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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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Episcopalians Continue Serving the Needy

There have been several items in the news this week about Episcopal churches stepping up to help in any way they can during the pandemic. Here is a small sampling of those efforts.

From Vermont, a parish which has expanded its homeless ministry:

With the pandemic came an opportunity.

The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp and the people of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre had been working to help homeless people in Washington County for more than a […]

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Bishops of Dioceses of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. issue letter on regathering

As the Wisconsin Council of Churches recently wrote to its member congregations,
“What future we find ourselves in depends not only on the behavior of the virus, but on the actions of people–as individuals, churches, communities, and governments. The way forward will not be a matter of following a timetable, but of faithfully discerning the signs of the times, and responding accordingly.”

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25% of British Public Tunes in to Worship

A third of young adults aged between 18 and 34 had watched or listened to an online or broadcast religious service, compared with one in five adults over the age of 55. One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.

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Reopening Churches? Not So Fast

Faith leaders, Episcopal and otherwise, have been far less enthusiastic this week about the prospects of returning to business as usual. That has been especially true in Georgia, following the governor’s announcement that businesses would be allowed to open over the course of the next several days. From our friends at ENS:

The prospect of physically gathering in church for a worship service would have been unthinkable for most Episcopal congregations just a month ago, after the escalating coronavirus […]

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Association of Anglican Musicians urges adherence to COVID-19 guidelines

A press release from the Association of Anglican Musicians “strongly urges AAM members to follow all directives as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and self- quarantining are appropriate and will necessitate the alteration of plans for rehearsals, performances, and liturgies.”

The Association President, Marty Wheeler Burnett, noted that the statement was necessary because

some members report being required to work in settings where CDC guidelines are […]

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