Episcopal News Service

Key commission recommendations for the Episcopal Church on substance abuse

[Episcopal News Service] The Commission on Impairment and Leadership created a list of 13 detailed recommendations for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and others to consider when tackling the pressing issues of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and intervention within the church.

‘Flyover Church’ campaign invites clergy seeking calls to give Middle America a closer look

[Episcopal News Service] It’s a term typically uttered with a tone of dismissiveness: Flyover Country.

You know, that nondescript middle part of the United States that you have to fly over to get from one lively and exciting coast to the other. But the great American middle is actually a lot more lively and exciting – and spiritually rich – than the “flyover” stereotypes suggest, according to Episcopal transition ministers who are taking a lighthearted new approach to recruiting clergy to their dioceses.

Faith leaders in Australia unite to oppose plans for new coal mine

[Anglican Communion News Service] More than 50 religious leaders from across Australia have called on Gautam Adani, chairman and founder of the Adani Group, to abandon plans to build a new coal mine in Northern Queensland.

Anglican, Lutheran leaders in Canada ask for Earth Day prayers and action

[Anglican Communion News Service] In a joint statement, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Mark MacDonald, National Anglican Indigenous Bishop; and the Rev. Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, invited people to join them in praying “for the humility and discipline to use Earth’s resources wisely and responsibly” on Earth Day, April 22.

British bishop welcomes proposed plastic ban

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam recently spoke in favor of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s potential plan to ban a number of single-use plastic products. Holtam went on to encourage the U.K. to swap the use of cheap plastic with more sustainable alternatives, calling it a “no-brainer.”

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Archbishop of Canterbury breaks ground on new library

[Anglican Communion News Service] Work began on a new, bigger library at Lambeth Palace on April 20 when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby symbolically “broke ground” for the building.

It is the first new building at the Palace in more than 100 years. The new library will bring together what’s thought to be one of the largest historical ecclesiastical book collections outside the Vatican. There will also be easier access for the public to see these treasures.

Presiding Bishop offers tribute to Barbara Bush

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is in tribute to Former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Washington National Cathedral mourns the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush

[Washington National Cathedral] The Very Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, released the following statement and offered a prayer on the death of First Lady Barbara Bush.

“Washington National Cathedral joins the nation in mourning the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and we extend our heartfelt prayers to President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush and the entire Bush family in their time of sorrow,” said Dean Hollerith.

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