Teaching bishops to be bishops

College for Bishops faces time of change and questions

[Episcopal News Service] How do you learn to be a bishop? For most of the Episcopal Church’s life, new bishops learned on the job with little or no outside help. It’s only in the last 24 years that the church has had a formal process for such learning. That process, run by the College for […]

Standing with Standing Rock taught Episcopalians about solidarity

Lessons range from theological to nitty-gritty and logistical

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. John Floberg has more than 3,000 pounds of flour in his garage. Depending on your point of view, the bags symbolize either the Episcopal Church’s mission and ministry or the law of unintended consequences, or both. Floberg, priest-in-charge of Episcopal congregations on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock […]

Episcopal Migration Ministries hosts World Refugee Day interfaith conversation

#StandTogether #WithRefugees

[Episcopal News Service] Judaism, like all religious traditions, calls Rabbi Victor Urecki to welcome the stranger, the refugee. In the Torah, God tells the Jews no less than 36 times to “love the strangers in their midst,” reminding them they were once strangers in Egypt, he said. Still, it’s not Urecki’s Jewish faith that drives […]

Collars on the Corner brings prayer, spiritual connection to streets of Milwaukee

[Episcopal News Service – Milwaukee, Wisconsin] Luria Sampson had plans Saturday morning, and they didn’t include prayer – not at first. Driving east down West Center Street in Milwaukee, he was on a course for his daughter’s house, his thoughts focused on her safety in a city suffering through a surge in shooting deaths. But […]

‘Cathedral of the Confederacy’ reckons with its history and charts future

[Episcopal News Service – Richmond, Virginia] Looking around the sanctuary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here nothing suggests an altered space. Enough plaques, stained-glass windows, wall sconces and other adornments remain that the sanctuary is anything but bare. Its columns, deep-red pew cushions and the Tiffany Last Supper mosaic above the altar offer much for […]

Disciplinary panel sanctions Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno

Bishop accused of trying again to sell church at heart of pending disciplinary case

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church ecclesiastical disciplinary panel considering a complaint against Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno has sanctioned the bishop for again trying to sell St. James the Great Episcopal Church. The Hearing Panel told Bruno on June 17 that he is prohibited from “selling or conveying or contracting to […]

Video: Presiding Bishop’s World Refugee Day message

Episcopal Migration Ministries toolkit, resources for individuals and congregations

  [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “In the name of Mary, Joseph and the Lord Jesus, aid all refugees today, for most of the refugees like the Holy Family themselves, are families, and most are children,” commented Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his 2017 World Refugee Day Message. “I invite […]

Episcopal Women’s History Project conference focuses on women of color

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Rt. Rev. Jennifer L. Baskerville-Burrows was deep into her sermon, rhythmically invoking the names of a great cloud of witnesses whose presence was deeply felt by those who gathered near Baltimore this week for the Episcopal Women’s History Project conference. “You know them, women like Pauli Murray; say […]

Pauli Murray Center aims to inspire ‘young, future firebrands’

Park Service designates Murray’s childhood home a National Historic Landmark

[Episcopal News Service] A recent National Park Service historic landmark designation and $237,575 grant has ignited hopes for completion of a project to convert the wood-frame childhood home of Pauli Murray into a social justice center dedicated to the legacy of the early civil rights activist, fiery feminist and the first African-American woman ordained a […]

Q&A: Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris says, ‘people have got to live boldly’

Harris continues her calls for greater diversity in Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service] Now-retired Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris’ historic ordained ministry has always included advocacy for the full inclusion of all people in the life of the Episcopal Church. Harris began making history with that advocacy as a lay woman on July 29, 1974. She lifted high the cross as crucifer during a service […]