Commission proposes range of changes to Title IV canons after concerns over bishop discipline
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by David Paulsen
7m ago
[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal Church standing commission tasked with considering reforms to the church’s Title IV disciplinary canons has issued a report for the 81st General Convention proposing seven resolutions outlining a range of potential canonical changes affecting the disciplinary process. The proposals are included in the Blue Book report filed by the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons, which is now posted to the General Convention website. If enacted, the canonical changes would expand the range of outcomes for the disciplinary process, limi ..read more
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recovering at home following surgery to insert a pacemaker
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by David Paulsen
7m ago
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is recovering at home in Raleigh, North Carolina, after doctors successfully surgically inserted a pacemaker as part of ongoing treatment of atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, the church’s Office of Public Affairs said in a March 4 update. Curry underwent the surgery on March 1 and remained hospitalized overnight. He was released to recover at home on March 2. Doctors are recommending he “continue tending to light-duty work tasks until released to travel and increase his duties,” the update said. Curry, who turns 71 in March ..read more
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Remembrance Day honors victims and survivors of nuclear testing in Marshall Islands
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by Melodie Woerman
3d ago
[World Council of Churches] Remembrance Day, observed on March 1, is a national holiday in the Marshall Islands that honors victims and survivors of nuclear testing done in the area in the 1950s. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the largest U.S. nuclear test detonation, Castle Bravo, which took place over Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. As one Marshallese resident noted, “It’s not the middle of nowhere to those who call it home.” When Castle Bravo was detonated over Bikini Atoll, the immediate radioactive fallout spread to Rongelap and Utrik atolls and beyond. “The impacts of ..read more
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World Day of Prayer resources prepared by Palestinian Christian women
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by Melodie Woerman
3d ago
[World Council of Churches] The World Day of Prayer, observed on March 1 , has been prepared this year by an ecumenical group of Palestinian women in response to the theme “I beg you…bear with one another in love.”  The theme, based on Ephesians 4:1-3, calls on believers to bear with each other in love, despite all difficulties and oppression. “We reflected collectively on this theme from the context of our suffering as Palestinian Christian women,” the preparers write in their introduction. “We hope to inspire other women around the world to bear with one another in love during trou ..read more
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Diocese of Olympia announces slate of four nominees for next bishop
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by David Paulsen
4d ago
[Episcopal News Service] The Joint Board for Bishop Transition in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia announced Feb. 29 that, after receiving the recommendations of the Bishop Search Committee, it had approved a preliminary slate of four nominees for the ninth bishop of the diocese, which includes the western half of Washington. Listed alphabetically by last name, the nominees are; The Rev. Phil LaBelle, rector of St. Mark’s Church in Southborough, Massachusetts. The Rev. Hillary D. Raining, rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. The Ven. Jordan Haynie Ware, arch ..read more
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With deep ties to WCC, The Fig Tree gets ready to celebrate 40 years
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by Melodie Woerman
4d ago
[World Council of Churches] The Fig Tree, a U.S.-based nonprofit born from a vision to bring the stories of the global ecumenical movement to life locally, is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary. With a mission to promote communication among people in faith and nonprofit communities of the inland northwestern United States, The Fig Tree is operated by graduates of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. Telling the stories of people who are living their faith and values—and lifting up multi-faith, multinational, and multicultural communities—is at the heart o ..read more
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Pro-Palestinian Italian neofascist group targets Episcopal church in Florence
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by Melodie Woerman
4d ago
A pro-Palestinian banner placed by the Italian neofascist group CasaPound hangs on the fence outside St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy, in the early morning hours of Feb. 29. Photo: Richard Easterling [Episcopal News Service] Followers of a neofascist group hung a pro-Palestinian banner on the fence outside St. James Episcopal Church  in Florence, Italy, about 11 p.m. on Feb. 28. Members of the group, CasaPound, later posted photos of the banner on the group’s website, the church’s rector, the Rev. Richard Easterling, told Episcopal News Service. “We don’t need guns, but rat ..read more
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Church of England General Synod calls for change to canon on clergy remarriage
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by Melodie Woerman
4d ago
[The Church of England] The Church of England’s General Synod has called for a change to the canons governing the impediment to ordination after divorce. The canon, known as C4, sets out the procedure to be followed when a candidate for ordination is divorced and remarried, and the former spouse is still alive, or when a candidate has married a divorced person, whose former spouse is still alive. In both cases, as outlined in the Secretary General’s explanatory paper, a special dispensation, called a faculty, must be obtained from an archbishop prior to ordination. Synod adopted a motion ..read more
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to receive pacemaker to treat irregular heartbeat
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by David Paulsen
4d ago
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is scheduled for surgery March 1 to receive a pacemaker as part of his treatment for atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, a condition that was previously diagnosed during an annual physical exam. The insertion of the pacemaker will require hospitalization for one night, and he will “continue tending to light-duty work tasks until released to travel and increase his duties,” according to a health update released Feb. 29 by the church’s Office of Public Affairs. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be receive a pacemaker on March 1 ..read more
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Episcopal priest returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ to compete in Tournament of Champions
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by David Paulsen
5d ago
The Rev. David Sibley, right, poses with host Ken Jennings on the set of “Jeopardy!” Sibley first appeared on the show in October 2022. [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. David Sibley’s four-day run on “Jeopardy!” in October 2022 has earned him a spot in the show’s Tournament of Champions, and Sibley, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Spokane, wasted no time proving he belonged there. In the Feb. 27 episode of the popular quiz show, Sibley took a sizable, though not runaway, lead into the Final Jeopardy! round and answered the final clue correctly to maintain a razor-thin edge and advance ..read more
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