Dioceses respond to marriage equality decision by US Supreme Court

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in many dioceses across the church have been considering how to respond to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court action clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court let stand appeals court rulings in three U.S. federal court districts which had overturned bans on […]

Ahora disponible: El Registro Diario de la Convención General de 2012, Traducción en Español de la Constitución y Cánones

[1 de Julio de 2013] El Registro Diario de  la 77a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal está ahora disponible para ser descargada sin costo alguno aquí. La edición imprimida está disponible para ser ordenada con anticipación mediante la Publicación de la Iglesia Inc. (por su siglas en inglés, CPI) aquí. El Registro Diario de […]

Now available: Journal of General Convention 2012, Spanish translation of Constitution and Canons

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Journal of the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is now available for download at no cost here. The print edition is available for pre-order through Church Publishing Inc. (CPI) here. The Journal of the General Convention reflects the actions of the General Convention of […]

Task force for church structural reform issues statement

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church task force for church structural reform has issued a statement following the group’s inaugural meeting Feb. 14-16. The following is the statement in English and French below. The Spanish version is here. At the 77th General Convention, the Holy Spirit called The Episcopal Church to reimagine […]

Presiding Bishop’s remarks to structure task force

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] On February 14, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori made the following remarks at the first meeting of the Task Force on Structure created by General Convention Resolution 2012-C095: Structure Task Force 14 February 2013 Maritime Center, Linthicum Heights, MD The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop and Primate […]

Structure task force gathers for first time

Presiding bishop, House of Deputies president offer views of work ahead

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, Feb. 14 each gave the church’s Task Force on Structure their own sense of the work facing the 26-member group. Their remarks came on the first day of the task force’s initial meeting being held […]

Should confirmation be required?

[Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Canon Lee Alison Crawford told vestry members church canons required they be confirmed, an anguished junior warden resigned. “As the (former) rector of a congregation whose average Sunday attendance was under 50, which gave me a core group of maybe 30 people, I usually found out by accident that somebody […]

Convention offers way to help bishops, dioceses reconcile

Canonical process prescribes method for ending episcopal relationship

[Episcopal News Service] The bishops and deputies who gathered in Indianapolis in July for the 77th meeting of General Convention made a historic statement about the relationship between bishops and dioceses, acknowledging that, on rare occasions, that relationship becomes severely strained, sometimes to the point of breaking. The statement, made by way of Resolution B021, […]

Church strengthens its position on immigration reform

In California, diocese urges state action on ‘safe communities’

[Episcopal News Service] Clergy, community members and young immigrants gathered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on Aug. 15 to celebrate a nationwide temporary reprieve from deportation for young, undocumented immigrants. But while applauding the limited measure that provides a legal pathway to work for young people brought to the United States as children, the […]

Title IV continues to attract debate

Convention's changes to disciplinary canons are part of a long journey

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church canons have expressed concern about clergy behavior since the General Convention in 1789 made it wrong for clergy — except “for their honest necessities” — to “resort to taverns, or other places most liable to be abused to licentiousness.” That original Canon 13 also warned that clergy who “[gave] themselves to base […]