Margaret Wessel Walker

Episcopal Presiding Bishop points to December 21: For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

Episcopal Presiding Bishop points to December 21: For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

As December 21 nears, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has presented a video noting that we remain in a time for prayer, fasting and advocacy this Advent and Christmas in support of policies that provide opportunities for and respect to the dignity of people struggling with poverty through For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy.

New Bishop of London Named

New Bishop of London Named

The following is a press release from the Church of England:

The next Bishop of London will be the Rt Rev Sarah Mullally DBE, currently Bishop of Crediton, 10 Downing Street has announced today.

Bishop Sarah will succeed the Rt Rev and Right Hon Richard Chartres KCVO, who retired as Bishop of London earlier this year. She will be installed as the 133rd Bishop of London at St Paul’s Cathedral in the new year.

Bishop Sarah was […]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donates another $250,000 to Episcopal Migration Ministries

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donates another $250,000 to Episcopal Migration Ministries

The Church of Latter Day Saints has donated a total of $5 million to nine different voluntary refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. One of the nine, receiving a total of $250 thousand, is Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Group of bishops in Australia supporting marriage equality bill

Group of bishops in Australia supporting marriage equality bill

There is a bill before the Australian House right now, proposing marriage equality. It has passed the Senate already, but must pass the House unchanged in order to be signed into law. A group of Anglican bishops, led by John Parkes, the Bishop of Wangaratta, has voiced its support for the bill, urging the House to pass it.

The “proper” observation of Advent and gender and class roles

The “proper” observation of Advent and gender and class roles

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes has written an insightful blog post on the kerfuffle over the “proper” observation of Advent. While Advent is supposed to be a season of fasting and introspection, “Christmas creep” has taken it over, with luxury Advent calendars and office parties crowding out the quiet. There have been discussions of this phenomenon, and calls to resist, to focus on meditation and contemplation. Threfall-Holmes points out though, that in order to have the feasting season of Christmas, someone must prepare […]

Former Archbishop Rowan Williams speaks out against gender based violence

Former Archbishop Rowan Williams speaks out against gender based violence

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has released a statement urging faith leaders to participate in the 16-Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. The 16 days began yesterday, International Women’s Day, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. It specifically focuses on the violence and silencing that women and girls face on a daily basis, sometimes from faith leaders themselves. He says that faith leaders can be a powerful force in society, and asks them to “speak out […]

Archbishop of Canterbury wonders at Christian support of Trump

Archbishop of Canterbury wonders at Christian support of Trump

Yesterday on ITV’s “Peston on Sunday” program, the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that he couldn’t understand why any Christians backed President Donald Trump. “I really, genuinely, do not understand where that is coming from.” He also chastised the president for his “completely unacceptable” views on women. An exit poll after the election showed that 81% of ‘white, born-again, evangelical Christians’ voted for Trump.

However, the archbishop did say he would meet with the president if he ever came to Britain. Welby said part […]

Reflection on the hurt inherent in knowing the “porn priest”

Reflection on the hurt inherent in knowing the “porn priest”

Though the parishioners, former and current are hurt, the primary victims are, and always will be, the children who were sexually exploited and abused in the creation of this material. Creator, distributer, and viewer are all culpable— this material would not be created were there no audience.

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