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The Public Affairs Office

The Public Affairs Office provides statistics, biographies, photos, background information, and other resources to media representatives reporting on the mission and ministries of the Episcopal Church.

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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement on the passing of Shimon Peres.

 

We in the Episcopal Church join with our brothers and sisters throughout the world in mourning the passing of Shimon Peres. He will long be remembered as a leader of Israel, a citizen of the world, and as one who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Yasser Arafat, Yithzak Rabin, as a man of peace. For that noble work the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount seem appropriate: 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

 

 

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement on the passing of Shimon Peres.   We in the Episcopal Church join with our brothers and sisters throughout the world in mourning the passing of Shimon...

On Thursday, September 29, Thursdays at 2 will feature Creating Us, a highly popular music program that caters to the community around Christ Church/Iglesia de San Juan in Hyde Park, MA (Diocese of Massachusetts). 

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:

  • Soren's Story
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Musician Mike Notter
  • Reflections by Brother Geoffrey
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • I am a missionary: The Rev. Jimmy Bartz
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Jericho Road
  • 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, September 29, Thursdays at 2 will feature Creating Us, a highly popular music program that caters to the community around Christ Church/Iglesia de San Juan in Hyde Park, MA (Diocese of Massachusetts).  The video is available here and...

Based on 2015 data received from the annual Parochial Report, updated facts and figures about Episcopal Church congregations have been posted here

“2015 Parochial Report statistics are now available in English and Spanish,” noted Dr. Kirk Hadaway, Episcopal Church Congregational Research Officer. “The summary Statistical Totals tables report on 2015 Average Sunday Attendance and Active Baptized Membership.  In addition, there are multi-year breakdowns by Province and Diocese on Average Pledge, and Domestic Plate & Pledge Income.”

Hadaway explained that in 2015, active baptized membership declined by nearly 39,000 persons to 1,917,182, or -2.0%.  Average Sunday (worship) attendance in Episcopal congregations declined by just over 20,000 persons to 614,241 in 2015, or -3.2%.  Operating income among domestic congregations increased in 2015 by 1.2%--exceeding the 0.7% inflation rate the same year.

The new documents include:

  • Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province 2014-2015
  • Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province and Diocese 2014-2015
  • Episcopal Domestic Fast Facts Trends: 2011-2015
  • Baptized Members by Province and Diocese: 2005-2015
  • Average Sunday Attendance by Province and Diocese: 2005-2015
  • Domestic Plate and Pledge Income: 2010-2015
  • Average Pledge by Province and Diocese: 2010-2015
  • Financial and ASA Totals by Diocese 2015

Reports and additional information are located on the Episcopal Church Research page here and here

Charts graphing the last 11 years of membership, worship attendance, and plate and pledge giving have been updated with 2015 reports for each Episcopal congregation and diocese.  In addition, demographic profiles of the area surrounding each church have been updated with population data for 2016.  These resources are available here

2016 Parochial Report

Hadaway noted that congregations will receive mailed material related to the 2016 Parochial Report in the first full week of December.  “However,” he said, “this year the packets will not include a hard copy of the report.”

Congregations will receive a reminder of their login information in the form of their UEID (Unique Episcopal Identifier) and PIN (Personal Identification Number), and a cover letter from the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention, instructing them to file the 2016 Parochial Report online.   Blank copies of the 2016 report form, as well as instructions and workbooks will be made available on the website in November.

For more information

For more information contact Hadaway or Christine Kandic Congregational Research Assistant.

 

 

Based on 2015 data received from the annual Parochial Report, updated facts and figures about Episcopal Church congregations have been posted here.  “2015 Parochial Report statistics are now available in English and Spanish,” noted Dr. Kirk Hadaway...

The Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church is sponsoring a public recognition event in Washington DC on Thursday, November 10 for its affiliated Historically Black Universities of St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC and Voorhees College, Denmark, SC.

“The purpose of the Recognition Event is to highlight the Episcopal Church’s ongoing commitment to higher education, especially through its support of these two institutions,” noted the Rev. Angela Ifill, Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries.

Music will kick off the day at 9 am on November 10 at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, Washington DC with musical renditions  presented by the combined choirs of St. Augustine’s and Voorhees.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry will present the keynote address, followed by a question/answer session.  In the afternoon, panel discussions will be led by the university presidents and students as they share their experiences.

Ifill added,   “The remarks of both presidents and student representatives will serve to share with the public the continuing value of these and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities in their particular communities, and as they educate and prepare young adults to take their rightful places in the leadership of society and the world.   

For more information contact Ifill, (646) 323-0130 or Angeline Cabanban, (212) 716-6186.

        

The Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church is sponsoring a public recognition event in Washington DC on Thursday, November 10 for its affiliated Historically Black Universities of St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC and Voorhees...

On Thursday, September 22, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Soren's story, from San Francisco, CA.

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

Soren’s Story is a heartwarming story about young Soren, whose father suffered a traumatic injury and how the community of St. Gregory's helped his family when they needed them most.

