Episcopalians’ ‘widow’s mite’ is doing mighty work in recent disaster relief

Executive Council gets update on Episcopal Relief & Development’s response

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s roadmap of the Jesus Movement has been guiding Episcopalians in their response to the chain of disasters that have struck the world in the last two months. “You can see it in that we have various departments of the presiding bishop’s staff, the companion dioceses, […]

Removal of Robert E. Lee from church’s name was just start of healing for Virginia congregation

[Episcopal News Service] Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia, has begun growing into its new name. Its website homepage is updated. The stationery is new. And perhaps more consequentially, the annual stewardship appeal has been sent to members under the new church name. A month ago, the vestry voted to remove Robert E. Lee from […]

What would happen if Episcopalians and their church put Jesus at the center – really?

Curry and Jennings challenge Executive Council as it opens four-day meeting

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] It would seem obvious that Episcopalians have Jesus at the center of their lives and that the Episcopal Church centers on Jesus. Yet, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry challenged the church’s Executive Council Oct. 18 to reflect deeply on whether the church and its members are truly answering the […]

The crisis continues for Puerto Rico, and so do efforts toward relief, and then, recovery

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal clergy and congregation members are resuming church services and school classes when they can and how they can, despite the vast devastation in Puerto Rico almost a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Sept. 20. It was the strongest storm the island has faced since before the Great Depression, a Category […]

Seminary of the Southwest helps smooth the path to becoming a military chaplain

[Episcopal News Service] Joshua Woods first felt the calling while he ministered to hospice patients in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Many patients were military veterans and spouses. As he counseled them, Woods, a lay chaplain, heard what an impact military chaplains made in their lives. That’s when Woods, now 34, knew he wanted to become […]

Fires ‘still just raging’ in Northern California as Episcopalians try to help others while facing their own perils

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Northern California continue to monitor the growing wildfires in their neighborhoods while finding ways to help their communities deal with the ongoing and expanding disaster. The Rev. Jim Richardson, priest-in-charge at Church of the Incarnation in hard-hit Santa Rosa, told Episcopal News Service on the afternoon of Oct. 12 that […]

Political unrest in Haiti delays grand opening celebration at rebuilt Episcopal school

[Episcopal News Service] The threat of violent political protests in Haiti has forced Episcopal leaders to postpone the grand opening celebration at a rebuilt school that had been scheduled for Oct. 16. The Oct. 12 letter from St. Vincent’s School administrators did not identify a specific threat to the school but spoke of general concern […]

Episcopal churches help communities grapple with the opioid crisis

Narcan training, education, advocacy are tools in the effort

[Episcopal News Service] If someone with diabetes starts shaking and seizing with insulin shock, would you try to help? What about if someone was grimacing in pain from a heart attack right before your eyes — would you call 911? Of course, you would, said Donna Barten, 56, a recently retired research neuroscientist on the […]

Update: Episcopalians flee Northern California fires – and help their neighbors

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Karen King woke up to flames in the middle of the night Oct. 8 in her Oakmont Village home east of Santa Rosa, California. “We could see the flames jumping on the top of the ridges of Annadel [State Park] that separate us from Kenwood,” said King, who is the […]

Q&A: Union of Black Episcopalians President Annette Buchanan

[Episcopal News Service – Asbury Park, New Jersey] Annette Buchanan recently spoke to Episcopal News Service about her role as president of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the organization’s goals and importance within the Episcopal Church. The Union of Black Episcopalians is the descendant of several such organizations with the church, dating from 1856 […]