Olympia diocese welcomes refugees, sues to keep resettlement efforts alive

[Episcopal News Service] The federal appeals court ruling Feb. 9 that blocked reinstatement of the Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugee admissions was welcomed by Episcopal Church leaders in Washington, where the Diocese of Olympia is pursuing a separate lawsuit against the president’s executive order. The diocese helps coordinate the resettlement of 190 refugees each […]

Tempted by the favors of power

White Christians supported Trump by large margins. They should be careful what they accept in return.

[The Christian Century] Donald Trump has all but designated Christianity as his administration’s favored religion. This worries me as a priest and as a citizen. I understand that the president is attempting to reward white Christians, who supported him by large margins while most of the rest of the country was voting for Hillary Clinton. But his […]

Diocese of Olympia joins ACLU lawsuit to challenge Trump’s executive order on refugees

[Diocese of Olympia] The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia has joined with the ACLU to file a lawsuit against the federal government in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries. While the words Muslim and Islam are never specifically mentioned in the executive order, references to “honor killings” […]

National Cathedral Dean issues statement on choir’s performance, interfaith prayer service

[Washington National Cathedral]  The Very Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, issued the following statement Jan. 17 concerning the cathedral choir’s performance during a musical prelude to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration ceremony and the post-inaugural interfaith prayer service scheduled for Jan. 21 at the cathedral. As the new Dean of Washington […]

California bishops send letter of concern to Trump

Calls for reconsideration of Environmental Protection Agency head, cabinet appointments

[Episcopal Diocese of California] During the month of December, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California, gathered support from all Episcopal bishops in the state of California on a group letter voicing concern over President-elect Trump’s intended appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The bishops also state their continuing […]

National Cathedral to host customary post-inaugural prayer service

[Episcopal News Service] Washington National Cathedral will again play out one of its traditional roles in U.S. life next month by offering Donald Trump and the nation a chance to come together in prayer. The 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service will take place Jan. 21, the day after Trump is sworn in as the country’s […]