Archbishop calls for peace as South Sudan marks fourth anniversary

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said “our prayers around the world” are for an end to violence in South Sudan as the country marks four years of independence. Archbishop Justin Welby said: “As South Sudan celebrates the fourth anniversary of its hard-won independence, our prayers around the world are for an immediate end […]

Video: Palestinian-Israeli initiative Roots promotes dialogue, builds trust

[Episcopal News Service] Palestinian activist Ali Abu Awwad and Israeli Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger have spent their lives living in fear of one another’s neighboring communities in Gush Etzion, located in the Judean Mountains south of Jerusalem. But when they met for the first time 18 months ago, their worldview began a process of transformation as […]

Peace and justice in the Holy Land high on convention’s agenda

[Episcopal News Service] Peace, justice and security in the Holy Land are the focus of seven proposed resolutions to be considered by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, ranging from calls for deeper investment in Middle East partnerships to placing economic pressure through boycotts against, and divestment from, companies and corporations engaged in certain business related […]

EPPN Lenten Series: Engaging Poverty Through Creation Care

[Episcopal Public Policy Network] So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them […]

Partnerships will bring lasting peace to Holy Land, religious leaders say

[Episcopal News Service] Partnerships and investment, especially in supporting faith-based grassroots work, hold the key to lasting peace in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a United States interfaith delegation heard repeatedly from religious leaders with whom they met during a Jan. 18-26 pilgrimage in the Holy Land. The 15-member delegation of Jews, Christians and Muslims […]

EPPN Policy Alert: Protect immigrant families, support executive action

[Episcopal Public Policy Network] Urge Your Member of Congress to Protect Immigrant Families &Support Executive ActionIn late 2014, President Obama announced a historic series of executive actions that will extend relief from deportation to millions of families across the country and make needed administrative changes to immigration enforcement priorities. Children and young adults who have […]

US interfaith leaders leave Holy Land with deeper sense of possibilities

[Episcopal News Service] A tapestry of words such as “vulnerability” and “fragility,” “courage” and “dignity” were woven into a common thread as Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from the United States concurred that they’d been transformed by a weeklong pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The experience, they said, would augment their responsibility to partners in […]

‘No zero-sum solution’ to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US interfaith leaders dedicated to being partners in building peace

[Episcopal News Service] In seeking a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people of faith need to be effective partners committed to hearing multiple narratives, say members of a broad U.S. interfaith delegation, led by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, during a weeklong pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The 15-member delegation of Jews, […]

EPF responds to US Senate’s findings of brutal torture of prisoners

[Episcopal Peace Fellowship press release] Responding to the release of the U.S. Senate’s findings of brutal torture of prisoners following 9/11 by the CIA, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) calls for the prosecution of those responsible on all levels. “The long-awaited and no doubt redacted in places release of the U.S. Senate’s investigation into our […]

Women’s conference gathers Episcopalians from Brazil, Uruguay

Focus remains on gender-based violence prevention

[Episcopal News Service – Montevideo, Uruguay] Some of the women began saving money more than six months in advance and some traveled 12 hours by bus across the border to attend a bi-national conference, which has united for more than eight years Brazilian and Uruguayan women through stories of challenge, courage, strength and love. Their […]