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Opportunity to represent the Episcopal Church at the World Council of Churches

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Secretary of the General Convention, announced that The Episcopal Church has been invited to send delegates to the 2021 Assembly of the World Council of Churches, scheduled for September 8 – 16, 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The theme for the 2021 Assembly is: “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

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Working toward Racial Reconcilation in Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday on a congregation in Baltimore which is actively working to understand its role in promoting slavery in the 19th century.

The Rev. Natalie Conway’s tenure as the new deacon of Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill was by all accounts going well last year when she received news that sparked a personal crisis and sent shock waves through the congregation.

One of Conway’s siblings, who was conducting genealogical research on their […]

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House of Deputies President Jennings: Be charitable on Twitter

“More than once I have spoken to women who have been attacked by Episcopalians on Twitter so savagely that they have received anonymous death and rape threats. And more than once I have seen posts suggesting that these kinds of tactics will be present at General Convention in 2021.”

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Virginia Seminary to Designate Funds for Reparations

From the seminary’s press release:

Virginia Theological Seminary recognizes that enslaved persons worked on the campus, and that even after slavery ended, VTS participated in segregation. VTS recognizes that we must start to repair the material consequences of our sin in the past.

The income from the endowment will be allocated annually in conversation with key stakeholders for the following purposes:

the needs emerging from local congregations linked with VTS;
the particular needs of any descendants of enslaved persons that worked at the Seminary;
the […]

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Two Episcopal leaders lost this week

The Episcopal News Service reported two losses in the Episcopal Church in the first few days of September:

The Rev. Alison Cheek, one of the first female priests in The Episcopal Church and the first to publicly celebrate the Eucharist, died on Sept. 1 at her home in Brevard, North Carolina, according to friends. She was 92.

Cheek was one of the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church. She and […]

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SC judge denies motion to dismiss betterments claim against The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Earlier this week, a South Carolina judge denied The Episcopal Church in South Carolina’s motion to dismiss a betterments case brought against them by breakaway churches who retain physical control of more than two dozen parishes embroiled in legal controversy.  In November 2017, the breakaway group filed a betterments claim, seeking compensation for improvements made to the properties in question. Betterments are defined as, “improvements to a property or to surrounding infrastructure, such as roads or sewers, that boost the value […]

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Events commemorate 400 years of the slave trade in America

A series of events the past two weekends, Episcopalians have commemorated and remembered the beginning of the slave trade in what would become the United States of America, in August 1619 when the first ship landed near Jamestown, in the British colonies in the New World.

Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia partnered with Virginia Theological Seminary for a remembrance and silent march in Alexandria (the location of the VTS campus). It began at […]

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