Episcopal News Service

Presiding bishop’s Lent Message 2013

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presents a challenge in her Lent Message 2013 to pray, fast, study and give alms.

“As you engage this Lent, I would encourage you to pray, to fast, to act in solidarity with those who go without,” she offers. “Learn more, give alms, share what you have.”

The Presiding Bishop’s video message, filmed at a park in New York City, is available here.

‘Smokin’ for Mission’ helps Episcopal Relief & Development

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Mississippi bishop announces local option for same-sex blessings

Bishop Duncan Gray addresses the Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi on Feb. 2 in Jackson. Photo: Jim Carrington

Bishop Duncan Gray addresses the Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi on Feb.

Justin Welby officially becomes archbishop of Canterbury

[Anglican Communion News Service] The former bishop of Durham, the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, has officially become the archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony, known as the “Confirmation of Election,” which took place in the context of an act of worship on Feb. 4 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray calls for election of his successor

[Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi] The Episcopal bishop of Mississippi on Feb. 1 formally called for the election of his successor.

The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray III announced the beginning of a process which will lead to the election of a bishop coadjutor on May 3, 2014. Gray said that he plans to continue as diocesan bishop until February 2015, at which time the new bishop will succeed him.

Andrew M. L. Dietsche installed as 16th bishop of New York

[Episcopal Diocese of New York] At a Feb. 2 service at Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Marion Lenow Dietsche was “recognized, invested and installed” as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

During the service a packed cathedral witnessed the passing to Dietsche of the symbols of office — the stole, cope, miter and crozier of the bishop of New York— by retiring Bishop Mark S. Sisk.

South Carolina lawsuit parties agree to temporary injunction

[Episcopal News Service] A South Carolina Circuit Court judge Jan. 31 signed a consent order issuing a temporary injunction concerning use of registered diocesan names and marks that are claimed by Bishop Mark Lawrence and other leaders who led some Episcopalians in that state out of the Episcopal Church.

Presiding bishop issues ‘call to action’ on gun violence

[Episcopal Public Policy Network] The following message comes from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

The United States has witnessed far too many public shootings in recent months and years. Far too many lives have been cut short or maimed by both random and targeted acts of gun violence. The school shooting in Newtown was horrific, yet since that day several times as many young people have died by gunshot.

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