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General Convention 2021 Alternative Planning Underway

The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, and President of the House of Deputies, Gay Jennings, have written to the Church with updates to the General Convention planning process, which has been significantly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the event that we cannot convene safely in person from June 30 to July 9, 2021, we will postpone the 80th General Convention to 2022, working with our partners in Baltimore as we determine appropriate dates. During the summer of 2021, we […]

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Churches Partner with Episcopal Relief & Development, Johns Hopkins

Today there is a pair of stories about Episcopal churches working with other organizations to support both relief and medical efforts around the pandemic.

Trinity, Wall Street has given a large grant to Episcopal Relief & Development to assist with the organization’s ongoing work in 43 countries.

Episcopal Relief & Development and Trinity Church Wall Street are partnering on a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The partnership, supported by a $1,021,683 grant from Trinity Church Wall Street, will reach […]

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Welby: Anglicans Must Deal with Their Past

In comments made during the online election service for the new Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, Justin Welby said that Anglicans must confront their own history of racism.

The Church of England’s highest-ranking cleric was speaking in a virtual ceremony to mark the formal election of Stephen Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York.

The Church of England, established in 1534 after king Henry VIII’s split from Roman Catholicism, last month apologised for its links to slavery, calling […]

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Arizona Christians press for more rent and eviction relief

“As Christian leaders, we believe all people have a right to the most basic needs of human life: food, water, and shelter. It is in your power to ensure that the most economically vulnerable Arizonans do not end up as secondary victims to the COVID-19 pandemic.” – Arizona church leaders appeal to the State’s Department of Housing Director.

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National Cathedral eliminating 25 positions because of COVID-19 impact

A letter yesterday from Dean Randy Hollerith announces that Washington National Cathedral will be eliminating 13 full-time and 12 part-time positions because of the impact of COVID-19:

“The coronavirus closures have upended life at institutions large and small, including here at the Cathedral, even as we have been able to successfully adapt our offerings to an online environment.

“The question before us now is how we keep that original vision thriving as the Cathedral weathers this […]

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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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Dreaming during a pandemic

“My mother has been dead for many years. I took her presence in my dreams to be a commentary on the death that stalks us through this new plague, and on the comfort of the promises of reconciliation, of the persistence of life and love beyond death’s borders, the rolling away of the stones it casts at us.”

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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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