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July 1, 2004

When Mary Page Jones wrote her appeal seeking help sewing rag dolls for children in war zones (“Peacemakers with needles,” May, Active Voice), she hoped readers would volunteer. They did. In the first 14 days, Jones received...

May 4, 2004

"HAITI IS NOT POOR," declared the Rev. Octave LaFontant as he sat in the bishop's office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, before two dozen church leaders and a visitor from the United States. "If we can inspire all these priests to work for...

April 30, 2004

WITH TRAVEL DIFFICULT at best, life-threatening at worst, two dozen priests and lay leaders came to the diocesan office in Petionville in March to tell their stories. Others, including the vice rector of the Episcopal University of Haiti,...

April 30, 2004

“I UNDERSTAND THE frustrations, the disappointments so many of us feel. Yet we know that a spirit of vengeance will never lead us out of this crisis. Violence will take us nowhere. The hour is here to reconstruct our nation in a spirit of...

April 30, 2004

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH of Haiti began in a way unlike any other church in the Anglican Communion. Never was it a church of expatriots, either British or American. It’s been Haitian from its beginnings in 1863. The details of the church’s...

April 30, 2004

THE REV. MacDONALD JEAN, senior priest in the Episcopal Church of Haiti and a member of the Conseil des Sages (Council of Wise Ones) that selected the new interim government of Haiti, spoke of politics, hope and gratitude during an...

March 18, 2004

The Episcopal Church of Haiti--more than 100,000 strong, the largest diocese in ECUSA--has never needed its brothers and sisters more than it does today. The political turmoil disrupting the impoverished Caribbean nation since December has...

March 9, 2004

A senior priest in the Episcopal Church of Haiti, the Rev. Macdonald Jean, was named last week to the council of seven "Sages" [Wise Ones] who will be forming a new government for Haiti. The council is meeting this week to choose the...

January 31, 2004

To some that means the building itself, erected after decades of frustrated effort by a small African-American congregation. To some it means the strange way donated materials, furnishings, expertise and labor all seemed to arrive...

August 31, 2003

NOT FOR 27 YEARS, since the Episcopal Church decided to ordain women as priests, have the decisions of a General Convention reverberated so soundly across the nation and throughout the Anglican world. This time it was about a gay priest...

August 3, 2003

Music drew them the instant they entered the Minneapolis Convention Center. Rousing sounds of a Sousa march, a massive gospel choir, a jazz band filled the halls and spilled out the doors. By 9:50 a.m., when the procession started,...

August 1, 2003

From his sobering opening reference to the day just ended in Accra, Ghana – “a day with many acts of beauty, of mercy” but also full of death – to his concluding challenge, Jeffrey Sachs engaged his audience in a...

March 3, 2003

In an irresistable combination of pomp, pride and humility, the first Welshman in the last 1,000 years assumed leadership of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion on February 27 at historic Canterbury Cathedral.From the 900-...

October 15, 2002

Christina Fu doesn't know if she will ever see her husband again. He took a risky chance in April and is paying for it with his freedom. He may pay with his life. Yang Jianli, a 38-year-old father of two, member of All Saints Episcopal...

September 12, 2002

Outside Trinity Parish and St. Paul's Chapel, gusts of wind whipped the dust of Ground Zero into the streets and eyes of New York, much as it had the ash of a year ago. Tracts and pamphlets, given out by various religious groups...

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