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Religious leaders respond to President Trump’s appearance outside St John’s Church

“Using precious objects of our faith as props in a display to uphold white dominance and violence is a blatant display of evil.
The words of our Bible are the lifeblood of our prayers. They teach us about peace, love and justice, and sustain us when we need hope. The words of the Bible connect us to the life and teachings of Jesus. Through him we have learned to love our neighbor and build beloved community.” – Bishop MacVean-Brown of Vermont

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Washington Bishop Budde: Trump used our church as a prop

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.

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June 1 will be a national day of mourning

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.”

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Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Diocese of Fort Worth

From Episcopal News Service:

On May 22, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling against the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and in favor of a breakaway group now affiliated with the Anglican Church of North America in a dispute over which group legally controls the diocese and its property.

The ruling reversed a 2018 appeals court decision that established The Episcopal Church’s diocese, led by Bishop Scott Mayer, as the rightful controller of the Diocese of […]

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Diocesan camps & conference centers in the Summer of Covid-19

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 […]

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