Program, Budget and Finance begins triennial budget work

‘Inclusive, transparent, responsive, collegial, collaborative’ process promised

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) has begun the many months of work that will result in a 2016-2018 budget being proposed to the 78th General Convention in July 2015. PB&F members spent the bulk of their Oct. 27-29 meeting getting a […]

Executive Council defers proposal to make diocesan asking progressive

Issue will come up again at council’s January meeting

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Oct. 27 tabled until its next meeting a resolution calling for the 2016-2018 budget to be predicated on a progressive diocesan income asking structure. The action came as council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission (FFM) prepared to release to the church for […]

Social justice issues attract Executive Council’s attention

Members conclude meeting that had crowded agenda, deep discussions

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] In addition to working towards a draft proposed 2016-2018 budget, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Oct. 27 approved resolutions on a number of social issues facing the church and the world. Prompted by the work of its Joint Standing Committees on Advocacy and Networking (A&N) and Local Mission […]

Executive Council moves toward proposed draft budget

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council opened its four-day meeting here considering its proposed draft 2016-2018 budget as well as reviewing in committees resolutions that are due for council action on the last meeting day. The Rev. Susan Snook, a member of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission […]

Churches have role to play in fostering civil discourse in society

Forum’s speakers agree people of faith can be catalysts for good in tough conversations

[Episcopal News Service – Philadelphia] Americans are increasingly worried about the country’s polarized political debate and religious communities can help foster a return to respectful dialogue, said panelists in the Episcopal Church’s civil discourse forum here Oct. 22. All three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — believe people are created in God’s image, […]

Ferguson: ‘The ‘come to Jesus’ moment for us in the church’

Episcopal clergy, others arrested as protests continue

[Episcopal News Service] Danielle Dowd was back in front of the Ferguson police department Oct. 15, just two days after being arrested there while protesting the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and other African-American youths. Since Brown’s Aug. 9 death, “I’ve come a couple of days every week, except for when my […]

Christian, Muslim and Jewish artists unite in prayer for the world

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler grew up in Senegal, a predominately Muslim country in West Africa where his father was a minister. Throughout his childhood he observed the tension between Muslims and Christians. “I thought there has to be a better way. Most of my best friends were Muslims, and today still, Muslims […]

Griswold to facilitate meeting between GTS professors, trustees

[Episcopal News Service] Former Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold will facilitate the Oct. 16 meeting between trustees of the General Theological Seminary and eight professors whose employment is at the core of the dispute involving complaints about the conduct of the school’s dean and president. The General trustees agreed Oct. 13 during a teleconference to have […]

Dioceses respond to marriage equality decision by US Supreme Court

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in many dioceses across the church have been considering how to respond to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court action clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court let stand appeals court rulings in three U.S. federal court districts which had overturned bans on […]

Ministry serves farmworkers through sacraments, outreach

[Episcopal News Service – Newton Grove, North Carolina] On a rainy, humid mid-September morning five hours before the Sunday noon Eucharist at Sacred Family, the Rev. Tony Rojas got behind the wheel of a white van and began making the rounds to pick up men from the farmworker camps set back on highways and county […]