Canadian indigenous bishop slams ‘doctrine of discovery’

[Anglican Communion News Service] The “doctrine of discovery” – the idea that indigenous people need to be discovered and westernized – has been criticized by the national indigenous bishop of Canada. Bishop Mark MacDonald made his comments during a visit to Australia, where he attended a number of events, including a retreat for Aboriginal and Torres […]

Southern Virginia: Statement from Bishop Herman Hollerith

[Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Aug. 13, 20017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am writing to you from South Carolina where I have been taking time off at the beach with my family.  Late yesterday afternoon I learned shocking news of the terrible events that have taken […]

Southwestern Virginia: Bishop’s statement on Charlottesville violence

[Episocpal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia] On behalf of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, and in solidarity with the church and its bishops in the Diocese of Virginia, I strongly condemn the violence and hate currently taking place in Charlottesville. There is no place, whatsoever, for white supremacy or hate-filled rhetoric in the streets of Virginia […]

Michigan: ‘Hate has no home here’

[Episcopal Diocese of Michigan] Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Bigotry, hatred and fear have resulted in the loss of life in Virginia this past weekend. Violent, detestable and racist actions do not just affect those who were physically present; they ripple across the country and around the world and continue to wound us physically, mentally […]

Reacting to Charlottesville violence, Long Island removes Confederate memorial from Episcopal church

[Episcopal News Service] A work crew sawed off two Robert E. Lee plaques from a tree on church property in south Brooklyn, New York, fewer than 24 hours after the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island received the first of many calls about the Confederate memorial. The Rev. Khader El-Yateem, a community activist and founder of […]

Charlottesville faith community looks ahead after uniting against white supremacist march

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal clergy and other Charlottesville, Virginia, religious leaders joined hundreds of mourners Aug. 16 in remembering the woman killed amid the weekend’s violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters, as the city’s interfaith community takes stock and begins looking ahead. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” Susan Bro, […]

Forward Today: Grant us grace

[Foreward Movement] Dear friends in Christ, Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by images and news coming out of Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. The presence of racism in our nation should shock no one, because racism has been the original sin of the United States from its founding. What I found shocking […]

En reacción a la violencia en Charlottesville, Long Island quita un recordatorio confederado de una iglesia episcopal

[Episcopal News Service] Un equipo de trabajo removió dos tarjas conmemorativas de Robert E. Lee  que estaban fijas en un árbol en una propiedad de la iglesia en el sur de Brooklyn, Nueva York, menos de 24 horas después de que la Diócesis Episcopal de Long Island recibiera la primera de muchas llamadas acerca  de la inscripción […]

La comunidad religiosa de Charlottesville mira al futuro luego de unirse contra la marcha de los supremacistas blancos

[Episcopal News Service] Clérigos episcopales y otros líderes religiosos de Charlottesville, Virginia,  se unieron a centenares de personas que asistían al servicio conmemorativo de una mujer que resultó muerta en medio de los violentos enfrentamientos del pasado fin de semana entre supremacistas blancos y contramanifestantes, en tanto la comunidad interreligiosa de la ciudad hace balance y comienza […]

Fort Worth: ‘We are baptized for such moments as this’

[Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth] What happened in Charlottesville must be condemned. As a religious public figure, I rarely use the word “condemn,” as it connotes a type of punishment – typically meaning death. But to condemn an action is to declare it “to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil … without reservation.” What we witnessed […]