From the Episcopal Church’s Office of Public Affairs: The Episcopal Church Executive Council announced the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $535,000, for the 2013 grant cycle.
Day: June 10, 2013
Mary Frances Schjonberg reports from Executive Council for Episcopal News Service:
The lawsuit filed by a breakaway group against The Episcopal Church and its local diocese in eastern South Carolina will be heard in state court, not federal court, U.S. District Court Judge C. Weston Houck ruled today.
Sue Nowicki of the Modesto Bee writes: The knock echoed loudly Sunday afternoon through the sanctuary of St. Francis Episcopal Church. It was the Rev. Chester Talton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, rapping with his crosier and asking for permission to enter.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has asked for prayers for Nelson Mandela. RTE News reports:
From the Episcopal Church’s Office of Public Affairs: The Executive Council, currently meeting in Baltimore, MD, elected Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, to serve as the Episcopal Church lay representative on the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC).
The next time someone tells you that the church is beset by factions that will tear it asunder, tell them this story from the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina and see what moral they draw from it:
The inner circle didn’t understand. Maybe they were too close. But when Jesus took the twelve aside and tried to explain to them the most important aspect of his calling and mission, they didn’t get it.
At its heart, however, Speaking Faithfully is theological, not technical: communication is proclamation. The way the church chooses to speak to the world reflects its faith. … Churches that do not figure out how to talk to those not already part of their community give a poor showing as disciples of Christ, a master communicator who used vivid, creative strategies to teach and bless the people he encountered.