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Diocese of New Hampshire Revamps Priestly Formation

From New Hampshire Public Radio:

Rather than the traditional three years of training at seminary school, the diocese in New Hampshire will begin offering a certificate program next year that requires students to attend in-person trainings nine weekends a year while completing coursework independently from their homes.

“This really makes it easier for people to answer that call, whether that call to ministry comes in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, we even have people doing this post-retirement,” says […]

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London priest stole from parishioners and collection plate

Andrew Sloane was vicar of St. Pauls, Knightbridge in London (and former Rector of St Paul’s, K Street in Washington, DC) when he managed to convince several parishioners to “loan” him thousands of pounds, and then stole another four thousand pounds from collection money. He then used the money to pay for male prostitutes.

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New Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury Appointed

Today, the Archbishop of Canterbury announced the appointment of his new chaplain, Rev Isabelle Hamley.  She will begin take up her position in January.

Rev Hamley’s appointment comes after an extensive search across the Church of England. The appointment committee, itself diverse, reviewed the many candidates, and ultimately presented two names to Archbishop Justin Welby. Of his selection, the Most Reverend Welby says, “Isabelle comes to us highly commended by her diocese where she has served in several ministry roles, lay and […]

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Churches, clergy and politics and the IRS

This year seems to be one that has energized church members on all sides of issues and for and against candidates. Pew Forum has a new study on politics and the pulpit reveals how often church members hear about political issues and candidates at church and from their clergy. However, there are rules from the IRS about politics and maintaining your 501c3 status (non-profit).

As the calendar turned from spring to summer and the political season transitioned from the primaries to […]

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Episcopal Church and alcohol abuse

After the recent well publicized death of Thomas Palermo in a hit and run by former bishop Heather Cook while under the influence of alcohol, the church asked General Convention to address the policy on the use of alcohol. Last revised in 1985, the convention issued A158, a new policy that churches might consider. The convention also strengthened background checks on aspirants, postulants and ordinands to discern issues around use of substances that might impair clergy and called upon churches and […]

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Priest arrested for DUI

Officers allegedly found the open container of Absolut on the center console, as well as vodka inside a water bottle, 31 Lorazepam pills prescribed in someone else’s name, and 22 packets of Tramadol, a high-potency pain killer. Cops also said she failed a field sobriety test.

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