Zanzibar’s Christ Church Cathedral opens slave-trade heritage center

Historic cathedral restored, to be rededicated

[Episcopal News Service – Stone Town, Zanzibar] Christ Church Anglican Cathedral stands here as a symbol of remembrance to the men, women and children taken from East Africa and sold into slavery. A massive stone structure just outside the historic city’s narrow streets and corridors, the cathedral also serves as a reminder of the Anglican […]

Episcopal Digital Network launches new service in French: Actualités

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Digital Network has launched Actualités, designed to provide news and information for French-speaking readers. Actualités, which means “news” in French, was designed to provide services for French-speaking Episcopalians and Anglicans throughout The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Actualités is available here. “The Episcopal Church includes […]

Immigrants continue to breathe life into St. Paul church

Partner parish to co-sponsor a refugee family

[Episcopal News Service – St. Paul, Minnesota] When you walk into Holy Apostles Episcopal Church here on any given Sunday you will find a melting pot. A young female Hmong deacon in her 30s will be hugging a white congregant in his 80s, and youth of many races and ages will be sitting together listening […]

Video: Refugee, Migration and the Anglican Communion

[Episcopal News Service] With World Refugee Day being observed today (June 20), ENS is republishing a video produced in collaboration with the Anglican Communion Office, titled “Refugee, Migration and the Anglican Communion.” The video explores the global impact of the refugee crisis and the responses from Anglicans worldwide.

Companions visit, express solidarity with Ecuadorian Episcopalians

Earthquake recovery, emotional healing may take years

[Episcopal News Service – Manta, Ecuador] The poor, women and children, suffer most in the aftermath of disaster. In Ecuador, where a massive earthquake killed more than 650 people and displaced more than 30,000 in April, in addition to trauma, grief and emotional wounds inflicted, women and children have experienced increased rates of domestic violence, […]

Video: Presiding Bishop Curry on World Refugee Day

'We must find a way to end the suffering of human beings'

  In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution that force people to flee at an […]

Episcopalians hold vigils for Orlando shooting victims

Call for end to gun violence

[Episcopal News Service] With prayer and song, a diverse crowd of worshipers gathered at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 15 to honor those killed and injured in a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub three days earlier. Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith joined speakers from various […]

Mississippi: Episcopal priest sues to repeal anti-gay measure

New state laws allow ‘guns in churches,’ anti-gay discrimination

[Episcopal News Service] For the Rev. Susan Hrostowski, suing June 13 for LGBT rights in Mississippi felt like déjà vu all over again. In April, the Episcopal priest and her wife Kathryn “Kathy” Garner were among four lesbian couples that successfully challenged a state ban on gay adoption.  In 2014, they also challenged the state’s […]

Litany for Gun Violence Prevention offered for use in Sunday services

[Episcopal News Service] The following Litany for Gun Violence Prevention is written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal bishop of Maine, and offered for use in liturgies throughout the Episcopal Church this coming Sunday or at any other time. The litany is available as downloadable bulletin inserts in English here and in Spanish here. A […]

Prayers, statements and liturgical resources for Orlando