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Two new videos feature the work of a $22,800 United Thank Offering grant at an international refugee center in 2015.

The first video features The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, located in St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy.  The United Thank Offering Grant paved the way for the hiring of staff, the purchasing of computer equipment, which allowed the expansion of services.

The second video, Rakin: A Refugee’s Story, is a poignant, heart-rending profile of an Afghan refugee being assisted at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center.

The videos, produced by the Episcopal Church, are available here.

The grant was a direct result of the generosity of the hundreds who contributed and participated in the annual United Thank Offering ingathering, and is just one example of the grants awarded to support work with refugees.  In 2015, United Thank Offering raised $89,045.20 through the Advent Challenge which supported Episcopal Migration Ministries in opening two new resettlement locations and offering mental health services through all of the resettlement offices.

“The generosity of so many has manifested into Christian action in helping refugees who are seeking a better life, through the Joel Nafuma Center,” noted the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner for the United Thank Offering. “The first video offers a glimpse into the dedication and work of the center, and the second provides an opportunity to meet and learn the story of Rakin, one of the refugees."

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. Working in partnership with 30 local resettlement offices and a host of diocesan and parish partners, volunteers, and community supporters, each year Episcopal Migration Ministries resettles more than 5,000 men, women, and children fleeing violence, persecution, and conflict. Through this ministry of welcome, refugees’ journeys of fear and flight are over, and their journeys of hope and new life begin.  

For more information contact Melton.

Two new videos feature the work of a $22,800 United Thank Offering grant at an international refugee center in 2015. The first video features The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, located in St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy. ...
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On Thursday, July 21, Thursdays at 2 will feature Jericho Road in Louisiana, an Episcopal Housing Initiative.

The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned.

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Jennifer Caldwell  and Episcopal Moments
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Missional Voices
  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on World Refugee Day 2016
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Missional Communities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island
  • Re-membering and Re- Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.
  • Double Down on Love, an original song from the Thad's Band in Santa Monica, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Slate Project, an Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian congregation that exists online and in person.
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Reconciliation and Evangelism, providing an update on recent church planting meetings.
  • The Rev. Scott Claasan of St Michael’s University Church reflecting on how music and surfing led him back to church. 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

 
On Thursday, July 21, Thursdays at 2 will feature Jericho Road in Louisiana, an Episcopal Housing Initiative. The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned. Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative...
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The General Convention Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism has developed a short survey to determine steps needed to empower and equip Episcopalians in the use of all new media for evangelism.

The survey is here in English and here in Spanish

Deadline is September 1.

From the Task Force: The Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism is working to empower Episcopalians as evangelists and to equip members to share our faith using new digital tools.   

This survey is designed to identify church-wide attitudes, concerns and hopes for using social media for evangelism. What you share here will help us to design materials to prepare a church full of digital storytellers!

From the Task Force: La fuerza de tarea para el aprovechamiento de los medios sociales para el evangelismo, está trabajando para potenciar a los episcopales como evangelistas y  equipar los miembros para que compartan nuestra fe mediante las nuevas herramientas digitales.

Esta encuesta está diseñada para identificar los niveles de toda la iglesia, las preocupaciones y esperanzas en el uso de los medios de comunicación social para la evangelización. Lo que compartes aquí nos ayudará a diseñar materiales para preparar una iglesia llena de narradores digitales!

General Convention Resolution A172 details the charge for the Task Force.

For more information contact the Rev. Sara Shisler Goff, Task Force Chair, at sara.shisler2@gmail.com.

The members of Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism and their dioceses are: Walker Adams, West Missouri; Benjamin Cowgill, North Carolina; Randall Curtis, Arkansas; the Rev. Jacob Dell, New York; Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Texas; Beth Felice, Missouri; the Rev. Edgar Giraldo, Litoral Ecuador; the Rev. Sara Shisler Goff, Chair, Maryland; Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely, Rhode Island; Dr. Julie Lytle, Massachusetts; Kori Pacyniak, Fort Worth; Holli Powell, Liaison to Executive Council, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Staff Liaison; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay C. Jennings, Ex Officio.

