Posts Posts by: "Amy Spagna"

The Café has covered its fair share of news about episcopal transitions this year. There have been so many, it seems like more than the “usual” number. Our friends at ENS have picked up on this, too. In an article they ran yesterday, they noted that just in the month of November, there were five…(Read More)

Lambeth 2020


The planning process is well underway for the next Lambeth Conference (the once-a-decade meeting of all Anglican bishops), to be held July 23-August 2, 2020 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. “This conference is about listening to God, through scripture and in prayer and through each other, so we go out…(Read More)

The not-so-good news from this week is that the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia will be closing its doors at the end of the current academic year. The Virginia seminary, one of 15 theological institutions that receives funding from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, announced Nov. 13 it will close June 30, 2019…(Read More)

In what can best be described as “models for creative ministry,” two new congregations which combine Lutheran and Episcopalian members and clergy have begun worshiping together. The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter is located in Baltimore. (The Café first reported on the unique partnership between the two founding congregations in 2016.) The parish…(Read More)

Last weekend saw the election of three new bishops, for Arizona, Kansas, and the Churches in Europe. This weekend, there will be two more. Colorado will elect a new diocesan on Saturday, following a process which saw the removal of one candidate from the final slate, pending a disciplinary investigation. (Our previous coverage is available…(Read More)

From our friends at Episcopal News Service: The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom, from the Diocese of Iowa, was elected Oct.19 as the 10th bishop to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. She was elected on the second ballot during an election that took place in the worship space of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, receiving…(Read More)

The Associated Press published an article on its blog yesterday about the Episcopal Church’s willingness to confront and acknowledge its role in past sexual abuse. With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to…(Read More)

Heather Cook, the former bishop suffragan of Maryland who pled guilty to striking and killing cyclist Thomas Palermo in 2014, has petitioned a judge to reduce her sentence. Citing an article from The Baltimore Sun, ENS reports that, She now has asked the judge in the case to change how she serves that sentence, allowing…(Read More)

A(nother) Difficult Week


Now what? So what? How did we get here in the first place? How can we fix it?  And what should the Church be saying and doing about it, if anything at all…(Read More)

(Male) Vicar Wanted


From the BBC: An advert for a vicar’s job which states only men can apply is the work of “crusty old misogynists”, it has been claimed. The advert is backed by the Diocese of Oxford and appears on its website. … The Diocese said a small proportion of parishes believe on theological grounds that their…(Read More)

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