Q&A: Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris says, ‘people have got to live boldly’

Harris continues her calls for greater diversity in Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service] Now-retired Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris’ historic ordained ministry has always included advocacy for the full inclusion of all people in the life of the Episcopal Church. Harris began making history with that advocacy as a lay woman on July 29, 1974. She lifted high the cross as crucifer during a service […]

‘Love God, Love Neighbor’ trains refugee supporters to become advocates

Constable Fund pays for pilot, additional advocacy training sessions

[Episcopal News Service – Hartford, Connecticut] A year ago, the Episcopal Migration Ministries was worried about how it might rally the Church to assist in the resettlement of an additional 25,000 refugees in the fiscal year 2017. Now, EMM and other resettlement agencies are struggling for existence in an increasingly polarized environment dominated by fear, […]

Executive Council begins turning its attention to next year’s General Convention

Meeting in Puerto Rico concludes on day of territory’s statehood vote

[Episcopal News Service – San Juan, Puerto Rico] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council spent three days in a historic meeting here marked by relaxed conviviality during which the members trained their sights on the next General Convention, a year from now. This was the first time that council met in a Province IX diocese since […]

Presiding Bishop: Following Jesus means being a living witness, not a slogan

House of Deputies president says General Convention planners watching Texas’ legislative actions on transgender people, refugees

[Episcopal News Service – San Juan, Puerto Rico] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council heard a call to authentic Christian action from its two leaders on the opening day of its June 9-11 meeting here. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry suggested that Episcopalian ought to look to the biblical hero Esther for a model. Set during the time […]

Anglican Communion Secretary General responds to Scottish Episcopal Church vote to allow same-sex marriage

[Episcopal News Service] The Scottish Episcopal Church voted June 8 to amend canon law to allow same-sex couples to marry in the church. The vote required a two-thirds margin in each house: bishops, clergy and laity. Clergy wishing to perform same-sex marriages will need to “opt-in,” according to a BBC report. Scotland legalized same-sex marriage in 2014. The Scottish […]

Goats hired to clear Utah church’s weedy lot become unexpected evangelism tool

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Mary Janda has new perspective on Matthew 25:33. If God is to separate the righteous from the cursed like sheep from goats, Janda’s recent experience at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in West Valley City, Utah, has gotten her thinking Matthew was a bit unfair to the goats in destining them for […]

Presiding Bishop responds to Trump’s decision to pull U.S. out of worldwide climate accord

[Episcopal News Service] President Donald Trump announced June 1 that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a 2015 pledge to limit climate change signed by 196 nations. The agreement includes a plan to decrease carbon emissions and limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, and a commitment from wealthier nations to […]

Celebrating 30 years of ‘sweet preaching’ in the Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop tells Episcopal Preaching Foundation supporters that preachers must bring hope to the world

[Episcopal News Service – Richmond, Virginia] A. Gary Shilling likes to joke that he began the Episcopal Preaching Foundation after he realized he was reading the back pages of the Book of Common Prayer or even balancing his checkbook during a sermon. That was more than 30 years ago and Shilling decided to do something […]

Guatemalan woman facing deportation receives sanctuary at North Carolina Episcopal church

[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal church in North Carolina is sheltering a Guatemalan woman as she defies federal orders to leave the country after failing to receive a stay of her deportation. The Guatemalan woman, Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, first came to the United States in the mid-1990s to escape violence in her home country, […]

‘River of Life’ pilgrimage down Connecticut River offers 40 days of prayer, paddling

[Episcopal News Service] New Hampshire Bishop Robert Hirschfeld has rowed on the Connecticut River for years. It once was a sort of industrial “sewer” but has since been cleaned up and restored to “a place of stunning beauty,” he said. Hirschfeld intends to show it also can be a place of worship and an inspiration […]