March 2, 2015
[World Council of Churches press release] The World Council of Churches (WCC) has condemned recent attacks against a mosque in the West Bank and a Christian center in Jerusalem that appear to be part of the series of so-called “price-tag” attacks by extremist elements.
According to media reports, a group of Jewish settlers stormed Al-Jaba’a village, near Bethlehem, and set fire to the Al-Huda Mosque, leaving anti-Arab slogans on its walls. The...
February 26, 2015
[Episcopal Divinity School press release] Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) has announced that it will offer 20 additional student scholarships in the 2015–16 academic year. Of the 20 scholarships, 10 will be full tuition scholarships for master’s degree candidates, five of which will be awarded to students of color. The remaining scholarships will be first year scholarships with a school commitment to meet all financial need through financial aid in subsequent years.
February 25, 2015
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] With the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting on the horizon, The Episcopal Church submitted its first ever official written statement to the 59th Session last October detailing persistent challenges to women’s empowerment and gender equality and offering action steps.
This year, UNCSW will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation...
[Episcopal Public Policy Network] In this week’s reflection, we focus on housing. The Rev’d Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, provides background on the realities of access to housing in the United States. Then, Chris Sikkema, Mission Associate for Justice and Advocacy Ministries of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, shares how St. Francis Center in Denver, CO is working to provide safe...
February 24, 2015
[School of Theology — Sewanee, Tennessee] The School of Theology was once again honored to be named to the 2015 list of Seminaries that Change the World. Twenty-six institutions were named in this year’s class, two of which are Episcopal seminaries. The School of Theology was also included in the class of 2014.
The Center for Faith and Service, based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in...
February 20, 2015
[Lambeth Palace] In this talk given at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Feb. 19, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby reflected on what makes a good Lent for individuals, communities and society as a whole.
Some things stick in the memory. In 2004, when I was working at Coventry Cathedral, I was in a part of Africa which was in the midst of some very serious fighting. A group of black-clad militias was moving across the area, killing, looting, burning.
February 19, 2015
[Episcopal Relief and Development]
Lord, when was it that
We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink?
We saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
We saw you sick and took care of you?
We saw you in prison and visited you?
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these...
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has posted information to help congregations and dioceses understand the demographics of their areas, an important tool for growth and vision processes. The information, Studying Your Congregation and Community, is available for no...