in fight against racism

[Trinity Church in the City of Boston] During Martin Luther King weekend, Children’s Defense Fund Founder and President Marian Wright Edelman issued a rallying cry to the predominantly white 900-plus attendees at Boston’s Trinity Church anti-racism symposium: “Wake up! [Martin Luther King] is not coming back. We’re it!” Edelman’s keynote address was part sermon, part […]

One step closer to protecting the Arctic

Send a letter of thanks to President Obama

[Episcopal Public Policy Network Policy Alert] Yesterday, the Obama Administration took a critical step toward permanent protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain by releasing a long-anticipated report. This report, called the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP), not only provides useful guidance for conserving the natural habitat of the Arctic but also recommends an official […]

Presiding Bishop preaches at St. George’s in Jerusalem

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached on Jan. 25 at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. Jefferts Schori is currently leading an Interfaith Abrahamic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Conversion of Paul[1] 25 January 2015 St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, Arabic service Abrahamic Interfaith Pilgrimage   The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts […]

Virginia missionaries spend week visiting church in Cuba

[St. James’s Episcopal Church – Richmond, Virginia] Thirteen missionaries from St. James’s Episcopal Church returned on January 17 from Cuba after a week within the Episcopal Church of Cuba working on a variety of projects including the development of a rural retreat named after a Virginian, Bishop Alexander Hugo Blankingship, who was the diocese’s Bishop from 1939 […]

JNCPB report includes updates

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement with an update of progress following its recent meeting: The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) met January 12 – 14. After nearly […]

Lilly Endowment awards $500,000 to Virginia Theological Seminary

[Virginia Theological Seminary press release] Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded $500,000 to Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) for a program entitled “Deep Calls to Deep: A Program to Strengthen Episcopal Preaching.” “The task of preaching is central to the work of formation,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “This four-year […]

Christ Church Alexandria hires interim rector

The Vestry of Christ Church, Alexandria is pleased to announce that they have called The Reverend John Hood Branson to serve as the Interim Rector to lead the congregation during the search process for a new permanent rector, usually a one to two-year period. The Rev. Branson will conduct a forum from 9:00 to 9:45 […]

Presiding Bishop leads interfaith pilgrimage to Holy Land

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is currently leading an Interfaith Abrahamic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The pilgrimage is in response to Resolution B019 approved at General Convention 2012, recommending the interfaith pilgrimage. Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori recently noted to Executive Council that this resolution “asked […]

Staff changes at Episcopal Health Ministries

EHM appoints team of board members to manage transition

Retired Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan John L. Rabb, chair of the Board of Directors of Episcopal Health Ministries ( issued the following press release Jan. 20. The Board of Directors of Episcopal Health Ministries, facing the reality of the funding environment, has concluded that we can no longer maintain our current staffing. In appreciation […]

Episcopal Church in Minnesota awards local partnership grants

[Episcopal Church in Minnesota press release] The Episcopal Church in Minnesota ( (ECMN) announced Jan. 14 that they have awarded 12 grants totaling $70,500 for Missional Innovative Partnerships (MIPs) between Episcopal faith communities and local organizations. A Grant Discernment team was assembled and received 32 applications. Applicants were asked to demonstrate through their proposal that […]