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Two Michigan Dioceses to Share Bishop, Charting Path Forward Together in Spirit of Innovation

The Diocese of Eastern Michigan is poised this year to finalize a partnership with the neighboring Diocese of Western Michigan in which they would share a bishop, increase collaboration and pool resources – a process of experimentation and dialogue that eventually could lead to a long-term commitment between the two dioceses.

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Mission Church’s Healthy Meals Served with Loving Nod to ‘First Nations’ Cuisine, Culture

If you’re trying to differentiate First Nations Kitchen from other Episcopal feeding ministries, look no further than the menu. What other weekly church meal regularly has buffalo instead of beef, turkey instead of chicken, walleye instead of pork?

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Episcopal Leaders Cheer New Hampshire Becoming 21th State to Outlaw Death Penalty

he Episcopal Church has pushed for more than 60 years to abolish the death penalty, and on May 30, New Hampshire became the latest state to align with the church and other opponents of capital punishment in favor of repeal.

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Diocese of West Texas Partners with Episcopal Church in Navajoland

Generations of Navajos were born, were treated and died at the San Juan Mission Hospital before it closed five decades ago. Occasionally, someone stops to ask about a hospital record, now kept at All Saints Church, across the gravel parking lot from the hospital building.

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Colorado Episcopalians, Interfaith Social Justice Advocates Hold ‘Faithful Tuesdays’ at State Capitol

A coalition of interfaith leaders and their allies regularly brought a social justice message to the Colorado General Assembly’s first 2019 regular session. The effort was formed from long-standing relationships rooted in multiple faith traditions, all recognizing a common humanity, shared values and a desire to change the public narrative.

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Arkansas Episcopalians Rally Support for Syrian School While Raising Awareness of Refugee Crisis

If you haven’t thought much about the Syrian refugee crisis lately and want an update, consider asking an Episcopalian from Arkansas.

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Episcopalians Join Thousands on Pilgrimage to Historical Site at Former Japanese Internment Camp

Episcopalians from the Diocese of Los Angeles were among thousands who journeyed April 27 to Manzanar National Historic Site, one of the 10 internment camps where nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were held during World War II, an injustice that speakers said must “never happen again.”

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‘Everything is Awesome’ as Building Begins on Massive Lego Replica of National Cathedral

Eight years after a magnitude 5.8 earthquaketoppled parts of Washington National Cathedral as if they were toy blocks, people of all ages are spending $2 a brick to construct the world’s largest Lego cathedral to help pay for the building’s remaining repairs.

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Presiding Bishop Curry: Easter 2019 Message

“In the moments of despair, in the moments of the worst darkness, God had done something incredible,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2019 Message. “God had raised Jesus from the dead.”

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Episcopal Groups Plan Gun Violence ‘Action’ Weekend in Colorado 20 Years After Columbine

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship, in collaboration with Bishops United Against Gun Violence and more than a dozen other groups, is planning a series of anti-gun violence events this month to remember the victims of the Columbine school shooting 20 years ago and to renew advocates’ commitment to preventing future massacres.

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Hundreds of Episcopalians Make ‘Pledge to Care for Creation’ in Campaign’s First Days

“We can’t see this as a hobby. We have to see it as a vocation that we actually are called to care for this Earth.” Bishop Rickel recently spoke with Episcopal News Service about Creation Care Pledge.

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Episcopalians Join with Others to Help Neighbors on Two South Dakota Reservations

Episcopalians on two South Dakota Indian reservations are helping marshal slim community resources so that their neighbors can cope with recent massive flooding.

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‘Communion Across Difference’ Group Continues Church’s Ongoing LGBTQ-Inclusion Conversation

The latest chapter in The Episcopal Church’s more than 50-year-old conversation about the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church began this week with the goal of seeking “a lasting path forward for mutual flourishing” of those Episcopalians who disagree about the church’s stance on same-sex marriage.

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Bishops Consider Response to Lambeth Decision Not to Invite Same-Sex Spouses to 2020 Gathering

The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops spent time on March 14 in both open and closed sessions considering how to respond to the decision to exclude same-sex spouses from the 2020 Lambeth Conferenceof bishops.

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Cuban Church Celebrates 110 Years, its Final Synod Before Episcopal Church Reintegration

The Episcopal Church of Cuba recently celebrated its 110-year history during its final synod as an autonomous diocese in anticipation of its official reintegration with the U.S.-based Episcopal Church in 2020.

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Episcopal Bishops Bring Church’s Calls for Gun Reform to Congressional Visits on Capitol Hill

It was the best of days and the worst of days for eight Episcopal bishops to be on Capitol Hill pressing lawmakers to pass new gun safety measures.

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Executive Council Called On to Reflect on the Future of Faith Communities, Anglican Communion

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies president, placed the future of faith and the church as an institution, and the shape of the Episcopal Church’s relationship with the Anglican Communion, before the Executive Council as it opened its four-day meeting here.

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Interfaith Community, San Diego Episcopalians Continue to Respond to Asylum Seekers’ Needs

When last fall U.S. Immigration and Customs Control alerted the San Diego Rapid Response Network it would begin releasing asylum seekers – including families with children – onto the streets, the county’s interfaith and social and human rights organizations responded by setting up temporary shelters.

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Presiding Bishop Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast, Emphasizes Love Over Divisions

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, with President Donald Trump seated at a table to his right, read a passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in brief remarks Feb. 7 at the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

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Episcopalians Join Hotel Soap Campaign to Fight Sex Trafficking as Atlanta Hosts Super Bowl

Advocates for victims of child sex trafficking warn that the problem spikes around big sporting events, like the Super Bowl, which is taking place this weekend in Atlanta. That warning sparked a call to action among Episcopalians in the Diocese of Atlanta, who have turned thousands of bars of soap into weapons in the fight against exploitation and abuse.

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Church, Wider Culture Continue to Address Sexual Harassment, Abuse in #MeToo Age

Sexual misconduct and harassment includes more than stranger or acquaintance rape and physical abuse. In some instances, inappropriate touching, an unwanted kiss on the cheek, an awkward embrace or a hand placed too low on a woman’s back—all are more obvious forms of sexual harassment.

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Episcopalians Across the Country Respond to Federal Shutdown’s Impact

As the effects of the longest federal government shutdown in United States history ripple across the country, many Episcopalians are feeling the economic pinch even as others try to help their neighbors cope.

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Albany bishop is barred from punishing priests for same-sex marriages, faces disciplinary review

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has temporarily restricted part of Diocese of Albany Bishop William Love’s ministry because of Love’s refusal to allow same-sex marriages even after General Convention mandated liturgical marriage equality in the church’s U.S. dioceses.

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Grant Programs Offer Boost to Church Renovation Projects, within Constitutional Limits

It’s a reliable truth, as familiar to Episcopalians as the words of the Gospels: Church buildings don’t get any younger.

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