The dioceses of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are all either recommending or mandating masks for indoor gatherings regardless of vaccination status. The latest guidance is on either the diocese’s main page, or, in the case of Louisiana, under resources/covid.
Each of the bishops of the three Tennessee dioceses are advising greater caution in light of the Delta variant. All are recommending masks in indoor settings, regardless of vaccine status. All make their most recent guidance easily located on the homepages of their dioceses’ websites.
Presbyterian Mission reports that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is one 24 faith-based organizations, including The Episcopal Church, that have signed a letter asking the Biden administration to begin lifting sanctions on Cuba.
A former North Carolina judge has pled guilty to child sexual assault. Daniel Ray Green was an active member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Hickory where he was acolyte master and former senior warden.
In yet another example of how the schismatic Anglican Church in North America is taking a different path from the Episcopal Church, the archbishop of ACNA has spoken out against Critical Race Theory — and playing to his base.
As faith leaders, we pray that North Carolina’s elected leaders will choose to adhere to a scholarly, evidence-based understanding of our collective past. In this moment, filled with hatred and distrust, this is the only way that we can build a truly equitable and just future. We must reject HB 324, which despite its high-sounding rhetoric is, in reality, just a way to protect and perpetuate social injustice. – The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, bishop, and the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple is bishop suffragan
It is no longer wise for us to have large events incorporating a meal since it is impossible to remain masked while eating. We will continue to have church on our regular schedule and Christian formation, but masks will be mandatory at all times in our buildings. – Ted Clarkson, interim rector, Good Shepherd Episcopal
Bishop Knisely said that providing equal access to the beaches is an important equity issue that affects people’s quality of life. Both Mayor Napolitano and Natalie Harris of the Newport Health Equity Zone noted that there are many local residents who have not had a summer day at the beach because they can’t get there. “Thank you for listening to us,” Harris said.
Seven sets of parents with students at Episcopal School of Jacksonville have filed a lawsuit over the school’s mask requirement. These parents do not address the benefits of mask-wearing for other children and parents. With masks, fewer children will be exposed to Covid-19, or have instruction disrupted.
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