Episcopal News Service

Mississippi tolls bells in Medgar Evers’ memory

[Diocese of Mississippi] Church bells tolled across Mississippi from Episcopal bell towers in memory of civil rights activist Medgar Evers on June 12.

Church leaders endorse Season of Creation in rare ecumenical joint letter

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has joined leaders of other Christian churches in a joint letter encouraging participation in the Season of Creation. The annual celebration of prayer and action to protect the environment emerged from a proclamation by the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. He called on Orthodox Christians to observe Sept.

Gayle Fisher-Stewart appointed chaplain for Takoma Park Police Department

[Takoma Park Police Department] Takoma Park, Maryland, Police Chief Antonio DeVaul announces that the Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart has been appointed police chaplain for the Takoma Park Police Department.

“It is an honor to have the Rev. Dr. Fisher-Stewart as our official department chaplain. Her compassion and expertise will be an asset to our agency and the City of Takoma Park,” said DeVaul.

South Sudan: Bishop casts doubt on possible rival leaders’ meeting

[Anglican Communion News Service] The retired South Sudanese Anglican bishop who leads the faith based group in the ongoing peace talks, Enock Tombe, says he is pessimistic about a proposed face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and his rival Dr Riek Machar. The meeting was proposed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development during talks at the Council of Ministers’ extra-ordinary session in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, last week.

South American Anglicans meet to discuss joint action on climate change

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishops and other delegates from the six countries in the Anglican Church of South America have met to discuss joint action on the “rapidly mounting issues of global climate change and environmental destruction.” Bishop of Argentina Greg Venables, the presiding bishop of the Anglican Church of South America, called the meeting together with the support of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. “The church, for the most part, has been in denial about climate change,” he said.

Church of South India looks to establish ‘child-friendly churches’ in Karnataka North

[Anglican Commuion News Service] Sunday school teachers and Christian educators from the Diocese of Karnataka North in the united Church of South India have received training to develop child-friendly churches. They gathered at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai for three days of training, sponsored by Evangelical Mission in Solidarity, a German-based mission agency. The training was organised as part of a challenge “to reach out to children with a commitment to establish God’s reign in this present world.”

US Supreme Court refuses to hear South Carolina Episcopal Church property case

[Episcopal News Service] The United States Supreme Court refused June 11 a petition by a group that broke away from the Episcopal Church in South Carolina asking it to review a state court ruling that said property, assets and most of the diocese’s parishes must be returned to the Episcopal Church and its recognized diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

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