Episcopalians seek to erase stigma of suicide, inspire church advocacy

[Episcopal News Service] Walking Philadelphia streets until the evening darkness dissolved into dawn meant raising nearly $6,000 to aid in suicide prevention and “bringing the whole subject of mental illness and depression into the light where people aren’t afraid of it anymore” for the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas. “Fear is one of the biggest barriers” […]

Brightening the spirits, breaking the silence

Indigenous ministries tackle suicide

[Episcopal News Service] The United States and Canada may be separated by a border but Native Americans on both sides of it share a deadly reality: their rate of suicide surpasses that of the general population. So much so that “we recently had an international consultation with people both from the States and Canada here […]

TREC issues a letter to The Episcopal Church suggesting changes

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Taskforce for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC) has issued A Word To The Episcopal Church. TREC Letter to the Church: September, 2014 Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face […]

Massachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] As the Church in Wales prepares to enable women to become bishops, Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts became the first female Anglican bishop to preside and preach in a Welsh cathedral. “The church is not just enriched by women’s ordination, it’s more enabled and empowered by women’s […]

Liberia’s Cuttington University, diocese at epicenter of Ebola crisis

Impacted communities find lifeline in church response

[Episcopal News Service] Liberia’s Cuttington University, located near one of the epicenters of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, is reaching out to its surrounding communities while worrying about the epidemic’s impact on the now-closed school’s future, and mourning the loss of graduates and friends. Meanwhile, throughout Liberia and Sierra Leone, Episcopal Relief & Development is in […]

Church sees imperative role in racial justice, reconciliation

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This story has been updated. Though the Ferguson police department is predominantly white, it is not all-white as previously stated. While the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager continued to spark protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Episcopalians throughout the U.S. were grappling with a tough reality that it could have […]

Praying ‘that this Ebola passes over’ in Liberia

Archbishop details scene in Monrovia, explains church council statement

[Episcopal News Service] Liberian Archbishop Jonathan Bau-Bau Bonaparte Hart is praying to God “that this Ebola passes over” western Africa and his people are restored to health soon. Hart, who spoke to Episcopal News Service Aug. 18 via telephone from his office in Monrovia’s Trinity Cathedral, spent the previous day visiting churches of all denominations […]

Ferguson, Missouri: Church leaders aim to help rebuild community trust

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Teresa Mithen-Danieley gambled “there probably wouldn’t be tear gas” and took her two-year-old daughter Ruby Frances with her to the Aug. 14 march in Ferguson, Missouri, to begin to rebuild community trust after the Aug. 9 fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and its violent aftermath. Along with […]

Church groups mobilize to address West Africa Ebola outbreak

Liberian, Sierra Leonean diaspora leading efforts to help their homelands

[Episcopal News Service] Two Episcopal Church priests with deep personal and professional roots in two of the countries being devastated by Ebola say that efforts to stem the deadly virus’ spread are being hampered by a slow response, lack of medical supplies, illiteracy, poverty and misinformation. “The problem we have had is Liberians not taking […]

Nominating committee issues call, profile for 27th Presiding Bishop

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has issued the Call for Discernment and Profile for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. The Call for Discernment and Profile is located here. The Spanish version is here and the French […]