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Bishops Participate in Climate Strike

According to a press release from ENS, members of the House of Bishops stepped out of their meetings this afternoon in Minneapolis to participate in the climate strike. Bishops Marc Andrus of California and Douglas Fisher of Western Massachusetts authored the following statement:

Tens of thousands of young people are mobilizing at this moment in New York and across the United States, standing up for climate action and climate justice. Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist who electrified […]

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House of Bishops meets, discusses upcoming Lambeth Conference

This week, bishops from across the Episcopal Church are gathered in Minneapolis for a meeting of the House of Bishops.  The meeting, which began on September 17, will conclude on September 20.  The opening topic for the group was Lambeth Conference, an international meeting of bishops in the Anglican Communion, which begins July 22, 2020.  The initial meeting, which sought to share information about the conference, also took up the subject of the exclusion of spouses of LGBTQ+ bishops.

Lambeth Conference, […]

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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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