‘To help people, to further the kingdom’

Congregations engage the complexities of mental illness

[Episcopal News Service] When Matthew Collins was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about seven years ago, he lost his job, his marriage and his self-understanding in rapid succession. “Mental illness turned my own mind into something I no longer recognized,” Collins told ENS recently. During two sleepless weeks he cycled through psychosis, paranoia, grandiose illusions, beliefs […]

‘Reclaiming Gospel of Peace’ wraps up in Oklahoma City

Anti-violence event participants move into Holy Week as more gun violence occurs

[Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] After nearly three days of learning and praying about how to turn the epidemic tide of violence in the world, participants in the Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace gathering left here to begin Holy Week as the United States witnessed yet another shooting attack. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, […]

Archbishop says church must ‘join its enemies on their knees’

Resorting to violence denies the possibility of redemption

[Editors' note: a correction was made to this article to remove reference to the location of the mass grave where Welby said he had been told Christians were murdered out fear that they might become homosexual because of Western influence.] [Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said April 10 […]

‘Life becomes simple’ with lasting Lenten practices

[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent may rapidly be coming to a close but some creative Lenten spiritual practices seem sure to linger on. Like the ‘Fat-Tuesday’-inspired “Skinny Tuesdays” running club at Trinity Cathedral in Miami in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. After the traditional Fat Tuesday pancake suppers “we figured everyone was […]