Liberia’s Cuttington University, diocese at epicenter of Ebola crisis

Impacted communities find lifeline in church response

[Episcopal News Service] Liberia’s Cuttington University, located near one of the epicenters of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, is reaching out to its surrounding communities while worrying about the epidemic’s impact on the now-closed school’s future, and mourning the loss of graduates and friends. Meanwhile, throughout Liberia and Sierra Leone, Episcopal Relief & Development is in […]

Church sees imperative role in racial justice, reconciliation

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This story has been updated. Though the Ferguson police department is predominantly white, it is not all-white as previously stated. While the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager continued to spark protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Episcopalians throughout the U.S. were grappling with a tough reality that it could have […]

Praying ‘that this Ebola passes over’ in Liberia

Archbishop details scene in Monrovia, explains church council statement

[Episcopal News Service] Liberian Archbishop Jonathan Bau-Bau Bonaparte Hart is praying to God “that this Ebola passes over” western Africa and his people are restored to health soon. Hart, who spoke to Episcopal News Service Aug. 18 via telephone from his office in Monrovia’s Trinity Cathedral, spent the previous day visiting churches of all denominations […]

Ferguson, Missouri: Church leaders aim to help rebuild community trust

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Teresa Mithen-Danieley gambled “there probably wouldn’t be tear gas” and took her two-year-old daughter Ruby Frances with her to the Aug. 14 march in Ferguson, Missouri, to begin to rebuild community trust after the Aug. 9 fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and its violent aftermath. Along with […]

Church groups mobilize to address West Africa Ebola outbreak

Liberian, Sierra Leonean diaspora leading efforts to help their homelands

[Episcopal News Service] Two Episcopal Church priests with deep personal and professional roots in two of the countries being devastated by Ebola say that efforts to stem the deadly virus’ spread are being hampered by a slow response, lack of medical supplies, illiteracy, poverty and misinformation. “The problem we have had is Liberians not taking […]

Nominating committee issues call, profile for 27th Presiding Bishop

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has issued the Call for Discernment and Profile for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. The Call for Discernment and Profile is located here. The Spanish version is here and the French […]

Video: Escaping persecution, Iraqi Christians find new lives in Paris

[Episcopal News Service] ENS produced the following video in June 2013 about the persecution of Iraqi Christians and the Episcopal Church’s role in helping them to resettle in France. Although at the time the French government had closed its doors to Iraqi refugees, it has recently announced it is ready to offer asylum again to […]

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Iraq on Sunday, August 17

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe Sunday, August 17, as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East living in fear of their lives, livelihoods, and ways of living and believing. Her call for prayer is in […]

Urgent calls for peace in the land of the Holy One

[Episcopal News Service] Religious and political leaders have stepped up their calls for a permanent ceasefire to the three-week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas, as the number of casualties topped 7,000 and the death toll reached 1,200. “The continued and escalating violence in the land of the Holy One, the slaughter of innocents by actions […]

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