November 11, 2013
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori delivered the following speech Nov. 10 after receiving the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. The Elizabeth Blackwell Award is given to women whose lives exemplify outstanding service to humankind. It is named for Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in modern times to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree. Blackwell earned her degree in 1849 from Geneva Medical College, Hobart...
Rochester Diocesan Convention
9 November 2013
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
From all I have seen of this diocese, your boundaries do indeed enclose a pleasant land, as the psalmist puts it. You are planted here, as Ezekiel says, with hearts of flesh, for living here in this land as God’s people. There is joy abundant in this place, for those who know the...
November 7, 2013
[Diocese of Chicago press release] The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and The Episcopal Church today filed suit in a circuit court in Peoria asking that clergy and lay members of a faction that broke away from the church in 2008 be ordered to relinquish control of buildings and other assets that belong to the diocese and the church.
Among the assets are the properties of St. George’s Episcopal Church in...
November 6, 2013
[November 6, 2013] Registration is now open for Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence April 9 – 11, 2014 at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma).
Registration is available here:
At Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering...
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs, press release] There is still time to apply for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2013-2014 cycle. The deadline is November 15.
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church General Convention/Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS).
Anne Watkins, an Executive Council member from the Diocese of Connecticut and chair of the...
[Diocese of Chicago] On Nov. 5, Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee sent the following letter to the diocese concerning the Illinois General Assembly’s vote to approve marriage equality.
November 5, 2013
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Earlier today, the Illinois General Assembly voted to approve marriage equality and soon Governor Quinn will sign the bill into law. As you know, I have long supported this move, and I am proud of the many Episcopalians across...
November 5, 2013
[Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation] The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Ferlo, president of the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation, welcomed the arrival of marriage equality in Illinois:
“I am delighted that Illinois has joined 14 other states in endorsing marriage equality. Years ago, as a parish priest in Greenwich Village, I was inspired by the example of gay and lesbian couples who kept their relationships alive despite intense social disapproval....
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs, press release] Guidelines for applying for 2014 United Thank Offering grants are now available here.
The application for United Thank Offering grants will be available January 3, 2014.
The focus for the 2014-2015 United Thank Offering grants is The Gospel of Love proclaimed by Jesus Christ.
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs, press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has issued the following report:
The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage has begun to dig into the depth and breadth of its work, enabled by Resolution A050 at the 2012 General Convention. The Rev. Brian C. Taylor, chair, reports, “We’re making enormous progress on the broad charge we’ve been given, thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment...
November 4, 2013
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Applications are now being accepted for a recently posted position in the Office of Government Relations on the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS): Legislative Representative for International Issues.
The full-time position is jointly administered by the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Office of Congregational and Synodical Mission.