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From TEC: Episcopal Church plants seeds for 10 new ministries

[August 3, 2020] At its June meeting, The Episcopal Church Executive Council approved grants totaling $213,551 for new church starts and missional communities.

Resolutions A005 and A032  approved by General Convention in 2018 authorized the Task Force on Church Planting and Congregational Redevelopment to solicit and recommend grants for new and continued funding for new worshipping communities and missional enterprise ventures throughout The Episcopal Church. The resolutions particularly call on these new communities to connect with under-represented groups, including youth and […]

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LifeWay survey says more than 70 percent of churches are holding in-person worship

“Resuming in-person worship services has not been reverting to worship as usual,” [LifeWay executive director Scott] McConnell said. “Churches are making efforts to make the environment safe, but these efforts are often second-guessed by those who either want more precautions or less restrictions.”

Thirty-five percent required parishioners to wear masks, according to the survey; precautions and requirements differ from congregation to congregation, as summarized in Christianity Today:

More than 3 in 4 pastors say they provided hand sanitizer, masks or […]

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Lambeth Conference postponed until 2022

Today, the Lambeth Conference announced that it will be postponed an additional year:

In March it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and global restrictions on travel and mass gatherings, the Lambeth Conference of 2020 would need to be rescheduled to the British summer of 2021.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has now taken the important decision to reschedule the Lambeth Conference by a further year to the British summer of 2022. The conference will meet in […]

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Today is the Feast Day of the Reverend Pauli Murray

Poet, priest, lawyer, inspirer – an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall, and a pen pal to Eleanor Roosevelt – and as of 2012, a saint in the Episcopal Church; today is the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray’s feast day, and recognizes her contributions to civil rights, women’s rights, law and the Church.


She founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)with Bayard Rustin in the early 1940s and influenced, among others, a young Martin […]

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UN Commission on Women delegates creating Beijing +25 online experience

A release from The Episcopal Church:

An invitation to join “Beijing +25: Celebrating the Blessing, Realizing the Dream” online study group

[June 30, 2020] The Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 64) invites all to join the online study group Beijing +25: Celebrating the Blessing, Realizing the Dream, which will offer a series of webinars, blogs and conversations facilitated by the delegates from July through November 2020.

In 2020, the world […]

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National Cathedral eliminating 25 positions because of COVID-19 impact

A letter yesterday from Dean Randy Hollerith announces that Washington National Cathedral will be eliminating 13 full-time and 12 part-time positions because of the impact of COVID-19:

“The coronavirus closures have upended life at institutions large and small, including here at the Cathedral, even as we have been able to successfully adapt our offerings to an online environment.

“The question before us now is how we keep that original vision thriving as the Cathedral weathers this […]

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Coronavirus/DFMS update from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Update regarding DFMS offices, staff travel and sponsored meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

June 11, 2020

A letter from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Church. Please share widely. 

Dear Friends in Christ,

With both public and scientific knowledge of the nature and timing of an effective vaccine and treatment protocol for COVID-19 evolving on seemingly a daily basis; and with the very real possibility of a resurgence of the virus later in the year, the Executive Leadership Team […]

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“Let’s get to work”: Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

The Rt. Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Indianapolis, gave this address to canons and bishops of the Episcopal Church on June 8: “A Reflection of Personal Experience, Hope and Challenge for the Church on Dismantling White Supremacy and Racism.”

“The part of my story that is fairly public knowledge is that I was born and raised in New York City—the granddaughter of Shinnecock Indians on one side and sharecropping descendants of slaves on the other. […]

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LGBTQ-led Eucharist to be held on the eve of the Lambeth Conference

“Jesus was always determined to make those who society sees as outsiders be insiders.”

Desmond Tutu’s daughter, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, quoted above in The Guardian, is one of two priests who will lead an inclusive Eucharist the evening before the every-10-year Lambeth Conference begins in July. Both she and the Right Reverend Mary Glasspool are members of the LGBTQ community and both married to women. The Rt. Rev. Glasspool was the first lesbian bishop elected in the […]

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Absalom Jones Offerings to go to two remaining Episcopal HBCUs

In 1802, Absalom Jones, born into slavery in Delaware, became the first black priest in the Episcopal Church, co-founding and serving what became the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the present-day church website is here. Jones’ feast day is February 13, and this year Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has invited the church to give Absalom Jones Offerings on February 9 to the two remaining Episcopal HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), St. Augustine’s University in […]

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