The General Convention Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism has developed a short survey to determine steps needed to empower and equip Episcopalians in the use of all new media for evangelism. The survey is here in English and...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer for Nice, France

The video is available here and here.

 
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer for Nice, France The video is available here and here.  
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Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Presiding Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, who died on July 11.

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has called for all Episcopalians to pray for Bishop Browning in prayers this Sunday.

 Among the expected dignitaries and special guests at the funeral are Presiding Bishop Curry; former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; former Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings; Executive Officer of General Convention the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe; former President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson; Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop David Booth Beers.

The funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hood River, Oregon, and Tuesday, July 19 at 2 pm Pacific at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  More information here.  A service is also planned at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Honolulu, Hawaii, at a later time.  

 Information about Bishop Browning is here.  

Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Presiding Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, who died on July 11. Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has called for all Episcopalians to pray...
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On Thursday, July 14, Thursdays at 2 will feature Jennifer Caldwell as she reflects on finding a home at Church on The Square in Baltimore, Maryland.

 The video is available here

 Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here.

 Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Missional Voices
  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on World Refugee Day 2016
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Missional Communities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island
  • Re-membering and Re- Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.
  • Double Down on Love, an original song from the Thad's Band in Santa Monica, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Slate Project, an Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian congregation that exists online and in person.
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Reconciliation and Evangelism, providing an update on recent church planting meetings.
  • The Rev. Scott Claasan of St Michael’s University Church reflecting on how music and surfing led him back to church. 

 For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

 
On Thursday, July 14, Thursdays at 2 will feature Jennifer Caldwell as she reflects on finding a home at Church on The Square in Baltimore, Maryland.  The video is available here  Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative...

The youth and adult members of the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) Mission Planning Team have been announced by Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Officer for Youth Ministries.

Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE17 will be held July 10-14, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

“Every individual on this list demonstrated a high level of passion, skill, and dedication to their faith and to the Episcopal Church,” noted Skov. “We are excited to start working with this talented team of youth and adults to put together a meaningful, energizing 2017 Episcopal Youth Event.”

The 2017 event marks the thirteenth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE17 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 academic year and their adult leaders.  Registration information will be available later this year.

Youth

·         Enmanuel Almeida, Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana

  • Tyler Benting, Diocese of Southeast Florida
  • Kiera Campbell, Diocese of Olympia
  • Christi Cunningham, Diocese of Fond du Lac
  • Jenna Elmer, Diocese of Oklahoma
  • Rachel Feenstra, Diocese of Connecticut
  • Josh Floberg, Diocese of North Dakota
  • Andrés Gonzalez-Bonillas, Diocese of Arizona
  • Pierce Hubbard, Diocese of Spokane
  • Rebecca Loncar, Diocese of Michigan
  • Trevor Mahan, Diocese of Kansas
  • Avery Nasworthy, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • Leyla Robinson, Diocese of Maryland
  • Devon Shank, Diocese of  Southwest Florida
  • Sharisma Ubiera, Diocese of New Jersey/Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
  • Chenyeng Vang, Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Adults

  • Grace Aheron, Diocese of Virginia
  • Arlette Benoit, Diocese of Atlanta
  • Ronald Ruiz Braman, Diocese of Idaho
  • Randy Callender, Diocese of Maryland
  • Elizabeth Canaday, Diocese of Oklahoma
  • Jess  Elfring-Roberts, Diocese of Chicago
  • Maggie Foote, Diocese of Southern Ohio
  • Samantha Haycock, Diocese of California/Diocese of Arkansas
  • Christoph Herpel, Convocation of Episcopal Church in Europe
  • Rob Konkol, Diocese of Southern Ohio
  • Frank Sierra, Diocese of West Missouri

Health Team

  • Julia Domenick, Diocese of Georgia
  • Sarah Klitzke, Diocese of Dallas

Staff

  • Valerie Harris, Formation & Vocation Ministries Associate
  • Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries
  • Wendy Johnson, Digital Missioner for Formation
  • Bronwyn Clark Skov, Officer for Youth Ministries.

