Urgent calls for peace in the land of the Holy One

[Episcopal News Service] Religious and political leaders have stepped up their calls for a permanent ceasefire to the three-week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas, as the number of casualties topped 7,000 and the death toll reached 1,200. “The continued and escalating violence in the land of the Holy One, the slaughter of innocents by actions […]

In-depth Philadelphia 11 reflections: Allison Cheek and Carter Heyward

[Episcopal News Service -- Brevard, North Carolina] The Rev. Allison Cheek and the Rev. Carter Heyward reflect on the meaning and continuing challenge of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. Cheek and Heyward were two of the 11 who were ordained without the Episcopal Church’s explicit permission on July 29, 1974. A shorter version of this video […]

Philadelphia 11 reflections: Allison Cheek and Carter Heyward

[Episcopal News Service -- Brevard, North Carolina] The Rev. Allison Cheek and the Rev. Carter Heyward reflect on the meaning and continuing challenge of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. Cheek and Heyward were two of the 11 who were ordained without the Episcopal Church’s explicit permission on July 29, 1974. A more in-depth version of this […]

Philadelphia 11 reflections: Church still learning from ordinations

Fredrica Harris Thompsett says 'look back with joy', see changes still needed

[Episcopal News Service --Phoenix, Arizona] Fredrica Harris Thompsett, the Mary Wolfe Professor Emerita of Historical Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reflects on the lessons taught to the church by the ordinations of the Philadelphia 11 40 years ago on July 29, 1974. She was the keynote speaker at a symposium […]

Where are the Philadelphia 11 – and their ordaining bishops – now?

[Episcopal News Service] The following are summaries of the lives and work of the priests known as the Philadelphia 11 since their “irregular” ordinations on July 29, 1974. The Rev. Merrill Bittner, 67, served in the Diocese of Rochester from 1973 to 1976, including a 1973-1975 term as an associate at Episcopal Church of the […]

Philadelphia 11 ordinations marked with calls for continued justice work

40th anniversary celebration includes memories, speeches, joyous Eucharist,

An interactive timeline of the history of women’s ordination in the Anglican Communion is here. [Episcopal News Service – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] A joyous celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s priestly ordination on July 26 here included calls for people to realize that the dream of a more egalitarian and less patriarchal Episcopal Church – […]

Interactive timeline of the history of women’s ordination

To interact with this timeline, close the introduction and use the slider at the bottom to scroll through the events. To explore an event, click on it. You will then have options to read the details, delve deeper and connect with related online resources.

El Salvador Anglicans lead church, society in LGBT full inclusion

[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] When Bessy Rios’s brother Cruz Torres – then a college student – told her he was gay, she cried for three days. At the time Rios, a lawyer, was a volunteer with a human rights organization looking for missing children displaced by El Salvador’s 12-year civil war, […]

Detroit delays water shutoff 15 days

Thousands of protestors demonstrate

[Episcopal News Service] The building crowd – which swelled to more than 1,000 protesters on July 18 in downtown Detroit – had a chant growing ever louder. “What do we want?  Water. When do we want it? Now.” Their voices were apparently heard. Monday, after months of residential water shutoffs designed to help the bankrupt […]

El Salvador: Violence, insecurity, impunity lead to displacement

Faith-based NGOs respond

[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] Irene’s 13-year-old daughter disappeared leaving school on Feb. 15, 2012, in a gang-controlled municipality just northwest of San Salvador. The teen’s body was found two days later; Irene learned about it from a local television station. “I’m very afraid for my other children, that something will happen […]