Episcopalians, Anglicans have been involved in political actions for decades

[Episcopal News Service] Over the years, Episcopalians and Anglicans have lived out the Gospel’s call in many ways, celebrated and unknown. They have taken that call to the streets and into the halls of government, some achieving worldwide notoriety while others might be unknown to large parts of the Church. Here are just a few […]

Episcopal, Chinese church relationship strengthened through visit

Presiding Bishop met with government, church leaders in Beijing and Shanghai

[Episcopal News Service – Beijing and Shanghai] It was building friendships and strengthening relationships that characterized the Most Rev. Michael Curry’s first official visit as presiding bishop and primate to Asia and Southeast Asia last month, including in China where he and his staff met with government officials and leaders of the Protestant Christian Church. […]

Tiny house ‘village’ for homeless developing with help of Montana church

[Episcopal News Service] A coalition of Episcopalians, architecture students and social service providers in Bozeman, Montana, are in the middle of an innovative project that aims to address homelessness in the city – 155 square feet at a time. The concept is a village of tiny houses for the chronically homeless centered around a community […]

Presiding Bishop’s visit strengthens link between Episcopal, Hong Kong Anglican churches

[Episcopal News Service – Hong Kong] On Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s first official visit to the Anglican Province of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, he discovered that the Christian church in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia is growing, and it reinforced his belief that relationships centered in the gospel are essential to missional […]

Curry, Jennings take lead in Supreme Court brief on transgender-bathroom policies

Episcopal presiding officers say church supports transgender equality because of Christian faith

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are the lead signers on an amicus brief filed March 2 by 1,800 clergy and religious leaders in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving transgender-bathroom use policies. The “friend of the court” brief comes in the case of […]

U.S.-based, Philippine Episcopal churches enter concordat agreement

Presiding Bishop visited the Philippines on Asia, Southeast Asia tour

[Episcopal News Service – Manila, Philippines] When Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Prime Bishop Renato Abibico recently signed a concordat agreement, they did so as equals. Longtime covenant companions, the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Church in the Philippines entered a new commitment to remain in partnership and to learn from one another in the areas […]

Episcopal, Lutheran leaders in the U.S. and Canada issue Ash Wednesday message on refugees

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined March 1 with Anglican and Lutheran leaders in North America in issuing an Ash Wednesday message titled “Remember the Refugees and Migrants.” Curry joined Anglican Church of Canada Primate Fred Hiltz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and Evangelical Lutheran Church […]

Glitter Ash Wednesday takes ritual, adds glitter, mixes in meaning, sparks debate

[Episcopal News Service] Ashes on the forehead are arguably the most conspicuous mark of a Christian during the year. Signifying mortality and repentance, they are a visible sign to the world on Ash Wednesday that a believer is preparing for the season of Lent. It is the conspicuousness of the ashes that the Rev. Elizabeth […]

Episcopal agencies weigh renewed aid efforts in South Sudan after famine declared

[Episcopal News Service] The relief agencies of the Episcopal Church and its Anglican partners are considering a possible expansion of their support of relief efforts in South Sudan after the United Nation’s recent famine declaration, which has drawn increased international attention to the growing crisis in the country. The famine declaration on Feb. 20 was […]

Diocese of Maryland’s Trail of Souls uncovers hidden history of churches’ ties to slavery

[Episcopal News Service] Slavery is a thread stitched indelibly throughout the early history of the Episcopal Church in Maryland, where congregations to varying degrees enabled, benefited from or fought against the enslavement of Africans until slavery was outlawed by the state in 1864. In the capital, Annapolis, St. Margaret’s owned a plantation in the mid-18th century […]