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Sewanee’s School of Theology to Increase Financial Aid

The School of Theology at Sewanee quietly announced yesterday that students in the Master of Divinity program will be able to attend tuition-free, beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

… [A]ll students entering the master of divinity degree program will receive aid to cover the full cost of tuition and fees as well as generous need-based aid to be used toward up to 100% of household living expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, books and supplies, and health […]

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Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban

A press release from ACLU-WA and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia announcing the settlement of a lawsuit with the Trump administration.

Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban

February 10, 2020


As part of a settlement agreement in a civil rights lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s ban on refugees, the federal government will now prioritize the processing of dozens of refugee cases affecting hundreds of people in the United States and abroad.

“When you’re separated from your family, it’s like a piece of you […]

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Change is gonna come

I am excited to announce that the Rev’s Amy Haynie and Tracie Middleton have been named as the new Managing Editors for the Episcopal Cafe

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Weekly Roundup for February 1

Apologies that aren’t apologetic, some significant milestones, and everyday people doing amazing things; it’s our weekly roundup of stories you don’t want to miss

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Hearing Scheduled for Albany Bishop

The Albany Times-Union reported last week that a Hearing Panel will be convened on April 21, following Bishop William Love’s refusal to allow same-sex couples to be married in his diocese.

In a letter addressed to his diocese earlier this week, Love said the hearing will be held at the Desmond Hotel April 21. A start time has not been given, but Love said he expected the hearing to start mid-morning and last a few hours.

… Last January, […]

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Commentary: Membership decline = God’s own pruning

Leigh Silcox has a provocative commentary on membership decline in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Some extracts:

The question I asked was this: as the Church of England had to grapple with the consequences of the Western church’s division—a contradiction to Jesus’s own prayer for concrete unity in life and witness—how could it go about discerning the truth in faithful witness?

What I discovered was that there was most certainly a strong drive for unity, called comprehension in the 17th century. […]

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