Presiding Bishop makes historic visit to northern Haiti

Jefferts Schori preaches on the Third Sunday of Advent

[Episcopal News Service – Cap-Haitien, Haiti] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recently became the first ever primate to visit northern Haiti. “It is a very significant visit for us,” said the Rt. Rev. Ogé Beauvoir, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Haiti, during a Dec. 15 interview with Episcopal News Service at the diocesan office […]

Video: Mozambique partnership addresses malaria, intense flooding

[Episcopal News Service] With picture postcard landscapes, rich agricultural possibilities, and a people committed to a sustainable future, Mozambique is a place of great beauty and potential. But intense seasonal flooding, periodic droughts and the burden of malaria and other communicable diseases continue to bring suffering to much of the population. Responding to these crises […]

Libby Lane named as Church of England’s first female bishop

Editors’ note: Story updated at 11:40 EST Dec. 17 with statement from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori [Church of England press release] Downing Street has announced that the new bishop of Stockport – and the first female bishop in the Church of England – will be the Rev. Libby Lane, currently vicar of St. Peter’s, […]

Religious-themed movies – helping or hurting the Christian story?

[Episcopal News Service] The latest in a slew of religious-themed films this year, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses, opened Dec. 12, but can it and others of its genre be considered Christian movies? And do they help – or hinder – the telling of the biblical story? Some Episcopalians, like Faith […]

TREC presents final report for General Convention 2015 consideration

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has presented its final report to the 78th General Convention and to the Church, and for inclusion in Reports to General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book. The report is available in English and Spanish. Also […]

Bishop Tengatenga on faith, controversy and the Anglican Communion

[Episcopal News Service – Charleston, South Carolina] Former Southern Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga, who chairs the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), says the Anglican Communion is still in the middle of painful struggles, but those struggles have made its members “think about who we are, what we are about, and not only think about it but […]

Human rights, dignity: An Episcopal priest in Brussels fights for justice

[Episcopal News Service] Fulfilling God’s vision of a renewed creation “that respects the dignity and beauty of every individual person on this planet” may be a formidable goal, but the Rev. Mark Barwick lives for that dream of a reconciled world. Based in Brussels, Belgium, the Episcopal priest says that his work as a policy […]

Presiding Bishop’s Christmas message 2014

May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2014 prays: “May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.” The following is the Presiding Bishop’s message: Christmas message 2014 The […]

Episcopal, ELCA Presiding Bishops on World AIDS Day 2014

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement for World AIDS Day 2014. The text of the statement follows: World AIDS Day 2014 Every year on December 1, Episcopalians and Lutherans […]

Discussion questions available on the Ferguson decision

Appropriate for adults and youth

[Episcopal News Service] As congregations plan to meet for Sunday worship for the first time since this week’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, a new Episcopal Church resource aims to equip congregational leaders to engage discussion about the events of Ferguson with a variety of different age groups. Prepared by the Missionary Society, Talking about Ferguson in our […]