 

The EYE17 Mission Planning Team will hold its first planning meeting this month at University of Central Oklahoma, the site of EYE17. The team will also meet in October, February 2017, and April.

"I look forward to welcoming this excellent team to Oklahoma,” Oklahoma Bishop Edward J. Konieczny said. “We are excited to work together in planning a great 2017 EYE in Oklahoma City!"

EYE is every three years in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079

Pastoral team

Applications for young adults to serve on the EYE17 Pastoral Care Team will be available this fall. The pastoral care team includes chaplains, peer ministers, dorm crew, and health care volunteers. The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, will coordinate this aspect of EYE staffing.

For more information contact Skov

The youth and adult members of the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) Mission Planning Team have been announced by Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Officer for Youth Ministries. Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church,...

The Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, died on July 11, 2016. He was 87 years old and was living in Oregon.

Bishop Browning served as Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church 1986-1997. Bishop Browning’s election as Presiding Bishop in 1986 was seen as a reflection of the Church’s broadening diversity due to his extensive international and multi-cultural experience.

Bishop Browning hoped to encourage a growing awareness of diversity in the Church.  He was well-known for his quote, “no outcasts in the church.” 

“The Episcopal Church is faithfully seeking to truly become, ‘a house of prayer for all people,’ as Jesus said quoting the Hebrew prophets, and that is greatly the case because Presiding Bishop Browning taught us that the church must be a place where there are no outcasts,” commented the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop. “That enduring legacy is still helping to set many a captive free. It is evidence that God is not finished with us yet, for every once in a while spiritual giants still walk among us as living reminders. And one of those reminders was Edmond Lee Browning, 24th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. Well done good and faithful servant.  May you rest in peace and rise in glory.”

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop, commented: “Edmond Browning brought vast experience to his role as Presiding Bishop, from his early ministry in Texas, to his labors as a missionary in Okinawa, his love of the ‘Ohana of Hawai’i, and his pastoral care of the Convocation of Churches in Europe.  His ministry was marked by care of the outsider and marginalized wherever he went.  He stewarded the union of Okinawa with the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, he insisted there would be 'no outcasts' in The Episcopal Church, he drew Hawaiian and European congregations closer to their contexts, and he maintained a passionate care for the plight of Christians in the Land of the Holy One.  He gave his all, and it cost him dearly.  We can only echo what he is nearing now:  Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have loved all those entrusted to your care with a passion like that of Jesus.  Rest from your labors in the arms of the One who loves you beyond imagining.”

"Bishop Browning was very much ‘My Presiding Bishop,’" noted the Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop. “I was ordained a bishop the same year he was elected Presiding Bishop. During the 12 years that followed, I had the opportunity to work closely with him, particularly as a member of the committee that planned the twice -a-year meetings of the House of Bishops. What particularly struck me in all aspects of his ministry was his trusting and compassionate heart open to all.  For him, the mission of the church was to uphold the dignity and worth of each person within the reconciling embrace of God's inexhaustible love. He did so not without great personal cost.   As his successor, on visits to Okinawa and Hawaii where he had served as Bishop, I was struck by the enduring affection and gratitude that so many lay people and clergy expressed for the ministry and friendship of Bishop and Patti Browning.  In a very real sense he was still their Bishop.”

"Bishop Browning appointed me to my first churchwide position when I was untested and unknown,” said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies. “He gave me a chance to lead, and I will be forever grateful for the trust and confidence he placed in me. Everything about my churchwide ministry and the gospel witness of our church for the past three decades has been shaped by Ed Browning’s proclamation that 'there will be no outcasts.’ We all owe him an enormous debt. Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Bishop Browning

Bishop Browning was elected at the 68th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Anaheim, CA in September 1985.  Bishop Browning was the last Presiding Bishop to serve a twelve-year term. 

