We have concluded with regret that we must plan as if our traditional 10-day gathering of 10,000 people or more will not be possible in 2021.
Centuries-old racism and white supremacy are a root cause of the suffering of black and minority ethnic communities here, in the USA and around the world. – Archbishop of Canterbury
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde’s Response to the President
The President just used a Bible and one of the churches of my diocese as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for. To do so, he sanctioned the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear to clear the church yard.
I am outraged.
“In my 67 years, I have seen our country change a great deal. But what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Paul Castaway, Melissa Ventura, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and countless others has been a sad constant.”
We promise to keep you up to date on any developments over the coming days. When it is possible, we will repair the physical damage to our church. Please pray that our country can heal the wounds laid bare by the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd.
One way Episcopalians can incorporate the gravity of the pandemic into their worship is by praying a new collect, composed by a team of Episcopalians and Lutherans, called “A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit Among the People of God.”
The Diocese of Virginia today announced that it will not conduct camps this summer. Parents were informed earlier in the day, and Bishop Susan Goff informed the diocese this afternoon. All diocesan-sponsored camps are held at Shrine Mont.
Shrine Mont is not closed for 2020: see this afternoon’s announcement. Several cottages with equipped kitchens are available to family groups. Common areas including the dining facilities will be closed. Its 1200 acres are open to hiking and recreation.
Recently, Roslyn, the other conference […]
The gist: For now, it is not safe to sing together.
As the Wisconsin Council of Churches recently wrote to its member congregations,
“What future we find ourselves in depends not only on the behavior of the virus, but on the actions of people–as individuals, churches, communities, and governments. The way forward will not be a matter of following a timetable, but of faithfully discerning the signs of the times, and responding accordingly.”
A third of young adults aged between 18 and 34 had watched or listened to an online or broadcast religious service, compared with one in five adults over the age of 55. One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.