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:

  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Musician Mike Notter
  • Reflections by Brother Geoffrey
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • I am a missionary: The Rev. Jimmy Bartz
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Jericho Road
  • 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, September 22, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Soren's story, from San Francisco, CA. The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned. Soren’s Story is a heartwarming story about young Soren, whose father suffered a...
Tagged in: Executive Council

The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will meet October 20-22 at The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ.  Media representatives wishing to attend the meeting must secure credentials. Contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer, at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

A media conference with access for media not able to attend is planned for Saturday, October 22, the last day of the Executive Council meeting; exact Eastern time to be announced. Among those scheduled to participate are Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, and the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention. Pre-registration for media is required; contact Fox at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

Executive Council

According to the website: The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is an elected body representing the whole Church...The Executive Council has the duty to carry out programs and policies adopted by General Convention. It is the job of Executive Council to oversee the ministry and mission of the Church. The Executive Council is comprised of twenty members elected by General Convention (four bishops, four priests or deacons and twelve laypersons) and eighteen members (one clergy, one lay) elected by provincial synods.

 

 

 

The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will meet October 20-22 at The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ.  Media representatives wishing to attend the meeting must secure credentials. Contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer, at...
Tagged in: House of Bishops

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church concluded its meeting in Detroit MI (Diocese of Michigan) on Tuesday, September 20.

The video daily account of the activities for Tuesday, September 20 is located here http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/house-bishops-daily-account

Presenting the daily account are
Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, vice-president of the House of Bishops of El Camino Real
Bishop Dean Wolfe, vice-president of the House of Bishops, of Kansas

Follow on Twitter #hobfall16

 

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church concluded its meeting in Detroit MI (Diocese of Michigan) on Tuesday, September 20. The video daily account of the activities for Tuesday, September 20 is located here http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page...
Tagged in: House of Bishops

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church has issued the following A Word to the Church for the World.

The video is in English and Spanish here

 

 

A Word to the Church for the World

 

Greetings from Detroit, a city determined to be revived.  Greetings also from the city of Flint, where we are reminded that the gift of water has for many of our brothers and sisters become contaminated.

Here we have been exhorted to set our sights beyond ourselves and to minister to the several nations where we serve and the wider world.

We lament the stark joylessness that marks our present time.  We decry angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines.  We refuse to look away as poverty, cruelty and war force families to become migrants enduring statelessness and demonization.  We renounce the gun violence and drug addiction that steal lives and crush souls while others succumb to fear and cynicism, abandoning any sense of neighborliness.

Yet, in all this, “we do not despair” (2 Cor. 4:8.). We remember that God in Christ entered our earthly neighborhood during a time of political volatility and economic inequality.  To this current crisis we bring our faith in Jesus.  By God’s grace, we choose to see in this moment an urgent opportunity to follow Jesus into our fractured neighborhoods, the nation and the world.  

Every member of the church has been “called for a time such as this.” (Esther 4:14) Let prophets tell the truth in love.  Let reconcilers move boldly into places of division and disagreement. Let evangelists inspire us to tell the story of Jesus in new and compelling ways.  Let leaders lead with courage and joy.

In the hope of the Resurrection let us all pray for God to work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish God’s purposes on earth.

 

 

Writing Committee

Bishop Tom Breidenthal of Southern Ohio

Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce of Los Angeles

Bishop Victor Scantlebury of Ecuador Central

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real

Bishop Alan Gates of Massachusetts

Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. of Michigan

Dr. Scott Bader-Saye

Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester

Bishop Robert Wright of Atlanta

Bishop Rob Hirschfield of New Hampshire

 

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met September 15 to September 20 in Detroit MI (Diocese of Michigan).

 

 
 
The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church has issued the following A Word to the Church for the World. The video is in English and Spanish here.      A Word to the Church for the World   Greetings from Detroit, a city determined to be revived. ...
Tagged in: Federal Ministries

The Rev. Carl Wright was elected Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries on the second ballot.

The election was held on September 20 during the fall meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Wright is from St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, MD, Diocese of Maryland. In his military career, he has served as Deputy Command Chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) at Barksdale AFB, LA. Commissioned an Air Force Chaplain in August 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Wright is an Associate Member of the Anglican religious Order of the Holy Cross (OHC).

With an office based in Washington DC, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry.

Pending confirmation by a majority of the House of Bishops and by a majority of the diocesan standing committees in the church, Wright will be ordained and consecrated on February 11, 2017 with Presiding Bishop Curry presiding.

Other nominees were the Rev. Christopher Garcia, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood VA, Diocese of Virginia; and the Rev. David McElwain, Veterans Administration staff chaplain in Cheyenne, Diocese of Wyoming.   

 

The Rev. Carl Wright was elected Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries on the second ballot. The election was held on September 20 during the fall meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church. Wright...
Tagged in: House of Bishops

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church is meeting through September 20 in Detroit MI (Diocese of Michigan).

The video daily account of the activities for Monday, September 19 located here http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/house-bishops-daily-account

Presenting the daily account are

Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams of Central New York http://www.cnyepiscopal.org/ and the Episcopal Church in South Carolina http://www.episcopalchurchsc.org/

Bishop Tom Ely of Vermont http://diovermont.org/

Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester http://www.episcopalrochester.org/

Follow on Twitter #hobfall16

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church is meeting through September 20 in Detroit MI (Diocese of Michigan). The video daily account of the activities for Monday, September 19 located here http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/house-bishops-...