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Author: John Chilton

Diocese of North Carolina bishops: Critical Race Theory bill sets state on the wrong path

As faith leaders, we pray that North Carolina’s elected leaders will choose to adhere to a scholarly, evidence-based understanding of our collective past. In this moment, filled with hatred and distrust, this is the only way that we can build a truly equitable and just future. We must reject HB 324, which despite its high-sounding rhetoric is, in reality, just a way to protect and perpetuate social injustice. – The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, bishop, and the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple is bishop suffragan

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3 of 4 clergy at Augusta church have breakthrough Covid-19

It is no longer wise for us to have large events incorporating a meal since it is impossible to remain masked while eating. We will continue to have church on our regular schedule and Christian formation, but masks will be mandatory at all times in our buildings. – Ted Clarkson, interim rector, Good Shepherd Episcopal

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Diocese of Rhode Island helps bring about beach access equity

Bishop Knisely said that providing equal access to the beaches is an important equity issue that affects people’s quality of life. Both Mayor Napolitano and Natalie Harris of the Newport Health Equity Zone noted that there are many local residents who have not had a summer day at the beach because they can’t get there. “Thank you for listening to us,” Harris said.

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Episcopal school sued by parents over mask requirements

Seven sets of parents with students at Episcopal School of Jacksonville have filed a lawsuit over the school’s mask requirement. These parents do not address the benefits of mask-wearing for other children and parents. With masks, fewer children will be exposed to Covid-19, or have instruction disrupted.

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Police say sex abuse of student occurred at Episcopal-affiliated school

A former staffer at Church Farm School in Exton, PA has been arrested, accused of forcing a student at the school into hundreds of sexual encounters. The staffer has acknowledged the abuse. It is the second such case at the all-male school in recent years. Earlier this year a former teacher pled guilty to child sex abuse. There is also a lawsuit against the school.

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