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  1. 7/22: The House of ContemplationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 16, 2018 | Living Church

    Settled and living in peace, King David has time and resources to do something for God. But does God need something from King David? Has God asked for a house? "I have not lived in a house," says the Lord, "since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle" .


  2. Inclusive Language, Equitable PensionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 11, 2018 | Living Church

    The House of Deputies passed several resolutions during its July 10 meeting that shared a common prescription: inclusion and equity. Resolution B011 - or Inclusive Language Policies for Episcopal Seminaries and Formation Programs - "encourages and requests, it does not mandate, that seminaries, training programs, and schools of formation for ordination adopt policies calling for bias-free and inclusive language for God and humanity," said Canon Thomas O'Brien of the Christian Formation and Discipleship Committee.


  3. Bishops Kill BCP RevisionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 10, 2018 | Living Church

    The House of Bishops voted Tuesday not to revise the 1979 Book of Common Prayer but to forge ahead with a new "liturgical revision" project that will include "creation of alternative texts to offer the wider church." On a voice vote that sounded unanimous, bishops approved a complete overhaul of Resolution A068 , the prayer book revision plan that passed the House of Deputies on Friday.


  4. All Access, No DEPORead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2018 | Living Church

    The House of Deputies overwhelmingly approved a resolution intended to ensure that same-sex marriage rites are available in every diocese of the Episcopal Church, even if a diocesan bishop does not approve. Resolution B012 , as amended moments before the vote, was approved by nearly identical margins in the lay and clergy orders.


  5. Bishops Kill Seminaries InquiryRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2018 | Living Church

    Bishops have defeated Resolution A007 that proposed investigating how Episcopal seminaries operate in areas from budgeting to sharing their resources. But during their discussion July 9, some sent seminaries a message: the Episcopal Church needs more from its seminaries.


  6. Deputies Approve Revising Prayer BookRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 7, 2018 | Living Church

    The House of Deputies overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive $8 million revision to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer in what some see as a first step toward adding same-sex marriage rites and feminine language for God. The vote, counted by orders, passed by a margin of 63 to 30 among clergy.


  7. Director Fees for the PHoDRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 6, 2018 | Living Church

    On a voice vote, the House of Bishops overwhelmingly approved a resolution authorizing "director and officer fees" for the president of the House of Deputies, a demanding job that has always been filled by a volunteer. Since the House of Deputies passed the same resolution July 5, it is approved, and proceeds to Executive Council for implementation.


  8. Spanish Youth Event Needs FundingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 6, 2018 | Living Church

    As the Episcopal Church looks to invigorate a new generation, hopes are rising for the prospect of staging a first-time regional event in Panama for Spanish-speaking youth. But funding could be an obstacle.


  9. Hearing Addresses Sexual Abuse by LaityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2018 | Living Church

    That theme emerged July 5 during a hearing convened by General Convention's Joint Committee on Safeguarding and Title IV. Too often, speakers said, laypeople not employed by the church are involved in sexual misconduct, but no mechanism exists to hold them accountable.


  10. Hold Your Hats, Convention Is StartingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 3, 2018 | Living Church

    It's the primary governing body of the Episcopal Church, and it only meets every three years. So there's a lot of work to get done in nine days.


  11. Priest to Lead Christian SchoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 27, 2018 | Living Church

    The Association of Christian Schools in Japan has elected an Anglican priest, the Rev. Renta Nishihara , as its new chairman.


  12. Convention Details for All PlatformsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 22, 2018 | Living Church

    St. Bartholomew's Church, in suburban Cherry Hill, NJ is located 13 miles from Philadelphia near the recreational areas of the Pinelands and Jersey Shore. Our congregation is multi-national, dynamic and diverse.


  13. Bp. LeMarquand Teaches AgainRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2018 | Living Church

    The Rt. Rev. Grant LeMarquand, former Anglican Bishop of the Horn of Africa within the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, will return to Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge in July.


  14. Deadlock in BarbadosRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2018 | Living Church

    The Diocese of Barbados was once the established church of the island nation, and there is wide interest in the deadlocked election of a new bishop. Bishops are elected by the diocesan synod, and the constitution requires a two-thirds majority in the houses of clergy and laity.


  15. Hawkey Returns to Westminster AbbeyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2018 | Living Church

    The Rev. James Hawkey has been appointed by the Crown to the Canonry of Westminster.


  16. 6/17: Great and SmallRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 11, 2018 | Living Church

    "Let us now sing the praises of famous men, our ancestors in their generations" . There were in former times women and men of great glory and majesty, who ruled with valor, gave great counsel, spoke in prophetic circles, preserved the knowledge and lore of their people, were wise in their instruction, composed musical tunes, wrote poetry, lived peaceably in their homes, were honored in their generation, were the pride of their time, and made a name for themselves.


  17. Ecumenists Discuss Justification DeclarationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 8, 2018 | Living Church

    Representatives of five Christian denominations have met to discuss the implications of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification . The signing of the declaration in Augsburg in 1999 followed 30 years of continuous ecumenical dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.


  18. No Charges against Canon WhiteRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 7, 2018 | Living Church

    The Rev. Canon Andrew White, former Vicar of Baghdad, says he faces no charges after police concluded an investigation into allegations that he paid money to Islamic State to secure the release of young women held as sex slaves.


  19. Rwandan Bishop Wins Court RulingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 5, 2018 | Living Church

    The Rt. Rev. Jonathan Ruhumuliza, a member of the Hutu tribe, was an ordained priest in 1994 when 800,000 people of the minority Tutsi ethnic group were slaughtered.


  20. Losing Cherished SpacesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 30, 2018 | Living Church

    Cynthia Johnson of Trinity Church in Newark, Ohio, writes about a painful chapter in the parish's life as it demolishes a sanctuary, auditorium, and chapel because of structural damage: My family has five consecutive generations, baptized and confirmed, "cradle-to-grave" members at Trinity, beginning with my grandfather at age ten in 1906. On many of the calls I was able to state my name, but as I began to state my purpose for the call my voice would quiver and crack, and at times I could not hold back the tears with total strangers on the other end.


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