Episcopalians urged to act to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Energy companies covet ‘the sacred place where life begins’

[Episcopal News Service] To energy companies the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, particularly its 1.5-million acre coastal plain, is a potential oil and natural gas bonanza. To the Gwich’in, the indigenous people who for centuries have called it home, it’s sacred. This conflict has fueled for more than 30 years a contentious debate over whether this […]

Transformed by 12 years in Tanzania, missionaries set to return

[Episcopal News Service] As a child, the Rev. Sandra McCann dreamed of someday going to Africa. But she never imagined it would become her home, her ministry and her entire life for 12 years. When Sandy and her husband Martin reached their mid-50s, they made the audacious decision to give up their successful medical careers […]

Pakistan’s Christians faithful and resilient in face of persecution

[Episcopal News Service] Pakistan is one of the world’s most troubling epicenters for terrorism where minorities are targeted by religious extremists for having different beliefs or affiliations. Yet the persecuted Christian community – 1.5 percent of 180 million people – remains steadfast in faith despite the daily persecution they face. Last month, two bomb blasts […]

Empowering Episcopalians and the next generation to care for creation

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians old and young often turn to the phrase “this fragile earth, our island home” when talking about stewardship of the planet. It comes from Eucharistic Prayer C, found in the Book of Common Prayer. A little further down the page, the prayer continues: “You made us the rulers of creation. But […]

Standing in solidarity with the world’s persecuted minorities

[Episcopal News Service] Church bombings, brutal beheadings, forced conversions and mass migration have become the shocking trademarks of extremist factions in the Middle East and Africa, persecuting religious minorities and wiping out Christian populations that in some places – such as Iraq, Syria and Egypt – date back to the first century. For many in […]

Pilgrims continue to #ShareTheJourney, become refugee advocates

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church has been resettling refugees for 75 years, working with local congregations and resettlement agencies across the United States to welcome some of the most vulnerable people in the world who’ve fled violence, war, political, ethnic and cultural oppression. In early March, eight Episcopalians traveled to Kenya and Rwanda to […]

Pilgrims study refugees, resettlement process in Rwanda, Kenya

[Episcopal News Service] A little more than an hour’s drive outside Rwanda’s capital Kigali, 14,500 Congolese refugees live atop and along a hillside in red mud huts safely nestled in the country’s interior, far from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province from which most of them fled armed conflict and violence in the […]

Idowu-Fearon ‘committed to God’s mission of reconciliation’

Nigerian bishop's appointment as Anglican Communion secretary general celebrated

[Episcopal News Service] Many Anglican and Episcopal leaders are celebrating the appointment of Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of the Anglican Diocese of Kaduna, Nigeria, as the next secretary general of the Anglican Communion. “Josiah is, above all, a man of communion, a careful listener, and a respecter of the different ways in which we are called […]

Video: Presiding Bishop’s Easter Day sermon at Salisbury Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached at Salisbury Cathedral in England during the Easter Day Eucharist service. She preached and led services at various times at Salisbury Cathedral during Holy Week 2015 at the invitation of the Very Rev. June Osborne, dean. The full text of her Easter Day sermon follows. Easter […]

Hunger for food security, justice feeds Diocese of Los Angeles’ work

[Episcopal News Service] Flying over Los Angeles, the city’s vastness comes sharply into focus. Its low buildings and sun-bleached concrete stretch on forever, but look closer at the greater metropolitan area, in the communities, schools and churchyards, and you’ll see gardens. The gardens are part of the Diocese of Los Angeles’ plan to address food […]