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California church installs solar panels to cover whole electric bill

All Saints Church in San Leandro, CA has issued the following press release:

This month, as part of a comprehensive greening project, All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro, California, will have a 9.24kw solar power system installed on the church. This system will include 33 panels and will generate enough electricity to cover the church’s entire electricity bill. This greening project at the church has also brought heightened awareness around recycling and other energy-efficiency improvements to the congregation.

All Saints is […]

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Remembering Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina wiped the building that housed St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from its seaside location, the parish’s retired rector and its current priest-in-charge reflect on the storm and its aftermath for the 169-year-old congregation

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Beyond Vestries? Is it time to change parish governance

The Episcopal Church in its local, lived expression is very good at stifling new ideas and suffocating relational groupings if it appears that such movements will threaten the establishment. Creating these checks-and-balances between Vestry and Parish Council, then, will lead both groups to become partners in the work of ministry, one paying greater attention to relational matters, the other to those more functional (and necessary) concerns of what it means to be church.

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Parish grieves their priest who died after his bike was hit by a car

A parish, whose rector died in December after being struck by a car while riding his bike, ponders the connections between their loss and the death of Tom Palermo in Baltimore.

The connections are even more poignant because many of these parishioners knew Bishop Heather Cook when she served a neighboring parish.

The Rev. Elizabeth Evans writes in Lancaster OnLine:

“It’s still hard to believe” said St. Thomas priest-in-charge Regina Barrett of Currier. “One day he’s here and preaching, the next suffering traumatic brain […]

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Churches facilitate social integration

Except for football matches churches are one of the few places in the UK where different ages, ethnic groups, and financial situations meet and get to know each other.  Church Times reports the research results:

Churches are among of the few places in the UK that successfully bring people together from different ethnic backgrounds, and from different financial circumstances, new research for the Social Integration Commission suggests.

The commission appointed Ipsos Mori to carry out a study of the social habits of a cross-section […]

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