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Episcopal news roundup – Wednesday 1/27/2021

Episcopal news roundup – Wednesday 1/27/2021

Vaccine for independent living residents canceled  (WestminsterCanterbury Richmond)

As the [CVS/Walgreens] program has been implemented, most continuing care retirement communities around Virginia, especially those that are smaller than Westminster Canterbury Richmond, were able to get residents and staff at all levels of care vaccinated through the partnership, despite the fact that Independent Living was not supposed to be included.

… CVS confirmed a vaccination clinic for February 15 and 16 that we have been promoting. …

However, over the weekend and yesterday, with no warning, CVS has cancelled their agreement to vaccinate our Independent Living residents. We are aware of only one other continuing care retirement community in Virginia that is in the same situation. Clinics are also being cancelled for Independent Living facilities in other states.

…At this time, we have no confidence that CVS will fulfill their obligation to us as CVS has not worked with us in good faith.

CVS and Walgreens have been told by the Governor to end this federal program by the end of February, meaning all first doses should be administered by February 1.

Executive Council eyes plan for pandemic aid to dioceses (ENS)

Providing pandemic relief to dioceses generated extensive discussion over the Jan. 22-25 meeting, partly because members said they aren’t yet certain of the best way to provide that relief.

The Province IV bishops, in their letter to Executive Council, specifically asked churchwide leaders to exempt federal pandemic aid from the diocesan income that The Episcopal Church will count when it calculates the next round of annual assessments.

Buck Mountain Episcopal Church food pantry (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Volunteers run back and forth pulling wagons with groceries for people in need during Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s food pantry on the last Tuesday of January in Earlysville. The pantry is open on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and on the second Wednesday of every month, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. with no questions asked.

Burglar in priestly robe steals antique religious objects (10news San Diego)

Surveillance video shows a burglar emerging from an Ocean Beach church Saturday, wearing a robe, carrying a staff, and loaded bags of antique religious objects. Ransacked rooms greeted Director of Operations Jeff Green Saturday when he walked into the Episcopal Church Center on Sunset Cliffs Blvd., headquarters for the local Episcopal Diocese.

St. Paul’s On-the-Hill Episcopal Church apartments (Winchester Star)

The four-story, L-shaped complex will be built on the church’s 4.97-acre property. It will feature 43 one-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom apartments. At least one member of the household must be age 62 or older.

In conjunction with the project, the existing St. Paul’s On-the-Hill Church will be demolished and replaced with a new building.

Episcopalians and other non-evangelical Christians least likely to say faith has grown due to COVID-19 (Pew Forum)

White evangelical Protestants in the U.S. … are among the most likely to see stronger faith due to the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly half (49%) say their own religious faith has grown, while 43% say the same about the faith of Americans as a whole.

Three-in-ten U.S. Catholics say Americans’ religious faith has strengthened, while roughly a third report that their own religious faith has become stronger. Non-evangelical (mainline) Protestants show a similar pattern: Roughly two-in-ten say their own faith has deepened, while another 21% offer a similar assessment of other Americans’ religious faith.

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