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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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Christ Church, Alexandria to move plaques commemorating Lee and Washington

Christ Church, Alexandria in Virginia, founded in 1773, has a rich and complex history, which is represented by two plaques dedicated to Robert E. Lee and George Washington hanging at the front of the church. Both men were members of the church and were involved, in various ways, with its development. For several years now, Christ Church, now a vibrant and diverse parish, has been considering the fate of the plaques. In a letter to the parish on Thursday, Rev. […]

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Gainesville commemorates African Americans buried in previously unmarked graves

In the segregated cemetery in Alta Vista, GA, lie 1,146 African Americans in unmarked graves. Although there is little to no information about the people buried there, the bodies are thought to date from the 1870s to the 1950s. Alta Vista was desegregated in the 1960s. While friends and families marked some graves with piles of stones or wooden crosses, the majority had no memorial markers at all. Officials began the project of rectifying this in 2015, after the shooting […]

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Church in Seattle commemorates 75th anniversary of imprisonment of Japanese Americans

Yesterday, February 19th, marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the internment of hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII. St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Seattle is an historically Japanese American congregation, and has been holding a series of events to commemorate the anniversary.

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Falls Church dedicates plaque to slaves who built it

Falls Church, the Episcopal church in the northern Virginia town of the same name, is an historic congregation, dating back to before the Revolutionary War. The building of Falls Church was erected in 1769, and although there are no definitive records of slaves doing the work, there is sufficient evidence to draw that conclusion. On February 11, the church dedicated a plaque to those laborers.

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Young adult pilgrimage to #Ferguson announced by The Episcopal Church

A release from The Episcopal Church:

Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO to focus on racial reconciliation and justice

Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced a new initiative and partnership to encourage young adults to engage in racial reconciliation and justice at the important site of Ferguson, MO.

Bishop Sauls announced that young adults 18 to 30 years old are invited to apply for a Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO on October 8 – 12 sponsored […]

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Tim Vivian honored by The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church

He is honored for his article “Wake the Devil from His Dream: Thomas Dudley, Quincy Ewing, Religion, and the ‘Race Problem’ in the Jim Crow South” published in the December 2014 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History. The selection committee noted the article makes excellent use of primary and secondary sources to create two portraits in a landscape of racial division that we, sadly, still recognize today.

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