The way in which we use our resources is a spiritual matter.
The way in which we live on this earth is a matter of of faithfulness. Can we act in solidarity with those who are preparing to enter this community and do so more thoughtfully and in a compassionate way that considers all of God’s creation? I invite you to a blessed and holy Lent, to a Lent of prayer, study and compassion, through almsgiving and fasting.
[Episcopal News Service] On the world stage, what has mattered most in Sudan for months now is next week’s referendum. But on the ground in Sudan, where the spotlight shines depends on where you are.
Back in November, I went to the Diocese of Lui of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) with a team from the Diocese of Missouri, which has had a companion relationship with Lui since 2006, and Lui’s other partners from the Blackmore Vale Deanery of Salisbury Diocese and the Diocese of Lund in the Church of Sweden. Lui Diocese, part of the Moru lands, is several hundred miles from the border with northern Sudan, and at least 100 miles from the southern capital, Juba, and from areas under attack by the Ugandan militia calling itself the Lord’s Resistance Army. These are long distances over seldom-graded dirt roads. (more…)
From: The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate
Dr. Bonnie Anderson, President, The House of Deputies
Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, Esq. Chair, Executive Council D-020 Task Force
The final draft of the proposed Anglican Covenant was released in mid-December, 2009 for formal consideration for adoption by constituent Provinces of the Anglican Communion through appropriate processes. (more…)
Pentecost is most fundamentally a continuing gift of the Spirit, rather than a limitation or quenching of that Spirit.
The recent statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury about the struggles within the Anglican Communion seems to equate Pentecost with a single understanding of gospel realities. Those who received the gift of the Spirit on that day all heard good news. The crowd reported, “in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power” (Acts 2:11).
The Spirit does seem to be saying to many within The Episcopal Church that gay and lesbian persons are God’s good creation, that an aspect of good creation is the possibility of lifelong, faithful partnership, and that such persons may indeed be good and healthy exemplars of gifted leadership within the Church, as baptized leaders and ordained ones. The Spirit also seems to be saying the same thing in other parts of the Anglican Communion, and among some of our Christian partners, including Lutheran churches in North America and Europe, the Old Catholic churches of Europe, and a number of others. (more…)
In earthquake-stricken Haiti, an Episcopal bishop is providing relief to as many survivors as he can while they wait for the arrival of official aid. Jean Zache Duracin speaks with WSJ’s Charles Forelle on how he’s trying to help.
“Our hearts are broken,” the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in a homily at a prayer service for Haiti on January 17. The Presiding Bishop joined Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane, Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, The Honorable Susan E. Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Raymond Alcide Joseph, Ambassador of Haiti, and others at “Strength through Unity — L’Union fait la Force: A Service of Prayer for Haiti” at Washington National Cathedral.
Our hearts are broken, as we sit transfixed before images of devastation and ruin, the bodies of children and elders piled in the streets, buildings crushed to dust, pleading arms and voices raised to heaven. We respond in lament and grief and sorrow, we push back against the senseless mystery of life’s pain. We yield to those ancient questions: Why? What sort of a God permits destruction like this? What can I do, how can I help? Those questions can’t ever be fully answered fully, yet they are most important in times like these. The reality is that life is not safe or predictable, but what we do with our lives gives them meaning. God does not cause suffering or punish people with it, but God is present and known more intimately in the midst of suffering. Above all, we become more human through our broken hearts. (more…)
A service of music and prayer for the victims, families, and survivors of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. The offering will benefit relief efforts in Haiti. The service will feature prayers from interfaith representatives and a Haitian folksong sung by countertenor Jean-Luc Princivil.