July 16, 2014
[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby today joins more than 20 British faith leaders calling for Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill not to be enacted.
In a joint statement ahead of the House of Lords debate on Friday, the faith leaders said...
July 15, 2014
[Diocese of California] On Tuesday, July 15, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, will distribute more than $1.7 million to eight Bay Area organizations. The distribution of funds will take place at the bishop’s office, 1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco, at 7 p.m.
Representatives from each of the recipient organizations will be present to receive checks, and press is invited to attend. Mary Elizabeth (Liza) Colton named...
July 14, 2014
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The member states of the United Nations (UN) Committee on NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) have granted to The Episcopal Church special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations.
ECOSOC is one of the five main UN organs and addresses economic and social development issues. Eighty percent of the UN’s work happens in ECOSOC, and it is also the agency by which non-...
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Office of Communication will offer the video of the special celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s ordination on July 26. The video will be offered on-demand at no fee.
On Saturday, July 26, the Diocese of Pennsylvania is hosting a celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s ordination...
[Episcopal Peace Fellowship press release] The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) urgently joins with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Palestinians, especially the State of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which is devastating Gaza, where over 100 people have been killed, most of them civilians, including women and children.
The siege on Gaza is a humanitarian disaster and human rights...
[World Council of Churches press release] Continuing with a long-time commitment of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a recent statement issued by Council’s chief governing body reaffirms churches’ “solidarity with those working for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel”. The statement encourages churches to make responsible decisions regarding their investments which have an impact on the current situation in the region.
The statement titled Economic Measures...
July 12, 2014
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaches July 11 during Evening prayer at the 2014 Episcopal Youth Event, meeting on the campus of Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The full text of the sermon follows.
A Celebration of Diversity and a Call to Equality
11 July 2014
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
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July 11, 2014
[Church of England press release] Church Commissioners for England announce their indirect exposure to payday lender Wonga has been removed and that no profit has been made from the investment.
The Church Commissioners for England are pleased to announce that their indirect investment exposure to Wonga in their venture capital portfolio has been removed. The Church Commissioners no longer have any financial or any other interest in Wonga.
The terms ensure that the...
July 10, 2014
[World Council of Churches press release] Attacks by the Israeli military on the civilian population in Gaza, as well as firing of rockets by militants from Gaza to Israel, were strongly condemned by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
In a statement issued on 10 July from the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tveit said, “We strongly condemn the indiscriminate attacks by Israeli military on the civilian population in...