His was the first installation to take place within the context of the Eucharist.  The Most Rev. John M. Watanabe, Primate of Japan and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, then Archbishop of Cape Town and the primate of the Province of Southern Africa, were in attendance.

During his tenure, The Episcopal Church experienced a growing embrace toward homosexuals and a trend toward seeing baptism as a vocation.  He was most known for active and faithful leadership in combatting institutional racism and all forms of injustice in The Episcopal Church

As Presiding Bishop, he was the first to observe an AIDS Day of Prayer on November 9, 1986 and established a Refugee/Migration Ministries unit at the Episcopal Church Center in 1988. 

In February 1989, Presiding Bishop Browning again made history by consecrating the Rev. Barbara Harris of the Diocese of Massachusetts as the first female bishop in The Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion.

Born March 11, 1929 in Corpus Christi, TX, Browning was the son of Edmond Lucian Browning and Cora Mae Lee.  He attended the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1952, his Bachelor of Divinity in 1954, and his Doctor of Divinity in 1970.  He also attended Japanese Language School in in Kobe, Japan from 1963-65.  He also received honorary degrees from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Episcopal Divinity School, General Theological Seminary, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary.

Browning was ordained a deacon on July 2, 1954 and a priest on May 23, 1955.  He served as:  Assistant Rector, Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi, TX, 1954-56; Rector, Church of the Redeemer, Eagle Pass, TX, 1956-59; Rector, All Souls, Okinawa, 1959-63; Priest-in-charge, St. Matthews, Oroku, 1965-67; Archdeacon of Okinawa, 1965-67; Bishop of Okinawa, 1968-71; Bishop of Convocation of American Churches in Europe, 1971-74 (now the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe); Executive of National and World Mission, Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY, 1974-1976; Bishop of Hawaii, 1976-1985; 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, 1986-1997. 

Browning served as last bishop of the Missionary Diocese of Okinawa before it became part of the Nippon Sei ko kai (the Anglican Church in Japan).  The transfer of the Okinawa diocese to the Japanese Church was approved at the General Convention in October 1972.

Browning was the 6th Bishop of Hawaii, and the second bishop since the Missionary District of Honolulu was granted status as a diocese in 1969.  As Bishop of Hawaii, Browning was a member of the 6th Anglican Consultative Council in Badagry Nigeria, 1984.  After he was elected Presiding Bishop, he served on the 7th Anglican Consultative Council in Singapore in 1987 and the 8th Anglican Consultative Council in Wales in 1990. 

Bishop Browning was married to Patricia Alline Sparks in 1953.  They had five children:  Mark, Philip, Paige, Peter, John. 

Information on services is forthcoming.

 

 

 

The Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, died on July 11, 2016. He was 87 years old and was living in Oregon. Bishop Browning served as Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church 1986-1997. Bishop Browning’...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings in the United States.  The video is available here

Many Episcopal groups have prepared resources that may help congregations and individuals in their prayer and conversation this weekend. 

 

 
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings in the United States.  The video is available here.  Many Episcopal groups have...
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On Thursday, July 7, Thursdays at 2 will feature the work and mission of Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of New York.

The video is available here. Closed captioned video available here.

Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here.

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, other videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • The Abundant Table
  • Missional Voices
  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on World Refugee Day 2016
  • Church on the Square, Baltimore, MD
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Missional Communities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island.
  • Re-membering and Re- Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.
  • Double Down on Love, an original song from the Thad's Band in Santa Monica, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Slate Project, an Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian congregation that exists online and in person.
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Reconciliation and Evangelism, providing an update on recent church planting meetings.
  • The Rev. Scott Claasan of St Michael’s University Church  reflecting on how music and surfing led him back to church.

For more information contact Collins.

 

 
On Thursday, July 7, Thursdays at 2 will feature the work and mission of Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of New York. The video is available here. Closed captioned video available here. Every Thursday at 2 pm...