June 23, 2016
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] More than 50 applications have been received in the first round of submissions for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in the Episcopal Church, and the General Convention Advisory Group welcomes and invites more applications and inquiries.
“It is with great joy and anticipation that the Advisory...
June 22, 2016
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Digital Network has launched Actualités, designed to provide news and information for French-speaking readers.
Actualités, which means “news” in French, was designed to provide services for French-speaking Episcopalians and Anglicans throughout The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Actualités is available...
June 20, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Ever since learning of the tragic attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday, in which 49 people were brutally murdered and 53 others were critically injured, I have been praying about what to say to the people of this Diocese and the wider community. What do you say in the midst of such horror, tragic loss, sorrow, and pain?
All those who were killed and injured, their families and friends, and all who have been traumatized by...
June 17, 2016
[Diocese of Florida] As we reflect upon the tragedy of dozens murdered and still more wounded on Sunday in Orlando, we recall how it was that “Jesus wept” at the death of his friend Lazarus.
Today we weep at these horrific deaths which grieve our hearts even as they grieve the heart of our Saviour.
So it is that in the midst of things we cannot understand, we fall to our knees in prayer.
We pray for the repose of the souls of the departed.
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The application deadline for the 2016 Jubilee Ministry grants to further the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church has been extended to Monday, June 27.
The 2016 Jubilee Grants will be awarded in two categories, totaling $65,000: Jubilee Development Grant and...
To the faithful in Europe, and all people of good will,
Before becoming Bishop, I was rector in a parish in Fort Pierce, in the Diocese of Central Florida, whose see city is Orlando. The killer came from Fort Pierce, where he had worked as a guard at the courthouse across the street from our church. So I feel even more deeply shocked by this bloody act.
As with us in Paris last year, and Brussels more recently, the killer, Omar Mateen, was a home-grown terrorist, born and bred...
Live without fear, your creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you with a power and a presence that is stronger than death.
These words, adapted from a prayer of the twelfth century abbess St. Clare of Assisi, seem to resonant with many in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire as they form a kind of preamble to the final blessing of the bishop at the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist. This coming Sunday morning, a week after the horrible news from...
June 16, 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,
As I finished the newspaper on Monday morning, I wondered: is there grief in Heaven?
We are told there is not. At many wakes and funerals for those killed in Orlando, those who mourn will be told your loved one is in a better place; she is dancing in heaven; he is laughing with the angels.
Of course, I understand why such things are said, but I think they are not enough.
I see and...
June 15, 2016
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Save the date for an important upcoming conference and educational event, the International Black Clergy Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 in Houston, TX.
The theme of the event is “The Jesus Movement: Embracing Our Call.”
The pre-conference begins on Tuesday, November 15...