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 […]

Gaza’s Al Ahli Hospital appeals for urgent help

[Episcopal News Service] Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City is appealing for urgent aid as it struggles to provide critical healthcare services to anyone in need following more than a week of Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas militants. One of more than 35 institutions run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, the hospital is striving […]

‘Marked for Mission’ EYE14 is sent out to heal the world with love

Four-day event ends with celebrating and commissioning for service

[Episcopal News Service – Villanova, Pennsylvania] After four days of worship, workshops, prayer, long walks across the Villanova University campus, late-night conversations and contemplation of Scripture and the Five Marks of Mission, EYE14 all came down to the call to go out into the world and love it. “Whenever God is about to change the […]

Church of England says ‘yes’ to women as bishops

[Episcopal News Service] The Church of England made history July 14 when its General Synod, meeting in York, approved legislation to enable women to serve as bishops, possibly by 2015. The vote ends centuries of tradition and follows more than a decade of often-emotional debate accompanied by various stages of legislative action. Before the vote, […]

EYE14 participants summoned to bring their gifts to the world

‘Teach, lead this lovely old Episcopal Church into places that terrify us’

[Episcopal News Service – Villanova, Pennsylvania] The Episcopal Church and the world need young people’s “wisdom and experience.” And the nearly 800 youth attending the 2014 Episcopal Youth Event heard a call to action July 10 during the EYE14 Opening Eucharist. “We’ve got some great youth programs in the Episcopal Church, where adults teach and […]

Presiding Bishop on the crisis of unaccompanied children at US border

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on the current crisis of unaccompanied children and families at the United States border. The influx of vulnerable people from Central America, including unaccompanied minors as well as mothers with children, continues to challenge the […]

Unprecedented numbers of children detained crossing the border

Church responds to humanitarian crisis

[Episcopal News Service] Sixteen boys aged 14 to 17 gathered July 6 around a map of the Americas, each writing his first name on a sticky note and placing it first next to his home country, with the majority landing on Guatemala, followed by Honduras. Then, the Rev. Susan Copley asked the teenagers to move […]

Church jargon jettisoned for better communication

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Scott Claassen of thads describes himself as “a Monday through Saturday follower of Jesus who worships on Sunday.” He believes it conveys a clearer understanding of what his faith means to him than “Episcopalian” or even “Christian”. “The main point is, it inverts our sense of discipleship from saying being […]

UBE conference underway in Atlantic City

Multigenerational gathering ‘recommits to social justice’

[Episcopal News Service – Atlantic City, New Jersey] It’s a “family reunion” like no other: 250 adults, young and older, are gathered at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino for 46th annual meeting and conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians, a confederation of more than 35 chapters and groups in the U.S. and the […]