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January 19, 2011

The general secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC) on Jan. 18 welcomed a White House decision that will lift travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba to make it easier for religious groups in both countries to...

July 27, 2009

Could anyone venture a guess at the number of words spoken in public forums during General Convention? One would count testimony at dozens of committee hearings, debate in open legislative sessions in the House of Deputies and House of...

July 16, 2009

The 76th General Convention closed July 17 with many participants saying that the gathering lived into its statement theme of Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me. "The mood has been extremely, extremely -- I don't think there's a word called...

July 6, 2009

Ever been at one end of a public park, in the warm haze of summer, when a big family picnic is going on way down at the other end? You can almost smell the burgers grilling, see what seems to be a Frisbee being thrown around, but not quite...

June 30, 2009

One week from today, the Episcopal Church gathers for the 76th General Convention, a triennial legislative gathering that runs from July 8 to 17 in Anaheim, California. At 8,000 to 10,000 total attendees, including exhibitors, visitors...

June 2, 2009

In January, this space discussed the concept of civil discourse – public debate and discussion in the opinion and letters section of Episcopal Life Online and Episcopal Life. Under the principle that truth rises from many voices,...

June 2, 2009

Bishop Orris Walker, Jr. is taking a leave of absence from the Diocese of Long Island until November 14, the day his resignation takes effect, the Garden City, New York-based diocese announced. The leave started on June 1. Walker...

May 29, 2009

The Episcopal Church Foundation, celebrating its 60th anniversary on May 28 at a benefit dinner in New York, recognized two dynamic congregations and honored a leader who said she’s spurred into action when she asks, "What is...

May 13, 2009

Martha Gardner, who has served since June 2008 as special assistant to the Anglican Communion Observer at the United Nations and director of programs, will leave on May 15, the observer's office announced. The position was suspended...

May 11, 2009

The Anglican Centre in Rome plans to resurrect an idea that has borne rich fruit before: giving future leaders of the Anglican Communion a sense of the many influences and pressures that are reality for the church in the modern world....

May 11, 2009

Church Publishing Inc. (CPI), which produces books and religious items that include Episcopal Church prayer books and hymnals, on May 9 announced several moves that it said will "strengthen its position as a denominational publisher...

May 1, 2009

A recent weekday in April was a typical one for the Rev. Michael Vono, rector of St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal church in Italy's capital city: he encountered Afghanis, Sudanese, Ghanians, Turks, Congolese – and few...

April 27, 2009

As health officials around the world monitor an outbreak of swine flu that has killed more then 150 people in Mexico and spread to six other countries, Episcopal churches are examining liturgical practices and reviewing emergency plans...

April 22, 2009

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day happened. The verb is apt because it really did seem just to happen, to spring out of air and soil. That first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in schools, parks and community centers to...

April 11, 2009

Referring to the earthquake that devastated the Italian town of L'Aquila in the Abruzzi region six days earlier, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori marked Easter Day here by asking whether men and women can always recognize the...

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