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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry critiques silence of religious moderates

“I’m concerned when I don’t hear religious leaders advocating for children to be number one on the social agenda of this country. I’m concerned when I hear silence from religious leaders after the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis marched through the streets of Charlottesville. I’m not hearing Jesus of Nazareth when I hear that silence.”

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Speaking to the Soul: Taking on poverty

by Maria Evans

 

Feast Day of Francis of Assisi

 

Psalm 148:7-14

Jeremiah 22:13-16

Galatians 6:14-18

Matthew 11:25-30

 

As much as any of us who love animals love St. Francis, in recent years his reputation has gotten a little kitchy.  A quick Google search reveals pages and pages of pet ID tags with his image, statuary galore (including one where you can choose the breed of a deceased pet statue to be mounted with St. Francis, as well as a tag with that pet’s name on it), […]

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To proclaim and strive for the kingdom of God

Our Episcopal Church has an active and essential role to play in society. We must be more than a voice, more than a presence. We are called to strive. We are called to proclaim. Like Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, and the countless others, we are called to free those oppressed in the slavery of an economy and culture that treats human labor like a commodity.

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A parish turns a former bar into a community center

In South Buffalo , a local Episcopal parish turned a building that used to be a bar into the St. Simon’s Genesis Center which will house a full kitchen, a food pantry, a clothes closet, support groups, and a medical clinic for the benefit of the neighborhood.

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What keeps impoverished families poor?

Election season means a renewed interest in wages and inequality, but are we hearing real solutions to poverty, or just sound bites and buzzwords?

Matthew Desmond, Harvard sociologist and author, addresses poverty through housing costs in his latest book,  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and in two articles published in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Desmond blames housing costs, which rise faster than wages, and which can compound with legal fees, eviction processes, and inadequate safety […]

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Is your church helping folks prepare for winter?

St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, under interim dean Rev. Will Mebane, has created a “Garden of Warmth” for people who need gloves, hats, and other cold-weather gear.
What is your church doing to help folks survive through the cold months ahead?

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Speaking to the Soul: An All or Nothing World

For a son not to bury a father was a sign of ultimate disrespect and rejection; to give up one’s wealth threatened his life, his well-being, his position, even potentially his family. Remember– there was no middle class. It was all or nothing.

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