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Supreme Court rules for LGBTQ employment rights

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring sex discrimination in the workplace protects LGBTQ employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation. The vote was 6-to-3, with conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joining the court’s four liberal justices in the majority. – NPR

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Curry: “It’s Time to Speak Up”

In an interview with Axios on HBO which aired earlier this week, the Presiding Bishop says that it is time to speak up about racism and the need for police reform.

“I believe in this country and what it stands for: freedom, justice, equality,” the Most Rev. Michael Curry said in the interview. “Those are ideals worth standing for. And when they are challenged, we must speak up.”

…”There have been dramatic changes in American society,” Curry says. […]

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Coronavirus/DFMS update from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Update regarding DFMS offices, staff travel and sponsored meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

June 11, 2020

A letter from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Church. Please share widely. 

Dear Friends in Christ,

With both public and scientific knowledge of the nature and timing of an effective vaccine and treatment protocol for COVID-19 evolving on seemingly a daily basis; and with the very real possibility of a resurgence of the virus later in the year, the Executive Leadership Team […]

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“Let’s get to work”: Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

The Rt. Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Indianapolis, gave this address to canons and bishops of the Episcopal Church on June 8: “A Reflection of Personal Experience, Hope and Challenge for the Church on Dismantling White Supremacy and Racism.”

“The part of my story that is fairly public knowledge is that I was born and raised in New York City—the granddaughter of Shinnecock Indians on one side and sharecropping descendants of slaves on the other. […]

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Virginia Bishop Goff is for removal of Lee monument

Removal of such monuments, including the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, conveys the faith that God loves everyone, everyone, everyone without exception. It is consistent with the vows we make in our Baptismal Covenant when we promise “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself” and “to work for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”

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Hearing in the matter of the Episcopal Church v. Bishop Love will be shared on Facebook

The Title IV Hearing Panel appointed by the President of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops in the matter concerning the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany (Respondent), will hold a hearing on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) via remote electronic means, Zoom. … In accordance with Canon IV. 13.8 of the Canons of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the hearing will be open to members of the public who may view the proceedings [on Facebook].

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Opening remarks to Executive Council include lament, repentance, protest, hope

“There’ve been protests before. But something’s different about this one. This time it’s not just black folk and a few white folk protesting. This time it is the rainbow children of God. This time they are black and white and Anglo and Latino. It’s amazing. They’re gay, they’re straight. They’re Mitt Romney, a Republican. This is something different going on. And that gives me hope. God’s got a witness and it is a multiethnic, it is e pluribus unum.” – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addressing the opening of the Executive Council’s virtual meeting.

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Participate in a survey about sexual misconduct in The Episcopal Church

We are asking you to assist one of those groups—the Task Force on Women, Truth and Reconciliation—by taking an online survey designed to assess patterns of church-based harassment and abuse and the effect that it has on victims. — The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, and The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies

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