Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for support for Good Friday Offering

Letter addresses the needs for this annual offering

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. “The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate […]

Holy Land Institute for the Deaf assists refugees and prepares disabled children for meaningful participation in life

[Episcopal News Service] For more than 50 years, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf has worked to enable deaf, deaf-blind children, hearing impaired as well as children with other sensory and physical disabilities, for inclusion and participation in their families, communities and societies in a meaningful way. It is the only school in the […]

Pennsylvania priest rallies support for displaced Iraqi Christians

[Episcopal News Service] The way the Rev. Christopher Bishop tells it, it took just one pivotal conversation for him to feel a powerful calling to travel to northern Iraq as an unofficial Episcopal ambassador to displaced Christians, whose lives have been threatened by the rise of the group known as Islamic State, or ISIS. Bishop likens […]

In Profile: Jerusalem St. George’s Cathedral Dean Hosam Naoum

[Anglican Communion News Service] The dean of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, the Very Revd Hosam Naoum, discusses life and ministry in the Holy Land in this interview, which first appeared in the newsletter of the Diocese of Jerusalem. Full article.

Anglican Alliance consultation builds relationship in Middle East

[Anglican Alliance] Representatives from Anglican churches and agencies across the Middle East gathered in Cyprus last month, for the first Anglican Alliance consultation in the region. The four-day meeting, which took place from Sept. 19-22 , saw delegates sharing their top priorities for development, relief and advocacy, including the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, increasing […]

Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute to Shimon Peres

[Lambeth Palace press release] In a statement on the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “Shimon Peres led an extraordinary life of service to the nation of Israel, and to the cause of justice and reconciliation. His unshakeable commitment to a vision of peace endured in the face […]

WCC general secretary reflects on peace in Palestine and Israel

[World Council of Churches press release] The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together in 2016 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just […]

WCC and NCC general secretaries issue statement on conflict in Israel and Palestine

[WCC/NCC press release] The following statement was issued Sept. 14 by general secretaries the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) and Jim Winkler (National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA) NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land 14 September, 2016 No people should be denied their rights and, certainly, no people […]

Christian leaders press presidential candidates on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined 20 other Christian leaders in writing to the four U.S. presidential candidates urging them to speak forcefully and provide leadership on ending the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The leaders, organized as Churches for Middle East Peace and representing most of the mainline Christian denominations in the United […]

Delight at de-mining operation at site of Jesus’ baptism

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani has spoken of his “delight” at news that a mine clearance charity has secured permission to de-mine the area around the West Bank of the River Jordan on the approach to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism. The baptism site at Qasr el Yahud, south of […]