Episcopal News Service

Lawrence says he’s still bishop, calls renunciation ‘superfluous’

[Episcopal News Service] Mark Lawrence, who led some of the members of the Diocese of South Carolina out of the Episcopal Church, has said he remains the bishop of the diocese, and called Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Dec. 5 decision to accept his renunciation of orders as “superfluous.”

Southwestern Virginia diocese announces 4 nominees for sixth bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia has announced a slate of four nominees to stand for election as the diocese’s sixth bishop.

The nominees are:

Transforming ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ into a kingdom path

At St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, kids compete in a hip hop dance competition as part of the ReVision program that mentors juvenile offenders.

Special task force members named for church structural reform

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have announced the 24 members of the special Task Force for Church Structural Reform.

Approved at the July General Convention 2012, Resolution C095 calls for development of a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 “for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration.”

Presiding bishop accepts Mark Lawrence’s renunciation

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Citing Title III, Canon 12, Section 7 of the Constitutions and Canons of The Episcopal Church, and following thorough discussion with the Council of Advice, with their advice and consent, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has accepted the renunciation of the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church of Mark Lawrence as made in his public address on November 17 and she has released him from his orders in this Church.

Liturgy for blessing same-gender relationships begins provisional use

Louisa Hallas and kClare Kemock will have their civil union blessed at their home parish of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Clarendon

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advent letter to Anglican primates

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has sent the following Advent letter to the primates of the Anglican Communion and moderators of the United Churches.


‘Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!’ (Colossians 3.4)

Rejoice? Rejoice!

[MaineStewards] When Mallory was very small, I decided that our family would live into the season of Advent.

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